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PCL MS 156 Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc. Collection


The records of the Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc., formerly known as Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America, consist of approximately 0.4 cubic feet and were donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library in 1997 by Denise Koch, with additional donations made in 1998, 2000 and 2001 by Joyce Lane. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all published and unpublished works found in this collection.

This finding aid was prepared by Mary Koslovsky in February 2006.

Agency History

The Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc. (MVRAI) was founded as Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America, local chapter Number 126 of the Romance Writers of America (RWA). Topics of interest to MVRAI include writing contests, locating a literary agent, submitting manuscripts to publishers, negotiating publishing contracts, and promoting sold work.

Scope and Content

The records of the Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc. comprise 0.4 cubic foot and document the membership and activities of the organization from 1995-2000, then known as Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America. Organizational files (approximately .25 cu ft.) include a few pages of meeting minutes, membership lists, agendas, and correspondence, but the amount is not significant. A more complete series is the club newsletter, "The Maumee Valley Report" which gives a better idea of club interests and activities for the years 1997-2000. The club sponsors a contest, "He Said--She Said", and documents are present from the 1998-2000 contest years.

During the years 1996-1998 and 2000, the MVRWA and Bowling Green State University's Popular Culture Library sponsored two conferences, "Re-reading the Romance" and "Romance in the New Millennium." Files (approximately .25 cu ft.) documenting this activity are especially significant since they provide insights into the development of a romance writers' archives at BGSU's Browne Popular Culture Library, during the tenure of head librarian Dr. Alison Scott.

Series Description

The collection includes chapter meeting minutes and agendas, newsletters, some chapter correspondence, officer reports, and contest related materials. These materials date from 1996-2000.

Of particular interest are files related to both the 1997 and 2000 academic romance conferences held at Bowling Green State University. These files include correspondence, marketing and publicity materials, and meeting minutes and notes.

A number of unidentified photographs related to the romance conferences and other events are scattered through the collection.


Box 1
1 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes August 1995
2 General Meeting Minutes January 1997
3 Officers Meeting Minutes February 1998
4 Member List- RESTRICTED 1997, 1998
5 Meeting Agendas February, March 1999
6 RWA Bylaws and Discussion circa 2000

Correspondence- Chapter Status

October 1997
8 Correspondence- Listserv 2000
9 Year-End Treasurer's Report 1998
10 Newsletter- Maumee Valley Report 1997
11 Newsletter- Maumee Valley Report 1998
12 Newsletter- Maumee Valley Report 1999
13 Newsletter- Maumee Valley Report 2000
14 Contest Rules & Results-"He Said - She Said" 1998
15 Contest Entry Forms & Judging Info- "He Said - She Said" 1999
16 Contest Announcement Draft- "He Said - She Said" 2000
17 Articles about Browne Popular Culture Library 1989-1990
18 Rereading the Romance Conference- Minutes, Correspondence, Etc. Dec 1996 - Nov 1997
19 Rereading the Romance Conference- Photos 1997
20 Romance in the New Millennium Conference- Correspondence 1996-1998
21 Romance in the New Millennium Conference- Correspondence 2000
22 Romance in the New Millennium Conference- Funding and publicity 2000
23 RWA State and Local Chapter Contests and Conferences 1996-1998
24 Publishers' fliers, catalogs, etc. 1994-1999
25 Photographs undated