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

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Baugher, Dorothy Lee, 1917-2009
Title:
Dorothy Lee Baugher Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0124
Date:
1936-2003 (bulk 1975-1981)
Extent:
2 boxes, .50 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
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.

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.

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Bio/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.

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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.

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Arrangement

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

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.Updated by Tiffany Cole 2013-11-21May 2010

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).

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.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Subject

  • Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- History
  • Authors, American -- Virginia
  • Poets, American -- Virginia
  • Journalists -- Virginia

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Bibliography

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

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

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Collection Inventory

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

Title/Description Instances
Manuscripts, undated box 1 folder 1
Newspaper clippings, June 1975-December 1979 box 1 folder 2
Newspaper Clippings, January 1980-1981, undated box 1 folder 3
Original artwork, 1977-1981, undated box 1 folder 4

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Series 2: Non-Fiction, undated

Title/Description Instances
"Windows Into the Past", undated box 1 folder 5
Short Stories - historical, undated box 1 folder 6
Short Stories - religious, undated box 1 folder 7

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Series 3: Fiction, 2002-2003

Title/Description Instances
"Corky", undated box 1 folder 8
"The Reluctant Heart" notes, undated box 1 folder 9
"The Reluctant Heart" Draft A, undated box 1 folder 10
"The Reluctant Heart" Draft B, 2002 box 1 folder 11
"The Reluctant Heart" correspondence, 2002-2003 box 1 folder 12
Short Stories, "The Risk Taker", undated box 1 folder 13
Short Stories, "The Time of Your Life", undated box 1 folder 14
Short Stories, other, undated box 1 folder 15
Works in Progress, notes on 1820s novel, undated box 1 folder 16
Works in Progress, notes on "A New Song", undated box 1 folder 17
Works in Progress, notes on untitled novel, undated box 1 folder 18
Works in Progress, resource material, undated box 1 folder 19
Works in Progress, ideas for Writing, undated box 1 folder 20
Works in Progress, miscellaneous notes, undated box 1 folder 21

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Series 4: Poetry, 1986-1998

Title/Description Instances
Notes, undated box 2 folder 1
Handwritten notes, 1986-1998, undated box 2 folder 2
Typed notes, 1986-1987, undated box 2 folder 3

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Series 5: Miscellany, 1936-2003

Title/Description Instances
Miscellany, 1936-2003 box 2 folder 4

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