Diane Chamberlain: A Literary Legacy Finds Its Home at Rowan University Archives & Special Collections

October 3, 2023

Diane Chamberlain, a prolific author boasting numerous bestselling novels, is well known for her storytelling influence on modern American literary fiction. With an impressive collection of 27 novels to her name, including titles featured on the New York Times, USA Today, and Sunday Times bestseller lists, her storytelling prowess has captured the hearts of readers around the globe.

The inspiration for Chamberlain’s literary journey can be traced back to her experiences living in New Jersey and her fond memories visiting the Jersey Shore. Although she did not graduate from Rowan University, Chamberlain spent formative years at Glassboro State College from 1968 to 1970, before her family relocated to San Diego, California, where she completed her education.

During her time in Glassboro, she forged lasting connections with the college, its vibrant campus, its dedicated staff, and fellow students. These experiences left an impression, fostering a sense of belonging to the university after many years.

In a remarkable gesture of trust and admiration, Chamberlain chose to confer a treasured collection of her author's papers to Rowan University Archives and Special Collections. This collection encompasses a wide array of artifacts, including early fan mail, insightful book reviews, meticulously crafted manuscripts, and other materials that provide a glimpse into the creative process of a literary luminary.

Rowan University is honored to be the chosen home for Chamberlain's legacy. It is without a doubt a testament to the profound impact that educational institutions can have on individuals and their creative journeys. Diane Chamberlain's generous gift will undoubtedly inspire future generations of writers, scholars, and admirers whose paths have crossed with Rowan University.

Diane Chamberlain’s collection can be viewed by appointment. Please contact archives@rowan.edu to make an appointment, or visit go.rowan.edu/UASC for more information.