Browne Popular Culture Library

PCL MS-185: Roberta Gellis Collection

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory |

Introduction

The Roberta Gellis Collection consists of 17 cubic feet of documents that date from 1964 to 1999, as well as undated manuscripts. It contains manuscripts, outlines, syntheses, corrections, handwritten first drafts of many published and unpublished works, manuscript fragments and some research notes.

Roberta Gellis transferred her collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University in September 1999. 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 Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works, whether authored by Roberta Gellis or by other writers whose works may be found in this collection.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.

Biographical Sketch

Roberta Gellis is a prolific writer who has published approximately 25 historical novels since 1964. She has written and published in other genres as well: romantic suspense (both historical and contemporary); science fiction and fantasy. She has also written under the pseudonyms of Max Daniels, Priscilla Hamilton and Leah Jacobs.

She has 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 has a varied educational background and working history. She has earned masters degrees in biochemistry and medieval literature and worked for 10 years as a research chemist, many years as a free-lance editor of scientific manuscripts and well over 30 years as a writer. She and her husband of 50 years live in Lafayette, Indiana. She has a son who teaches writing at Kettering University and one granddaughter.

Scope and Content

The Roberta Gellis Collection comprises 17 cu. ft. of manuscripts that date from 1964-1999 as well as undated manuscripts. The collection contains several handwritten first drafts of both published and unpublished works that will be of great interest to researchers. She has included research notes, outlines and synopses which will add to the researcher's understanding of the process of writing a manuscript for publication.

