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Jessica Salmonson papers

Identifier: Coll 472

Scope and Contents

The Jessica Salmonson papers are comprised primarily of draft and published versions of her manuscripts and other works, and correspondence.

Drafts of the Tomoe Gozen Saga, and the fanzines and chapbooks contained in the collection, may be of special interest to researchers.


  • Creation: 1973-1993


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Jessica Salmonson was born January 6, 1950 in Seattle, Washington. She spent her early childhood with her parents, who worked in a traveling carnival - her mother as a sword eater, and step-father as a fire breather. Sadly, she was orphaned at the age of seven, and spent several years in a foster home with her older sister. She ran away when she was twelve, and was subsequently placed in group homes, before regaining contact with her father and his new wife, Lek, a Thai Buddhist nun.

Salmonson's writing career began in the early 1970’s, with her work as an editor and writer for a small press magazine, The Literary Magazine of Fantasy and Terror. Salmonson used her role at the magazine, which served as a forum for feminist issues, to openly document and discuss her gender transition. In 1985, Salmonson left the Literary Magazine of Fantasy and Terror to work as the editor for the literary zine Fantasy Macabre (1985- 1997).

Salmonson's first significant publication - Amazons! - won the 1980 World Fantasy Award. Just a year later, her work Tomoe Gozen - the first of a trilogy - was published to acclaim (a revised version of the novel, re-titled The Disfavored Hero, was published in 1999). In 1989, she won a Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Science Fiction/Fantasy, for her editorial work on the anthrology What Did Miss Darrington See?: An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction.Salmonson's story collections include A Silver Thread of Madness (1989); The Mysterious Doom and Other Ghostly Tales of the Pacific Northwest (1992); Phantom Waters: Northwest Legends of Rivers, Lakes, and Shores (1995); and The Eleventh Jaguarandi and Other Mysterious Persons (coll 1995).

Her works of poetry include: The Black Crusader and Other Poems of Horror (1979, chap); Cheap Present (1980, chap); On the Shores of Eternity (1981, chap); Feigned Death and Other Sorceries (1983, chap); Innocent of Evil: Poems in Prose (1984, chap); The Patient Child (1985, chap); Fantasies in Black and White (1987, chap); A Celestial Occurrence (1991, chap); The Goddess Under Siege (1992, chap); Songs of the Maenads (1993, chap); The Horn of Tara (1995, chap); and Lake of the Devil: Poems of Morosity and Jest (1995, chap).

Salmonson lives in the Pacific Northwest.

[source: Clute, John and John Grant. Encyclopedia of Fantasy. Palgrave Macmillan: 1997.]


7.5 linear feet (15 containers)


The papers of Jessica Salmonson, American author and editor of fantasy and horror fiction and poetry, are comprised of manuscripts and other published material, correspondence, subject/research files, clippings and ephemera, media, and photographs.


Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Manuscripts Subseries A: Drafts Subseries B: Published versions Series II: Correspondence Subseries A: Incoming Subseries B: Outgoing Series III: Subject Files Series IV: Other Published Works Subseries A: Fanzines and Chapbooks Subseries B: Works by Other Authors Series V: Clippings and Ephemera Series VI: Media and Photographs

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA