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PCL MS 185 Roberta Gellis Collection

Introduction

The Roberta Gellis Collection consists of approximately 30 linear feet of documents and multimedia materials related to the author Roberta Gellis that date from 1951 to her passing in 2016. It contains manuscripts, outlines, proofs, handwritten first drafts of many published and unpublished works, computers disks containing manuscripts, and substantial amounts of her research.

Roberta Gellis began transferring materials to the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in September 1999. An addition to the collection was made by her estate in 2016 and again in 2017. 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 Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works, whether authored by Roberta Gellis or by other writers whose works may be found in this collection.

This finding aid was prepared by Mary Koslovsky in January 2006. It was updated by Manuscripts and Outreach Archivist Steve Ammidown in September 2016.

The 2016 addition to the collection is not yet fully reflected in the inventory below, but is available for research. Please contact the archivist at sammido@bgsu.edu for more information.

Biographical Sketch

Roberta Gellis was a prolific author who published nearly 50 novels after her first was published in 1964. She wrote historical romances with medieval settings, becoming best known for her 1979 series The Roselynde Chronicles.She also wrote in multiple other genres including romantic suspense (both historical and contemporary), romantic fantasy, and science fiction. Though primarily writing under her own name, she also used the pseudonyms of Max Daniels, Priscilla Hamilton and Leah Jacobs. She collaborated on a number of historical fantasies with author Mercedes Lackey. In 2005, she contributed a chapter to the non-fiction book Mapping the World of Harry Potter entitled "The Dursleys as Social Commentary".

Gellis received many awards for her writing including the Silver and Gold Medal Porgy for historical novels from West Coast Review of Books, the Golden Certificate and Golden Pen from Affaire de Coeur, The Romantic Times Award for Best Novel in the Medieval Period and Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical Fantasy and Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award.

She did not come to fiction writing right away- she obtained her MS in Chemistry from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1951. She worked both as a freelance scientific copy editor and as a research chemist for Foster D. Snell for many years, where she and her inventing partner developed aerosolized shaving foam and pink hair dye, among other creations, before she entered a second career as a best-selling author. It was during this second career that she also otained a masters degree in medieval literature.

Gellis was a passionate adopter of technology for both writing and reading novels. The collection includes more than 200 computer disks of multiple formats containing literary manuscripts, as well as final works which were sold on 3 1/2" disks and CD-ROM.

Roberta Gellis passed away on May 6, 2016. Her husband of 68 years, Charles, passed away in 2014. Roberta is survived by her son Dr. Mark Gellis, daughter-in-law Sandra Brown Gellis, and her granddaughter Elizabeth Gellis, all of Flushing, MI.

Scope and Content

The Roberta Gellis Collection comprises approximately 30 linear feet of literary manuscripts, research files, business files, multimedia materials and computer disks, all dating from approximately 1951-2016, with the bulk dated 1964-2009.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of various forms of literary manuscripts, from handwritten and typed drafts to copyedited manuscripts, to galley proofs and art samples. These manuscripts exist in printed and digital forms, and present a unique opportunity to trace the author's process across the span of her career.

Roberta Gellis was known for the detailed research she put into each novel, and the collection reflects that through her research files, including two boxes of hundreds of 5" x 8" cards covering people, places and events. Correspondence with editors and other authors can also be found within the collection.

The collection also includes versions of short stories written by Roberta Gellis as well as unpublished works, and a copy of the thesis she wrote in 1951 for her MS in Chemistry from Brooklyn Polytechnic University, "Concentration and Purification of Toxoids".

The Roberta Gellis Collection provides researchers with access to a wealth of materials produced by a beloved author. It represents the work of an author who worked across decades of great social and technological changes while writing almost exclusively about periods long past or long in the future.

Series Description

Literary Manuscripts
Novel Manuscripts
1964-1999, n.d.
Arranged chronologically
May include manuscripts (both printed and digital), outlines, synopses, corrections, handwritten first drafts, manuscript fragments and research notes.

