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Sarah Bird Papers

Identifier: SWWC-002

Scope and Contents

The Sarah Bird Papers cover 1985 to 1991 and consist of manuscripts, screenplays, style sheets, and copy editing notes relating to the production of her literary works.  It is organized into three series: Romance novels, The Boyfriend School and The Mommy Club.


  • 1985-1992


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials from the Wittliff Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user assumes responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish, and abiding by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Note

Sarah Bird was born December 26, 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan but lived a peripatetic childhood in an Air Force family.  She received a BA in anthropology at the University of New Mexico in 1973 and an MA in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 1976. Bird was an editor and contributor for the no-longer-active Austin magazine Third Coast.  She authored five romance novels under the pseudonym Tory Cates and one, Do Evil Cheerfully, as Sarah McCabe Bird. 

In 1986, her comic novel The Alamo House was published based on her experience as a graduate student at the University of Texas.  This work was followed by The Boyfriend School in 1989 and The Mommy Club in 1991, both, like The Alamo House, marked by Bird's sharp wit and sense of the absurd.  In addition to novels, Bird writes screenplays, and her articles have appeared in national magazines including Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, and Ms

Sarah Bird has published under the names Sarah McCabe Bird, Tory Cates, and Sarah Bird.


1.5 Linear Feet

3 boxes

Language of Materials


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The Sarah Bird Papers spans 1985 to 1991 and consist of manuscripts, screenplays, style sheets, and copy editing notes relating to the production of her literary works.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Sarah Bird, 1991.

Guide to the Sarah Bird Papers
Gwynedd Cannan
November 1992
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Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2004: Finding aid revised as part of the Wittliff's Collection Numbering Project
  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Susannah Broyles.

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA