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Catherynne M. Valente Papers

Identifier: RBSC-SFWA-029

Scope and Contents

The Catherynne M. Valente papers contain printed (paper-based) materials and the collection is divided into series based upon format.  Series I consists of novels and Series II is Digital Media that currently contains a CD ROM. An inventory list of the CD ROM's electronic files is linked to Valente's page under this series. If the author's digital media is sent electronically via email, the hardcopy electronic files will be placed on the department's main computer drive in the author's SFWA finding aid folder titled under their name and identification number. Series III is Oversized Materials and can be found in our SPX Manuscripts Oversize collection.  Series IV is Miscellaneous material.


  • created: 2007-2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/20/2009


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

Catherynne M. Valente was born in 1979 in Seattle, Washington and is a New York Times Bestselling Author.  She is best known for her science fiction and fantasy novels, short fiction, and poetry.  She graduated high school when she was 15 and she went on to UC San Diego and Edinburgh University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in the Classics.  She worked various jobs before becoming a novelist, such as a professional fortune teller, librarian, waitress, and actress.  Her first novel, The Labyrinth, was published in 2004 and her young adult novel, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2010), became the first self-published (crowdfunded) novel to achieve a major literary award, the Andre Norton Award for YA literature.  She has also received the James Tiptree Jr. Award, Rhysling Award, Mythopeotic Award, Hugo Award, Locus Awards and many others.  She currently lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband and a collection of pets. For for information of Catherynne M. Valente and her writings, please visit her websites:  (her main page)  (her blog)

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Arrangement Note

Series I contains Novels, Series II is Digital Media, Series III is Oversized Materials, and Series IV consists of Miscellaneous materals.

Source of Acquisition

Catherynne M. Valente

Accruals and Additions

Additions from Catherynne Valente: 10/24/2012

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Repository Details

Part of the Northern Illinois University Repository

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115 US