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Collection Number: 04695

Collection Title: Doris Betts Papers, 1932-2012

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Size 39.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 13000 items)
Abstract Doris Betts (1932-2012) was a white North Carolina author and Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, speeches, audio recordings, video recordings, photographs, and other materials. The bulk of Betts's correspondence is with editors, publishers, other college English professors, and literary organizations, although there are also some personal letters. Among these are personal letters from Doris Betts to Louise Abbot, friend and writer from Louisville, Ga., with reflections on the births of her three children, her writing career, books read, day-to-day life, and the illness and death of her husband. Manuscript materials by Betts are extensive, and typically include drafts; galleys; various publishing states, chiefly the printed literary journals and anthologies in which her writings appeared; reviews; and publicity. Betts is best known for her novels and short stories, but her archive also includes a significant collection of reviews and articles published in newspapers, newsletters, scholarly journals, popular magazines, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill publications, and other periodicals. Besides Betts's writing, there are also reviews, literary criticism, and bibliographies of her work; interviews and other articles about her; materials relating to awards she received; and publicity for speaking engagements and other literary programs in which she participated. In some cases, the text and/or audio and/or video recordings of the speeches she gave at these events are included. Other audio and video recordings include radio programs featuring Betts, such as the Storylines Southeast series. Betts's participation in various programs and committees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is also documented. Other materials include photographs of Betts; letters from Anne Beatty to her parents about her Peace Corps experiences in Nepal; and family history materials and writings. The additions consist of speeches and programs, correspondence with Joseph Flora, printed materials, and annotated drafts and books.
Creator Betts, Doris.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Doris Betts Papers #4695, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from H.E. Turlington in March 1994 (Acc. 940049); received as gift from Louise H. Abbot in June 2008 (Acc. 100952), March 2009 (Acc. 101074), September 2011 (Acc. 101488), October 2016 (Acc. 102658); purchased from the Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University in February 2012 (Acc. 101562); received from Connie Eble in August 2012 (Acc. 101855); received from Joseph Flora in May 2013 (Acc. 101854); received from Doris Betts in July 2014 (Acc. 102062); received from Sara Sowa in August 2019 (Acc. 103670).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Processed by: SHC Staff; Jennifer Joyner, August 2008

Encoded by: Jennifer Joyner, August 2008

Revisions by: Anna Kephart, May 2012; Amanda Loeb, February and December 2014; Gergana Abernathy, October 2016; Nancy Kaiser, September 2019 and January 2021

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Doris June Waugh Betts was a white North Carolina author and Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was born 4 June 1932 in Statesville, N.C., and graduated from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, N.C. Betts married Lowry Matthews Betts (1930-2007) in 1952 and with him had three children: Doris LewEllyn, David Lowry, and Erskine Moore.

Betts began her writing career as a newspaper reporter. She first gained notice as a fiction writer for her short stories and novels, including The Gentle Insurrection: And Other Stories (1954), Tall Houses in Winter (1957), and The Scarlet Thread (1964). In 1966, she joined the English Department faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the next 30 years, she taught English literature and creative writing and continued her steady production of novels, short stories, and articles, including "The Ugliest Pilgrim" (1969), which was turned into Violet, an award-winning movie and Broadway play; Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories (1973); and Souls Raised from the Dead (1994). Among many honors, Betts received the G.P. Putnam Booklength Fiction Prize (1954); the Sir Walter Raleigh Best Fiction by a North Carolinian award (1957, 1965, and 1974); a Guggenheim fellowship (1958); the North Carolina Medal (1975); the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal of Merit (1989); and the Southern Book Award (1995).

Doris Betts died 21 April 2012.

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The Doris Betts Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, speeches, audio recordings, video recordings, photographs, and other materials. Correspondence is generally professional in nature, though personal correspondence is scattered throughout the series. The bulk of Betts's correspondence is with editors, publishers, other college English professors, and literary organizations. The additions of 2008, 2009, and 2011 are primarily letters from Doris Betts to Louise Abbot, a friend and writer from Louisville, Ga. In these letters, Betts reflected on the births of her three children, her writing career, books read, her day-to-day life, and the illness and death of her husband Lowry Matthews Betts in 2007.

Manuscript materials by Betts are extensive, and typically include drafts, various publishing states (sometimes galleys, but chiefly the printed literary journals and anthologies in which her writings appeared), reviews, and publicity. Betts is best known for her novels, short stories, and anthologies, but her archive also includes a significant collection of reviews and articles published in newspapers, newsletters, scholarly journals, popular magazines, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill publications, and other periodicals.

Besides Betts's writing, there are also reviews, literary criticism, and bibliographies of her work; interviews and other articles about her; materials relating to awards she received; and publicity for speaking engagements and other literary programs she participated in for a variety of scholarly and popular audiences. In some cases, the text and/or audio and/or video recordings of the speeches she gave at these events are included. Other audio and video recordings include radio programs featuring Betts, such as the Storylines Southeast series. Betts's contributions to the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, the Morehead Scholars Selection Committee, the Association of Women Faculty, Second Sunday Readings, and the Carolina Publishing Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are also documented.

Other materials include formal and informal portraits of Betts, as well as snapshots with students, colleagues, and other writers; appointment books from the 1980s; writings by other authors; letters from Anne Beatty to her parents about her Peace Corps experiences in Nepal; and family history materials and writings.

The additions of 2012 and 2013 consist of speeches and programs, 2010-2012, and correspondence with Joseph Flora and other printed materials, 1973-1994.

The addition of 2014 consists of an annotated draft of "The Most Unpleasant Book I Ever Read."

The addition 0f 2019 consists of As I See Religion (1932) by Harry Emerson Fosdick, annotated by Doris Betts, together with one tipped in letter from Fosdick to Doris Waugh Betts, which was a response to a letter from Betts to Fosdick. The letter was sent 21 May 1951.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1952-2011.

About 3600 items.

Correspondence is generally professional in nature, though personal correspondence is scattered throughout the series. The bulk of Doris Betts's correspondence is with publishers, other college English professors, and literary organizations.

Folder 1

1952-1959

Folder 2

1961-1969

Folder 3

1971-1972

Folder 4

1973

Folder 5

1974

Folder 6

1975

Folder 7

1976

Folder 8

1977

Folder 9

1978-1979

Folder 10

1980

Folder 11

1981

Folder 12

1982

Folder 13

1983

Folder 14

1984

Folder 15

1985

Folder 16

1986

Folder 17

1987

Folder 18

1988

Folder 19

1989

Folder 20

1990

Folder 21

1991

Folder 22

1992

Folder 23

1993

Folder 24-29

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

1994

Folder 30-34

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

1995

Folder 35-39

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

1996

Folder 40-47

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

1997

Folder 48-55

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

1998

Folder 56-59

Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

1999

Folder 60

2000

Folder 61

2001

Folder 62

2002-2004

Folder 63

2005-2010

Folder 64-68

Folder 64

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Undated

Folder 625-629

Folder 625

Folder 626

Folder 627

Folder 628

Folder 629

Letters to Louise Abbot, 1954-2011 (Additions of 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016)

Primarily letters from Doris Betts to Louise Abbot reflecting on the births of Betts's three children, her writing career, books read, her day to day life, and the illness and death of her husband. Also contains email printouts between Doris Betts and Louisa Abbot about career events, personal matters, books read, day to day life, and the death of Betts's daughter, LewEllyn.

Acquisition information: Received as gift from Louise H. Abbot in June 2008 (Acc. 100952), March 2009 (Acc. 101074), September 2011 (Acc. 101488), and October 2016 (Acc. 102658).

