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A Guide to the

Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers, 1936-2003 (bulk 1975-1981)

SC# 3017

Compiled by: Gabriel A. Walman, April 2009;
Updated May 2010 by Tiffany Cole

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers, 1936-2003

Collection No.: SC# 3017

Creator: Dorothy Lee Baugher

Extent: 1.25 Holllinger boxes; .52 linear feet

Language: English


The Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers, 1936-2003, consists of 1.25 Hollinger boxes of newspaper clippings, poetry, fiction and non-fiction writings, and drawings produced by Baugher.  The collection also includes miscellaneous materials including correspondence, receipts, programs, and notes.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation: 

Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers, 1936-2003, SC# 3017, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased by a private donor at an estate auction in November 2008 and subsequently donated to Special Collections in July 2009.

Processing Information:

All newspaper clippings were photocopied onto non-acidic paper and the originals were disposed.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dorothy Lee Baugher (1917-2009) graduated from Madison College in 1939.  While a student, she served as a member of the art staff for the Schoolma'am yearbook.  A McGaheysville native, Baugher taught art and English at Turner Ashby High School and in 1975 became the editor for the "Footprints and Echoes" column for the Bicentennial at the Daily News-Record.  Baugher's interests included art, pottery, writing fiction and non-fiction, and poetry

Scope and Content

The Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers, 1936-2003, is arranged in five series and consists of 1.25 Hollinger boxes of newspaper clippings, poetry, fiction and non-fiction writings, and drawings produced by Baugher.  The collection also includes miscellaneous materials including correspondence, receipts, programs, and notes.

Series I, Daily News-Record Materials, 1975-1981, is comprised of newspaper clippings written by Baugher on subjects pertaining to the United States Bicentennial (1976) as well as the city of Harrisonburg's Bicentennial (1980) in the "Footprints and Echoes" column of the Daily News-Record.  Topics range from Revolutionary War efforts in the Valley, women's roles in the Revolution, and general daily life in the late 18th century.  The series includes some of Baugher's typed drafts as well as her drawings, many of which were sketched on the backs of cereal and food boxes.  The sketches were published alongside her articles in the Daily News-Record .  An index of these writings is available here.

Series II, Non-Fiction, undated, includes a variety of short stories and essays of historical and religious content.  Baugher's writings reference Patrick Henry, Stonewall Jackson, Pendleton Bryan, and the Methodist Church.  The non-fiction works also include narrative Bible stories about Christmas, Zachariah and Elizabeth, and Thomas the Apostle or Didymus.

Series III, Fiction, 2002-2003, n.d., is comprised of notes, drafts, manuscripts, and short stories.  Included in this series is a children's story entitled "Corky" about a pig which was also illustrated by Baugher.  Written under the pseudonym Dorothy Lee Desailles, "The Reluctant Heart" is Baugher's most extensive work.  This unpublished full-length manuscript is set dually in the Caribbean and the United States with religious connotations, a variety of characters, a love-angle, and mystery.  Numerous drafts of "The Reluctant Heart" are retained.  Ficticious short stories, notes, and resource material for potential works or works in progress are also present.

Series IV, Poetry, 1986-1998, n.d., is a collection of handwritten and typed poems written by Baugher.  Much of the poetry has religious themes with references to God and Bible verses.  Notes on potential publishing companies are also present.

Series V, Miscellany, 1936-2003, consists of various church and community programs, correspondence, notes, and other ephemera.  Specific materials include J.C. Penney employee's sales receipts, the Turner Ashby Class of 1961 "Progress Report" (1981 ed.) in which class members describe their lives and families twenty years after graduating, and a Daily News-Record article and Op-Ed piece recognizing Baugher for her work in the community.


The collection is arranged in five series:

I. Daily News-Record Materials, 1975-1981

II. Non-Fiction, undated

III. Fiction, 2002-2003, n.d.

IV. Poetry, 1986-1998, n.d.

V. Miscellany, 1936-2003


Daily News-Record, August 15, 2009.

Schoolma'am, 1939

AN 93-0916 Commencement programs, 1910-present; June 5, 1939 program.

Related Material/Collections

For similar collections pertaining to JMU alumni, see the JMU Historical Collection.



Series I:  Daily News-Record Materials, 1975-1981
     Newspaper Clippings
          June 1975-December 1979
          January 1980-n.d.
     Original Artwork
Series II:  Non-Fiction, undated     
     "Windows Into the Past"
     Short Stories
Series III:  Fiction, 2002-2003, undated
     "The Reluctant Heart"
          Draft A
          Draft B, 2002
          Correspondence, 2002-2003
     Short Stories
          "The Risk Taker"
          "The Time of Your Life"
     Works in Progress
          Notes on 1820s novel
          Notes on "A New Song"
          Notes on untitled novel
          Resource material
          Ideas for Writing
          Miscellaneous notes
Series IV:  Poetry, 1986-1998, n.d.
Series V:  Miscellany, 1936-2003


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