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The Collections: Guide to the Collections: Mystery Writers of America Collection

The Mystery Writers of America, Inc. has long been the leading association for professional crime writers in the United States. In addition to promoting the interests of those writing today, the organization serves to preserve the historical memory of the American mystery.

The Mystery Writers of America collection at the Lilly Library consists of the association's papers as well as books and periodicals from its library.

Mystery Writers of America MSS.

The papers include meeting minutes, committee records, membership lists, and correspondence; materials from the annual Bouchercon conference, the International Crime Congress, and the Edgar Awards Dinner; drafts, proofs, and shelf copies of various works, including several published by Mystery Writers of America Anthology; photographs; and audio-visual materials.

Mystery Writers of America Books in IUCAT

Some of the materials from the Mystery Writers of America library have been individually cataloged and are included in Indiana University Library's online catalog (IUCAT). These works include reference materials for writers of mysteries and copies of the many Mystery Writers of America anthologies.

Mystery Writers of America Books & Periodicals (database of additional materials)

Many books and periodicals from the library of the Mystery Writers of America are listed in a database. This database includes books nominated for and selected as winners of the prestigious Edgar Award, named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe who is considered to be the "Father of the Detective Story".

Contact the Lilly Library Public Services Department for more information about materials in the Lilly Library related to Mystery Writers of American Collection.

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