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About 1200 items.

Manuscript materials by Doris Betts are extensive, and typically include drafts, various publishing states (sometimes galleys, but chiefly the published issue of the literary journals and magazines, anthologies, newsletters, newspapers, and other periodicals in which her writings appeared), reviews, and publicity. Some short stories and articles were published in multiple venues; efforts have been made to bring them together.

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About 300 items.
Folder 72

Tall Houses in Winter, 1957: Correspondence

Includes editorial suggestions and publishing process.

Folder 73-78

Folder 73

Folder 74

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Tall Houses in Winter, 1957: Draft

Folder 79

Tall Houses in Winter, 1957: Review

Folder 80

The Scarlet Thread, 1964: Draft

Folder 81-84

Folder 81

Folder 82

Folder 83

Folder 84

The Scarlet Thread, 1964: Setting copy

Folder 85-87

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

The Scarlet Thread, 1964: Printer's proof

Folder 88-89

Folder 88

Folder 89

The Scarlet Thread, 1964: "I, Thomas Allen"

Earlier version.

Folder 90

The Scarlet Thread, 1964: Review, comments by Doris Betts, editorial

Folder 91-92

Folder 91

Folder 92

The River to Pickle Beach, 1972: First draft

Folder 93-94

Folder 93

Folder 94

The River to Pickle Beach, 1972: Second draft

Folder 95-98

Folder 95

Folder 96

Folder 97

Folder 98

The River to Pickle Beach, 1972: Proofs

Folder 99

The River to Pickle Beach, 1972: Publicity

Folder 100

The River to Pickle Beach, 1972: Reviews

Folder 101

The River to Pickle Beach, 1972: "The Pinheads"

First page of draft and related notes.

Folder 102-106

Folder 102

Folder 103

Folder 104

Folder 105

Folder 106

Heading West, 1981: Galley proofs

With handwritten corrections.

Folder 107-110

Folder 107

Folder 108

Folder 109

Folder 110

Heading West, 1981: Reviews and publicity

Folder 111-113

Folder 111

Folder 112

Folder 113

Heading West, 1981: "Stepping Westward"

Folder 114-120

Folder 114

Folder 115

Folder 116

Folder 117

Folder 118

Folder 119

Folder 120

Souls Raised from the Dead, 1994: Manuscripts

In various states.

Folder 121

Souls Raised from the Dead, 1994: Research material

Handwritten notes, character profiles, newspaper clippings, kidney disease and dialysis information.

Folder 122-131

Folder 122

Folder 123

Folder 124

Folder 125

Folder 126

Folder 127

Folder 128

Folder 129

Folder 130

Folder 131

Souls Raised from the Dead, 1994: Reviews and publicity

Also includes Betts's conversational notes on publicity and public appearances for Simon and Schuster Fireside, chiefly relating to this novel, but other titles, including The Gentle Insurrection, The Astronomer and Other Tales, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, are also mentioned.

Folder 132-146

Folder 132

Folder 133

Folder 134

Folder 135

Folder 136

Folder 137

Folder 138

Folder 139

Folder 140

Folder 141

Folder 142

Folder 143

Folder 144

Folder 145

Folder 146

The Sharp Teeth of Love, 1997: Manuscripts

In various states.

Folder 147

The Sharp Teeth of Love, 1997: Excerpt in Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion

In various states.

Folder 148

The Sharp Teeth of Love, 1997: Notebook

Background research, notes on characters, plot.

Folder 149-150

Folder 149

Folder 150

The Sharp Teeth of Love, 1997: Reviews and publicity

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4695/2

The Sharp Teeth of Love, 1997: Reviews (oversize)

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About 300 items.
Folder 151

"Yesterday Was the Last Time," Coraddi, Volume LVI, Number 4 (Summer 1952)

Folder 152

"Birds of a Feather," The Carolina Quarterly, Volume VI, Number 2 (Winter 1953)

Folder 153

"Mr. Shawn and Father Scott," 1953

This story won the Mademoiselle college fiction award.

Folder 154

"I Can Understand Pilate," 1954

Folder 155

The Gentle Insurrection: And Other Stories, 1954: Drafts

Includes explanatory notes by Betts.

Folder 156

The Gentle Insurrection: And Other Stories, 1954: Publicity

For 1997 reprinting.

Folder 157

"The August Tree," The Carolina Quarterly, Volume 8, Number 1 (Fall 1955)

Folder 158

"Clarissa and the Depths," New Campus Writing (New York: Bantam Books, 1955)

Folder 159

"The Sword," A New Southern Harvest: An Anthology Edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine (New York: Bantam Books, 1957)

Does not include text.

Folder 160

"The End of Summer," The Carolina Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 2, (Spring 1958)

Folder 161

"I, Thomas Allen" (chapter 5), The Student, May 1959

"The Silver Houses," The Student, May 1959

"The Man Who Measured Money," The Student, May 1959

Folder 162

"What Do They See in Each Other," Woman's Day, Volume 24, Number 11 (August 1961)

Folder 163

"Careful, Sharp Eggs Underfoot," The Rebel, Volume 7, Number 3 (Spring 1964)

Folder 164

"Spies in the Herb House," 1965: Bound reprint, 1994

Folder 165-169

Folder 165

Folder 166

Folder 167

Folder 168

Folder 169

The Astronomer and Other Stories, 1966: Draft

Folder 170-171

Folder 170

Folder 171

The Astronomer and Other Stories, 1966: Reader's proof

Folder 172

The Astronomer and Other Stories, 1966: Reviews, publicity, comments by Doris Betts

Some publicity and reviews are for the 1995 reprinting.

Folder 173

"Put Them All Together," The Greensboro Review, Volume 4, Number 1 (Winter 1968)

Folder 174

"The Bald Pigeon," The Carolina Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 1 (Winter 1969)

Folder 175

"Burning the Bed," The South Carolina Review, Volume 1, Number 2 (May 1969)

Folder 176

"The Ugliest Pilgrim," Red Clay Reader, 6 (1969)

Folder 177

"The Ugliest Pilgrim"

Notebook with draft, correspondence with Charleen Whisnant, stage adaptation and related performance flyer and program, and permission to reprint. Also included are explanatory notes by Betts.

Folder 178

"The Ugliest Pilgrim," Reading Writing Relationships (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1986)

Music Compact Disc CD-4695/1

"The Ugliest Pilgrim,""Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith," Volumes 3 and 4 (2003).

Folder 179-180

Folder 179

Folder 180

"The Ugliest Pilgrim": Violet, 1982, 1999

Publicity and reviews of film and musical versions of Betts's short story.

Audiocassette C-4695/1

"The Ugliest Pilgrim": Violet, 2 May 1999

Recording of an episode of The State of Things, entitled "From Page to Stage," featuring Doris Betts discussing Playmakers Repertory Company's adaptation of her short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim"; recorded at WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Audiocassette C-4695/14

"The Ugliest Pilgrim": Violet, undated

Excerpts from the musical, which is based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim."

Videotape VT-4695/9

"The Ugliest Pilgrim": Violet, undated

Folder 181

"Necromancer," The Long View Journal, Volume 1, Number 3 (Winter 1970)

Includes explanatory notes by Betts.

Folder 182

"The Wrong Day for the Race," Cairn, Volume 6 (Fall 1970)

Includes explanatory notes by Betts.

Folder 183-184

Folder 183

Folder 184

"Still Life With Fruit," Red Clay Reader, 7 (1970)

Includes reader comments.

