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Barbara Dawson Smith papers

Identifier: MSS 564 large
The Barbara Dawson Smith papers primarily consist of annotated pre-publication proofs of some of her most popular novels, book covers, book marks, and press reviews.


  • 1985 - 1999


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.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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 (1989) was nominated for the Best Victorian Romance of 1988-1989. Dreamspinner (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 (1992) was a finalist for RWA's Rita Award. A Glimpse of Heaven (1995) won Best Regency Historical from Romantic Times. Never a Lady (1996) was nominated for a National Reader's Choice Award. Once Upon a Scandal (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.


This collection is arranged chronologically by publication date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Barbara Dawson Smith in 1999.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.


Finding Aid for the Barbara Dawson Smith papers
Lydia Tang
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48824 USA