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Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection, 1956-1970 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection, 1956-1970Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Chater, Elizabeth (1910-2004)

Extent: 5.63 Linear Feet

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection dates from 1956-1970, with the majority of items undated. The collection documents Chater's own creative research and writing process. It consists of paper records, audio recordings, other items. Included in the collection is a manuscript copy of Chater's The Bridge and the Sepulchre. Also included are manuscripts by noted science fiction authors Suzette Haden Elgin and Joan D. Vinge that reveal changes made to works before publication. There is no filing order.

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Chater earned her BA in English from the University of British Columbia and an MA from SDSU. She began teaching creative and science fiction writing at San Diego State University in 1962. During her tenure at SDSU, Chater was nominated for and received an Outstanding Professor Award, and wrote and published numerous articles, stories, and poems. Chater was eventually named Emeritus Professor of English at SDSU.

In 1977, Chater began donating her collection of science fiction and fantasy books to the university. Her original donation consisted of 2,300 items and the collection has grown to over 4,000 today. It includes a number of rare first editions and signed books, cassette tapes, clippings, figurines, and posters.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Related Materials:

Elizabeth Chater Science Fiction Collection

Jefferson Sutton Science Fiction Collection

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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[Item 1: There and Back Again: Map of Bilbao's Journey, 1976],
[Item 2: Map of Middle Earth, 1975],
[Item 3: Bilbao's Last Song],
[Item 4: Lord of the Rings Poster, 1978],
[Item 5: Greg Bear Painting, 1972],
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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Elizabeth Chater Lecture to the Friends of the Library - "Fantastic In Literature" (Cassette Tape), November 12, 1976Add to your cart.
This cassette has been digitized. Click here to listen to The Fantastic in Literature - a talk given to the Friends of the Library in 1976 where Chater discussed her passion for science fiction and teaching.
Folder 2: The Big Sling by Lee ChaterAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: The Thing in the Toy Shop by Lee Chater, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Bridge and the Sepluchre by Elizabeth Chater, 1956Add to your cart.
copy of original script 1945
Folder 5: Freeway by Suzette Haden ElginAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Freeway by Suzette Haden ElginAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: To Bell the Cat and Fireship rough drafts in a DailyAide Silent Secretary Notebook, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 1: To Bell the Cat by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: To Bell the Cat by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: To Bell the Cat by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: To Bell the Cat by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: To Bell the Cat by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Crystal Ship - master copyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: The Crystal Ship - master copyAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: The Crystal Ship - master copyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: The Crystal Ship Rough DraftAdd to your cart.
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Folder 10: Eyes of Amber by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Fireship by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Fireship by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Fireship by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Fireship by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Mother and Child by Joan D. Vinge - rough draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Mother and Child photocopyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Mother and Child by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Mother and Child by Joan D. Vinge - 2nd draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Mother and Child by Joan VingeAdd to your cart.
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Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Baby in the Bucket (or Communipaths) by Suzette Haden Elgin, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Baby in the Bucket (or Communipaths) by Suzette Hadin ElginAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Furthest, Suzette Haden ElginAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt, by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Outcasts of the Heaven Belt rough draft notebookAdd to your cart.
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Folder 7: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt - Outline for proposed expansionAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt - second rough draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt Part II - rough draft notebookAdd to your cart.
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Folder 3: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt by Joan D. Vinge and Vernor Vinge - 1st novel versionAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt notebookAdd to your cart.
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Folder 5: The Outcasts of Heaven Belt -2nd rough draft of expanded novellaAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. Vinge - 2nd rough draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Phoenix in the Ashes by Joan D. Vinge - rough draft notebookAdd to your cart.
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Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - rough draft notebookAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - revised 2nd draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - unrevised final draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge - final draft master copyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: View from a Height by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Waste of Time by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Media Man, by Joan D. VingeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Cassette Tapes of Science Fiction Lectures by Guest SpeakersAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "Writing for TV" by D.C. FontanaAdd to your cart.
Item 2: "Teach Yourself Alien" by Suzette ElginAdd to your cart.
Item 3: "The Mythology of Control in the Left Hand of Darkness" by David W. HillAdd to your cart.
Item 4: "Reading Satan's World" by Michael W. McClintockAdd to your cart.
Item 5: "The Alien in Science Fiction" by Joe GillonAdd to your cart.
Item 6: "The Fisher King in Outer Space" by Catherine K. FirmanAdd to your cart.
Item 7: "Science Fiction Humor and the Absurd" by David KettererAdd to your cart.
Item 8: "Science Fiction Film as Morality Play" by David KahnAdd to your cart.
Item 9: "Cultural Myths" by Charles William Sullivan IIIAdd to your cart.
Item 10: "An Undertaking of Great Advantage" by Robert M. JenningsAdd to your cart.
Item 11: "Writing Science Fiction" by Roger Zelazny, 1973Add to your cart.
Item 12: "Writing Science Fiction" by Roger Zelazny, 1973Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ray Bradbury Lecture Flyer, April 1, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Harlan Ellison: A Biolgraphical Checklist compiled by Leslie kay Swigart, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Hobbit Soundrack, BBC Radio, c. 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Pen and ink drawing of a Wolf by Dennis SmithAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photograph of Elizabeth Chater, c. 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Science Fiction and Fantasy Published by ACE Books, 1953-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 7: News Clippings, 1978, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 8: All About Star Trek Fan Clubs, April 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: American Artist, Illustration Issue, May 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Beyond Reality, issue number 8, April 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Man, Myth, and Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia Weekly, numbers 29-32, 36, 39, 43, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Pocket Books School and College Catalog, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 13: San Diego S.T.A.R. Interphase, volume 13, number 2Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Saturday Review, May 1, 1981; September 2, 1972; November 1972Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Critical, Theoretical, Technical Works about Science Fiction and Fantasy Card Catalog: A-LAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Critical, Theorethical and Technical Works about Science Fiction and Fantasy Card Catalog: M-ZAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Anthologies of Science Fiction and Fantasy Card Catalog: A-YAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: List of Science Fiction WorksAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: List of Science Fiction WorksAdd to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Lord of the Rings FigurinesAdd to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Paintings, Posters, Illustrations, etc.Add to your cart.
Item 1: There and Back Again: Map of Bilbao's Journey, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 2: Map of Middle Earth, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 3: Bilbao's Last SongAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Lord of the Rings Poster, 1978Add to your cart.
Item 5: Greg Bear Painting, 1972Add to your cart.

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[Box 3],
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[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Box 7],
[Box 8],
[Box 9],
[Box 10],
[Box 11],
[Box 12],
[Box 13],
[Item 1: There and Back Again: Map of Bilbao's Journey, 1976],
[Item 2: Map of Middle Earth, 1975],
[Item 3: Bilbao's Last Song],
[Item 4: Lord of the Rings Poster, 1978],
[Item 5: Greg Bear Painting, 1972],
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