Folder 185

"The Glory of His Nostrils," Appalachian Harvest, Issue 1 (1970)

Includes explanatory notes by Betts.

Folder 186

"The Glory of His Nostrils": Screenplay, 1979

Folder 187

"Benson Watts Is Dead and in Virginia," The Massachusetts Review, Volume 14, Number 2 (Spring 1973)

Folder 188-190

Folder 188

Folder 189

Folder 190

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories, 1973: Manuscript draft

Folder 191-193

Folder 191

Folder 192

Folder 193

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories, 1973: Proofs

Folder 194

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories, 1973: Publicity

Folder 195

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories, 1973: Reviews

Folder 196

"Beasts of the Southern Wild," The Carolina Quarterly, Volume 25, Number 2 (Spring 1973)

Folder 197

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

In The Ethnic American Woman: Problems, Protests, Lifestyle, 1978.

Folder 198

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

In 3 by 3: Masterworks of the Southern Gothic, 1985.

Folder 199

"A Love Story," Cosmopolitan, Volume 175, Number 3 (September 1973)

Folder 200

"My Grandfather Haunts This Farm," Saturday Evening Post, February 1977

Folder 201

"Prefatory to a Story," Man in Seven Modes, Southern Humanities Conference, 1977

Folder 202

"Stepping Westward," Mississippi Review, Volume 7, Number 2 (Spring 1978)

Folder 203

"The Story of E," The Carolina Quarterly, Volume 31, Number 3 (Fall 1979)

Folder 204

"The Story of E," The Carolina Quarterly, 45th Anniversary, 1993

Folder 205

"The Lost or Stolen Dog," The Oconee Review, Volume 1, Number 1 (Fall 1979)

Folder 206

"Bringing Down the House," Redbook, Volume 153, Number 4 (August 1979)

Folder 207

"Il Miracolo di Essere Amata," Grazia, Number 2177 (November 1982)

Folder 208-209

Folder 208

Folder 209

"This Is the Only Time I'll Tell It," in The Rough Road Home (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992)

Includes materials relating to reprinting in The South Carolina Review, Volume 42, Number 2 (Spring 2010) and The Christ Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction (University Press of Mississippi, 1994).

Audiocassette C-4695/12

"This Is the Only Time I'll Tell It": "Writers and Religion," Susan Ketchin and Margaret Lacey, 1994

Audiocassette from the National Humanities Center's Soundings weekly radio show.

Videotape VT-4695/7

"This Is the Only Time I'll Tell It": Birthmark, undated

Birthmark, from Isaiah Films and produced by Nancy Norton, was based on Doris Betts's short story "This Is the Only Time I'll Tell It."

Folder 210

"Who is Sylvia? (novel in progress)," Kalliope: A Journal of Women's Literature and Art, Volume 21, Number 1 (1999)

Folder 211-212

Folder 211

Folder 212

"Three Ghosts," The Cry of an Occasion: Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001)

Includes draft and excerpted versions.

Folder 213

"Aboveground," Epoch, Volume 50, Number 3 (2001)

Includes draft version.

Folder 214

"In the Last House," The Idaho Review, Volume IV (2002)

Includes draft version.

Folder 215

"The Lawn Ornament," Epoch, Volume 51, Number 2 (2002)

Folder 216

"Minding the Graves," The Southern Review, Volume 38, Number 3 (Summer 2002)

Includes draft version.

Folder 217

"Whose Child Is This?" in Christmas in the South: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers (New York: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004)

Folder 218

"The House by the River: Ovid Williams Pierce," undated

Folder 219

"The Nicest House on Cedar Drive," in The News and Observer, undated

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4. Articles, Essays, and Book Chapters, 1950-2007.

About 300 items.

Chiefly the published issues of the literary journals and magazines, anthologies, newsletters, newspapers, and other periodicals in which Doris Betts's writings appeared.

Folder 228

"Grandfather and the Pines," 1950

First freshman English paper, Jim Painter's class at Woman's College of the University of North Carolina.

Folder 229

"Writers Record the South," Southern Observer, June 1956

Folder 230

"A Tangent and Some Agitated Evaluations," North Carolina English Teacher, December 1956

Folder 231

"Your Student Writer and Mine," 1972

Folder 232

"Short Story Math: Multiply by Two," The Writer, September 1972

Folder 233

"The Literature of Laputa," The South Carolina Review, Volume 5, Number 2 (June 1973)

Folder 234

"Brief Prose, Long Subjects," The South Atlantic Quarterly, Volume 72, Number 1 (Winter 1973)

Folder 235

"Values," The Alumni News (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Fall 1973

Folder 236

"Boiling the Wolf," North Carolina Education, April 1974

Folder 237

"Writers in Glass Houses," The Writer, February 1975

Folder 238

"Making Your Characters Live and Move," The Writer, January 1976

Folder 239

"Confessions of a Literature Panelist," The Cultural Post Volume 6, Number 6 (March/April 1981)

Folder 240-241

Folder 240

Folder 241

"The First Good Ole Girl," Life, March 1980

Also includes drafts and newspaper articles about Betts's experience interviewing First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

Folder 242-243

Folder 242

Folder 243

"Atlanta Weeps for Its Children," Life, April 1981

Includes correspondence, background newspaper articles about Betts's experience working on this project about serial murders of African American children in Atlanta, Ga.

Folder 244

"Seven Years of Service," Listen, April 1983

Folder 245

"The Fiction of Anne Tyler," The Southern Quarterly, Volume 21, Number 4 (Summer 1983)

Folder 246

"The Fingerprint of Style," Black Warrior Review, Volume 10, Number 1 (Fall 1983)

Folder 247

"Slow Change Artist," His, April 1983

Folder 248

"Liberal Arts: A Living as Well as a Life," Carolina Family, Winter/Spring 1984

Folder 249

"Undergraduate Creative Writing Courses," ADE Bulletin, No. 79 (Winter 1984)

Folder 250

"Computer Technology: It's All in the Family," Carolina Alumni Review, Winter 1984

Folder 251

"An Intellectual's Spiritual Pilgrimage," The Student, Volume 63, Number 11 (May 1984)

Folder 252

"Southern Writers and the Bible," The Bookmark, Number 53, 1985

Folder 253

"The Christ-Haunted Psyche of the Southern Writer," Books & Religion, Volume 13, Number 2 (March 1985)

Folder 254

Halfway Home and a Long Way to Go: The Report of the Commission on the Future of the South , Southern Growth Policies Board, 1986

Folder 255

The Presbyterian Outlook, 1988

Includes several articles.

Folder 256

"The Words that Tell Our Stories," The Tryon Daily Bulletin, Volume 63, Number 155 (10 September 1990)

Folder 257

Literacy is Everybody's Business: The Power of the Word, Southern Growth Policies Board, circa 1990

Folder 258-259

Folder 258

Folder 259

"Many Souths and Broadening Scale: A Changing Southern Literature," The Future South: A Historical Perspective for the Twenty-first Century (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991)

Folder 260

"Testifying to the Best in Teaching and Learning, " 1991

Folder 261

University of North Carolina Bicentennial, 1992

Reflections on teaching and learning for bicentennial publications. Oversized calendar with essay by Betts is filed in OPF-4695/1

Folder 262

"Daughters, Southerners and Daisy," in The Female Tradition in Southern Literature (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1993)

Folder 263

"Whispering Hope," Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion, Number 7 (Fall 1994)

Folder 264

"Doing Lunch," The New Harmony Journal, 1995

Two essays.

