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Molly Gloss papers, 1979-2003

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gloss, Molly
Title
Molly Gloss papers
Dates
1979-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
7.0 linear feet, (19 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 296
Summary
Collection comprises the papers of American author Molly Gloss, including notes, planning documents, research materials, and drafts of novels, short stories, book reviews, and essays written between 1979 and 2003. The collection includes examples of her work in several genres, including young adult fantasy literature, Outside the Gates (1986); western fiction, The Jump-Off Creek (1989); adventure fiction, Wild Life: A Novel (2000); and science fiction, The Dazzle of Day, “Interlocking Pieces” and “Lambing Season”.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Author Molly Gloss was born in Portland, Oregon on November 20, 1944 to Charles David and Eleanor Marie Lovelace. In 1966 she married Edward G. Gloss, with whom she had a son, Ben. Gloss received a B.A. and a secondary teaching certificate from Portland State College, now University, in 1966. She worked as a schoolteacher and a correspondence clerk for a freight company before becoming a full-time writer in 1980 after her son had entered school. In 1981, Gloss took a course in science fiction writing from Ursula K. Le Guin at Portland State University. Since then she has authored several short stories and novels in that genre, as well as works of western fiction, fantasy fiction, and young adult literature. In addition, Gloss has written book reviews, essays, an appreciation of Ursula K. Le Guin, and an introduction to the memoir of a woman homesteader. Molly Gloss lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection comprises the papers of author Molly Gloss, including notes, planning documents, research materials, and drafts of novels, short stories, book reviews, and essays. The collection includes some correspondence with readers, editors and publishers, but lacks personal correspondence. The collection includes examples of Gloss’ work in several genres, including young adult fantasy fiction, Outside the Gates (1986); western fiction, The Jump-Off Creek (1989); science fiction, The Dazzle of Day (1997), “Interlocking Pieces” and “Lambing Season”; and adventure fiction, Wild Life: A Novel (2000).

The notes, planning documents and research materials concern Gloss’ novels The Jump-Off Creek, The Dazzle of Day and Wild Life: A Novel. The correspondence, notes and drafts concerning The Jump-Off Creek reveal its development over many years and through several versions to its final form, a “woman’s western” novel about a woman homesteader in Oregon in the 1890s. Related works are titled “Unfamiliar Ground,” “The Wolf Killers” and “The Lady of Two Creeks.” Of particular note in these materials is Gloss’ response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s comments on an early version of The Jump-Off Creek in which Gloss discusses women and the western novel. Later, Gloss addressed this topic and the evolution of The Jump-Off Creek in an interview and a lecture that are published in Talking up a Storm: Voices of the New West and Interchange, the journal of the Oregon Educational Media Association. These works are not included in this collection, but are available in the University of Oregon Libraries.

The notes, planning documents and research materials concerning The Dazzle of Day reveal the author’s efforts to ground her fiction on principles of social science. This type of science fiction has been referred to as anthropological science fiction or speculative anthropology. The materials include notes on language, agriculture and religion. Also included in these materials are diagrams of the spacecrafts in this novel.

The collection includes manuscripts of most of the author’s short stories, including early unpublished works and widely anthologized works such as “The Doe,” a reworking of the theme of William Stafford’s poem “Traveling Through the Dark,” and “Lambing Season,” a 2003 Hugo Award nominee.

