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PCL MS 188 Olivia (Libby) Hall Collection

Introduction

The Olivia (Libby) Hall Collection contains approximately 4.5 linear feet of literary manuscripts, correspondence and other materials related to the craft of writing.  The collection contains literary manuscripts dating from 1994-2002, with correspondence dating from 1983-2002. The materials were donated by Ms. Hall in 2000, with additional donations in 2001, 2002 and 2003. There are no restrictions placed on the collection for scholarly use, however all copyright and related interests remain with the author or her assigns.

The collection inventory was completed by Mary Koslovsky in 2006.  The finding aid was completed by Steve Ammidown, Manuscripts & Outreach Archivist, in July 2016.

Biographical Sketch

Olivia (Libby) Hall is a prolific author (writing as Laurie Paige), mathematician and form NASA engineer. Ms. Hall has served as President and Vice President of the Romance Writers of America (“RWA”), and for many years was responsible for compiling publishing statistics for the organization. In 2001, she received the RWA Emma Merritt Service Award for her contributions. As Laurie Paige, she has published more than 70 novels, primarily for publishers Silhouette and Harlequin. Laurie Paige has created or contributed to a number of series, including Windraven, The Seven Devils, Montana Mavericks, Wild River, and All-American Sweethearts.

Scope and Content

The Olivia (Libby) Hall Collection is comprised of approximately 4.5 linear feet of copy-edited literary manuscripts, correspondence with editors, synopses, character studies, continuity bibles, and cover art information. The literary manuscripts encompass 30 novels and one short story.

This collection provides a glimpse of the process of a romance writer, including the writing and copy-editing processes. Researchers can also understand the attention to detail required when writing a series of books, both as an individual and as part of a group of authors. 

Series Description

Manuscripts, Literary

1994-2002

Arranged chronologically, then by novel

Included with each manuscript is generally a synopsis and list of characters. Some also include cover art information, story outlines and/or series-related information such as continuity bibles.

 

Correspondence

1983-2002

Arranged chronologically

Primarily correspondence with editors or publishers’ representatives regarding the publishing process.

Inventory

Box 1

Folder Description Date
Father Found
1 List of characters 1994
2 Story synopsis 1994
3 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1994
4 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1994
5 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1994
6 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 1994
7 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 1994
Molly Darling
8 Handwritten character list 1994
9 Photocopy of copy-edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 1994
10 Photocopy of copy-edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6 1994
11 Photocopy of copy-edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9 1994
12 Photocopy of copy-edited manuscript, Chapters 10-11 1994
13 Photocopy of copy-edited manuscript, Chapters 12-14 1994
Live-In Mom
14 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1995
15 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1995
16 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1995
17 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 1995
18 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 1995
19 Cover art information 1995
20 Handwritten character list 1995
21 Story synopsis 1995

 

Box 2

Folder Description Date
Husband, Bought and Paid For
1 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1996
2 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1996
3 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1996
4 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-11 1996
5 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 12-14 1996
6 Handwritten character list 1996
7 Handwritten story outline 1996
8 Story synopsis 1996
Only One Groom Allowed
9 Author's letter w/changes & corrections 1996
10 Cover art Information 1996
11 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1996
12 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1996
13 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-8 1996
14 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 9-11 1996
15 Handwritten character list 1996
16 Story synopsis 1996
Ready-Made Family
17 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1996
18 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1996
19 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1996
20 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-11 1996
21 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 12-14 1996
22 Cover art information 1996
23 Handwritten character list 1996
24 Story synopsis 1996

 

Box 3

Folder Description Date
An Unexpected Delivery
1 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1996
2 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1996
3 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-8 1996
4 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 9-10 1996
5 Handwritten character list 1996
6 Story synopsis 1996
Father-To-Be
7 Author alterations 1997
8 Cover art information 1997
9 List of characters 1997
10 Story synopsis 1997
11 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1997
12 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1997
13 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1997
14 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 1997
15 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 1997
Guardian's Bride
16 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1997
17 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1997
18 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1997
19 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-Epilogue 1997
20 List of characters 1997
21 Two story synopses 1997