Folder 265

"Talking to Flannery," The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin, Volume 24, (1995-1996)

Folder 266

"In Memory of Charles Kuralt," The Writers' Network News, Volume 13, Number 5 (March/April 1998)

Folder 267

"God Between the Lines," U.S. Catholic, Volume 63, Number 6 (June 1998)

Folder 268-270

Folder 268

Folder 269

Folder 270

"The Goal of a Realist," Southern Cultures, Volume 3, Number 2 (Summer 1997)

Also reprinted in Store of Joys, 1997.

Folder 271

"Everything I Know About Writing I Learned in Sunday School," The Christian Century, Volume 115, Number 28 (21 October 1998)

Folder 272

"My Love Affair with Carolina," 1998

"Together with tributes to Doris Betts by Elizabeth Evans, Lewellyn Betts, and Max Steele on the occasion of her acceptance of the North Caroliniana Society Award for 1998."

Folder 273

"Memento Mori," in Things in Heaven and Earth: Exploring the Supernatural (Paraclete Press, 1998)

Folder 274

"Putting Death in Your Daytimer," Christianity Today, Volume 42, Number 11 (5 October 1998)

Folder 275

"Fall Beginnings," Southern Living, October 1999

Folder 276

"We Were the Snopeses: A Writer and Her Piedmont," Southern Cultures, Summer 1999

Folder 277

"Enduring South," U.S. Airways Attache, May 1999

Folder 278

"Just As We Are," Brightleaf, Summer 1999

Draft; see also oversized published version filed in OPF-4695/1.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4695/1

"Just As We Are," Brightleaf, Summer 1999 (oversize)

Folder 279

Image, Issue 24 (Fall 1999)

Betts contributed the editor's note and guest-edited this issue; drafts of articles by other contributors are included.

Folder 280

"Killers Real and Imagined," Southern Cultures, Winter 1999

Folder 281

"Yankee Immigrants Convert," Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion, Number 24 (Fall 1999)

Folder 282

"Tough As Fire," The Georgia Review, Spring 1999

Folder 283

"The View from the Pew," 2000

Essays for the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church newsletter

Folder 284

"1001 More Things Everyone Should Know About the South," Southern Cultures, Spring 2001

Folder 285

"The Mighty Pens of Writers," Pen World, May/June 2001

Folder 286

"On Conjunctions and Other Meaningful Words," Christianity and Literature, Volume 50, Number 2 (Winter 2001)

Folder 287

"Through the Cumberland Gap," Southern Cultures, Spring 2002

Folder 288

"Creativity and the Word," Muse & Spirit, Volume 6, Number 2 (Spring/Summer 2003)

Folder 289

"The Writer's Desk," Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion, Number 38, Spring 2003

Folder 290

"The Renewable Vow," Image: Art, Faith, Mystery, Issue 55 (2007)

Folder 291

"Fiction, Induction and Deduction," Arts in Society: The Arts in Education

Folder 292

Untitled, The World & I, undated

Draft.

Folder 293

Untitled, Carolina Alumni Review, undated

Draft of an essay about former student Randall Kenan.

Folder 294

"A teacher of beginning writers...," undated

Draft.

Folder 295

"The Mental Greenhouse," undated

Draft.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.5. Newspaper Articles, 1950-2000.

About 100 items.
Folder 296

1950-1963

Folder 297

1965-1970

Folder 298

1980-1985

Folder 299

1990-2004, and undated

Includes an essay on literacy commissioned by North Carolina Governor Jim Martin.

Folder 300

"Village Voices," 1994, 2000

Regular column and a guest column written by Doris Betts for the Chapel Hill News.

Folder 301

"Whose Child Is This," 1997, 2000

Essay written for the inauguration of North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.6. Reviews by Doris Betts, 1952-2003.

About 25 items.

Drafts and published reviews of books, written by Doris Betts for a variety of newspapers and literary journals and magazines. Also included are unpublished "reader reports."

Folder 302-307

Folder 302

Folder 303

Folder 304

Folder 305

Folder 306

Folder 307

Reviews by Betts, 1952-2003

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4695/2

Reviews (oversize)

Folder 308

Reader reports, 2000s

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.7. Speeches, 1956-2010.

About 100 items.

Speeches chiefly given at graduations, literary conferences, and similar events for scholarly and popular audiences. Note that other Doris Bett talks and speeches are included with other materials in Series 3. Biographical Materials, 4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and 5. Other Projects and Activities.

Folder 309-316

Folder 309

Folder 310

Folder 311

Folder 312

Folder 313

Folder 314

Folder 315

Folder 316

Speeches, 1956-2010 and undated

Audiocassette C-4695/4

Graduation speech, Mitchell College, 4 June 1981

Text filed with speeches.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.8. Other Writing and Editorial Projects, 1956-2006.

About 100 items.

Includes correspondence course textbook, a proposed textbook on rhetoric written with Robert Bains, journal editing, introductions, forewards, and briefer essays contributed to anthologies and encyclopedia.

Folder 317

"A Tangent and Some Agitated Evaluations," 1956

Folder 318

"Comments," The Young Writer at Chapel Hill, 1967-1968

Folder 319-321

Folder 319

Folder 320

Folder 321

Creative Writing: The Short Story, 1969

A correspondence course prepared by Betts for the Bureau of Correspondence Instruction, University Extension Division.

Folder 322

"A Letter," Voices from Earth, 1971

Folder 323-325

Folder 323

Folder 324

Folder 325

Rhetoric textbook, 1973

Proposal prepared for textbook publisher, sample text, background research materials.

Folder 326

"Foreward," Numen: New Southern Writing, 1980

Folder 327

Carolina Quarterly, Volume 37, Number 3 (Spring 1985)

Betts was guest editor for fiction.

Folder 328

"Foreward," Southern Women Writers 1922-1984 (Chapel Hill: H.E. Turlington, 1986)

Folder 329

Turning Over a New Leaf: People and Trees Together, circa 1987

Folder 330

"The Arts in Red and Gold," Nine from North Carolina: An Exhibition of Women Artists, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1989

Folder 331

"Where Is the Voice Coming From," University of Alabama Press, circa 1996

Folder 332

"Randall Garrett Kenan: Myth and Reality in Tims Creek," The Fourth Quarter: Essays on Contemporary Southern Narrative (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1996)

Folder 333

Untitled in Books of Passage (Down Home Press, 1996)

Folder 334

"The South," A William Faulkner Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997)

Folder 335

On Eudora Welty, Eudora Welty: Writers' Reflections Upon First Reading Welty, Hill Street Press, 1999

Folder 336

"Circumstances and Winners Change," North Carolina Women Making History (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

Folder 337

"The Mothers, Yes; The Feminists, Maybe Not," in Rediscovering Vardis Fisher, Joseph M. Flora, editor, (University of Idaho Press, 2000)

Folder 338

"Human and Holy Loving," in Andre Dubus Tributes (New Orleans: Xavier Review Press, 2001)

Folder 339

On John Steinbeck, John Steinbeck: Centennial Reflections by American Writers, 2002

Folder 340

"Foreward" in Michael McFee, Napkin Manuscripts (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2005)

Folder 341

On the history of the North Carolina literary scene, Encyclopedia of North Carolina (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006)

Draft.