Inventory

Box 1
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Knight's Honor 1964
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 7
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 8
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 9
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-8
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 9-11
Box 2
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Knight's Honor (con't.) 1964
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-14  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
Bond of Blood 1965
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 7
11 Handwritten Draft, Book 8
12 Handwritten Draft, Book 9
Box 3
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Bond of Blood (con't.) 1965
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
Sing Witch, Sing Death 1975
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
11 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
12 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
Box 4
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Sing Witch, Sing Death 1975
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-14
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-16
7 Discarded Material
Dragon and the Rose 1976
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
11 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
12 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
13 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
14 Handwritten Draft, Book 7
Box 5
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Dragon and the Rose (con't.) 1976
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-4  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-7
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-14
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-22
7 Research notes and fragments
Alinor 1977
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
11 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
Box 6
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Alinor (con't.) 1977
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 5  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 7
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-4
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-7
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-12
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-20
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25
14 Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-27
Box 7
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Offworld 1978
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-11
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-14
5 Edited manuscript, Chapter 15 and Glossary
Space Guardian 1978
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-4
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-9
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-14
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-18
Box 8
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
English Heiress 1979
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Box 9
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Joanna 1975
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 7
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 8
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 9
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 10
Box 10
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Joanna (con't.) 1979
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 20-23
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-26
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 27-29
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 30-31
Box 11
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Love Token 1979
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4 Manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5 Manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6 Manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7 Manuscript, Chapters 13-15
8 Manuscript, Chapters 16-18
9 Manuscript, Chapter 19
10 Manuscript, Chapter 20
11 Manuscript, Revised Outline
Box 12
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Gilliane 1980
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-12
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-16
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-20
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-25
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-27
Box 13
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Cornish Heiress 1981
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Box 14
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Siren Song 1981
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-13
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-26
Box 15
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Winter Song 1981
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-14
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-21
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Box 16
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Kent Heiress 1982
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-7
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-9
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-11
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-13
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-15
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
Box 17
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Kent Heiress (con't.) 1982
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-21
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Rhiannon 1982
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
6 Edited manuscript, Introduction-Chapter 2
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-8
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 9-11
Box 18
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Rhiannon (con't.) 1982
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-14  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-20
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25
Fortune's Bride 1983
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-13
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-24
Box 19
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fortune's Bride (con't.) 1983
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 25-27  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 28-29
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 30-31
Sybelle 1983
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-25
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-28
Box 20
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fire Song 1984
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-13
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-25
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-28
10 Listing
Woman's Estate 1984
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
14 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
15 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
Box 21
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Woman's Estate (con't.) 1984
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-20
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-26
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 27-28
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 29-30
7 Outline and Style Sheet
Tapestry of Dreams 1985
8 Manuscript, prologue-Chapter 2  
9 Manuscript, Chapters 3-5
10 Manuscript, Chapters 6-8
11 Manuscript, Chapters 9-11
12 Manuscript, Chapters 12-13
13 Manuscript, Chapters 14-16
Box 22
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Tapestry of Dreams (con't.) 1985
1 Manuscript, Chapters 17-18  
2 Manuscript, Chapters 19-21
3 Manuscript, Chapters 22-24
4 Manuscript, Chapters 25-27
5 Manuscript, Chapters 28-29
Rope Dancer 1986
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2  
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-7
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-12
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
Box 23
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Rope Dancer (con't.) 1986
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-20
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25
Fires of Winter 1987
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-14
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-16
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-18
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-20
Box 24
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fires of Winter (con't.) 1987
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-22  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-24
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 25-epilogue
Masques of Gold 1988
4 Edited manuscript, Prologue-Chapter 3  
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
Box 25
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Masques of Gold (con't.) 1988
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-28  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 29-31
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 32-33
Silver Mirror 1989
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-11
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-13
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-15
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-21
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-23
Box 26
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Silver Mirror (con't.) 1989
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-27
