Andre (Alice Mary) Norton Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

 

Finding aid created by: AMV
Date: Jan 1971

Revision history:

11 Jul 2007

converted to EAD (MRC)

21 May 2009

Lesher additions, boxes renumbered (MRC)


Overview of the Collection

Creator:

Norton, Alice Mary.

Title:

Andre (Alice Mary) Norton Papers

Dates:

1959-1978

Quantity:

16.0 linear ft.

Abstract:

Papers of the American author, science fiction novelist (pseudonyms Andre Norton, Andrew North, Allen Weston). Collection includes correspondence (1959-1978); typescript drafts, manuscripts, and galley proofs for novels; and published material.

Language:

English

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://scrc.syr.edu


Biographical History

Alice Mary Norton (1912-2005) was an award-winning American science fiction and fantasy author, poet and editor.

Born and educated in Cleveland, Ohio, she began writing and editing at a young age, producing her first novel (which became her second published book) while still in high school. She attended Western Reserve University, although she never graduated due to finances. She worked as assistant librarian and children's librarian at the Cleveland Public Libraries from 1932-1950, working in 38 of their 40 branches, with a brief interruption during World War II to work at the Library of Congress. She left the Cleveland Public Libraries in 1950 to be a reader for Gnome Press, a science fiction publishing house in Hicksville, Long Island, but by 1958 she had published 23 novels and several short stories, and felt confident enough to devote her full time to freelance writing.

Although best known as a science fiction writer under the pseudonym Andre Norton (her other pen name is Andrew North), she has also written mystery, fantasy, historical novels, and westerns. Ms. Norton wrote more than 130 novels, nearly one hundred short stories, and edited numerous anthologies in the science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, and western genres, and her work has been translated into eight languages, including Arabic. She was the first woman to be a Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master and to be inducted in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. She received Skylark, Balrog, and World Fantasy awards, and was the first woman to win the Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy award. She was a member of the Women's National Book Association, Theta Sigma Phi, and encouraged beginning writers with "High Hallack," a retreat and research library for writers which she opened and ran from 1999-2004. The SFWA named an award in her honor, the Andre Norton Award for young adult novels, first given in 2006.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Alice Mary Norton Papers consist of two accessions which have not been integrated. There are also a small number of unprocessed additions not reflected in this inventory.

Accession I, acquired in the early 1970s, consists of incoming correspondence, writings, and printed material, including books and fanzines. Inclusive dates of the material are 1962-1969, with bulk dates of 1967-1969. The material is arranged in three groups.

Correspondence consists of incoming letters, arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent. Within each name, letters are arranged chronologically.

Writings constitute the bulk of the collection and includes manuscripts and printed material, arranged alphabetically by title with all stages of a work arranged together in order of creation. There is generally only one draft of a manuscript, usually a revised typescript. Title entries on the shelf list are the published titles. If the book has not been published, the shelf list title is that of the last draft. Titles of drafts and foreign editions are given if they are different from the main entry. The date given for the manuscript is one of three; in descending order of preferences, it is either 1) composition 2) copyright or 3) publication. The number of folders is indicated by a number in parentheses following the entry.

Published material includes printed copies of Ms. Norton's books, the manuscripts of which are not in the collection, and fanzines subscribed to by Ms. Norton. Books are arranged alphabetically by title with publication information given. Fanzines are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically within each title.

Accession II, acquired ca. 1978, consists of correspondence, memorabilia, published material, and writings.

Correspondence contains mostly fan mail but also some correspondence from other authors and publishers including John Jakes, Forrest J. Ackerman, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Isaac Asimov. Memorabilia consists of one book jacket and one business card. Published material contains the galley of a book by Jane Louise Curry and a pamphlet relating to science fiction.

The bulk of this accession is Writings, which contains foreign language editions of several books as well as galleys, proofs, and typescripts for more than 30 of Ms. Norton's books.


Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence in accession I is separated into general correspondence and correspondence from authors/publishers; within each subseries it is arranged chronologically. Correspondence in accession II is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. In both accessions, Published material and Writings are arranged alphabetically by type and, within that, alphabetically by title.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this material

Use Restrictions: Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.


Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has papers of a number of science fiction authors as well as numerous books, periodicals, fanzines, and other material. For manuscript collections, please see the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing. For additional material, refer to SUMMIT, our main catalog or contact us for further information.

See also the Gnome Press Records [Link to external file "../g/gnome_press.htm"] (1948-1952).


Subject Headings

Persons

North, Andrew.
Norton, Alice Mary Archives.
Norton, Andre.
Weston, Allen.

Subjects

Fantasy fiction -- Women authors.
Fantasy fiction, American.
Science fiction -- Women authors.
Science fiction, American.
Women authors, American.
Women novelists, American.

Genres and Forms

Correspondence.
Fiction.
Galley proofs.
Manuscript for publication.

Occupations

Authors.
Novelists.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Andre (Alice Mary) Norton Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alice Mary Norton. Rodney Lesher correspondence, purchased, 2009.


