Elizabeth Chater Manuscript Collection
Scope and Contents
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.
- Creation: 1956-1970
- Chater, Elizabeth (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.
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.
5.63 Linear Feet
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