Guide to the Molly Gloss Papers
1979-2003

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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: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

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 Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Series I. Short Stories, Book Reviews, and Other Writings; Series II. Novels; Series III. Oversize Materials. Titles are arranged within series in chronological order by date of publication or, for unpublished works, date of creation. Within each subseries, materials are arranged by type, for example drafts, notes, research materials. Within each type, materials are arranged in chronological order.

Bibliography :  
  • Gloss, Molly. “Alice Day Pratt and the Homestead Dream.” In A Homesteader’s Portfolio, by Alice Day Pratt. Corvallis, Or.: Oregon State University Press, 1993.
  • ———. “The Blue Roan.” In New Frontiers, edited by Martin Greenburg and Bill Pronzini. New York: Tor, 1989.
  • ———. “The Blue Roan.” In New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Horse Stories. New York: Bristol Park, 1999.
  • ———. “Children of the River, by Linda Crew.” CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women 12(3) (1990): 97-98.
  • ———. Dazzle of Day. New York: Tor, 1997.
  • ———. “The Doe.” CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women 6(1) (1981): 45-50.
  • ———. “The Doe.” In The World Begins Here: An Anthology of Oregon Short Fiction, edited by Glen A. Love. Corvallis, Or.: Oregon State University Press, 1993.
  • ———. “The Doe.” In A Line of Cutting Women, edited by Beverly McFarland. Corvallis, Or.: Calyx Books, 1998.
  • ———. “A Few Things I Know About Ursula.” In Nebula Awards Showcase, edited by Vonda N. McIntyre. New York: Roc, 2004.
  • ———. “Field Trial.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 10 (1986): 76
  • ———. “Interlocking Pieces.” In Universe 14, edited by Terry Carr. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1984.
  • ———. “Interlocking Pieces.” In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. New York: Bluejay Books, 1985.
  • ———. “Interlocking Pieces.” In The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction 1960–1990, edited by Ursula K. Le Guin and Brian Attebery. New York: Norton, 1993.
  • ———. “Joining.” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 66 (1984): 57-66.
  • ———. The Jump-Off Creek. Boston: Houghton, 1989.
  • ———. “From The Jump-Off Creek.” In Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers, edited by Kim Barnes and Mary Clearman Blew. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.
  • ———. “Lambing Season.” In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003.
  • ———. “Molly Gloss.” In Talking up a Storm: Voices of the New West, edited by Gregory L. Morris. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994.
  • ———. Outside the Gates. New York: Atheneum, 1986.
  • ———. “Personal Silence.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 14 (1990): 114.
  • ———. “Personal Silence.” In The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1991.
  • ———. “Personal Silence.” In Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American West, edited by Craig Lesley and Katheryn Stavrakis. Corvallis, Or.: Oregon State University Press, 1993.
  • ———. “Reading and Writing Westerns.” In Many Faces: An Anthology of Oregon Autobiography, edited by Stephen Dow Beckham. Corvallis, Or.: Oregon State University Press, 1993.
  • ———. “Seaborne.” The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 67 (1984): 35.
  • ———. “Verano.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 16 (1992): 72.
  • ———. “Wenonah’s Gift.” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine 10 (1986): 124.
  • ———. Wild Life: A Novel New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
  • ———. “Women and the West.” Interchange 20(1) (1991): 14, 16-20.
Acquisition Information :  

Collection is a gift of Molly Gloss.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

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Series II:  Novels, 1979-2000
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

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Series III:  Oversize Materials
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

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Gloss, Molly--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--In literature
  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--Women authors
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Science fiction, American--Authorship
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Young adult literature, American--Authorship
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication

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