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Janice Daugharty Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-22

Scope and Contents

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. A digital exhibition is located at .

Harmful Content Statement

Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collection’s collection houses materials collected to elucidate the past. We recognize that users may encounter some items within these collections that contain offensive language, viewpoints, imagery or other forms of objectionable content. Such materials document the past and should be viewed within the context of their original time period. Providing online access to these historical materials does not endorse any attitudes, prejudices, or behaviors depicted therein. Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections is committed to upholding the principle of equal and free access to unaltered historical information.


  • 1980-
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1990-
  • Acquired: 2000-08-04


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

In copyright

Biographical or Historical Information

Note written by Le Guin, Ursula K., (1929-2018)


48.00 Boxes



Arrangement Note

This collection currently contains 48 boxes of materials.  They are divided in series that are only partially chronological. The label for Bos 25 is missing -there is not a box number 25.

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

Source of Acquisition

Janice Daugharty

Method of Acquisition

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.

Accruals and Additions

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.

Other Descriptive Information

See online display for additional materials

Processing Information

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

Archon Finding Aid Title
Shirley Schoening Scheuler and Deborah S. Davis
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-25: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson.

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)