Jessica Salmonson papers, 1973-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Author
Salmonson, Jessica Amanda
Title
Jessica Salmonson papers
Dates
1973-1993
Quantity
7.5 linear feet, (15 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 472
Summary
The papers of Jessica Salmonson, American author and editor of fantasy and horror fiction and poetry, are comprised of manuscripts and other published material, correspondence, subject/research files, clippings and ephemera, media, and photographs.
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

Jessica (Jesse Amos) Salmonson was born January 6, 1950 in Seattle, Washington. She spent her early childhood with her parents, who worked in a traveling carnival - her mother as a sword eater, and step-father as a fire breather. Sadly, she was orphaned at the age of seven, and spent several years in a foster home with her older sister. She ran away when she was twelve, and was subsequently placed in group homes, before regaining contact with her father and his new wife, Lek, a Thai Buddhist nun.

Salmonson's writing career began in the early 1970’s, with her work as an editor and writer for a small press magazine, The Literary Magazine of Fantasy and Terror. Salmonson used her role at the magazine, which served as a forum for feminist issues, to openly document and discuss her gender transition. In 1985, Salmonson left the Literary Magazine of Fantasy and Terror to work as the editor for the literary zine Fantasy Macabre (1985- 1997).

Salmonson's first significant publication - Amazons! - won the 1980 World Fantasy Award. Just a year later, her work Tomoe Gozen - the first of a trilogy - was published to acclaim (a revised version of the novel, re-titled The Disfavored Hero, was published in 1999). In 1989, she won a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Science Fiction/Fantasy, for her editorial work on the anthrology What Did Miss Darrington See?: An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction.Salmonson's story collections include A Silver Thread of Madness (1989); The Mysterious Doom and Other Ghostly Tales of the Pacific Northwest (1992); Phantom Waters: Northwest Legends of Rivers, Lakes, and Shores (1995); and The Eleventh Jaguarandi and Other Mysterious Persons (coll 1995).

Her works of poetry include: The Black Crusader and Other Poems of Horror (1979, chap); Cheap Present (1980, chap); On the Shores of Eternity (1981, chap); Feigned Death and Other Sorceries (1983, chap); Innocent of Evil: Poems in Prose (1984, chap); The Patient Child (1985, chap); Fantasies in Black and White (1987, chap); A Celestial Occurrence (1991, chap); The Goddess Under Siege (1992, chap); Songs of the Maenads (1993, chap); The Horn of Tara (1995, chap); and Lake of the Devil: Poems of Morosity and Jest (1995, chap).

Salmonson lives in the Pacific Northwest.

[source: Clute, John and John Grant. Encyclopedia of Fantasy. Palgrave Macmillan: 1997.]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Jessica Salmonson papers are comprised primarily of draft and published versions of her manuscripts and other works, and correspondence.

