A Guide to the

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

SC 0124

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

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

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

Collection No.: SC 0124

Creator: Dorothy Lee Baugher

Extent: 2 boxes; .50 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers, 1936-2003 (bulk 1975-1981), consist of two 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

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.
Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).
Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers, 1936-2003 (bulk 1975-1981), SC 0124, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections in July 2009.
Provenance: Purchased by a private donor at Bowman Auctions (S. High St., Harrisonburg) in November 2008.
Processing Information: All newspaper clippings were photocopied onto non-acidic paper and the originals were disposed. In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3017.

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 (bulk 1975-1981), are arranged in five series and consist of two 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 1, 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 eighteenth 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 2, 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 3, Fiction, 2002-2003, 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 4, Poetry, 1986-1998, 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 5, 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:

Series 1: Daily News-Record Materials, 1975-1981

Series 2: Non-Fiction, undated

Series 3: Fiction, 2002-2003

Series 4: Poetry, 1986-1998

Series 5: Miscellany, 1936-2003


Obituary for Dorothy L. Buagher, Daily News-Record, August 15, 2009.

The Schoolma'am, 1939. Harrisonburg (Va.): Madison College.


Series 1:  Daily News-Record Materials, 1975-1981 Box:Folder
Manuscripts, undated 1:1
Newspaper clippings, June 1975-December 1979 1:2
Newspaper clippings, January 1980-1981, undated 1:3
Original artwork, 1977-1981, undated 1:4
Series 2: Non-Fiction, undated  
"Windows Into the Past," undated 1:5
Short stories - historical, undated 1:6
Short stories - religious, undated 1:7
Series 3: Fiction, 2002-2003  
"Corky," undated 1:8
"The Reluctant Heart" notes, undated 1:9
"The Reluctant Heart" Draft A, undated 1:10
"The Reluctant Heart" Draft B, 2002 1:11
"The Reluctant Heart" correspondence, 2002-2003 1:12
Short stories, "The Risk Taker, undated 1:13
Short stories, "The Time of Your Life," undated 1:14
Short stories, other, undated 1:15
Works in progress, notes on 1820s novel, undated 1:16
Works in progress, notes on "A New Song," undated 1:17
Works in progress, notes on untitled novel, undated 1:18
Works in progress, resource material, undated 1:19
Works in progress, ideas for writing, undated 1:20
Works in progress, miscellaneous notes, undated 1:21
Series 4: Poetry, 1986-1998  
Notes, undated 2:1
Handwritten notes, 1986-1998, undated 2:2
Typed notes, 1986-1987, undated 2:3
Series 5: Miscellany, 1936-2003  
Miscellany, 1936-2003 2:4