MS – 058: Nancy Springer Papers, Class of 1970
(10 boxes, 2.7 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1972-1987
Processed by Megan Emler
Provenance Gift of Nancy Springer.
Nancy Connor Springer was born in 1948 in
Scope and Content Notes
The Papers of Nancy Springer, Class of 1970 consist largely of manuscripts of her earlier novels, dating from 1977 to 1987. Although the vast majority of the manuscripts are typed with handwritten corrections, the collection does contain the first draft of The Golden Swan written entirely in Nancy Springer’s hand. Also included are printer’s galleys, readers proofs, and three of Springer’s books published in Japanese.
The collection has been reorganized so that the researcher can see the process of writing and rewriting a manuscript for publishing. The Golden Swan is an excellent example of this writing process, while The Book of Suns and The Silver Sun demonstrate how a writer matures in her art form. These manuscripts are arranged in chronological order within their subject headings. Correspondence is organized in chronological order. The researcher should refer to the correspondence folder for a letter from Nancy Springer to the Gettysburg College Library, explaining the writing and publishing history behind her Trilogy of Isle. Also of interest is a letter regarding the early draft of The Black Beast and one note from Nancy Springer concerning her writing process for Chains of Gold.
The Nancy Springer Papers provide insight to the writing process. The researcher will not find information on Nancy Springer’s time at
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