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PCL MS 156 Maumee Valley Romance Writers Collection

Introduction

The records of the Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America 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 Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all published and unpublished works found in this collection.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 Writers of America (MVRWA) is local chapter Number 126 of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) that meets in and around Toledo, Ohio. RWA is an international professional organization dedicated to furthering the interests of career-minded romance writers through networking and support. The benefits of membership include opportunities to attend the annual national conference, regional and local workshops, fellowship with other writers and many special interest chapters. Topics of interest to the MVRWA chapter 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 Writers of America comprise one cubic foot and document the membership and activities of the organization from 1995-2000. 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.

The collection is completed by two manuscripts (.5 cu ft.) written by Adrienne de Wolfe.

Series Description

Proceedings
Minutes
1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 (scattered dates)
Arranged chronologically
May include bylaws, agendas, chapter meeting minutes, executive board minutes, and officers' meeting minutes.

Member List
1998
No arrangement
Includes list of members of Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America, Chapter #126
Correspondence
Correspondence
1997 and 2000
Arranged chronologically
Letter and emails from Denise Koch (President) to members and one email from the MVRWA moderator
Reports
Treasurer's Report
1998
Arranged chronologically
Year-end financial reports
Subject Files
Topic: Contest--He Said - She Said
1998-2000
Arranged chronologically
Includes information documenting this annual writing contest.

Topic: Popular Culture Library
1989, 1990
Articles and brochure about the Popular Culture Library.

Topic: Conference Files
1996, 2000 (scattered)
Arranged chronologically
Files can contain minutes, correspondence, fact sheets, financial documents, publicity, programs, and photographs. These materials document two conferences that were sponsored by the Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America and BGSU's Popular Culture Library entitled, "Rereading the Romance" and "Romance in the New Millennium.".

Topic: Romance Writers of America Association
1996-1998
No arrangement
Includes information about state and local chapter contests and conferences. Filed following conference information.

Topic: Publishers' catalogs, fliers
1994-1999
No arrangement
Includes booklists and promotional material. Filed following conference information.
Literary Productions
Manuscripts
1996, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
Complete manuscript for a novel, Texas Lover and portion of a novel, Texas Wildcat by Adrienne de Wolfe. Also includes a dust jacket autographed by the author. Filed following chapter records.
Printed Material
Newsletters
Maumee Valley Report
1997-2000
Arranged chronologically
Chapter newsletter of the MVRWA. Filed following reports.
Photographic Material
Photographs
1997-2000, n.d.
No arrangement
Photographs of people (unidentified) at chapter activities. Filed following subject files.

Inventory

Box 1
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Minutes August 31, 1995
2 January 1997
3 February 1998
4 Member List 1998
5 Agendas February, March 1999
6 Discussion of Bylaws; RWA policy and procedure for chapters March 1995, 2000
7 Correspondence October 12, 1997
8 2000 (scattered)
9 Treasurer's Report 1998
10 Newsletter.
Maumee Valley Report
1997
11 1998
12 1999
13 2000
14 Topic: Contest--"He Said - She Said" 1998
15 1999
16 2000
17 Topic: Popular Culture Library 1989-1990
18 Topic: Conference. Rereading the Romance Dec 1996 - Nov 1997
19 Mar 1996, Jan 1997 - Aug 1998
20 Topic: Conference. Romance in the New Millennium.
Correspondence
Feb-Jun 2000
21 Jun-Jul 2000, n.d.
22 Jul-Dec 2000
23 Topic: Conference. Romance in the New Millennium.
Funding and publicity
2000
24 RWA State and Local Chapter Contests and Conferences 1996-1998 (scattered)
25 Publishers' fliers, catalogs, etc. 1994-1999
26 Photographs 1997-2000, n.d.
Box 2
FolderDescriptionDate
Texas Lover
by Adrienne de Wolfe
1996
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-13
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-24
9 Promotional Material - Autographed Book Covers
Texas Wildcat
by Adrienne de Wolfe
n.d.
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-5  
11 Autographed book cover