Scope and Contents
The Barbara Bickmore papers consist of manuscripts, research material, and published works written by the American fiction novelist, Barabara Bickmore. Works represented in the collection include East of the Sun (1988), The Moon Below (1990), Commuters to a Distant War (circa 1992), and Distant Star (originally titled Commuters to a Distant War, circa 1992).
This collection contains published copies of East of the Sun (1988) and The Moon Below (1990). A typescript draft with related digital material for The Moon Below is also present. Research files for Commuters to a Distant War (circa 1992) contain typed notes and photocopied, annotated articles that focus on Chinese history (circa 1920s-1930s). Outlines and a typescript draft for Commuters to a Distant War are also present, along with an annotated manuscript for Distant Star (originally titled Commuters to a Distant War).
Digital material may be made available upon request.
- Bickmore, Barbara (Person)
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
Barbara Bickmore (1927-2015) was an American author who began her professional writing career as a fiction novelist in Oregon. Bickmore moved to Oregon in 1973 after teaching high school English in New York for nearly 20 years. While in Oregon, she started a small farm, opened a yarn shop, and eventually taught writing at the University of Oregon for two years. Bickmore published her first book in 1986, and was offered a contract for two more in 1988. She accepted the offer, and later moved to a small village in Mexico where she wrote six of her nine best-selling novels. Her books have sold in 22 countries and have been published in 16 different languages. Bickmore died in Anacortes, Washington in 2015.
Cassell, Faris. “Bickmore’s novel goes beyond mere romance.” The Register-Guard, June 16, 1996.
“Obituaries: Barbara Bickmore,” Legacy.com, accessed April 9, 2019, https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/skagitvalleyherald/obituary.aspx?n=barbara-bickmore&pid=174463483
2 linear feet (2 containers) : 1 record storage box, 1 manuscript box
Language of Materials
Barbara Bickmore (1927-2015) was an American author who began her professional writing career as a fiction novelist in Oregon, publishing her first book in 1986. The Barbara Bickmore papers include manuscripts, research material, and published works.
This collection is arranged chronologically. Original order for manuscript drafts and research material has been maintained.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Barbara Bickmore, 1991-1992.
Collection processed by Liliya Benz, 2019.
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