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

Collection Overview

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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
Poets
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


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Box 6: Correspondence and miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence with Writer's Digest, 1967-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence with Bantam-Doubleday-Dell, 1971-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence with Lin Carter of Ballentine Books, re:The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn, 1973-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence with Doubleday Publishers, re: How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon [includes rough outline], Lords of the Triple Moons and The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn, 1975-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence with Doubleday Publishers, re: How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon, Warlocks Gift, The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence with Bill Pronzini, editor and author, re: short story anthology Mummy!Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence with Gary W. Crawford, Editor/Publisher of Gothic magazine, 1979-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence with Sidgwick & Jackson Publishers, re: How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence with Ace Books, re: How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon, The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn and Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence with Valerie Smith, Literary Agent to Mayhar, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence with Valerie Smith, Literary Agent to Mayhar, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence with author Andre Norton, 1981Add to your cart.
In this and the following folders of correspondence, the two writers share thoughts on writing, science fiction authors, and their lifestyles. This includes concerns of family and friends, home remedies, crafts, and the welfare of their cats and other animals
Folder 13: Correspondence with author Andre Norton, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence with author Andre Norton, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence with author Andre Norton, 1986-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence with Millea Kenin of Owlflight and Unique Graphics, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence with University of Southern Mississippi, re: de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence with Atheneum Publishers, re: Soul Singer of Tyrnos, The Lintens of Skillet Bend, The Runes of the Lyre, Lords of the Triple Moons, Carrots and Miggle, Makra Choria, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence with Berkley/Jove and Berkley/Putman re: Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey and Khi to Freedom, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence with author Ron Fortier, 1983-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence with Dragon Publishing re: Gryphon's Nest and Stitches in Time, 1983-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence with Jean Karl of Atheneum Publishers, re: Makra Choria. Includes revised pages, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence with TSR Publishing re: rewrites of Trail of the Seahawks, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence with FASA and others, re: Battle Tech: The Sword and the Dagger royalty payments, 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, re: interview requests, 1989-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence with Donald Gallo of Central Connecticut State University, 1989-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence with author Tom Jackson King, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence with Cricket Magazine for children, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Correspondence with Lee Schultz of Re Arts & Letters, at Stephen F. Austin State University, 1990-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Correspondence with Susanna Sturgis, Editor of Women's F/SF Series, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence with Midnight Zoo magazine, re: From What Alien Womb?, 1991-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence with Marion Zimmer Bradley, Editor of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, 1991-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Correspondence with Gary Goldstein of The Berkley Publishing Group, re: People of the Mesa, Hunters of the Plains and High Mountain Winter, 1991-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Correspondence with Dorota Malinowska of Fantastyka magazine, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Correspondence with Joe Morey, Editor of Dark Regions Press, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Correspondence with Pat Hawk of Hawk's Author's Pseudonyms for Book Collectors, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Correspondence with Warner Books, re: submission for Excalibur, includes style sheetsAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: Correspondence with Ligature, Inc., re: Secret Among the Stones, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Correspondence with Edward McFadden of Pirate Writings Publishing and Pirate Writings magazine, 1994-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Correspondence with Jerri S. Richards of Blue Lantern Publishing, re: Slewfoot Sally and the Flying Mule, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Correspondence with Fionnuala S. Williams, interviewer, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Correspondence with Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press, re: The Portable Writer's Conference, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Correspondence with Douglas Sharp of Crossbow Publications, re: Western Digest Magazine, 1996-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 44: E-mail correspondence with Julie Duffy of Xlibras, Fay Zachary and others, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Correspondence with Marlene Leach of Black Cat Publishing, re: Armageddon House, 1997,1998Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Correspondence with Kathy Ice of Alexandria Digital Literature, re: publishing on-line, 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Correspondence with other authors and friends, 1980-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Correspondence with other authors and friends, 1986-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Correspondence with miscellaneous publishers, re: accepted manuscripts, 1955-1990.Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Correspondence with miscellaneous publishers, re: accepted manuscripts, 1991-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Correspondence with miscellaneous publishers, re: unaccepted manuscripts, 1967-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 52: General correspondence with miscellaneous publishers, 1982-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1981-1999, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: Program from Dallas Fantasy Fair, Program from Dallas Fantasy Festival, July 1984, November 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Program from AggieCon XXIX, March 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Program from ConFederation, 44th World Science Fiction Convention, September 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Programs from StarCon, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Invitations, conference information, requests for guest speakers, 1968-1997, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 59: Correspondence with schoolchildren and teachers, 1986-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Booklets written by schoolchildren as gifts to Mayhar, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: Article by Kerry O'Quinn about AggieCon XXV, and note to Mayhar, 1994. Religious essay by Dewey Hobson Lane, Memo From a Madman, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Awards and nominations correspondence, 1985-1987. United Poets Laureate International Certificate of Award, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Poetry Society of Texas pamphlet, 1964. Oregon State Poetry Association members' roster, 1976-1977. The Lander's Herald newsletter, 1978. Harper Junior Books catalog, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Miscellaneous papers, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: Book, Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico by Jorge EncisoAdd to your cart.

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[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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