Ardath Mayhar Papers, 1958-1983 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Ardath Mayhar Papers, 1958-1983Add to your cart.

ID: A/100

Primary Creator: Mayhar, Ardath

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Authors -- Texas, East, Mayhar, Ardath -- Manuscripts, Norton, Andre -- Correspondence, Novelists, American -- Texas, East, Poets, Science fiction -- Women authors

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, and correspondence with publishers, editors, and writers, including most notably science fiction/fantasy writer, Andre Norton. Ardath recycles scrap paper from various sources in her work.

Collection Historical Note

Ardath Frances Hurst was born on February 20, 1930 in Timpson, Texas. From the age of 17 she managed her father's dairy for ten years while educating herself in languages and poetic forms. In 1957 she opened a bookstore in Nacogdoches and there she met her future husband, Joe Mayhar. They were married in 1958 and have four sons, two from his previous marriage. They lived for awhile in Houston, Texas then moved to Salem, Oregon, where Ardath worked as a proofreader for the Capital Journal from 1968 to 1975. They returned to Nacogdoches County, living near Chireno, and operated a broiler farm until it was destroyed by fire in 1978. From 1979 to 1980 Ardath was a proofreader for the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, then she left to become a full-time writer. After thirty years of writing and publishing poetry including a chapbook, Journey to an Ending, in 1965, she turned to fiction in 1973. Her first novel to be published, How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon, was released in 1979 and quickly succeeded by The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn (1980), Soul-Singer of Tyrnos (1981), Warlock's Gift (1982), Runes of the Lyre (1982), Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey (1982), and The Absolutely Perfect Horse, co-authored by Marylois Dunn (1983). She has other books under contract or in negotiation and several have gone into more than one edition. Most of the above works are science fiction/fantasy but she has also written westerns and occult fiction.

("Ardath Mayhar Papers." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).

Subject/Index Terms

Authors -- Texas, East
Mayhar, Ardath -- Manuscripts
Norton, Andre -- Correspondence
Novelists, American -- Texas, East
Science fiction -- Women authors

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Books in ETRC written by Mayhar:

Dunn, Marylois, and Ardath Mayhar. The absolutely perfect horse. NY: Harper & Row, 1983. ETRC PZ10.3.D883 Ab 1983

Dunn, Marylois, and Ardath Mayhar. Timber pirates. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1997. ETRC PZ7.D9217 TIM 1997X

Mayhar, Ardath. Carrots and Miggle. NY: Atheneum, 1986. ETRC PZ7.M468 Car 1986

Mayhar, Ardath. The world ends in Hickory Hollow. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1985. ETRC PS3563.A962 W6 1985

Mayhar, Ardath. Exile on Vlahil. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. ETRC PS3563.A962 E9 1984

Mayhar, Ardath. Golden dream: a fuzzy odyssey. NY: Ace, 1984, 1982. ETRC PS3563.A962 G64 1984x

Mayhar, Ardath. How the gods wove in Kyrannon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1979. ETRC PS3563.A962 H6 1979x

Mayhar, Ardath. Hunters of the plains. NY: Berkley Books, 1995. ETRC PS3563.A962 H86 1995x

Mayhar, Ardath. Island in the lake. NY: Diamond Books, 1993. ETRC PS3563.A962 I8 1993x

Mayhar, Ardath. Journey to an ending. Fort Smith, AR: South and West, 1965. ETRC PS3563.A962 J68 1965x

Mayhar, Ardath. Khi to freedom. NY: Ace, 1983. ETRC PS3563.A962 K55 1983x

Mayhar, Ardath. Lords of the triple moons. NY: Atheneum, 1983. ETRC PZ7.M468 LO 1983

Mayhar, Ardath. Makra Choria. NY: Atheneum, 1987. ETRC PZ7.M468 Mak 1987

Mayhar, Ardath. Medicine walk. NY: Atheneum, 1985. ETRC PZ7.M468 ME 1985

Mayhar, Ardath. Monkey station. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1989. ETRC PS3563.A962 M66 1989x

Mayhar, Ardath. People of the mesa. NY: Diamond Books, 1992. ETRC PS3563.A962 P46 1992x

Mayhar, Ardath. Place of silver silence. NY: Walker, 1988. ETRC PZ7.M468 Pl 1988

Mayhar, Ardath. Reflections, published and unpublished poetry. Nacogdoches, TX: s.n., 1994. ETRC PS3563.A962 R43 1994x

Mayhar, Ardath. Road of stars: a tale of art and death. Princeton, NJ: Xlibris, 1998. ETRC PS3563.A962 R6 1998x

