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Betsy Thornton Papers 1980-2010

MS 495


Collection Summary

Creator: Thornton, Betsy
Collection Name: Betsy Thornton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1980-2010
Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet
Abstract:The collection consists of materials which document the literary career of contemporary mystery writer Betsy Thornton. The bulk of the material is comprised of drafts of manuscripts, published articles and poetry, as well as printed materials including news clippings, copies of book reviews, and correspondence. One CD-ROM containing an interview is included.
Collection Number:MS 495
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://www.library.arizona.edu/speccoll

Biographical Note

Betsy Thornton was born Mary Elizabeth Thornton in Wilmington, North Carolina, the oldest of four children, to Elizabeth Mary (Kelly) Thornton and Colonel Robert L. Thornton. She was educated in Europe and the US graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in English.

Thornton lived in England, France, Greece, Italy, New York City, and Venice, Calif. before settling in Bisbee, Arizona. In Bisbee she worked various jobs including director of the Cochise Fine Arts, a non-profit arts organization, and as a crime victim advocate for the Cochise Attorney's office.

Thornton's first publication was a chapbook of poems, On Davis Road in 1984. She is a recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She turned to writing mystery fiction in the 1980's and her first mystery novel, The Cowboy Rides Away was published in 1996. The book introduces readers to her main character, Chloe Newcombe, who works as a victim advocate in Cochise County, Arizona, the same position that Thornton worked at the Cochise Attorney's office for fifteen years.

Thornton has published seven mystery novels including: The Cowboy Rides Away (1996), High Lonesome Road (2001), Ghost Towns (2002), Dead for the Winter (2004), A Whole New Life (2006), A Song for You (2008), and Dream Queen (2010). Her book, A Song For You, was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark award in 2008.


Scope and Content Note

Papers, 1980-2010. This collection is comprised of the papers of Betsy Thornton. Items include published and unpublished writings including, manuscripts, poetry in published anthology, news articles, Thornton's reviews of works by others, and book reviews of Thornton's works by others. Printed materials include book manuscripts, news and magazine clippings and correspondence. One 29-minute interview, circa 2004, by Steven Nestor for WHUS radio show, Poets of the Tabloid Murder, is included on CD-ROM


Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series.
Series I: Writings, 1980-2010
Subseries 1: Manuscripts, 1985-2010
Subseries 2: Articles and Poetry, 1980-1984, 2000
Series II: Printed and Audio Materials, 1985-2010

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Newcombe, Chloe (Fictitious character)--Fiction
Thornton, Betsy--Archives

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona--Fiction
Cochise County, (Ariz.)--Fiction

Subject(s)
American fiction--20th century
American literature—Southwest, New
Authors, American--20th century--Archives
Crime--Fiction
Women detectives--Arizona--Fictio.

Genre Form(s)
Mystery fiction


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Betsy Thornton Papers, 1980-2010 (MS 495). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series I: Writings, 1980-2010
Arrangement is alphabetical by title. This series contains the published and unpublished writings of Betsy Thornton. The Writings Series is divided into two subseries: Manuscripts (1985-2010) contains drafts of monographs. Articles and Poetry (1980-1984, 2000) contains published articles and poetry written by Thornton.
Subseries 1: Manuscripts, 1985-2010
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11 The Cowboy Rides Awaydraft (1 of 2) , undated
12 The Cowboy Rides Awaydraft (2 of 2) , undated
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3 The Cowboy Rides Awayedited draft (1 of 2) , undated
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14 The Cowboy Rides Awayedited draft (2 of 2) , undated
15 Dead For the Winteredited draft (1 of 2) , undated
16 Dead For the Winteredited draft (2 of 2) , undated
17 Dream Queenedited draft (1 of 2) , undated
18 Dream Queenedited draft (2 of 2) , undated
19 Dream Queenedited draft with notes (1 of 2) , undated
110 Dream Queenedited draft with notes (2 of 2) , undated
111 Dream Queenedited draft with notes (1 of 2) , undated
112 Dream Queenedited draft with notes (2 of 2) , undated
113 High Lonesome Roadedited original(1 of 2) , undated
114 High Lonesome Roadedited original(2 of 2) , undated
115 A Song For Youedited draft , undated
116 A Song For Youedited draft , undated
117 A Song For Youedited draft with author notes (1 of 2) , undated
118 A Song For Youedited draft with author notes (2 of 2) , undated
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21 A Whole New Lifeedited draft with notes(1 of 2) undated
22 A Whole New Lifeedited draft with notes(2 of 2) undated
23 Unpublished original[Immaculate Conceptions]edited draft (1 of 2) , undated
24 Unpublished original[Immaculate Conceptions]edited draft (2 of 2) , undated
25 UnpublishedImmaculate Conceptionsedited draft (1 of 2) , undated
26 UnpublishedImmaculate Conceptionsedited draft (2 of 2) , undated
27 UnpublishedImmaculate Conceptionschapters 13 and 19 , undated
Subseries 2: Articles and Poetry, 1980-1984, 2000
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28 Articles and Poetry, 1980-1984, 2000
Series II: Printed and Audio Materials, 1985-2010
Arrangement is chronological.
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29 Correspondence , 1985-1994, 2001-2010
210 Publicity – Reviews , 1996, 2001-2007
211 Publicity – General , 1996, 2001-2009, undated