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Tamora Pierce Papers

Identifier: RBSC-SFWA-023

Scope and Contents

The Tamora Pierce Papers consist of printed manuscripts, proofs, and a CD-ROM that contains manuscripts, book covers, and correspondence. The printed materials are manuscript drafts of various novels at various stages. The dates given are found on the printed material itself. The materials contained on the CD-ROM are various manuscript drafts of a scholastic manuscript of Melting Stones and associated files. The dates given are found on the electronic source itself, unless none is present, then the modified date is used.


  • created: 2006-2017
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/21/2008


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

Tamora Pierce was born in South Connellsville, Pennsylvania on Dec 13, 1954.  At the hospital her name was misspelled on her birth certificate which resulted in her being named ‘Tamora’ instead of ‘Tamara’.  While growing up her mother was going to college to pursue a B.A. in English, which was unheard of at the time, and her Uncle gave her many books that she treasured.   These two forces in her life most likely led her into being a woman who had strong feminist ideas as well as being a writer throughout her life.  In June 1963, she and her sisters were moved to California when her father was transferred.  After being introduced to Lord of the Rings by a teacher, she began to write about fantasy and science fiction, with young women as the lead characters.  In 1969, her parents divorced and she, along with her sisters, moved back to Pennsylvania with their mother.  She later applied to Pennsylvania University seeking a psych/social worker degree, after being discouraged that she would not be able to write her stories the way she wanted to and make a living off of them.  In the summer before her junior year at Penn, she wrote her first complete short story since high school and a year following that she sold her first short story.  Encouraged, she later wrote her first complete novel and graduated with a B.A. of Arts from Penn.  She moved to Manhattan and worked for a literary agency, which would later publish her novel.  That novel, The Song of the Lioness, was split into four separate parts with the first story being Alanna: The 1st Adventure, which was released in 1983 by Atheneum.  Her books gained popularity in the 1990s and she started to go to sci-fi conventions in 1997.  Her book Melting Stones made history as being the first novel release as an audio book first in 2007,with a full cast, and then in print (2008).  Pierce lives with her husband Tim Liebe in New York.  For more information about Mrs. Pierce’s books and life, visit her website at

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Additions from Tamora Pierce: 08/07/2017, 03/27/2018, 02/12/2019

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Part of the Northern Illinois University Repository

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115 US