Mayhar, Ardath. Runes of the lyre. NY: Ace, 1983, 1982. ETRC PZ7.M468 Ru 1983x

Mayhar, Ardath. Saga of Grittel Sundotha. NY: Atheneum, 1985. ETRC PZ7.M468 SAG 1985

Mayhar, Ardath. The seekers of Shar-Huhn. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980. ETRC PS3563.A962 S4

Mayhar, Ardath. Slewfoot Sally and the flying mule : and other tales from Cotton County. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1995. ETRC PS3563.A962 S53 1995x

Mayhar, Ardath. Soul-singer of Tyrnos. NY: Atheneum, 1981. ETRC PZ7.M468 Se

Mayhar, Ardath. The sword and the dagger. Chicago, IL: FASA, 1987. ETRC PS3563.A962 S96 1987x

Mayhar, Ardath. Through a stone wall. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1995, 1982. ETRC PN147 .M478 1995x

Mayhar, Ardath. Towers of the earth. NY: Diamond Books, 1994. ETRC PS3563.A962 T6 1994x

Mayhar, Ardath. Trail of the seahawks. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1987. ETRC PS3563.A962 T72 1987x

Mayhar, Ardath. The wall. NY: Space and Time, 1987. ETRC PS3563.A962 W28 1987

Mayhar, Ardath. Warlock's gift. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982. ETRC PS3563.A962 W3 1982

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Manuscripts],
[Box 2: Manuscripts],
[Box 3: Manuscripts],
[Box 4: Manuscripts],
[Box 5: Manuscripts, short stories, poems, essays],
[Box 6: Correspondence and miscellaneous],
[Bundle 1: Publicity poster from Ace Books for Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey, 1985. Initial rendition of cover for The Far Horizon by artist H. Tom Hall, n.d.],

