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Penny Mickelbury Papers

Summary Information
Title: Penny Mickelbury papers
Dates: 1997-2000
Creator: Mickelbury, Penny, 1948-
Extent: 4 boxes
Location: S1
Language: Collection material in English
Collection Number: GV003
Includes manuscripts and galleys for several of Mickelbury's published works, correspondence, reviews and appearance notices, and two audiotaped interviews.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Givens Collection of African-American Literature, Special Collections and Rare Books

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Materials are open to research without restriction except for portions designated as restricted, confidential, or sealed. For the latter material, prior permission in writing from the author is required.

Permission to examine this collection will be granted to any qualified researcher upon completion of an application form. The original documents do not circulate and may only be used in the Reading Room of the Special Collections and Rare Books Division.


Photo reproduction and audio reproduction of any materials in which the author holds copyright shall be performed only with the written permission of the author.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Karla Davis and the finding aid written by Rachel Mordecai in 2004.

Preferred Citation:

Penny Mickelbury Papers (GV003), Archie S. Givens, Sr. Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The first three boxes are ordered by publication date of the novels to which they pertain and alphabetically in the case of two novels appearing in the same year. The fourth box contains correspondence and other materials not directly related to these novels.

Biographical Note

Penny Mickelbury, a journalist-turned-novelist who thinks of herself as a playwright, was born in 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1970 she became the first African-American reporter at the Georgia Banner-Herald in Athens. A former reporter for the Washington Post , Ms. Mickelbury was a political reporter for the ABC-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C., and was co-founder and managing director of New York City's Alchemy: Theater of Change. Mickelbury’s novels include Keeping Secrets and Night Songs , featuring Washington DC detective Gianna Maglione, and four “Carole Ann Gibson” novels: One Must Wait , Where to Choose , The Step Between , and Paradise Interrupted .

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists largely of marked manuscripts and galley proofs of three novels by Penny Mickelbury, with accompanying letters or memos from Simon and Schuster editorial staff. The novels – One Must Wait (1998), Where to Choose (1998), and Paradise Interrupted (2001) – are all “Carole Ann Gibson” novels (name of the main character). Also included are files of correspondence pertaining to Mickelbury’s promotion in 1984 to the position of assistant news director at WJLA-TV in Washington DC, and clippings, speeches, reviews and appearance notices pertaining to her literary career.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Mickelbury, Penny, 1948-
  • One Must Wait
  • Paradise Interrupted
  • Where to Choose
Detailed Description of the Collection
 Location  Title
Novels and Related Correspondence  
Box 1
One Must Wait  Box 1
Letter from Robert Mecoy (Simon and Schuster) to PM, dated 2/24/1997 
Manuscript with markings, corrections  
Memo to the editor from Marcia Peterson (Simon and Schuster), undated 
Galley proofs  
Box 2
Where to Choose  Box 2
Note from Andrea Y. Au (Simon and Schuster) to PM, undated 
Letter from Philip Metcalf (Simon and Schuster) to PM, 8/17/1998 
Style sheet  
Manuscript with markings, corrections  
Box 3
Paradise Interrupted  Box 3
Letter from Roz Siegel (Simon and Schuster) to PM, dated 3/8/2000 
Page 2 of letter from Roz Siegel to PM (page 1 missing), undated 
Manuscript pages with corrections  
Note from Andrea Y. Au (Simon and Schuster) to PM, undated 
Galley proofs  
Speeches, Etc.  
Box 4
Audio cassette dated 1/18/1998 from WPLY-Philadelphia, labeled “Penny Mickelbury, One Must Wait”  Box 4
Audio cassette labeled “Penny Mickelbury Box 4
Folder: WJLA-TV/Channel 7/ Washington DC, Promotion responses  Box 4
Folder: Reviews, Interviews, Appearance Notices  Box 4
Folder: Speeches  Box 4
Letter from Frances Smith Foster (Emory University) to PM, dated ½2/1999 Box 4
July/August 1999 edition of The Commerce Club Connection (Atlanta, GA), with p.4 advertisement for PM’s appearance on “The Paula Gordon Show”, Friday 7/16/1999 Box 4
 Box 4