Much of Gloss’ fiction is set in the Pacific Northwest and addresses the human response to wilderness and the theme of community. Her science fiction short stories, which often feature Western-type landscapes and themes, focus more on human feelings and social issues than science and technology.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Molly Gloss Papers, Coll 296, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Short Stories, Book Reviews, and Other Writings, 1981-2003Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Strings
n.d.
Box Folder
1 1
Draft 1
1 2
Draft 2
Subseries B: Downstream
n.d.
Box Folder
1 3
Draft 1
Subseries C: Autonomous Systems
n.d.
Box Folder
1 4
Draft 1
1 5
Draft 2
Subseries D: Tryst
n.d.
Box Folder
1 6
Draft 1
Subseries E: Little Hills
n.d.
Box Folder
1 7
Draft 1
Subseries F: The Doe
1981
Box Folder
1 8
Draft 1
1 9
Draft 2 (two copies)
1 10
Draft 2, critiqued
1 11
Draft 3
Includes letter from Molly Gloss to Nevart Apikian concerning National League of American Pen Women grant.
Subseries G: Interlocking Pieces
1984
Box Folder
1 12
Draft 1
1 13
Draft 2, critiqued
1 14
Draft 3
Subseries H: Joining
1984
Box Folder
1 15
Draft 1
1 16
Draft 2
1 17
Draft 3
Subseries I: Sea-borne
1984
Box Folder
1 18
Draft 1
1 19
Draft 2
Subseries J: Field Trial
1986
Box Folder
1 20
Draft 1
1 21
Draft 1, copyedited for publication
Subseries K: Wenonah's Gift
1986
Box Folder
1 22
Draft 1 and notes
1 23
Draft 2
1 24
Draft 3, copyedited for publication
Subseries L: The Blue Roan
1989
Box Folder
1 25
Draft 1, pp. 18-22
1 26
Draft 2 (two copies)
1 27
Draft 3
1 28
Draft 4
1 29
Draft 5
1 30
Draft 6 (two copies)
1 31
Draft 6, critiqued
1 32
Draft 7 (two copies)
1 33
Draft 8 (two copies)
Subseries M: Personal Silence
1990
Box Folder
2 1
Draft 1 (two copies)
2 1
Draft 2, copyedited for publication
Subseries N: Verano
1992
Box Folder
2 3
Draft 1, copyedited for publication
Chapter from The Dazzle of Day.
Subseries O: Alice Day Pratt and the Homestead Dream
1993
Drafts
Box Folder
2 4
Draft 1, copyedited for publication, missing pp. 2, 4, 22
Preface to A Homesteader’s Portfolio, by Alice Day Pratt.
Research Materials
Box Folder
2 5
Notes and Research Materials
Subseries P: One Sweet Quarrel, by Deirdre McNamer
ca. 1994
Box Folder
2 6
Draft 1
Subseries Q: The Curlew's Cry, by Mildred Walker; Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women, edited by Kim Barnes and Mary Clearman Blew; Knowledge of Angels, by Jill Paton Walsh
ca. 2001
Box Folder
2 7
Draft 1
Subseries R: Lambing Season
2003
Box Folder
2 8
Draft 1

