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Janice Daugharty Papers


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Biography and Criticism

The Short Stories (Unpublished)

Unpublished Novels

Published Novels and Short Story Collections

Unpublished Recent Novels

Recent Additions

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Janice Daugharty Papers, 1980- | Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

By Shirley Schoening Scheuler and Deborah S. Davis

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Predominant Dates:1990-

ID: MS/22

Primary Creator: Daugharty, Janice (1944-)

Extent: 48.0 Boxes


This collection currently contains 48 boxes of materials.  They are divided in series that are only partially chronological.

Series 1:  Biography and Criticism: these four boxes contain correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, Daugharty's VSC papers and coursework, essays on her writing by students, and stories and correspondence related to a short story anthology on "Rejections" (from publishers to famous writers) that she worked on in the early 1990's.  The news clippings are organized first by related or reviewed publication, such as Dark of the Moon, and then there are general news articles that cover signings, interviews, and biographical sketches. 

Series 2: The Short Stories (unpublished).  These three boxes contain 75 short stories and/or short novellas that have never been published.  Most would date from the 1980's and early 1990's, although Daugharty continues to write and publish short stories today. Although an attempt was made to determine chronological order within this series, most of the stories were undated and thus the series does not reflect the order of writing.

Series 3: Unpublished Novels: These 12 boxes contain versions of 12 full-length novels written prior to 1994.  Here are Moon by Day, Two Shades of Morning, and Sling the Biscuit. Some of these have quite a few revisions included, which show a good deal of change and growth as a writer.  Materials within each box were ordered chronologically based upon an analysis of edited changes through the different versions.  This chronological order is an approximation only.

Series 4: Published novels and short story collections:   Ten boxes contain the manuscripts, edits and final book copies of her previously published works.  There is even a German edition of Necessary Lies.  With the correspondence and news articles from series one, these notes, handwritten manuscripts, edited copies and final copies create a complete snapshot of the development of each book. Materials within each box were ordered chronologically based upon an analysis of edited changes through the different versions.  This chronological order is an approximation only.

Series 5: Unpublished recent novels:  Staten Bay  is a departure from the works that previously defined a "Janice Daugharty" in that the novel is set much farther back in history and traces  three generations of women from 1887-1999.  The historical research necessary to write this 700+ page book is with the manuscripts.  She interviewed "old timers," read and collected information on the time periods extensively, and those notes are in the collection.  

Series 6: Recent Additions

Date Acquired: 08/04/2000. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: An Extra, An Imposing Presence, Anthology, Articles, Asylum, Bass, Rick, Bell, Madison Smartt, Bradbury, Ray, Brown, Larry, Brown, Rozellen, Busch, Frederick, Candy Block, Canin, Ethan, Cherry, Kelly, Children of Molech, Crumley, James, Dark of the Moon, Daugharty, Janice, DeMarinis, Rick, Dubus, Andre, Earl in the Yellow Shirt, Edgerton, Clyde, Ellison, Harlin, From Whence the River Comes, Going Through the Change, Hood, Mary, Just Doll, Land Grab, Le Guin, Ursula K., (1929-2018), Like a Sister, Little Splinter Boy, Manuscripts, Mason, Bobbie Ann, McIerney, Jay, Moon By Day, Mr. P.C. Brown, Necessary Lies, Novels, Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-, Old Man Dubbies Girl, Online Display, Paw Paw Patch, Powell, Padgett, Short stories/Novellas, Sling the Biscuit, Summer Thunder, The Reaping Years, Two Shades, Whistle, Year of Jubilee

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Janice Daugharty in the VSU Archives are an open collection. Daugharty was a native of Echols County, Georgia and attended Valdosta State College. This collection reflects the work of a writer in the prime of her production; thus, material will be added to the collection periodically.  The collection contains handwritten and typed manuscripts of short stories and novels, edited copies of works, copies of published books, VSC college coursework, correspondence, newspaper clippings and publicity material, photographs and audio tapes.  It is essentially the "education of a writer."  Here are the various versions of her published novels, from synopsis through handwritten draft,  to correspondence between published and author discussing changes, to the finished product.  Most fascinating are the early novels and stories as she moves towards her voice and style.  Two Shades of Morning, written in 1987, and Moon by Day, written in 1986 and revised in 1988, are two of her early novels which show this transition very well.

