Janice Holt Giles papers

Abstract

The Janice Holt Giles papers (dated 1949-1965; 6.75 cubic feet; 15 boxes, 1 folder) consist of correspondence and manuscripts of Giles's books.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Janice Holt Giles papers
Extent
6.75 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Women authors -- 20th century.
Drafts.
Authors -- Correspondence.
Proofs (Printing)
Authors, American -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Laura A. Hess
Preferred Citation
64M119: [identification of item], Janice Holt Giles papers, 1949-1965, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Janice Holt Giles was born on March 28, 1905, in Altus, Arkansas, and spent her childhood in Oklahoma, where her parents were teachers. She married Otto Moore in 1927 and the couple had one daughter. After a divorce in 1939, she moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to work for Dr. Lewis Sherill, Dean of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. In 1943, Janice Holt Giles met her second husband, Henry Giles, on a two day bus trip. The couple married in 1945 and settled in Knifley, Adair County, Kentucky, near Green River, where Henry Giles's family had lived for seven generations. They stayed in this region until her death on June 1, 1979.
During her lifetime, Janice Holt Giles published over twenty works, including historical novels set in the Western frontier and contemporary fiction about the people of the Green River region in Kentucky. Giles also wrote autobiographical and nonfiction books, of which several were coauthored with her husband, such as A Little Better Than Plumb and The G.I. Journal of Sergeant Giles.
Biographical Information. The Official Site of the Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles Society. n.d. Web. 1 March 2012.
Scope and Content
The Janice Holt Giles papers (dated 1949-1965; 6.75 cubic feet; 15 boxes, 1 folder) consist of correspondence and manuscripts of Giles's books. The correspondence documents the communication between Giles and her agent Oliver G. Swan as well as her publishers. The manuscript series contains drafts of fifteen of Janice Holt Giles's books in various stages of completion. Some of the manuscripts are rough drafts or editor's copies and contain revisions and notes in the margins, while others are finished galley proofs. She originally wrote the manuscript Land Beyond the Mountains under the title Glory Road. It is recorded in this collection under its published title.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1949-1956

The Correspondence series contains letters between Janice Holt Giles and her various editors and publishers between 1949 and 1956.

1949-1950

  • Box 1, folder 1
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1950-1951

  • Box 1, folder 2
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1951

  • Box 1, folder 3
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1952

  • Box 1, folder 4
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1953

  • Box 1, folder 5
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1954

  • Box 1, folder 6
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1955

  • Box 1, folder 7
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1956

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Manuscripts, 1950-1965

The Manuscripts series contains copies of Janice Holt Giles's books. Some of the manuscripts are drafts, while others are finished galley proofs. Most of the copies have corrections and revisions written on the pages.

Enduring Hills , 1950

  • Box 2, folder 1-2
  • Box 1, folder 9
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Harbin's Ridge , 1951

  • Box 2, folder 3
  • Box OS-17, folder 1
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Miss Willie , 1951

Miss Willie , 1951

  • Box 2, folder 4-6
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Miss Willie in This Day, 1951

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Tara's Healing , 1951

  • Box 3, folder 1-2
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40 Acres and No Mule , 1952

  • Box 3, folder 3-4
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The Plum Thicket , 1954

  • Box 3, folder 5-7
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Hannah Fowler , 1955

Hannah Fowler , 1955

  • Box 4, folder 1-3
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Hannah Fowler galley, 1955

  • Box 4, folder 4
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The Believers , 1956

The Believers , 1956

  • Box 5, folder 1
  • Box 4, folder 5
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The Believers galley, 1956

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Land Beyond the Mountains (Glory Road), 1958

Land Beyond the Mountains (Glory Road), 1958

  • Box 6, folder 1
  • Box 5, folder 3-5
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Land Beyond the Mountains (Glory Road), copy editor's manuscript, 1958

  • Box 6, folder 2-5
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Land Beyond the Mountains (Glory Road), galley, 1958

  • Box 6, folder 6
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Johnny Osage , 1959

Johnny Osage , 1959

  • Box 6, folder 7
  • Box 7, folder 1-2
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Johnny Osage, editor's copy, 1959

  • Box 7, folder 3-5
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Johnny Osage, uncorrected proofs, 1959

  • Box 7, folder 6
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Johnny Osage, galley, 1959

  • Box 8, folder 1
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Savanna , 1960-1961

Savanna, rough draft, 1960

  • Box 8, folder 2-4
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Savanna, draft, 1960

  • Box 8, folder 5-6
  • Box 9, folder 1-2
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Savanna, first copy, 1961

  • Box 9, folder 3-5
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Savanna, second copy, 1961

  • Box 10, folder 1-2
  • Box 9, folder 6
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Savanna, galley, 1961

  • Box 10, folder 3
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Voyage to Santa Fe , 1962

Voyage to Santa Fe, first section, 1962

  • Box 10, folder 4-5
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Voyage to Santa Fe, second section, 1962

  • Box 10, folder 6
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Voyage to Santa Fe, first section revisions, 1962

  • Box 11, folder 1-2
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Voyage to Santa Fe, editor's copy, 1962

  • Box 11, folder 3-5
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Voyage to Santa Fe, notes, route, and map, 1962

  • Box 11, folder 6
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Voyage to Santa Fe, galley, 1962

  • Box 11, folder 7-8
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A Little Better Than Plumb , 1963

A Little Better Than Plumb , 1963

  • Box 12, folder 1-2
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A Little Better Than Plumb, author's carbon, 1963

  • Box 12, folder 3-4
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A Little Better Than Plumb, editor's copy, 1963

  • Box 12, folder 5-6
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Run Me a River , 1963-1964

Run Me a River , 1963

  • Box 13, folder 1-3
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Run Me a River, editor's copy, 1964

  • Box 13, folder 4-5
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Run Me a River, galley, 1964

  • Box 13, folder 6
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Run Me a River, master proof, 1963

  • Box 14, folder 1
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G.I. Journal of Sergeant Giles , 1964-1965

G.I. Journal of Sergeant Giles , 1964

  • Box 14, folder 2-4
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G.I. Journal of Sergeant Giles, carbon copy, 1964

  • Box 15, folder 1-5
  • Box 14, folder 5
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G.I. Journal of Sergeant Giles, uncorrected proof, 1965

  • Box 15, folder 3
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G.I. Journal of Sergeant Giles, final proof, 1965

  • Box 15, folder 4-5
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