Drafts of the Tomoe Gozen Saga, and the fanzines and chapbooks contained in the collection, may be of special interest to researchers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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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], Jessica Salmonson papers, Coll 472, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries A: Drafts
Box Folder
1 1
Anna and the Miserable Man
Includes incoming correspondence with Marlene Garr and a publishing agency.
1 2
Anna and the Miserable Man
1 3
Atrocities
Includes outgoing correspondence.
1 4
Bear at the Gate
3 copies
1 5
Biology Class
1 6
Body Rott
Includes incoming correspondence with numerous publishing agencies.
1 7
The Clone - Anthologies of Horror and the Good Stuff You Won't Find in Them
1 8
The Clown
Includes incoming correspondence from The Twilight Zone, The Silver Thread, Alfred Hitchcock's Murder Magazine and Potboiler.
1 9
The Day the Slaves were Freed
Includes correspondence with assorted publishing agencies.
1 10
The Diary of Cathia the Bold
1 11
The Evil Jinn
Includes incoming correspondence from Owlflight and Roy Torgeson Science Fiction and Fantasy.
1 12
Excerpt from an Old Journal
1 13
Excerpt from an Old Journal
2 copies. Includes correspondence from assorted publishing agencies.
1 14
The Fabulous Sea Below
Includes incoming correspondence from numerous publishing companies.
1 15
Fantasies in Black and White
1 16
I Found that I was No One Though Many Worshipped Me
1 17
Full Moon Tonight
1 18
Full Moon Tonight
Published in Moonbruth, volume 2.
1 19
Four Unusual Miniatures
1 20
The Garbage Disposal - All
2 copies. Includes incoming correspondence from Skullduggery, Moon Scape, and Twilight Zone.
1 21
Hags Tapestry
1 22
A Haunted Tale of Justice
Includes correspondence from Fantasy Book, and The Twilight Zone.
1 23
Kali and the Princess Knight
1 24
Madame Lasagna and the Maze of Dream
2 copies
1 25
The Medical and Scientific Professional Interest in Maintaining Maximum Pollution Levels in our Environment
1 26
Meditations and Confessions Regarding my Disturbing Ability
1 27
A Mere Tragedy
1 28
Nightmare Circus
Includes a page of edits.
1 29
Nightmare Circus
1 30
None
Includes incoming correspondence with Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Clarence A.E. Paget.
1 31
The Optimist and The Cynic: Stories by Robin McKinley and Michael Shea
2 1
Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman [1 of 3]
2 2
Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman [2 of 3]
2 3
Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman [2 of 3]
2 4
Patrons
Includes incoming correspondence with numerous publishing agencies.
2 5
Pit
2 6
Quadrival
Includes incoming correspondence from numerous publishing agencies.
2 7
The Rare Rains
2 8
The Rare Rains
Includes incoming correspondence with Moonscape.
2 9
Samurai Fugue
Includes incoming correspondence from numerous publishing agencies.
2 10
Seller of Stones
Includes correspondence with Duck's-Foot Tree Productions.
2 11
A Silver Thread of Madness [1 of 2]
3 1
A Silver Thread of Madness [2 of 2]
3 2
Story of a Castle Page
Includes correspondence from numerous publishing agencies.
3 3
Swordswomen of Asia
3 4
Tales by Moonlight, Volume 2 [1 of 2]
3 5
Tales by Moonlight, Volume 2 [2 of 2]
3 6
Three Dirty Men
Includes incoming correspondence from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
3 7
Thousand Shrine Warrior [1 of 3]
3 8
Thousand Shrine Warrior [2 of 3]
4 1
Thousand Shrine Warrior [3 of 3]
4 2
Tycoon and Lady Death
Includes incoming correspondence with Charles Grant, The Twilight Zone, and Fantasy Book.
4 3
Tomoe Gozen [1 of 2]
4 4
Tomoe Gozen [2 of 2]
4 5
The Tomoe Gozen Saga [1 of 3]
4 6
The Tomoe Gozen Saga [2 of 3]
4 7
The Tomoe Gozen Saga [3 of 3]
4 8
The Uphill Slide
5 1
Under the House
Includes correspondence with assorted publishing companies.
5 2
The Wisewoman and the Wonder
5 3
What did Miss Darrington See [1 of 2]
Includes incoming correspondence from The Feminist Press.
5 4
What did Miss Darrington See [2 of 2]
5 5
Wander
Published in SPOCR Anthology, Volume 1
5 6
Warring Goddesses and Mortal Women of India
5 7
Why Koji Mori's Neck is Short Like That
5 8
Youngin
5 9
Authors preface and assorted excerpts
5 10
Piece of an unknown publication
Subseries B: Published versions
Box Folder
15 1
The Berkley Showcase, Volume 3
15 2
The Berkley Showcase, Volume 5
15 3
Die Scheue Schone
15 4
Elsewhere
5 11
The Eleventh Jaguarondi and other Mysterious Persons
5 12
The Fabulous Sea
Includes incoming correspondence with Oracle Magazine.
15 5
The Golden Naginata
5 13
The Haunted Wherry and other Rare Ghost Stories
5 14
The Impossible Cow
15 6
Master of Fallen Years
15 7
Ou Lu Khen and the Beautiful Madwoman
15 8
Phantom Waters
5 15
Precisely What Happened
5 16
The Rare Rains
Includes incoming correspondence with Moonscape.
15 9
The Swordswoman
15 10
Tomoe Gozen
5 17
Published version of The Voice
15 11
Tales by Moonlight
15 12
Thousand Shrine Warrior

Series II:  CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries A: Incoming
Box Folder
5 18
Ron W.
6 1
D
6 2
C
6 3
B
6 4
B-W
6 5
Diane Bogus
6 6
David R. Hough
6 7
C-J
6 8
Undinal Songs and Equinox Publishing
6 9
Neal Blaikie
6 10
Rose Ann Cyrus
6 11
Phyllis and Alex Eisentein
6 12
C-R
6 13
G
6 14
Fans and subscribers
6 15
Jeanne Gomoll
7 1
Lavender Butterfly Publications
Includes publication.
7 2
Avedon Carol
Includes 3 publications of The Invisible Fan.
7 3
Adrienne Fein
7 4
Thomas R. Clark
7 5
Diana Press
7 6
B-W
7 7
General
7 8
Allyn Cadogan
7 9
F
7 10
B-T
7 11
Publication orders
7 12
A-T
7 13
W.D Firestone and H.L Prosser
7 14
A-W
8 1
B-S
8 2
Fan letters for "Amazons!"
8 3
Robert Adams
8 4
Fans and assorted magazine subscribers
8 5
E-W
8 6
Assorted publishing agencies
8 7
C-W
8 8
B-T
8 9
B-Z
8 10
Assorted publishing agencies regarding "Come the Eaters"
8 11
C-P
8 12
Randall Larsen
8 13
Joey Froehlich
8 14
Gerald Brown
8 15
A-V
8 16
C-S
9 1
Submissions to Fantasy and Terror
9 2
A-W
9 3
D-S
9 4
C-W
9 5
C-Z
9 6
C-W
9 7
A-W
9 8
Timothy Caldwell
Includes printed photographs.
Subseries B: Outgoing
Box Folder
9 9
March 26, 1989 - May 29, 1989
9 10
March 27, 1989 - June 21, 1990
9 11
April 11, 1989 - December 13, 1992
10 1
June 17, 1990 - March 29, 1992
10 2
December 4, 1990 - November 19, 1991
10 3
February 24, 1991 - April 18, 1993
10 4
April 27, 1991 - December 18, 1992
10 5
August 22, 1992 - May 24, 1993
10 6
Don D'Ammassa

