PCL MS 198 Shirley T. Hailstock Collection
|Title||PCL MS 198 Shirley T. Hailstock Collection|
The Shirley T. Hailstock Collection is comprised of approximately 3 linear feet of documents that date from 1995-2000. The collection consists primarily of edited manuscripts, galleys, editor correspondence and one mounted promotional poster for the novel Clara's Promise.
Shirley T. Hailstock transferred her collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in May 2001. 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 Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works, whether authored by Shirley T. Hailstock or by other writers whose works may be found in this collection.
This finding aid was prepared by Mary Koslovsky in February 2006 and updated by Manuscripts and Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in January 2017.
Shirley T. Hailstock was born in Newberry, South Carolina before relocating to the Washington, D.C. area as a small child. She spent many of her school-age years in Buffalo, N.Y., graduating from Buffalo East High School. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Howard University in Washington D.C. and an MBA in chemical marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.
Shirley writes contemporary and historical romance and mainstream women's fiction. Her debut novel, Whispers of Love, was published in September 1994. It received wide critical acclaim and won the HOLT Medallion from the Virginia Romance Writers. Shirley's first historical novel, Clara's Promise (1995), won the Utah Romance Writers Heart of the West Award. White Diamonds (1996) was nominated for a Romantic Times Award as the best Multicultural Romance of 1996. Romantic Times presented Shirley with a Career Achievement Award and her novel, Legacy, received the Waldenbooks Award for Bestselling Multicultural Romance. Legacy was also listed as one of the 100 Greatest Romance Novels of the 20th century. To date, she has written more than 35 novels and novellas.
Shirley has been a member of Romance Writers Association (RWA) since 1988 and served as a board member and as its president from 2002-2003, the first African-American woman to do so. She is also a past president of the New Jersey RWA and an officer of Women Writers of Color.
She lives in central New Jersey and has taught writing at colleges and universities in New Jersey, as well as seminars around the country.
|Scope and Content||The Shirley T. Hailstock collection includes versions of manuscripts for some of the author's earliest published works, providing researchers with great insight into the editing and publishing process. The manuscripts for her first two romance novels, Clara's Promise and White Diamonds are heavily annotated by the author and her editors, illustrating changes both major and minor.|
Included with most of the novels is correspondence from Hailstock's editors. In some cases it is purely administrative, but several of the letters provide plot and content notes beyond what the editor wrote in the manuscript.
Also included are galley proofs both bound and unbound, illustrating the last steps before publication. The bound copies in particular prodive researchers with a chance to trace the evolution of Hailstock's ideas and writing to their natural conclusion.
Final print copies of each of the books for which there are manuscripts can be found in the collection of the Browne Popular Culture Library.
|Transfers||Several paperback copies of works by Shirley T. Hailstock were included in donations to this collection, and have been separated for inclusion in the romance fiction collection of the Browne Popular Culture Library.|