Series Description

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

 Inventory

Box 1
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Knight's Honor 1964
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Draft, Book 3
4Draft, Book 4
5Draft, Book 5
6Draft, Book 6
7Draft, Book 7
8Draft, Book 8
9Draft, Book 9
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-8
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 9-11
 Box 2
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Knight's Honor (con't.)1964
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-14 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
Bond of Blood 1965
4Draft, Book 1 
5Draft, Book 2
6Draft, Book 3
7Draft, Book 4
8Draft, Book 5
9Draft, Book 6
10Draft, Book 7
11Draft, Book 8
12Draft, Book 9
 Box 3
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Bond of Blood (con't.)1965
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
Sing Witch, Sing Death 1975
8Draft, Book 1 
9Draft, Book 2
10Draft, Book 3
11Draft, Book 4
12Draft, Book 5
 Box 4
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Sing Witch, Sing Death 1975
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-14
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-16
7Discarded Material
Dragon and the Rose 1976
8Draft, Book 1 
9Draft, Book 2
10Draft, Book 3
11Draft, Book 4
12Draft, Book 5
13Draft, Book 6
14Draft, Book 7
Box 5
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Dragon and the Rose (con't.)1976
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-4 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-7
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-14
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-22
7Research notes and fragments
Alinor 1977
8Draft, Book 1 
9Draft, Book 2
10Draft, Book 3
11Draft, Book 4
Box 6
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Alinor (con't.)1977
1Draft, Book 5 
2Draft, Book 6
3Draft, Book 7
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-4
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-7
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-12
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-20
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25
14Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-27
Box 7
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Offworld 1978
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-11
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-14
5Edited manuscript, Chapter 15 and Glossary
Space Guardian 1978
6Draft, Book 1 
7Draft, Book 2
8Draft, Book 3
9Draft, Book 4
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-4
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-9
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-14
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-18
Box 8
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
English Heiress 1979
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Box 9
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Joanna 1975
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Draft, Book 3
4Draft, Book 4
5Draft, Book 5
6Draft, Book 6
7Draft, Book 7
8Draft, Book 8
9Draft, Book 9
10Draft, Book 10
Box 10
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Joanna (con't.)1979
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-13
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-23
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-26
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 27-29
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 30-31
Box 11
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Love Token 1979
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4Manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5Manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6Manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7Manuscript, Chapters 13-15
8Manuscript, Chapters 16-18
9Manuscript, Chapter 19
10Manuscript, Chapter 20
11Manuscript, Revised Outline
Box 12
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Gilliane 1980
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Draft, Book 3
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-12
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-16
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-20
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-25
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-27
Box 13
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Cornish Heiress 1981
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Box 14
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Siren Song 1981
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Draft, Book 3
4Draft, Book 4
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-13
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-26
Box 15
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Winter Song 1981
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-14
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-21
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Box 16
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Kent Heiress 1982
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-7
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-9
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-11
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-13
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-15
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
Box 17
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Kent Heiress (con't.)1982
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-21
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
Rhiannon 1982
4Draft, Book 1 
5Draft, Book 2
6Edited manuscript, Introduction-Chapter 2
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-8
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 9-11
Box 18
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Rhiannon (con't.)1982
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-14 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-17
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-20
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25
Fortune's Bride 1983
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-7
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-13
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-24
Box 19
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fortune's Bride (con't.)1983
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 25-27 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 28-29
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 30-31
Sybelle 1983
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-25
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-28
Box 20
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fire Song 1984
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-13
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-19
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-25
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-28
10Listing
Woman's Estate 1984
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
14Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
15Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
Box 21
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Woman's Estate (con't.)1984
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-20
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-26
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 27-28
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 29-30
7Outline and Style Sheet
Tapestry of Dreams 1985
8Manuscript, prologue-Chapter 2 
9Manuscript, Chapters 3-5
10Manuscript, Chapters 6-8
11Manuscript, Chapters 9-11
12Manuscript, Chapters 12-13
13Manuscript, Chapters 14-16
Box 22
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Tapestry of Dreams (con't.)1985
1Manuscript, Chapters 17-18 
2Manuscript, Chapters 19-21
3Manuscript, Chapters 22-24
4Manuscript, Chapters 25-27
5Manuscript, Chapters 28-29
Rope Dancer 1986
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2 
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 6-7
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 8-10
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 11-12
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
Box 23
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Rope Dancer (con't.)1986
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-20
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-23
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25
Fires of Winter 1987
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-14
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 15-16
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-18
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-20
Box 24
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Fires of Winter (con't.)1987
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 21-22 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 23-24
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 25-epilogue
Masques of Gold 1988
4Edited manuscript, Prologue-Chapter 3 
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-22
Box 25
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Masques of Gold (con't.)1988
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-28 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 29-31
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 32-33
Silver Mirror 1989
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-11
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 12-13
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-15
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-17
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 18-19
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 20-21
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-23
Box 26
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Silver Mirror (con't.)1989
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 24-25 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 26-27
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 28-29
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 30-31
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 32- Author's Note
6Double Page Layout
7Outline
Delicate Balance 1993
8Manuscript. Chapters 1-4 
9Manuscript. Chapters 5-7
10Manuscript. Chapters 8-10
11Manuscript. Chapters 11-13
12Manuscript. Chapters 14-17
Dazzling Brightness 1994
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
14Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
15Edited manuscript. Chapters 7-9
16Edited manuscript. Chapters 10-12
Box 27
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Dazzling Brightness (con't.)1994
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
4Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-23
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 24 - Epilogue and Author's Note
Rarer Than A White Crow 1995
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2 
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-4
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 5-6
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-8
10Corrections
Shimmering Splendor 1995
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
14Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
15Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
Box 28
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Shimmering Splendor (con't.)1995
1Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18 
2Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
3Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-23
4Synopsis
Enchanted Fire 1996
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 4-6
7EEdited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-12
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 13-15
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 16-18
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-21
12Edited manuscript, Chapters 22-24
13Edited manuscript, Chapters 25-26
Box 29
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Bride Price 1997
1Manuscript, Chapters 1-3 
2Manuscript, Chapters 4-6
3Manuscript, Chapters 7-8
4Manuscript, Chapters 9-10
Mortal Bane 1999
5Edited manuscript, Chapters 1-2 
6Edited manuscript, Chapters 3-5
7Edited manuscript, Chapters 7-9
8Edited manuscript, Chapters 10-13
9Edited manuscript, Chapters 14-16
10Edited manuscript, Chapters 17-18
11Edited manuscript, Chapters 19-20
Psychiatrist's Wife n.d.
12Draft, Book 1 
13Draft, Book 2
14Draft, Book 3
15Draft, Book 4
16Draft, Book 5
Box 30
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Psychiatrist's Wife (con't.)n.d.
1Edited fragments 
2Edited fragments
3Edited fragments
Roselynde n.d.
4Draft, Book 1 
5Draft, Book 2
6Draft, Book 3
7Draft, Book 4
8Draft, Book 5
9Draft, Book 6
10Draft, Book 7
11Draft, Book 8
Box 31
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Sword and the Swan n.d.
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Draft, Book 3
4Draft, Book 4
5Draft, Book 5
6Draft, Book 6
7Draft, Book 7
8Draft, Book 8
9Draft, Book 9
Box 32
Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Love Song for Three Voices / Description n.d.
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Draft, Book 3
4Draft, Book 4
5Fragments, Book A
6Fragments, Book B
Overstars Mail
7Draft, Book 1
8Draft, Book 2
9Draft, Book 3
Phoenix Pair
10Draft, Book 1
11Draft, Book 2
Box 33
Unpublished Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Phoenix Pair (con't.)n.d.
1Draft, Book 2A 
2Draft, Book 2B
3Draft, Book 3
Picklock of Princes
4Draft, Book 1
5Draft, Book 2
6Draft, Book 3
7Draft, Book 4
8Draft, Book 5
9Draft, Book 6
10Fragments, Drafts, Book 1
11Fragments, Drafts, Book 2
12Fragments, Drafts, Book 3 (?)
Box 34
Unpublished Manuscripts
FolderDescriptionDate
Second Time Around n.d.
1Draft, Book 1 
2Draft, Book 2
3Draft, Book 3
4Draft, Book 4
Survivors of the Fire
5Draft, Book 1
6Draft, Book 2
7Draft, Book 3
8Draft, Book 4
Thread of Malice
9Draft, Book 1
10Draft, Book 2
11Draft, Book 3

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