Series III:  Subject filesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
10 7
Press release for a collection of stories
Includes Jessica Salmonson's resume.
10 8
Notes
10 9
Printed photographs, a comic strip and a translation of an excerpt from an unknown work
10 10
Multiple copies of Jessica Salmonson's resume and bibliography
10 11
Printed photographs and a small publication use as research for Amazons!
10 12
Assorted small publications and excerpts used as research for Amazons!
10 13
Publication catalog for Violet Books, Number 3

Series IV:  Other Published WorksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Subseries A: Fanzines and Chapbooks
Box Folder
11 1
Algol, Alvega and Ay, Chingar!, number 5
11 2
Apple, number 1
11 3
The Black Crusader and Other Poems of Horror and Fantasy
11 4
A Book of Thel, number 1
11 5
Comics '80, number 9
11 6
Empir, volume 2, number 1-3, and volume 8, number 2
11 7
Fantasies in Black and White
11 8
Fantasy Macabre, volume 5-10
11 9
Fantasy and Terror, volume 1-10
11 10
Feigned Death and other Sorceries
11 11
Future Retrospective, number 9-10, 12-13, and 15-17
11 12
Future Retrospective, number 8
11 13
Hags Tapestry and The Horn of Tara
11 14
Hedgehog, number 15
11 15
In This Vent and Innocent of Evil
Includes Inferno, number 12.
12 1
Kickshaw, number 2; Kratophany, number 9
12 2
Knights, number 19-21
12 3
Lake of the Devil
12 4
Mad Scientist Digest, number 1 and 3
12 5
Paginate, volume 1-10
12 6
Pre-printed drafts of Paginate, volume 9 and 10
12 7
Nieces, number 32; Peripheral Visions, number 4
12 8
On the Shores of Eternity
12 9
Outworlds, number 22
12 10
Profanity, volume 2, number 4
12 11
Rune, volume 7, number 6, 8, and 10
12 12
Scavengers Newsletter, number 93; In The Shadow of a Monolith, number 61; Scintillation, volume 3, number 4
12 13
Simulacrum, volume 2
12 14
Slideshow and Sorceries and Sorrows
12 15
Songs of the Maenads
13 1
The Stone and the Stars, volume 1, number 2 and 4
13 2
Tangent, number 6-8
13 3
Trapdoor, number 8; Torus, number 4
13 4
Vert, number 2; Simulacrum, volume 2
13 5
Windhaven, volume 1-5
13 6
Yandro, volume 22, number 1 and 4; volume 23, number 1
13 7
Young Tyrone
Subseries B: Works by Other Authors
Box Folder
13 8
Cardinal Napellus, by Gustav Meyrink
13 9
The Dark Tide, by T.J. Morgan
13 10
Dinah
Bimonthly publication of the Lesbian Activist Bureau.
13 11
"Din-O-Saur," number 47
13 12
"Fantasies in Amber," by Jules Faye
13 13
The Flying Pig," number 28; "Scavenger Newsletter"
13 14
"GenrePlat," number 4; "GrayMalkin," volume 2, number 1
13 15
"Ghosts and Scholars," number 9
13 16
"Interface," volume 6, number 3
13 17
"Lans Lantern," number 10
13 18
"The Man Who Chose to be a Woman - The True Story of Chevalier D'Eon," by Gary Kates
13 19
"The Mirror of Ko Hung," by E. Hoffman Price
13 20
"Moonstill Tulip Wine and Others"
14 1
"Peaceable Primates and Gentle People: Anthropological Approaches to Women's Studies," by Ruby Levitt
14 2
The Ruined Tower," by Janrae Frank
14 3
"Whimsey," volume 1, number 4; "Wyknot," number 5
14 4
"Woman as Hero"
14 5
Assorted pages and editorials from fanzines and chapbooks
14 6
Assorted pages and editorials from fanzines and chapbooks
14 7
Three unknown short stories written by Reid
14 8
Miscellaneous excerpts from assorted fanzines and publications

Series V:  Clippings and EphemeraReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
14 9
Newspapers and newspaper articles
14 10
Assorted magazine and newspaper clippings
Includes flyers and a "Matchbook Full of Blues."
14 11
Miscellaneous clippings
14 12
Artwork

Series VI:  Media and PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
14 13
The Science Fiction Radio Show
Two cassette tapes, a program sheet, and correspondence.
14 14
Three sets of negatives and a photograph
Nude photograph of woman.
14 15
Two large photographs
Photograph of a samurai woman and photograph of an unknown man.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century--Manuscripts
  • Authors, American--Oregon
  • Fantasy fiction--Women authors
  • Feminist fiction, American--Authorship
  • Science fiction, American--Authorship
  • Science fiction--Periodicals
  • Science fiction--Women authors
  • Women authors, American--Oregon
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Science fiction