Anne McCaffrey Papers

Located in: Special Collections & University Archives

Anne Inez McCaffrey (1926-2011) was an opera singer and director, horse breeder, and writer.

She is best known as the author of the wildly popular “Dragonriders of Pern” series. Her “Ship Who Sang” stories and novels are also notable for their unusually sensitive treatment of disability. The material in the collection documents McCaffrey's writing process and includes the subject-based research that she did for her writing between 1957 and 1999.

The collection includes:

  • Drafts, manuscripts, galley proofs, page proofs, notes, letters, photocopies, maps, lists of characters, and reports
  • Manuscript drafts of unpublished stories, including “The Angelic Approach,” The Beginning of Chaos, “A Fairy Tale, and “Get of the Unicorn"
  • Material related to the “Ship Who Sang” series, including four typed manuscripts with different draft titles and interleaved notes
  • Material related to Masterharper of Pern (1991)  including drafts with inter-leafed corrections, a discarded version of chapter sixteen, McCaffrey's copy of the galley proofs, correction notes, name lists, a timeline, hand-drawn map, notes, and correspondence