Biographical Note

Janice Daugharty was born in 1944 outside of Valdosta, and has lived almost all of her life in Echols county, Georgia.  Prior to her writing career, she was a farm wife and at-home mother.  It is from her rural background, from her observations of small town life, of parents and children, of blacks and whites, that her fiction springs.  She began attending Valdosta State College at 38 (in 1982 or 1983) where she quickly began taking English classes.  Her early literature papers show a thorough grounding in American and Southern Literature.  Then followed ten years of "rejection slips" as she churned out  over 19 novels and dozens of short stories.  Her work caught the eye of Joyce Carol Oates, and some of her stories were published in the Ontario press.  In 1994 she finally broke into print with Going Through the Change, a collection of short stories,  and her first published novel, Dark of the Moon.

She followed with Necessary Lies, 1995, Paw Paw Patch in 1996,  Earl in the Yellow Shirt in 1997, Whistle in 1998, Like a Sister in 1999.  She has also published numerous short stories, newspaper articles, essays, and has been interviewed repeatedly in all forms of media.  She is currently working on different versions of three novels, experimenting with a blend of fiction and history.

Subject/Index Terms

An Extra
An Imposing Presence
Bass, Rick
Bell, Madison Smartt
Bradbury, Ray
Brown, Larry
Brown, Rozellen
Busch, Frederick
Candy Block
Canin, Ethan
Cherry, Kelly
Children of Molech
Crumley, James
Dark of the Moon
Daugharty, Janice
DeMarinis, Rick
Dubus, Andre
Earl in the Yellow Shirt
Edgerton, Clyde
Ellison, Harlin
From Whence the River Comes
Going Through the Change
Hood, Mary
Just Doll
Land Grab
Le Guin, Ursula K., (1929-2018)
Like a Sister
Little Splinter Boy
Mason, Bobbie Ann
McIerney, Jay
Moon By Day
Mr. P.C. Brown
Necessary Lies
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-
Old Man Dubbies Girl
Online Display
Paw Paw Patch
Powell, Padgett
Short stories/Novellas
Sling the Biscuit
Summer Thunder
The Reaping Years
Two Shades
Year of Jubilee

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: Folder in Director's office contains, deed of gift, accession record 2000-25 and later accession in 2004 of 9 further boxes.  Correspondence is also included. iomega 250 zip drive which cannot be read with current machines in the library.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for reserach use.

Acquisition Source: Janice Daugharty

Acquisition Method: Signed Deed of Gift, marked On Loan signed by Janice Daugharty, Rt. 1 Box 595 Stockton, GA 31649.  If no longer retained, return to author. She retains copyright.

Appraisal Information: Novels and short stories, manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, published books and galley sets.

Processing Information: Finding Aid completed in September 2002 by Shirley Schoening Scheuler and Deborah S. Davis.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised in November 2019 by Doug Carlson for DACS compliance.

Other Note: See online display for additional materials

Other URL: http://archives.valdosta.edu/online_exhibits/jdaugharty/index.html

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Biography and Criticism],
[Series 2: The Short Stories (Unpublished)],
[Series 3: Unpublished Novels],
[Series 4: Published Novels and Short Story Collections],
[Series 5: Unpublished Recent Novels],
[Series 6: Recent Additions],
[Electronic Records 1: Janice Daugharty - Electronic Records, 1980-2015],

Electronic Records 1: Janice Daugharty - Electronic Records, 1980-2015Add to your cart.
Electronic records created by Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections circa 2004 for Janice Daugharty Papers, 1980- Collection. Includes video interviews, Janice Daugharty website, event photographs, and more.
Proccessing: Processed as bag August 2015. All files migrated to open access formats. Directory structure kept.
UUID: EF295B32-BEFC-47AD-9161-FD0D18799D6D
Subject/Index Terms:
Electronic records
Daugharty, Janice (1944-)

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[Series 6: Recent Additions],
[Electronic Records 1: Janice Daugharty - Electronic Records, 1980-2015],

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