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 28-29
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 30-31
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 32- Author's Note
6 Double Page Layout
7 Outline
Delicate Balance 1993
8 Manuscript. Chapters 1-4  
9 Manuscript. Chapters 5-7
10 Manuscript. Chapters 8-10
11 Manuscript. Chapters 11-13
12 Manuscript. Chapters 14-17
Dazzling Brightness 1994
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
14 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
15 Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-9
16 Edited manuscript. Chapters 10-12
Box 27
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Dazzling Brightness (con't.) 1994
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
4 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-23
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 24 - Epilogue and Author's Note
Rarer Than A White Crow 1995
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2  
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-4
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-6
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-8
10 Corrections
Shimmering Splendor 1995
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
14 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
15 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
Box 28
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Shimmering Splendor (con't.) 1995
1 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18  
2 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
3 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-23
4 Synopsis
Enchanted Fire 1996
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
7 EEdited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
12 Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
13 Edited manuscript, Chapters 25-26
Box 29
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Bride Price 1997
1 Manuscript, Chapters 1-3  
2 Manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3 Manuscript, Chapters 7-8
4 Manuscript, Chapters 9-10
Mortal Bane 1999
5 Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2  
6 Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
7 Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
8 Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-13
9 Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
10 Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-18
11 Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-20
Psychiatrist's Wife undated
12 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
13 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
14 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
15 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
16 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
Box 30
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Psychiatrist's Wife (con't.) undated
1 Edited fragments  
2 Edited fragments
3 Edited fragments
Roselynde undated
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 7
11 Handwritten Draft, Book 8
Box 31
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Sword and the Swan undated
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 7
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 8
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 9
Box 32
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Love Song for Three Voices / Description undated
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
5 Fragments, Book A
6 Fragments, Book B
Overstars Mail
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 1
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
Phoenix Pair
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 1
11 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
Box 33
Unpublished Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Phoenix Pair (con't.) undated
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 2A  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2B
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
Picklock of Princes
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 1
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 5
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 6
10 Fragments, Handwritten Drafts, Book 1
11 Fragments, Handwritten Drafts, Book 2
12 Fragments, Handwritten Drafts, Book 3 (?)
Box 34
Unpublished Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Second Time Around undated
1 Handwritten Draft, Book 1  
2 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
3 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
4 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
Survivors of the Fire
5 Handwritten Draft, Book 1
6 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
7 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
8 Handwritten Draft, Book 4
Thread of Malice
9 Handwritten Draft, Book 1
10 Handwritten Draft, Book 2
11 Handwritten Draft, Book 3
Box 35
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Rhiannon undated
1 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
2 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Joanna  
3 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Box 36
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Gilliane undated
1 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
2 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Sybelle  
3 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Box 37
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Thrice Bound undated
1 Manscript & correspondence, 1 of 3  
2 Manuscript, 2 of 3  
3 Manuscript, 3 of 3  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 3  
Box 38
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Thrice Bound undated
1 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 3  
2 Copyedited manuscript, 3 of 3  
A Personal Devil  
3 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Box 39
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
A Personal Devil 2000
1 Galley proof, 1 of 3  
2 Galley proof, 2 of 3  
3 Galley proof, 3 of 3  
This Scepter'd Isle 2004
4 Uncorrected proof, 1 of 2  
Box 40
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
This Scepter'd Isle 2004
1 Uncorrected proof, 2 of 2  
Desiree undated
2 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
3 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
4 Galley proof, 1 of 2 2004
5 Galley proof, 2 of 2  
Box 41
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
By Slanderous Tongues undated
1 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 4  
2 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 4  
3 Copyedited manuscript, 3 of 4  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 4 of 4  
Box 42
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
By Slanderous Tongues 2006
1 Galley proof, 1 of 2  
2 Galley proof, 2 of 2  
Chains of Folly undated
3 Copyedited manuscript  
Box 43
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Bull God undated
1 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
2 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
3 Manuscript, 143,000 words, 1 of 2  
Box 44
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Bull God undated
1 Manuscript, 143,000 words, 2 of 2  
2 Manuscript, 130,000 words, 1 of 2  
3 Manuscript, 130,000 words, 2 of 2  
Box 45
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fortune's Bride undated
1 Copyedited manuscript from page 213, 1 of 2  
2 Copyedited manuscript from page 213, 2 of 2  
Lucrezia Borgia and The Mother of Poisons undated
3 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Box 46
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
A Mortal Bane undated
1 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
2 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Bone of Contention undated
3 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 2  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 2  
Box 47
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
And Less Than Kind undated
1 Copyedited manuscript, 1 of 4  
2 Copyedited manuscript, 2 of 4  
3 Copyedited manuscript, 3 of 4  
4 Copyedited manuscript, 4 of 4  
Box 48
Manuscripts and Miscellany
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Short story manuscripts undated
2 Cookbooks from fans undated
3 Thesis- Concentration & Purification of Toxoids 1951
4 Dust jacket cover art proofs- Overstars Mail undated
  
Boxes 49-59
Research & Other Files
Unprocessed files including research, correspondence and other materials. Includes computer media that have not been inspected, as well as audio cassettes. Several paperbacks of Ms. Gellis' work that have been rebound as hardcovers are also included. Inventory for these boxes will be updated as they are processed, but they are available for research.

Transfers

The 2016 addition to the collection included a number of printed novels that were separated and added to the book collection of the Browne Popular Culture Library. These included 17 foreign-language editions of Roberta Gellis' books, in Portugese, Russian, German, Japanese and French. Other books that were separated were:

Bone of Contention (hardcover)
Bone of Contention (advance reader copy)
Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons (advance reader copy)
A Mortal Bane (advance reader copy)
Roselynde (advance reader copy)
A Personal Devil (advance reader copy)
Irish Magic II (advance reader copy)
Fortune's Bride (advance reader copy)
A Woman's Estate (advance reader copy)

The 2016 addition also included audio book versions of Mortal Bane and Bone of Contention, which were added to the Browne Popular Culture Library's audiobook collection.