Barbara Dawson Smith papers Edit


MSS 564 large
Finding Aid Author
Lydia Tang
Finding Aid Date
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  • 1985 – 1999 (Creation)


  • 2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 boxes

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  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. 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 MSU Libraries Special Collections.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Collection Title, MSS ##, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was donated by Barbara Dawson Smith in 1999.

  • Processing Information

    Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Barbara Dawson Smith was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned a B. A. in Journalism from Michigan State University. She sold her first romance novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher and went on to become one of the preeminent writers of romance fiction. She was awarded the 1984 Golden Heart Award for Romance Writers of America for "No Regrets." Since 1989, her books have consistently received a 4+ Exceptional rating from Romantic Times, the leading romance review magazine. Silver Splendor (8-1989) was nominated for the Best Victorian Romance of 1988-1989. Dreamspinner (5-1990) won best Historical Romantic Suspense from Romantic Times, was nominated for Romance of the Year by Affaire de Coeur, and for Best Historical from RWA. Fire on the Wind (3-1992) was a finalist for RWA's Rita Award. A Glimpse of Heaven (12-1995) won Best Regency Historical from Romantic Times. Never a Lady (11-1996) was nominated for a National Reader's Choice Award. Once Upon a Scnadal (9-1997) was a USA Today bestseller, and was a finalist for RT's Best Regency Historical and for RWA's Rita's Award. Her Secret Affair is a nominee for Best Regency Historical. Dawson Smith was also nominated for Career Acheivement in Regency Historicals. Her books have been published with Silhouette, Zebra, Avon, and St. Martin's Press.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Barbara Dawson Smith papers primarily consist of annotated pre-publication proofs of some of her most popular novels, book covers and book marks, and press reviews.

  • Arrangement

    This collection is arranged chronologically by publication date.