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Finding Aid for the Ellen Douglas Collection (MUM00109)

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Finding Aid for the Ellen Douglas Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ellen Douglas Collection
Dates: circa 1954-1990
Collector: Douglas, Ellen, 1921-
Physical Extent: 42 boxes (21.0 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00109
Location: General Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Ellen Douglas, a Mississippi native, is the author of eleven books. The collection contains drafts of Douglas's books, notes written by Douglas, and miscellaneous other materials.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Received from Ellen Douglas, 1990

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, November 2011.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Douglas, Ellen, 1921-
Women authors, American
Authors, American -- Mississippi


manuscripts for publication
magazines (periodicals)

Biographical Note

Ellen Douglas (the pen name of Josephine Ayres Haxton) was born in 1921 in Natchez, Miss. Douglas grew up in small towns throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1942. She has authored eleven books, including novels, short-story volumes, and nonfiction. Douglas has served as writer-in-residence at Northeast Louisiana University, Tulane University, and the University of Mississippi, and has taught at various other institutions, including the University of Virginia and Millsaps College.


1962 A Family’s Affairs
1963 Black Cloud, White Cloud: Two Novellas and Two Stories
1968 Where the Dreams Cross
1973 Apostles of Light
1979 The Rock Cried Out
1982 A Lifetime Burning
1986 A Long Night
1987 The Magic Carpet
1988 Can’t Quit you, Baby
1998 Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell
2004 Witnessing

Scope and Content Note

The collection chiefly contains annotated drafts (typed and handwritten) of nine of Douglas's books. Also included are notes written by Douglas pertaining to the books; research materials; galley proofs; and printers' typescripts. Box 36 contains drafts of and notes on various stories, published and unpublished. Box 37 contains book reviews, essays, and other writings by Douglas, some of which appear in published periodicals.

User Information

Preferred Citation

Ellen Douglas Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Ellen Douglas Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Related Material

Archival Resources at the University of Mississippi

Ellen Douglas Small Manuscripts Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library

Other Resources at the University of Mississippi

The circulating collection at the University of Mississippi contains many works by and about Douglas. These titles can be accessed by searching for "Douglas, Ellen" in the University's library catalog.


This collection is arranged by subject.

Container List

Unless otherwise specified, each file group contains various drafts, notes, manuscripts, and research materials pertaining to the book specified in the title of the file group.

Box 1-7 Apostles of Light
Box 8-11 A Family's Affairs
Box 11a-14 Black Cloud, White Cloud
Box 15-20 The Rock Cried Out
Box 21-26 A Lifetime Burning
Box 27-31 Where The Dreams Cross
Box 32-35 Can't Quit You, Baby
Box 36 Miscellaneous publications
Scope: Includes versions of the stories "The Teacher's Pet,""Oh, to Die for Love,""The Late-Blooming Patriarch," and "A Weekend in New Orleans."
Box 37 Materials added to 1990 accession
Scope: Includes reviews of two books by Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman and Love in the Ruins; essays on the work of William Faulkner; and published articles about Douglas's work, written by others.
Box 38 "Jesse"
Scope: "Jesse" is a short story contained in the book Black Cloud, White Cloud.
Box 39 A Long Night
Box 40-41 The Magic Carpet