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Eleanor Arnason Papers

Identifier: RBSC-SFWA-051

Scope and Contents

The Eleanor Arnason Papers consist of printed (paper-based) manuscripts of novel collections, short stories, non-fiction articles, essays and miscellaneous materials from personal notes and interviews. The collection is divided into series based upon format. Series I consists of Novels; Series II includes Short Stories; Series III contains non-fiction; and Series IV consists of miscellaneous items. The majority of materials are organized by date on work and original date of publication Dates of publication were taken from:


  • created: 2003-2010
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/31/2011


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

Eleanor Atwood Arnason was born in 1942 and is an author of science fiction, both short stories and novels She is the daughter of Elizabeth Yard Arnason, a social worker raised in China and H. Harvard Arnason, the director of the Walker Art Center in 1951.  For a period of twelve years, starting in 1949 Arnason and her family lived in the Idea House #2, which was a futuristic home designed by the Walker Art Center as a prediction of the future Arnason's earliest work first appeared in 1972 in New Worlds.  She often writes about cultural conflicts and changes, often from the perspective of a protagonist that refuses to abide by the rules of their own society.  Because of the anthropological bent to her writing, she has been compared to Ursula K. Le Guin Arnason has won many awards, including the first James Tiptree, Jr. Award, the Mythopoeic Award (for A Woman of the Iron People), the Spectrum Award (for "Dapple") and the HOMer Award (for the novelette Stellar Harvest). In 2000, this last story, Stellar Harvest, was also nominated for a Hugo.  She has also been nominated for two Nebula Awards, both in 2003, for her novella Potter of Bones and her short story, “Knapsack Poems”.  She currently resides in Minnesota.

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Arrangement Note

Series I consists of Novels; Series II includes Short Stories; Series III contains non-fiction; and Series IV consists of miscellaneous items.

Source of Acquisition

Eleanor Arnason

Accruals and Additions

Additions from Eleanor Arnason: 05/26/2012, 04/22/2013, 05/20/2014, 05/21/2015, 05/13/2016

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Repository Details

Part of the Northern Illinois University Repository

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115 US