Folder 342

"Fellowship of Southern Writers," The Companion to Southern Literature

Folder 343

"Light--and Dark?--in the Piazza," undated

Folder 344

Book ideas, undated

Folder 345-346

Folder 345

Folder 346

Miscellaneous, 1980s-1990s

Letters, contracts, reviews, publicity relating to Betts's contributions to various projects. Also included are stage adaptations of "The Mandarin" and "Spies in the Herb House" by Lee R. Yopp.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.9. Literary Criticism of Doris Betts, 1970s-2000s.

About 50 items.

Published and unpublished essays and longer works of literary criticism relating to Doris Betts's work.

Folder 347

Published: The Carolina Quarterly: A Tribute to Doris Betts, Volume 54, Number 1 (2002)

Folder 348-349

Folder 348

Folder 349

Published: Dantzler, Kathryn Lee Neal

Folder 350

Published: Eads, Martha Greene

Folder 351

Published: Evans, Elizabeth

Folder 352

Published: Fussell, Ellen

Folder 353

Published: Holman, David Marion

Folder 354

Published: Jackson, Joyce Keenum

Folder 355

Published: Lang, John

Folder 356

Published: McFee, Michael

Folder 357

Published: Ragan, Sam

Folder 358

Published: Worthington, Pepper

Folder 359-360

Folder 359

Folder 360

Published: Miscellaneous

Folder 361

Unpublished: "The Astronomer"

Folder 362

Unpublished: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Folder 363-364

Folder 363

Folder 364

Unpublished: Heading West

Folder 365

Unpublished: "Mandarin"

Folder 366

Unpublished: "The Scarlet Thread"

Folder 367

Unpublished: The Sharp Teeth of Love

Folder 368

Unpublished: Souls Raised from the Dead

Folder 369

Unpublished: "The Ugliest Pilgrim"

Folder 370-372

Folder 370

Folder 371

Folder 372

Unpublished: Miscellaneous

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About 5200 items.

Includes bibliography, awards, clippings, interviews with and articles about Doris Betts, photographs, appointment calendar books, and miscellaneous personal materials.

Folder 373-381

Folder 373

Folder 374

Folder 375

Folder 376

Folder 377

Folder 378

Folder 379

Folder 380

Folder 381

Appointment calendar books, 1979-1996

Folder 382-386

Folder 382

Folder 383

Folder 384

Folder 385

Folder 386

Articles

Includes articles and masters theses that profile Betts, quote her, or otherwise mention her. Oversize materials are filed in OPF-4695/2-3. See also Series 2.9. Literary Criticism.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4695/2-3

OPF-4695/2

OPF-4695/3

Articles (oversize)

Folder 387

Awards: Sir Walter Raleigh Award, 1957, 1964, 1974

Image Folder PF-4695/6

Awards: Sir Walter Raleigh Award, 1965

Folder 388

Awards: National Book Award (Nominee), 1974

Folder 389

Awards: North Carolina Award, 1975

For materials relating to Betts's involvement with the North Carolina Awards as a judge, etc., see Series 5. Other Projects and Activities.

Folder 390

Awards: John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, 1983

Folder 391

Awards: Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit Medal for the Short Story, 1989

Folder 392

Awards: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate Alumni Association Faculty Service Award, 1992

Folder 393-394

Folder 393

Folder 394

Awards: John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, 1992

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Awards: John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, 1992

Folder 395

Awards: Cornelia Phillips Spencer Bell Award, 1994

Folder 396

Awards: Outstanding Southeastern Author Award, 1996

Folder 397

Awards: Ethel Fortner Award, 1997

Videotape VT-4695/11

Awards: Ethel Fortner Award, 1997

Videotape recording of the 12th Annual Ethel Fortner Awards at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College, 10 December 1997.

Folder 398

Awards: North Caroliniana Society Award, 1998

For Betts's involvement with the North Caroliniana Society, see Series 5. Other Projects and Activities.

Folder 399

Awards: Doris Betts Distinguished Professorship in Creative Writing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, established 1998

Folder 400

Awards: Conference on Christianity and Literature Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000

Folder 401

Awards: North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, inducted 2008

For Betts's other involvement with the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, see Series 5. Other Projects and Activities.

Videotape VT-4695/10

Awards: North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, inducted 2008

Nine-minute videotape relating to the 2004 inductees: Doris Betts, James E. McGirt, and Tom Wicker.

Folder 402

Awards: Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration, 2008

Folder 403

Awards: Honorary degrees, 1987-1995

Also includes speeches.

Image Folder PF-4695/8

Awards: Honorary degrees, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1987

Folder 404

Awards: Honorary degrees, Sewanee, 1998

Folder 405

Awards: Honorary degrees, University of North Carolina at Asheville, 2006

Videotape VT-4695/8

Awards: Honorary degrees, 2006

Videotape labeled "Conversations with Bill" featuring Doris Betts and James Ferguson, the 2006 recipients of honorary doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Folder 406-407

Folder 406

Folder 407

Awards: Other awards, 1954-2008

Folder 408-409

Folder 408

Folder 409

Bibliographies and vitae

Folder 410-413

Folder 410

Folder 411

Folder 412

Folder 413

Bibliographies and vitae: Graduate newsletter, 1969-1977, 1979-1982, 1984-1999

Folder 414-415

Folder 414

Folder 415

Bibliographies and vitae: Annual reports, 2000-2010

Folder 416-438

Folder 416

Folder 417

Folder 418

Folder 419

Folder 420

Folder 421

Folder 422

Folder 423

Folder 424

Folder 425

Folder 426

Folder 427

Folder 428

Folder 429

Folder 430

Folder 431

Folder 432

Folder 433

Folder 434

Folder 435

Folder 436

Folder 437

Folder 438

Clippings

About Betts.

Folder 439

Interview: The Rebel Song, 22 May 1969

Folder 440

Interview: Greensboro Daily News, 18 November 1973

Folder 441

Interview: She, Volume 1, Number 4, 19 November 1973

Folder 442

Interview: Story Quarterly, Volume 1, 28 May 1975

Folder 443

Interview: Carolina Quarterly, Volume 32, Number 2 (Spring/Summer 1980)

Folder 444

Interview: High Plains Literary Review, Volume 4, Number 3 (Winter 1989/1990)

Folder 445

Interview: Poets & Writers , Volume 20, Number 1 (January/February 1992)

Folder 446

Interview: The Sanford Herald, 13 April 1994

Folder 447

Interview: Publishers Weekly, 25 April 1994

Folder 448

Interview: Focus, Special Annual Issue, 18 June 1996

Folder 449

Interview: The South Carolina Review, Volume 28, Number 2 (Spring 1996)

Folder 450

Interview: The Christian Century, 8 October 1997

Folder 451

Interview: Unpublished interview for Kalliope, 3 May 1998

Videotape VT-4695/4

Interview: North Carolina People, circa June 1998

Folder 452

Interview: Unpublished: "A Conversation with Doris Betts," 10 November 1999

Videotape VT-4695/13

Interview: Live at Nine with Wayne Staton (WBF TV-46 in Sanford, N.C.), 7 December 1999

Folder 453

Interview: Carolina Quarterly, Volume 52, Number 2 (Spring 2000)

Folder 454

Interview: UNCG Magazine, Fall 2004

Music Compact Disc CD-4695/2

Interview: Jennifer Donnally Interview with Doris Betts, 24 June 2008

Folder 455

Interview: Jennifer Donnally Interview with Doris Betts, 24 June 2008

Transcript

Folder 456

Interview: Legacy, undated

Folder 457

Interview: Red Clay Reader, undated

Folder 458

Interview: Unpublished, undated

Folder 459

Interview: WPSU-TV Interview Flyer, undated

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1968-2010.

