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Andrea Barrett papers

Identifier: SCA-1203

Content Description

The Andrea Barrett papers include manuscripts, drafts, notebooks, and research notes related to short stories, story collections, and novels, as well as lecture notes, introductions, and coursework dating from 1971 to 2016.


  • Creation: 1971-2023


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Andrea Barrett was born in Boston in 1954. After graduating from Union College in 1974 with a degree in Biology, she began writing fiction, primarily with historical and scientific themes reflective of her background. Recognition for Barrett's work includes a National Book Award for Ship Fever in 1996, a MacArthur Fellowship in 2001, and the Rea Award for the Short Story in 2016. Additionally, Servants of the Map was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and Archangel was a finalist for the 2013/14 Story Prize.


9 Boxes

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The creator's initial arrangement and description were retained where possible. Manuscript files are arranged by writing project, while the later series are arranged functionally. The collection is primarily arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Andrea Barrett in September 2022. Additional materials pertaining to Founder's Day were donated in February 2023.

Processing Information

Materials processed by Joseph Lueck, Jupiter Justice, and Madeline Rioux in 2022.

Joseph Lueck, Jupiter Justice, and Madeline Rioux
October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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