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Robert Lynn Asprin Papers

 Collection — Container: SFWA
Identifier: RBSC-SFWA-009

Scope and Contents

The Robert Asprin Papers consist of printed (paper-based) manuscripts of novels, series novels, short stories, short story anthologies (edited or coedited by Asprin), and publisher letters regarding aforementioned manuscripts.


  • created: 2002- 2008
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/11/2008


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Conditions Governing Use

Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Biographical or Historical Information

Born in St. Johns, Michigan, Robert Asprin attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and served in the United States Army in the mid 1960s. He was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism under the name "Yang the Nauseating" and the Dorsai Irregulars and co-founded the Great Dark Horde in 1971. Asprin's first novel was The Cold Cash War, although he is best known for his series fantasy, such as Myth Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve, Phule's Company, and Time Scout written with Linda Evans. He is also credited, along with second wife Lynn Abbey, as the editor of the groundbreaking Thieves' World anthology series. His most recent collaborations are all written with Jody Lynn Nye. Bob passed away suddenly on May 22, 2008 in the midst of writing his new series Dragons.

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Arrangement Note

The Novels and Short Stories sections are organized by publication date and original date of work. Series I includes novels and series novels, along with publisher letters regarding manuscripts thereof. Series II contains short stories and short story anthologies co/edited by Asprin, along with publisher letters regarding manuscripts thereof.

Custodial History

Darlene Bolesny is one of Robert Asprin's daughters. Email correspondence with her is in the account.

Source of Acquisition

Robert Lynn Asprin

Method of Acquisition

The initial acquistion was made after his death in fall 2008 via donation from his heirs. (Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett are the literary executors and facilitated the initial deposit via donation by Darlene Bolesny).

Accruals and Additions

An addition to the collection was made in 2010 via purchase from a dealer. Addition by Jody Lynn Nye on 7/17/2015

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Repository Details

Part of the Northern Illinois University Repository

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115 US