About 1000 items.

Correspondence, photographs, video and audio recordings, printed and other materials relating to Doris Betts's contributions to the Department of English and Creative Writing Program, the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, the Morehead Scholars Selection Committee, the Association of Women Faculty, Second Sunday Readings, the Carolina Publishing Institute, and other groups at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Folder 460-461

Folder 460

Folder 461

Department of English and Creative Writing Program, 1968, 1986, 1992-2005

Image Folder PF-4695/9

Department of English and Creative Writing Program, circa 1970, 2000-2001

Folder 462

Yackety Yack yearbook, 1974

Folder 463

Friends of the Library, 1974-2010

Folder 464-467

Folder 464

Folder 465

Folder 466

Folder 467

Carolina Alumni Review, 1976-2007

Videotape VT-4695/6

"Tar Heel Voices," 24 November 1998

Folder 468

General Alumni Association, 1981-1997 and undated

Folder 469

Commencement programs, 1980-1988

Folder 470-472

Folder 470

Folder 471

Folder 472

Program in the Humanities and Human Values, 1980-2010

Videotape VT-4695/5

Program in the Humanities and Human Values: "Talk about Writing: Doris Betts,", undated

Folder 473

Morehead Scholars program, 1981-1997

Folder 474

Association of Women Faculty, 1983-1984

Includes a handwritten draft of a speech given by Betts.

Folder 475

Faculty Council, 1983-1995

Folder 476

North Caroliniana Society, 1983-2010

Folder 477

Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1984-2000

Folder 478

Phi Beta Kappa, 1984-2001

Includes text of a speech given by Betts in 2001.

Folder 479

Board of Governors, 1985-2000

Folder 480

"Carolina Today," 1986

Folder 481

Katherine Kennedy Carmichael Residence Hall Dedication Celebration, 5-7 November 1987

Includes text of a speech delivered by Betts at the dedication ceremony.

Folder 482

Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, 1988 and undated

Folder 483

Bicentennial programs, 1991-1995

Folder 484

Carolina Teaching Fellows, 1991-1992

Audiocassette C-4695/21

Carolina Teaching Fellows, 6 April 1991

Folder 485

Bull's Head Bookshop, 1992 and undated

Folder 486

Second Sunday Readings, 1992-2002

Image Folder PF-4695/10

Second Sunday Readings, undated

Folder 487

Carolina Publishing Institute, 1993-1996

Image Folder PF-4695/11

Carolina Publishing Institute, undated

Audiocassette C-4695/10

Carolina Publishing Institute, September 1993

National Humanities Center's "Soundings" weekly radio show: "Publish or Perish," #680, with Doris Betts and Rachel Davies.

Folder 488

Center for the Study of the American South, 1994-2001

Folder 489

Chancellor's Advisory Committee, 1994

Folder 490

Carolina Speakers, 1995-1997

Folder 491

Department of Women's Studies, 1995 and undated

Folder 492

University Day Convocation speech, 12 October 1996

Image Folder PF-4695/12

University Day Convocation speech, 12 October 1996

Audiocassette C-4695/52

University Day Convocation speech, 12 October 1996

Folder 493

North Carolina Fellows Program, 1996 and undated

Folder 494

Telling Bodies conference, 22 February 1997

Folder 495

Preserving and Strengthening Rural Communities conference, 16-19 July 1998

Folder 496

Chancellor Michael Hooker memorial program, 2 July 1999

Image Folder PF-4695/13

Ben Jones 70th Birthday Celebration, 20 October 2000

Folder 497

A Barbeque in the Barn: Doris Betts retirement party, 5 October 2001

Image Folder PF-4695/14

Doris Betts retirement party, 5 October 2001

Folder 498

Order of the Golden Fleece Annual Tapping Banquet, 22 March 2002

Includes text of a speech given by Betts.

Image Folder PF-4695/15

Order of the Golden Fleece Annual Tapping Banquet, 22 March 2002

Folder 499

Miscellaneous activities, 1976-2008 and undated

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About 2000 items.

Materials relating to Doris Betts's participation in and contributions to readings and festivals, some of which were affiliated with the Presbyterian Church; radio and television programs, such as StoryLines Southeast; and conferences and symposia. Betts also was active in a number of writers' groups and organizations, including the North Carolina Writers' Conference, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Historical Book Club of North Carolina Inc., North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, North Carolina Writers' Network, and the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Folder 500

Arts Forum, Woman's College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 13-15 March 1952

Folder 501

Historical Book Club of North Carolina Inc., 1962-2003

Correspondence, clippings, annual Town Meetings on Books programs and speeches, and materials relating to the selection of annual Sir Walter Raleigh Award recipients. For materials relating to Betts receiving the Sir Walter Raleigh Award, see Series 3. Biographical Materials.

Folder 502

North Carolina Writers' Forum Panel, 8 December 1967

Image Folder PF-4695/16

North Carolina Writers' Forum Panel, 8 December 1967

Folder 503

Indiana University Writers' Conference, 1972-1973

Folder 504

Ireane Leache Memorial Association Literary Contest, 1973-1999

Folder 505-507

Folder 505

Folder 506

Folder 507

Associated Writing Programs (AWP), 1975-1996

Includes a speech by Betts at the 1996 annual meeting.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4695/3

Sand Hills Writers' Workshop and Writing Conference, 24-26 April 1976

Folder 508

Workshop on the Teaching of Creative Writing, University of Denver, 27 June-8 July 1977

Folder 509

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), 1977-1998

Includes speeches.

Audiocassette C-4695/23

South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), 1982

Betts's talk on Anne Tyler, delivered at the preliminary for the SAMLA annual conference, 12 November 1982.

Folder 510

Friends of the Library organizations, 1979-2007

Materials relating to Betts's involvement with many different Friends of the Library groups.

Folder 511

National Humanities Faculty, 1979-1990

Folder 512

North Carolina Awards, 1979-2001

Award ceremony programs and materials relating to Betts's work as a judge for the North Carolina Awards. For materials relating to Betts receiving North Carolina Awards, see Series 3. Biographical Materials.

Folder 513

Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, 1979-2001

Schedules, sermons, and programs. For Betts's writings in the Pittsboro Presbyterian Church newsletter, see Series 2.4 Articles, Essays, and Book Chapters.

Audiocassette C-4695/26

Banquet Speech at James Madison University, 2 December 1980

Folder 514

Symposium on the Works and Legacy of C.S. Lewis, Carolina Study Center, 27-28 February 1981

Audiocassette C-4695/18

Symposium on the Works and Legacy of C.S. Lewis, Carolina Study Center, 28 February 1981

Thomas T. Howard with Doris Betts, "The Christian as Creative Writer."

Folder 515

American Writers Congress, New York, N.Y., 9-12 October 1981

Folder 516

North Carolina Writers: Exploring Human Values in Literature Lecture Series, Central Piedmont Community College, 30 October 1981

Includes text of a speech by Betts.

Folder 517

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Advisory Panel, 1981

Folder 518

North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1982-1994

Materials relating to Bett's involvement with the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, including a term as president of the organization, 1991-1992. Also included are two speeches by Betts honoring Frances Gray Patton and Reynolds Price as recipients of the R. Hunt Parker Memorial Award, and a speech delivered by Betts as the outgoing president at the 1992 annual meeting.

Folder 519

North Carolina Writers Conference, 1982-1989

Includes speeches given by William C. Friday and Robert Mason at a 1985 banquet honoring Doris Betts.

