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Mary Robinette Kowal Papers

Identifier: RBSC-SFWA-031

Scope and Contents

The Mary Robinette Kowal Papers consist of printed (paper-based) manuscripts of novels, short stories, short story manuscript critiques, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials from conventions, award ceremonies, and personal notes.


  • created: 1983-2016
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/05/2010


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

Mary Robinette Kowal was born on February 8th, 1969 in North Carolina.  She is an American science fiction and fantasy author, as well as a puppeteer.  In 2008, she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer.  Since then, two of her works have been nominated for Hugo Awards in the Best Short Story category: “Evil Robot Monkey” (2009) and “For Want of A Nail” (2011), "For Want of A Nail" (2011) won a Hugo Award. Kowal’s debut novel “Shades of Milk and Honey” was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Kowal has worked as a professional puppeteer since 1989.  She has performed on Lazytown, the Center for Puppetry Arts and Jim Henson Pictures. She founded her own company: Other Hand Productions. Mary Robinette Kowal has done voice acting for audio books.  She has also served as Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into series based upon format. Series I consists of Novels; Series II includes Short Stories; Series III contains correspondence; Series IV consists of miscellaneous items; and Series V is digital content. The majority of materials are organized within their series based upon original date of publication.  Dates of publication were taken from

Source of Acquisition

Mary Robinette Kowal

Accruals and Additions

Additions from Mary Robinette Kowal: 09/21/2009, 05/31/2010, 04/15/2011, 09/19/2011, 05/12/2012, 11/11/2012, 09/15/2014, 09/12/2016, August 2016, 03/11/2017, 04/15/2017, 04/26/2019, 08/29/2019

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Repository Details

Part of the Northern Illinois University Repository

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115 US