Table of Contents

Correspondence (I)

Writings (I)

Published material (I)

Correspondence (II)

Memorabilia (II)

Published material (II)

Writings (II)


Inventory

Correspondence (II)

General

Box 1

1959

Box 1

1967-1970 (18 folders)

Box 2

1970-1971 (16 folders)

Box 3

1971-1974 (16 folders)

Box 4

1974-1975 (14 folders)

Box 5

1975-1976 (15 folders)

Box 6

1976-1977 (15 folders)

Box 7

1977-1978 (15 folders)

Box 8

1978 (3 folders)

Box 8

Undated (2 folders)

Other authors and publishers

Box 8

1966-1970 (7 folders)

 

Memorabilia (II)

Box 8

Miscellaneous

 

Published material (II)

Box 8

Galley, The Magical Cupboard

Box 8

Pamphlet, The Dipple Chronicle

 

Writings (II)

Books

Box 8

Blut der Sternengotter

Box 8

Der Schlusel zur Sternenmacht

Box 8

Der Unheimliche Planet

Box 8

Die Eiskrone

Box 8

Riscatto Comica

Box 8

Sterne ohne Namen

Box 8

Verfemte des Alls

Galleys

Box 9

Breed to Come

Box 9

The Crystal Gryphon

Box 9

Forerunner Foray

Box 9

Here Abide Monsters (2 folders)

Box 9

Iron Cage (2 folders)

Box 9

The Jargoon Pard

Box 9

Knave of Dreams (2 folders)

Box 9

Lavender-Green Magic (2 folders)

Box 9

No Night Without Stars (2 folders)

Box 9

The Opal-Eyed Fan

Box 10

Quag Keep (5 folders)

Box 10

Red Hart Magic (2 folders)

Box 10

Tomorrow

Box 10

Velvet Shadows

Box 10

The White Jade Fox

Box 10

The Wraiths of Time (2 folders)

Box 10

Miscellaneous

Proofs

Box 10

Fear Sword, Fear Spell

Box 10

Mousetrap

Box 10

Quag Keep (3 folders)

Box 10

Red Hart Magic

Typescripts

Box 11

Android-at-Arms

Box 11

Breed to Come

Box 11

By a Hair

Box 11

The Crystal Gryphon

Box 11

Death Collects a Manuscript (4 folders)

Box 11

Dragon Magic

Box 11

Dread Companion

Box 11

Exiles of the Stars (2 folders)

Box 11

Fireside Book of Ghost Stories

Box 11

Here Abide Monsters

Box 11

High Sorcery

Box 11

The House that Once Was

Box 11

Ice Crown

Box 11

Iron Cage (3 folders)

Box 11, 12

The Jargoon Pard

Box 12

Knave of Dreams (5 folders)

Box 12

Landing on Zimmorah

Box 12

Lavender-Green Magic

Box 12

Merlin's Mirror (4 folders)

Box 12

Nightmare

Box 12

No Night Without Stars (5 folders)

Box 12, 13

The Opal-Eyed Fan (2 folders)

Box 13

Outside

Box 13

Postmarked the Stars

Box 13

Quag Keep (7 folders)

Box 13

Red Hart Magic (2 folders)

Box 13

Red Velvet (2 folders)

Box 13

Ship of Mist

Box 13

Small Shadows Creep

Box 13

Spell of the Witch World

Box 13

Star Ka'at

Box 13

Star Ka'at Sequel

Box 13

Star Ka'at World or Star Ka'at Kin

Box 13

Sword of Lost Battles

Box 13

Sword of Shadow

Box 13

Tales to be Told

Box 13

Through the Needle's Eye

Box 14

Toys of Tamisan

Box 14

Ully the Piper

Box 14

Untitled (4 folders)

Box 14

Velvet (4 folders)

Box 14

We're not a Family

Box 14

The White Jade Fox (6 folders)

Box 14

The Willing Givers

Box 14

Wraiths of Time (4 folders)

Box 14

Youthful Inexperience

Box 14

Yurth Burden (2 folders)

Box 15

Zarsthor's Bane (2 folders)

Unbound books

Box 15

Octagon Magic

Correspondence (I)

Box 16

Lesher, Rodney 1963

Box 16

Ortiz, Ray 1967

Box 16

Terry, Patrick A.M. 1967, 1968

 

Writings (I)

Books

Box 16

Dark Piper 1968 - ts rev. (2 folders)

Box 16

Octagon Magic 1967 - ts rev.

Moon of Three Rings

Box 16

Draft 1966 - ts rev. (2 folders)

Box 16

Das Geheimnis der Möndsanger, München, Moewig Verlag 1969

Box 16

Operation Time Search undated - ts rev. (2 folders)

Box 17

Sorceress of the Witch World undated - ts rev. (2 folders)

Box 17

Three Against the Witch World 1962? - ts rev.

Box 17

Uncharted Stars 1968 - ts rev. (2 folders)

Box 17

Victory in Janus undated - ts rev. (2 folders)

Box 17

Year of the Unicorn 1962? - ts rev. (2 folders)

Box 18

Warlock of the Witch World 1967 - ts rev. (2 folders)

The Zero Stone

Box 18

Draft 1967 - ts. rev (2 folders)

Box 18

Der Schlüssel zur Sternenmacht, München, Moewig Verlag 1969

 

Published material (I)

Books

Box 18

The Beast Master, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England, Penguin Books Ltd. 1968

Box 18

Catseye, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England, Penguin Books Ltd. 1967

Box 18

Lord of Thunder, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England, Penguin Books Ltd. 1968

Box 18

Star Man's Son, London, Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1968

Fanzines

Box 19

Amra Jan 1961 - Vol. II, nos. 14-30, 32-35, 41, 43-45

Box 19

Anubis Spring 1967 - Vol. I, no. 2

Box 19

Erb-Dom Dec 1966 - No. 19

Box 19

The Info Journal Spring 1967 - Vol. I, no. 1

Box 19

Kallikanzaros Sep 1967 - no. 2

Box 19

Niekas Spring 1967 - no. 18 ( folders)

Box 19

Psychotic Jan 1968 - no. 23

Box 19

Riverside Quarterly May-Jun 1965 - Vol I, no. 4

Box 19

Taft Progress Report Nov 1966 - no. 9

Box 19

Yandro Jan 1968 - Vol. XVI, no. 1 ( folders)