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Joyce Ann Joyce Papers in Honor of Edna and Henry Joyce Jr.

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-23

Scope and Contents

The Joyce Papers consist mainly of correspondence with colleagues and students.  It also includes  a few photographs, articles and copies of all of her books. Although some items date to Joyce's childhood in Valdosta, the bulk of the papers are from the early 1980's to 2001. Most of the correspondence discusses works in progress by her or her colleagues.  The most prolific correspondent is the prominent Richard Wright scholar Michel Fabre,  who seems to have had a significant impact on Joyce's writings. Other important sets of letters from critics include Annette Kolodny and her collaborator Arthur P. Davis.  Among Joyce's letters are those from such prominent African American writers as Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, and Alice Walker.  Included are also many letters regarding her applications for vacancies to various universities.  Occasional items point to controversies, especially with colleagues who work and those who object to her strong opinions. Her generosity and sense of humor led to numerous cards from colleagues and students thanking her for a favor she had extended or gift she had given, often her latest publications.

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  • Acquired: 2001-06-29



4.0 Boxes



Arrangement Note

The collection consists of two series. The first is Biography, Writings, and Publicity:             *  First is biographical material and clippings.  These include photographs, and articles about Joyce at various times in her professional career.  Next are her writings, including her books, vitae, published articles, and letters to the editor and occasional poetry. Publicity material follows, including conference announcement to those conferences to which she contributed.   The second is correspondence:       * The largest series by far is correspondence and this has two subdivisions. The first part of correspondence is folders arranged chronologically by date of composition.  The second are folders arranged by name of correspondent.  If more than one letter exists from a correspondent, those are in a folder arranged by that correspondent's name. Descriptive information for each item is included. Another, more indepth finding aid is located for this collection at the bottom of the Finding Aids web page under Joyce Ann Joyce.  It gives individual descriptions for each piece of correspondence.

Source of Acquisition

Joyce Ann Joyce

Method of Acquisition

Signed deed of gift.

Appraisal Information

Folder in director's office with Deed of Gift, database printouts, correspondence and other paperwork related to this collection.  Also includes a baby picture of Joyce near house.

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Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
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Valdosta GA 30601 United States
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