 

Box 4

Folder Description Date
Hero's Homecoming
1 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1997
2 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1997
3 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1997
4 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-11 1997
5 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 12-14 1997
6 Handwritten character list 1997
7 Story Synopsis 1997
Wanted: One Son
7 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1997
8 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1997
9 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-8 1997
10 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 9-10 1997
11 Cover art information 1997
12 Handwritten character list 1997
13 Story synopsis 1997
Warrior Woman
14 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1997
15 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1997
16 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1997
17 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 1997
18 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 1997
19 Cover art information 1997
20 Handwritten character list 1997

 

Box 5

Folder Description Date
Baby Pursuit
1 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1998
2 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1998
3 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1998
4 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 1998
5 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 1998
End-Of-The-Road Ranch
7 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-2 1998
8 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 3-4 1998
9 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 5-6 1998
10 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-8 1998
11 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 9-10 1998
Fortunes of Texas- Baby Pursuit
14 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1998
15 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1998
16 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1998
17 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 1998
18 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 1998
19 Draft #2- plot & characters 1998
20 Synopsis 1998
No Men Allowed
21 Cover art information 1998
22 Synopsis 1998

 

Box 6

Folder Description Date
Cheyenne Bride
1 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1999
2 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1999
3 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1999
4 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 1999
5 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13 1999
6 Synopsis 1999
Family Homecoming
7 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 (copy 1) 1999
8 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 (copy 2) 1999
9 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 (copy 1) 1999
10 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 (copy 2) 1999
11 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 (copy 1) 1999
12 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 (copy 2) 1999
13 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 (copy 1) 1999
14 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-12 (copy 2) 1999
15 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 (copy 1) 1999
16 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 13-14 (copy 1) 1999
17 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy), chapters 1-2 1999
18 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy), chapters 3-5 1999

 

Box 7

Folder Description Date
Family Homecoming (cont'd)
1 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy), chapters 6-8 1999
2 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy), chapters 9-11 1999
3 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy), chapters 12-14 1999
Montana Mavericks - Wed in Whitehorn
4 Continuity bible/ backstory 1999
5 Continuity bible/ continuity 1999
6 Continuity bible/ secondary characters 1999
7 Continuity bible/ plots 1999
Make Way for Babies!
8 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-2 1999
9 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 3-5 1999
10 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 6-8 1999
11 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 9-10 1999
12 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 11-13 1999
13 Author's Copy (includes author's alternatives), chapters 1-2 1999
14 Author's Copy (includes author's alternatives), chapters 3-5 1999
15 Author's Copy (includes author's alternatives), chapters 6-7 1999
16 Author's Copy (includes author's alternatives), chapters 8-10 1999
17 Author's Copy (includes author's alternatives), chapters 11-13 1999
18 Cover art information 1999

 

Box 8

Folder Description Date
Make Way for Babies (cont'd)
1 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy w/revisions), chapters 1-2 1999
2 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy w/revisions), chapters 3-5 1999
3 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy w/revisions), chapters 6-8 1999
4 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy w/revisions), chapters 9-11 1999
5 Copy-edited manuscript (photocopy w/revisions), chapters 12-13 1999
6 "So Many Babies" series information 1999
7 Story synopsis 1999
Outlaw Marriage
8 Authors alterations sheet 1999
9 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 1-3 1999
10 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 4-6 1999
11 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 7-9 1999
12 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 10-11 1999
13 Copy-edited manuscript, chapters 12-13 1999
14 Synopsis 1999
Family Reunion (The Coltons)
15 Author assignments 2000
16 Characters 2000
17 Overview 2000
Housekeeper's Daughter (The Coltons)
18 Manuscript, pages 1-61 2000
19 Manuscript, pages 62-120 2000
20 Manuscript, pages 121-198 2000