Audiocassette C-4695/17

North Carolina Writers Conference Banquet: Recording, undated

Folder 520

Tenth Annual English and American Literature Symposium, University of Alabama, 13-14 October 1983

Audiocassette C-4695/20

Tenth Annual English and American Literature Symposium, University of Alabama, 13-14 October 1983

Speech by Betts on literary style.

Folder 521

Wesleyan Writers Conference, 1983-1985

Folder 522

Duke University Writers Conference, 10-17 June 1984

Folder 523

Conference on Christianity and Literature, 1984-2002

Includes speech

Folder 524

PEN Awards, 1984-1989

Audiocassette C-4695/16

Southeastern Planetarium Association Conference on Perceptions, 26 June 1986

Speech on "Perceptions and the Modest Giant."

Folder 525-526

Folder 525

Folder 526

North Carolina Writers Network, 1986-2003

Includes drafts of a keynote speech delivered at the 13th annual meeting, 14 November 1997.

Image Folder PF-4695/17

Visiting Writers Series, Georgia Tech, 10 March 1987

Folder 527

Southern Accents Fine Arts Festival, 19 March-4 April 1987

Folder 528

Phoenix XVIII Literary Festival, High Point College, 17-18 November 1988

Folder 529

"The Future South," Converse College, 1988-1991

Videotape VT-4695/3

"The Future South," Converse College, 1988-1991, undated

Future South Scholars Reunion.

Folder 530

Union Theological Seminary: Board of Trustees, 1988-1997

Folder 531

The Home Truths of Doris Betts Conference, Methodist College, 17-18 March 1989

Conference focusing on the work of Doris Betts.

Folder 532

Anne Tyler Symposium, 21-22 April 1989

Includes text of a talk on Anne Tyler delivered by Betts at the symposium.

Audiocassette C-4695/6

Anne Tyler Symposium, 21-22 April 1989

Folder 533

Public Art Dialogue=Southeast Conference, 8-11 June 1989

Includes text of a speech.

Folder 534-535

Folder 534

Folder 535

The Arts and American Values Symposium, Angelo State University, 23-24 October 1989

Includes text of a speech and conference proceedings.

Audiocassette C-4695/19

The Arts and American Values Symposium, Angelo State University, 23-24 October 1989

Videotape VT-4695/12

The Arts and American Values Symposium, Angelo State University, 23-24 October 1989

Folder 536

Pembroke Forum, Pembroke State University, 1989-1995

Videotape VT-4695/1-2

VT-4695/1

VT-4695/2

Pembroke Forum, Pembroke State University, 30 August 1995 and undated

Folder 537

Salem College Center for Women Writers, 1989-2000

Includes speech.

Audiocassette C-4695/3

Salem College Center for Women Writers, 13 October 1989

Image Folder PF-4695/18

Salem College Center for Women Writers, 15 October 1996

Audiocassette C-4695/8

Chapel Hill Writers, 20 April 1990

Folder 538

"Their Native Earth: A Celebration of North Carolina Literature" documentary, North Carolina Public Television, aired 26 January 1990

Folder 539

An Evening of Literary Entertainment and Occasional Tunes, Carrboro ArtsCenter, 26 April 1990

Fundraising event to honor Katie and Tim McLaurin.

Folder 540

Building Bridges of Communication in the 1990s, 23rd Annual North Carolina Public Library Trustee Conference, 18-19 May 1990

Includes text of a speech given by Betts.

Audiocassette C-4695/22

Building Bridges of Communication in the 1990s 23rd Annual North Carolina Public Library Trustee Conference, 18-19 May 1990

Folder 541

Statesville High School Class of 1950 40th Reunion, 29-30 June 1990

Folder 542

9th Annual International Academy of Nursing Editors Conference, 9-10 August 1990

Folder 543

The Spell of the Land Symposium, North Carolina State University, 16 November 1990

Audiocassette C-4695/13

The Spell of the Land Symposium, North Carolina State University, 16 November 1990

Folder 544

National Humanities Center, 1991-1994

Folder 545

Federal Writers' Project/North Carolina Writers' Project, 1991-1997 and undated

Folder 546

Watauga Club, 1991-2001

Folder 547-549

Folder 547

Folder 548

Folder 549

North Carolina Women Writers Conference, 13-15 March 1992

Planning materials, drafts of speeches given by Betts opening and closing the conference, correspondence, research materials.

Folder 550

Western Literature Association (WLA) 17th Annual Meeting, 7-10 October 1992

Includes speech.

Audiocassette C-4695/24

Western Literature Association (WLA) 17th Annual Meeting, 7-10 October 1992

Folder 551

Author's Day Celebration, Center for the Book, 14 November 1992

Folder 552-553

Folder 552

Folder 553

Fellowship of Southern Writers/Conference on Southern Literature, 1992-2009

Folder 554

North Carolina Humanities Council/John Taylor Caldwell Award for the Humanities, 1992-2007

For materials relating to Betts receiving the Caldwell Award, see Series 3. Biographical Materials.

Folder 555

National Conference on Desegregation, 5-6 March 1993

Includes text of a speech.

Folder 556

North Carolina Medical Society Auxiliary 70th Annual Convention, 3-5 May 1993

Audiocassette C-4695/53

North Carolina Medical Society Auxiliary 70th Annual Convention, 3-5 May 1993

Folder 557

McIntyre's Books events, 1993-1995

Readings and signings at McIntyre's Books in Fearrington Village, N.C.

Folder 558

Christian Writers and their Communities Conference, Calvin College, 21-23 April 1994

Includes text of a speech.

Folder 559

North Carolina Museum of History Grand Opening, April 1994

Folder 560

Bookstore readings, 1994-1998 and undated

Folder 561

The Women's Center, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1994-1999

Includes speech.

Folder 562

Barton College, 29 March 1995

Folder 563

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Eta State Convention, 28-30 April 1995

Folder 564

Tillandsia Festival, 11 May 1995

Includes text of a speech.

Folder 565

American Library Association Conference, 22-25 June 1995

Folder 566

Hillsdale College, 11-14 September 1995

Folder 567

"Home Values in the Fiction of Doris Betts," North Carolina-Virginia College English Association Annual Meeting, 7 October 1995

Folder 568

Southern Festival of Books, 13-15 October 1995

Folder 569

Harvest Arts and Crafts Auction, Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Chatham County, 19 November 1995

Includes an article written by Betts for the organization's newsletter, November 1995.

Folder 570

Glen Workshops, Milton Center, 1995-2002

Audiocassette C-4695/11

Glen Workshops, Milton Center, 1996

Paul Mariani: "God and the Imagination," Kansas Newman College.

Audiocassette C-4695/28

Glen Workshops, Milton Center, 1996

Clayton Carlson: "When is a Horse Really a Unicorn? The Promise and Limits of Ambiguity in Contemporary Christian Fiction," Kansas Newman College.

Audiocassette C-4695/27

Glen Workshops, Milton Center, 1996

Doris Betts: "Everything I Know About Writing I Learned in Sunday School," Kansas Newman College.

Folder 571

Literary journals, 1995-1998 and undated

Miscellaneous flyers, subscription advertisements, and other promotional materials

Folder 572-576

Folder 572

Folder 573

Folder 574

Folder 575

Folder 576

North Carolina Literary Festival, 1995-2009

Planning materials, correspondence, clippings, publicity, programs.

Folder 577

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 1995-1997

Audiocassette C-4695/15

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 1996

"Southern Gothic."