Box 5: Manuscripts, short stories, poems, essaysAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: High Mountain Winter. Post production manuscript with editor's notes and style sheets, 1996Add to your cart.
pages 1-190
Folder 2: High Mountain Winter. Post production manuscript with editor's notes and style sheets, 1996Add to your cart.
pages 191-362
Folder 3: Snowlost. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 1-128
Folder 4: Snowlost. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
pages 129-259
Folder 5: Look for the Lamp. Manuscript and portion of manuscript by Ardath Mayhar as Ardath Hurst, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Willbe. Manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Slaughterhouse World. Novella manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Portions of untitled manuscript, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Pages from various manuscripts, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Short story The Pushover , [1978]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Synopsis of A Place of Silver Silence. Short stories: The Long War of Johnny Gann [1984], The Door in the Hill and Forbidden GeometriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Short stories: A Meeting of Minds, Echo of Thunder, Gather Ye Rosebuds, The End of War, An Extra Dimension, Golda, A Good Place to Hide, Journey into Autumn., [1981]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Short stories: The Tuck at the Foot of the Bed, Thurgion Agonistes, The Task of the Green Bone, Personality Factor, Homeward Trail, Solo Performance, The Spot, [1981]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Short stories: The One Who Broke Wings, A Meeting of Minds, Fido is a Loving Beast, The Forging of Fear [2 copies], Down in the Dark, [1982]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Short stories: Spinnerlied [2 copies], Who Accuses This Woman, [1980]Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Short story A Sculpted Smile and rewritesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Short stories: Flights of Blue Balloons, The High-Kick, Rah Rah Extinction, The Day of the Drum, Glass House, The Dig [2 copies], Castle of Shadows, [1983]Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Short stories: Escape Route, The Key to Ramali [2 copies], The Well That Whispered Darkness, [1983]Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Short stories : Ash-Nialle, Grimm's Way, Concerto, The Last Pas Seul, Esmene's Eyes, The Eye is Upon You, The Face in the Glass, [1984]Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Short stories: The Hornet's Nest, The Moon-Eyed Night, [1984]Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Short stories: Under the Ping Pong Tree, A Night in Possum Holler, [1984]Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Short stories: Fast and Easy, A Shimmer of Blackness, The Power That Preserves, Heavy, Heavy Hangs Over Your Head, Jason Will be Proud, [1986]Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Short stories: Midnight Butterfly, Golden Girl, From What Alien Womb? [2 copies], Speaking Wolf, [1987]Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Short stories: The Very Strange War, The Kingdom of Yip, Eight Day Clock, Killin' Fence, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Short stories: The Creek, It Done Riz, River Rescue [2 copies], Control, The Secret Among the Stones, Hermoine as SpyAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Short stories: Cold Tears, Cold Stone, The Suitcase, The Wings of Liriathel [2 copies], Waning Moon at Morning, The Road, Norther, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Short stories: The Flaming Feather, Coon Trail Crossing, Singer of Souls, Behind the Dark Peak, Andy's Long Night, Rear-Guard Action, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Short stories: Let's Go Home Together, Triumphal Return, The Growing-Up Day, Whooper the Owl, TendresseAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Short stories: Encounter in a Green Morning, Old Woman, Needles and Pins, Morning of Change, The Immortal Part, Tenacity's Trial, Shallah Sits at Her LoomAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Short stories: The Eagle Claw Rattle, Blue Norther, The Blue-Fired Cow-Killing Error, The Bereaved, Jonathan's Scooter Adventure [winner of the Emma Curtis Lundy Award]Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Short stories: The Gift, First-In, Grab it and Run, Grayleaf, Homeward Trail, In the Tank, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Short stories: To Trap a Demon, That Thing in There, A Taste of Old Delights, The Reaping, Nor Disregard the Humblest Voice, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Short stories: Bare bones, Bare Bones [3 copies], The Game of Cats [2 copies], Energy Crisis, Jigsaw, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: The Snow White Pony, 1986Add to your cart.
original and rewrite of the short story, Correspondence with Bruce Coville regarding the story
Folder 35: Essays: Uglification and Derision, 1983. Talk: October Krewe, 1985 [2 versions]. A Fantastic Evolution, 1986. The Mind-Expanding Genre, 1988. Who Actually Wrote Mayhar?, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Essays: Nacogdoches - a Hotbed of Fiction Writers, Critique Groups: Be a Productive Member, Creating the PastAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Essays: From Metaphysics to Mars, Sidebar: Writing Life Begins at Forty, How (and Why) to Dress and Prepare Texas Armadillo, The Handy Dandy Scalper's GuideAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Mayhar's short narrative about moving to Chireno, Texas, 1993. Talk given at 1995 GTWG Conference, Co-op or Self-Publishing: Why the Time Has Come. Essay: Brand New Directions, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Writing course aids and articles written by Mayhar, ca 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Collection of poems, untitled, 1999Add to your cart.
Includes sample publisher's galleys and style sheets. Letter from publisher concerning collection
Folder 41: Collection of poems titled Heritage and Starsong, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Collection of poems titled The Fires of Everywhen, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Collection of poems titled Shattered Commandment, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Miscellaneous poems, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Introduction written by Mayhar to the novel Pale Star, by Don Coldsmith, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Note pad containing poems, reminders, publishing information and other items of interest.Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Map for Makra Choria drawn by Mayhar, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Newspaper clippings by or about Ardath Mayhar and other biographical material, 1958-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Miscellaneous book reviews written by Mayhar, 1984-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Seekers of Shar-Nuhn. Reviews, [1980]-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Medicine Walk. Reviews, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Soul-Singer of Tyrnos. Newspaper clippings, fan letter and reply. Best Books for Young Adults brochure, 1981-1982.Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey. Bookjacket, newspaper clippings, publicity photocopies, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Newspaper clippings about How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon [1979], and Warlock's Gift [Daily Sentinel], 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Mean Little Old Lady at Work. Introduction to Mayhar's collection of short stories written by Joe R. Lansdale, ca. 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Journey to an Ending. Autograph party memorabilia: place cards, napkins, newspaper clipping courtesy of Cason-Monk Funeral Home, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1988-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Bookjackets from Carrots and Miggle, Runes of the Lyre [1982], The World Ends in Hickory HollowAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Bookjackets from Island in the Lake, Towers of the Earth, Blood Kin, The Far Horizon, Bloody Texas Trail, Feud at Sweetwater Creek, Texas GunsmokeAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Publicity cards for horror anthology Masques, featuring stories by Mayhar and Joe R. LansdaleAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: Research materials and maps relating to Pueblo Dwellers including; a letter of inquiry to the Las Vegas, Nevada chamber of Commerce, correspondence from a researcher, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Oregon Trail travel brochures, UndatedAdd to your cart.

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[Box 1: Manuscripts],
[Box 2: Manuscripts],
[Box 3: Manuscripts],
[Box 4: Manuscripts],
[Box 5: Manuscripts, short stories, poems, essays],
[Box 6: Correspondence and miscellaneous],
[Bundle 1: Publicity poster from Ace Books for Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey, 1985. Initial rendition of cover for The Far Horizon by artist H. Tom Hall, n.d.],


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