 

Box 9

Folder Description Date
Housekeeper's Daughter (The Coltons) (cont'd)
1 Manuscript, pages 199-263 2000
2 Synopsis 2000
Something to Talk About (Windraven, Book 1)
3 Manuscript, pages 1-56 2000
4 Manuscript, pages 57-117 2000
5 Manuscript, pages 118-180 2000
6 Manuscript, pages 181-261 2000
7 Synopsis 2000
When I See Your Face (Windraven, Book 2)
8 Manuscript, pages 1-50 2000
9 Manuscript, pages 51-120 2000
10 Manuscript, pages 121-198 2000
11 Manuscript, pages 199-258 2000
12 Synopsis 2000
When I Dream of You (Windraven, Book 3)
13 Manuscript, pages 1-70 2001
14 Manuscript, pages 71-139 2001
15 Manuscript, pages 140-198 2001
16 Manuscript, pages 199-258 2001
17 Cover art information 2001
18 Style sheet 2001
19 Synopsis 2001

 

Box 10

Folder Description Date
Hearbreaker
1 Settings (includes settings for other volumes in series) 2001
2 Style sheet 2001
3 Synopsis 2001
4 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 1-61 2001
5 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 62-139 2001
6 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 140-200 2001
7 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 201-237 2001
8 Character descriptions 2001
Her Montana Man (Montana Mavericks)
9 The Bible (stories, character & sketches, etc) 2001
10 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 1-59 2001
11 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 60-121 2001
12 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 122-199 2001
13 Book manuscript w/corrections, pages 200-255 2001
14 Synopsis 2001

 

Box 11 (Manuscripts)

Folder Description Date
Princess is Pregnant
1 Book manuscript w/ editor's questions, pages 1-60 2001
2 Book manuscript w/ editor's questions, pages 61-120 2001
3 Book manuscript w/ editor's questions, pages 121-180 2001
4 Book manuscript w/ editor's questions, pages 181-219 2001
5 Book manuscript w/ editor's questions, pages 220-250 2001
6 Story outlines 2001
7 Synopsis 2001
You Must Remember This
8 Short story manuscript (copy 1) 2002
9 Short story manuscript (copy 2) 2002

 

Box 11 (Correspondence)

Folder Description Date
Correspondence
1 Live-In Mom, editor's letter with notes 1995-1996
2 Only One Groom Allowed, editor's letter with notes 1996
3 Ready-Made Family, editor's letter with notes 1996
4 Husband, Bought and Paid For, editor's letter with notes 1996
5 Hero's Homecoming, editor's letter with notes 1997
6 Hero's Homecoming- Montana Mavericks, author's letter re:changes 1997
7 Wanted: One Son, author's letter with changes/corrections 1997
8 Wanted: One Son, editor's letter and correspondence 1997
9 Guardian Bride, editor's letters with notes 1997-1998
10 Father-To-Be, author's revisions 1997-1998
11 No Men Allowed, editor's letter with notes 1998
12 Montana Mavericks: Return to Whitehorn Series, editor's letter with series "bible" 1998
13 Family Homecoming, editor's letter with notes 1998-1999
14 Montana Mavericks- Wed in Whitehorn, correspondence 1999
15 Make Way for Babies!, author's changes & corrections to manuscript 1999
16 Make Way for Babies!, correspondence re: "So Many Babies" series 1999
17 Something to Talk About (Windraven, Book 1), correspondence and notes 2000
18 Cheyenne Bride, letter from editor and author corrections 2000
19 Housekeeper's Daughter (The Coltons), correspondence 2000-2001
20 When I Dream of You (Windraven, Book 3), correspondence 2001
21 Heartbreaker, timelines, correspondence, author addresses and concepts 2001
22 Princess is Pregnant, correspondence 2001
23 You Must Remember This (short story), correspondence 2002
24 Correspondence, miscellaneous items 1983-1994
25 Correspondence, miscellaneous items 1995-1997