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James Tiptree, Jr. Award records

Identifier: MSS 569 large

Scope and Contents

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award records contain short lists and long lists of recognized science fiction writing, photographs, programs, brochures, and fiction, including a prepublication proof of "Cannon's Orb" by L. Warren Douglas.


  • Creation: 1991 - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award was founded in 1991 to honor Alice Sheldon (1915-1987), a pioneering woman science fiction writer who broke preconceptions of writing being inherently "male" or "female." (James Tiptree, Jr. was a pseudonym used by Sheldon in her writings.) It is an annual award given to a work of science fiction or fantasy published during the year which explores or expands gender roles. The Award was founded by Pat Murphy and Karen Joy Fowler and consists of a panel of five judges to discuss the gender-bending fiction published in the previous year. The annual prize is $1,000 and a chocolate typewriter, funded through bake sales, and is awarded at the world's only feminist science fiction convention, WISCON.


.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Arrangement is chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Karen Joy Fowler in annual installments from 1997-1999.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.

Finding Aid for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award records
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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