PCL MS 195 Gwynne Forster Papers
|Title||PCL MS 195 Gwynne Forster Papers|
The Gwynne Forster Papers are comprised of approximately 15 cubic feet of manuscript materials donated by the author beginning in 2001, with an additional donation by her family in 2019.
The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works, whether authored by Gwynne Forster or by other writers whose works may be found in this collection. Please contact the BPCL reference email with any questions about this collection.
This finding aid was prepared by Mary Koslovsky in November 2005 and updated by Manuscripts and Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in January 2017 and February 2019. The inventory was updated to include the 2019 donation by Steve Ammidown in August of 2020.
Gwynne Forster (Gwendolyn Johnson-Acsadi) was born in 1922 in Burgaw, North Carolina, but grew up in Washington, D.C. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, she went on to obtain degrees in sociology and demography from Howard University, American University and Columbia University before accepting a position at the United Nations in 1951.
Beginning as a demographer, Johnson-Acsadi was part of the Population Division at the United Nations from 1951 until her retirement in 1983, rising to the rank of Chief of the Fertility Studies section of the Population Division. She was responsible for research and analysis of social, economic, cultural and demographic factors and conditions that influence fertility levels and trends throughout the world. These studies were published under the United Nations imprimatur and in the name of its Secretary-General.
Adopting the pen name Gwynne Forster, she published her first novel, Sealed With a Kiss with Kensington Publishing's Arabesque line in 1995, at the age of 73. Forster was one of the early authors to write for Arabesque, the first romance line to focus on Black authors telling stories of Black love. Sealed With a Kiss began a career which included more than 40 novels and numerous contributions to short story compilations for publishers that included Genesis Press and Harlequin in addition to Kensington.
|Scope and Content|
The Gwynne Forster Papers are comprised of approximately 15 cubic feet of personal papers, manuscripts, and promotional materials. The collection dates from approximately 1951 - 2001.
|Series Description||Materials are organized into three broad series- Correspondence, Process, and Manuscripts. Correspondence includes communications with and from publishers, the media, and fans. Process documents the craft of writing as well as promotion. The Manuscripts include fiction and non-fiction writing, in both edited and unedited forms, as well as notebooks related to most of Forster's works.|