Series II:  Novels, 1979-2000Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Unfamiliar Ground
n.d.
Box Folder
3 1
Draft 1 [Song of Evening Rain]
3 2
Draft 2, chapters 1-7
3 3
Draft 3
3 4
Draft 4, chapters 3, 5, 6, 10
3 5
Unfamiliar Country (An Excerpt), Draft 1
3 6
Unfamiliar Country (An Excerpt), Draft 2
Subseries B: The Wolf Killers
n.d.
Box Folder
3 7
Draft 1, chapter 1
3 8
Draft 2, chapter 1
3 9
Draft 3, chapter 1 (two copies)
3 10
Draft 3, chapter 1 cont. (two copies)
3 11
Draft 3, chapter 2
3 12
Draft 4, copy 1, chapters 1-7
3 13
Draft 4, copy 1, chapters 8-14
3 14
Draft 4, copy 2, chapters 1-7, edited
3 15
Draft 4, copy 2, chapters 8-14, edited
Subseries C: The Lady of Two Creeks
[1979]
Box Folder
4 1
Draft 1, chapter 1-2, critiqued (several copies) [The Woman of Two-Creeks]
4 2
Draft 2, copy 1, chapters 1-7
Includes Bantam Books/Twentieth Century Fox First Western Novel Competition announcement.
4 3
Draft 2, copy 1, chapters 8-14
4 4
Draft 2, copy 2, chapters 1-7, edited
4 5
Draft 2, copy 1, chapters 8-14, edited
Subseries D: Outside the Gates
1986
Subseries A: Drafts
Box Folder
5 1
Draft 1, copy 1, critiqued
5 2
Draft 1, copy 2, critiqued
5 3
Draft 1, copy 3, critiqued
5 4
Draft 1, copy 4, critiqued
5 5
Draft 1, copy 5, critiqued
5 6
Draft 1, copy 6, critiqued
5 7
Draft 1 critiques
5 8
Draft 2
5 9
Draft 3, copy 1
5 10
Draft 3, copy 2, copyedited for publication
Subseries B: Proofs
Box Folder
5 11
Master galley proofs
5 12
Master page proofs
5 13
Selected page proofs
Subseries E: The Jump-Off Creek
1989
Subseries A: Drafts
Box Folder
6 1
Draft 1
6 2
Draft 1 revisions [1 of 2]
6 3
Draft 1 revisions [2 of 2]
6 4
Draft 2, parts
6 5
Draft 3, copy 1, chapters 1-24, critiqued
6 6
Draft 3, copy 1, chapters 24-36, critiqued
7 1
Draft 3, copy 2, chapters 1-24, critiqued
7 2
Draft 3, copy 2, chapters 24-36, critiqued
7 3
Draft 3, copy 3, chapters 1-24
7 4
Draft 3, copy 3, chapters 24-36
7 5
Critiques of drafts
7 6
Draft of letter from Molly Gloss to Virginia Kidd regarding The Jump-Off Creek.
7 7
Final draft, chapters 1-24, copyedited for publication
7 8
Final draft, chapters 24-36, copyedited for publication
Subseries B: Proofs
Box Folder
8 1
Author's proof, pp. 1-121
8 2
Author's proof, pp. 122-194
8 3
Author's marked proof, pp. 1-121
8 4
Author's marked proof, pp. 122-194
Subseries C: Research Materials, Planning Documents and Teaching Materials
Box Folder
8 5
General research materials and planning documents
8 6
Dedication page genealogical research materials
8 7
Selected pages from drafts and proofs used for instruction
Subseries F: The Dazzle of Day
1997
Subseries A: Drafts
Box Folder
9 1
Draft 1, pp. 1-49, critiqued by Ursula K. Le Guin
9 2
Final draft 1, pp. 1-160
Includes letter from Tad Dembowski of Tor Books to Molly Gloss.
9 3
Final draft 1, pp. 161-314
Subseries B: Proofs
Box Folder
9 4
Galley proof, pp. 1-134
9 5
Galley proof, pp. 135-254
9 6
Galley proof, additional pages
Subseries C: Notes, Research Materials and Planning Documents
Box Folder
9 7
Notebook 1, part A
9 8
Notebook 1, part B
9 9
Notebook 2
Subseries G: Wild Life: A Novel
2000
Subseries A: Drafts
Box Folder
10 1
Draft 1, copy 1, pp. 1-130, critiqued [Mountains of the Moon]
10 2
Draft 1, copy 1, pp. 132-269, critiqued
10 3
Draft 1, copy 1, pp. 271-416, critiqued
10 4
Draft 1, copy 2, pp. 1-200, critiqued [Mountains of the Moon]
10 5
Draft 1, copy 2, pp. 201-412, critiqued
10 6
Draft 1, copy 3, pp. 1-416, critiqued [Mountains of the Moon]
11 1
Draft 2, copy 1, pp. 1-125 [In a Wild Wood]
11 2
Draft 2, copy 1, pp. 126-262
11 3
Draft 2, copy 1, pp. 263-403
11 4
Draft 2, copy 2, pp. 1-156 [Wild Life]
11 5
Draft 2, copy 2, pp. 157-263
11 6
Draft 2, copy 2, pp. 264-370
11 7
Draft 2, copy 3, pp. 76-92
Includes correspondence with Irene Martin concerning Skamokawa part of manuscript.
12 1
Draft 3 preface (several versions)
12 2
Draft 3, pp. 1-166, critiqued by Roz Siegel
12 3
Draft 3, pp. 167-265
12 4
Draft 3, pp. 265-373
12 5
Draft 4, pp. 1-136
Includes letter from Molly Gloss to Roz Siegel.
12 6
Draft 4, pp. 137-257
12 7
Draft 4, pp. 258-374
13 1
Final draft, pp. 1-213, copyedited for publication
13 2
Final draft, pp. 214-356
13 3
Final draft, master set, pp. 1-127
13 4
Final draft, master set, pp. 128-245
13 5
Final draft, master set, pp. 246-356
13 6
Correspondence and notes concerning copyediting
Subseries B: Research Materials and Notes
Box Folder
14 1
Bibliographic research and clippings
14 2
Geographic research and notes
14 3
Dime novel research materials
14 4
Forest service and conservation movement research materials
14 5
Logging and regional historical research materials
14 6
Notes
14 7
Portland, Oregon historical calendars
14 8
Portland, Oregon historical calendars
14 9
Notebook 1
14 10
Notebook 2
15 1
Notebook 3
15 2
Notebook 4
Photographs
Includes images of lava fields and caves, logging camps and machinery, railroad tracks and trains, homes and homesteads, flora, and rivers. Most of the photographs appear to pertain to Wild Life: A Novel, but photographs 1-5 may pertain to The Jump-Off Creek and related works.
Box Folder
16 1-5
Photographs 1-5
1973
16 6-62
Photographs 6-62
1995
16 63-84
Photographs 63-84
1996

Series III:  Oversize MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries A: Outside the Gates
Box Folder
17 1
Master galley proofs
17 2
Master page proofs
17 3
Selected page proofs
Subseries B: The Jump-Off Creek
Box Folder
18 1
Newsclipping titled "Early Oregon Indian trails, explorer routes, settlement trails and stagecoach routes".
Subseries C: Wild Life: A Novel
Box Folder
19 1
Historical calendars
19 2
Clippings and Wahkiakum County Eagle historical editions