Folder 578

Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church sermon, 10 March 1996

Audiocassette C-4695/25

Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church sermon, 10 March 1996

Folder 579

Association of Clinical Scientists 111th Meeting Banquet, 3 May 1996

Folder 580

Durham-Orange Medical Society Mini-Internship Program, 22-23 October 1996

Folder 581-582

Folder 581

Folder 582

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, 1996-2008

For materials relating to induction of Betts into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, see Series 3. Biographical Materials.

Folder 583

Governor James B. Hunt Inauguration, 10-11 January 1997

Includes speech given by Betts at the inauguration.

Folder 584

"Community Conversation on Education," Lee County School System, 19 February 1997

Folder 585

North Carolina Women Writers Festival, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 19-20 September 1997

Folder 586

"The Writer's Voice," Wheaton College, 25-27 September 1997

Folder 587

"Crossing the Lines: A Conference on Contemporary Southern Women's Literature," University of Arkansas, 9-12 October 1997

Includes speech.

Folder 588

Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture, 1998-1999

Folder 589

Hopwood Awards in Creative Writing, 1998-2000

Folder 590

Faith and the Arts Festival, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 4-5 October 1998

Audiocassette C-4695/50

Faith and the Arts Festival, Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 4-5 October 1998

"Sermon Brinkley Baptist--revised version Davidson Presbyterian Church, October 1998."

Folder 591

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys Annual Conference, 9-10 October 1998

Notes and text of a speech.

Audiocassette C-4695/7

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys Annual Conference, Winston-Salem, N.C., 9-10 October 1998

Audiocassette C-4695/37

StoryLines Southeast: #1 "Living Stories of the Cherokee," Barbara Duncan, editor, recorded 3 October 1999

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Folder 592

StoryLines Southeast: #1 "Living Stories of the Cherokee," Barbara Duncan, editor, recorded 3 October 1999

Outline and script draft.

Audiocassette C-4695/38

StoryLines Southeast: #2 "Tales of the South," William Gilmore Simms, recorded 10 October 1999

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Audiocassette C-4695/29

StoryLines Southeast: #2 "Tales of the South," recorded 10 October 1999

"With Darrell Stover, Doris Betts, Mary Ann Wimsatt, and Lucinda McKethan."

Audiocassette C-4695/34

StoryLines Southeast: #2 "Tales of the South," recorded 10 October 1999

Folder 593

StoryLines Southeast: #2 "Tales of the South," William Gilmore Simms, recorded 10 October 1999

Research materials, correspondence, and script drafts.

Audiocassette C-4695/39

StoryLines Southeast: #3 "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Audiocassette C-4695/36

StoryLines Southeast: #3 "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"

Folder 594

StoryLines Southeast: #3 "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," recorded 17 October 1999

Research materials and script drafts.

Audiocassette C-4695/40

StoryLines Southeast: #4 "Slaves in the Family," Edward Ball

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Audiocassette C-4695/30

StoryLines Southeast: #4 "Slaves in the Family," recorded 24 October 1999

With Doris Betts, Darrell Stover, Barnetta White, and Edward Ball; recorded at WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 595

StoryLines Southeast: #4 "Slaves in the Family," Edward Ball, recorded 24 October 1999

Research materials, correspondence, and script drafts.

Audiocassette C-4695/41

StoryLines Southeast: #5 "Look Homeward, Angel," Thomas Wolfe

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Folder 596

StoryLines Southeast: #5 "Look Homeward, Angel," Thomas Wolfe, recorded 31 October 1999

Research materials and script drafts.

Audiocassette C-4695/42

StoryLines Southeast: #6 "Cold Mountain," Charles Frazier

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Audiocassette C-4695/31

StoryLines Southeast: #6 "Cold Mountain," Charles Frazier, recorded 7 November 1999

With Darrell Stover, Doris Betts, Charles Frazier, Anne Mitchell Whisnant; recorded at WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 597

StoryLines Southeast: #6 "Cold Mountain," Charles Frazier, recorded 7 November 1999

Research materials, correspondence, and script drafts.

Audiocassette C-4695/43

StoryLines Southeast: #7 "A Good Man is Hard to Find," Flannery O'Connor

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Audiocassette C-4695/33

StoryLines Southeast: #7 "A Good Man is Hard to Find"

Folder 598

StoryLines Southeast: #7 "A Good Man is Hard to Find," Flannery O'Connor, recorded 14 November 1999

Research materials, correspondence, and script drafts.

Audiocassette C-4695/44

StoryLines Southeast: #8 "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Zora Neale Hurston

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Audiocassette C-4695/32

StoryLines Southeast: #8 "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Zora Neale Hurston, recorded 21 November 1999

Produced by Julie Shapiro, with Doris Betts, Darrell Stover, Lorraine Johnson-Coleman; recorded at WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 599

StoryLines Southeast: #8 "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Zora Neale Hurston, recorded 21 November 1999

Script draft.

Audiocassette C-4695/45

StoryLines Southeast: #9 "Rich in Love," Josephine Humphreys

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Folder 600

StoryLines Southeast: #9 "Rich in Love," Josephine Humphreys

Script draft.

Audiocassette C-4695/46

StoryLines Southeast: #10 "The Color Purple," Alice Walker

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Folder 601

StoryLines Southeast: #10 "The Color Purple," Alice Walker

Script draft.

Audiocassette C-4695/47

StoryLines Southeast: #11 "The Floatplane Notebooks," Clyde Edgerton

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Audiocassette C-4695/35

StoryLines Southeast: #11 "The Floatplane Notebooks," Clyde Edgerton

Folder 602

StoryLines Southeast: #11 "The Floatplane Notebooks," Clyde Edgerton

Research materials, correspondence, and script drafts.

Audiocassette C-4695/48

StoryLines Southeast: #12 "Clear Pictures," Reynolds Price, recorded 19 December 1999

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Folder 603

StoryLines Southeast: #12 "Clear Pictures," Reynolds Price, recorded 19 December 1999

Script draft.

Audiocassette C-4695/49

StoryLines Southeast: #13 "Fair and Tender Ladies," Lee Smith

Published by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association in 2000.

Folder 604

StoryLines Southeast: Clippings, 1999-2001

Folder 605

North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards, 12 September 2000

Folder 606

George Moses Horton Jubilee, 18 November 2000

Audiocassette C-4695/51

Speech, Wilson, N.C., April 2004

Folder 607

Chatham County Literary Council, 2009-2010

Includes speech.

Folder 608-609

Folder 608

Folder 609

Miscellaneous activities, 1954-2009 and undated

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Photographs, 1947-2000s.

About 100 items.

Informal and formal portraits of Doris Betts, as well as snapshots with students, colleagues, and other writers. Also included are snapshots of Betts family members.

Image Folder PF-4695/1-2

PF-4695/1

PF-4695/2

Betts, Doris: Portraits

Oversize Image OP-P-4695/1

Betts, Doris: Portraits (oversize)

Image Folder PF-4695/3

Betts, Doris: Miscellaneous

Includes groups, teaching in class, with students at graduation, on publishing day for Tall Houses in Winter and The Scarlet Thread.

Image Folder PF-4695/4

Family

Mary Ellen Freeze Waugh, Elisha Betts, Spencer Betts, LewEllyn Betts, David Betts, Lowry Betts, William Elmore Waugh.

Image Folder PF-4695/5

Other people

Pat Conroy, Jill McCorkle, William Styron, Jessie Rehder, and others.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Other Materials, 1954-2012.

About 100 items.

Address lists, royalties checks and reports, papers concerning literary interests of Betts, letters from Anne Beatty to her parents about her Peace Corps experiences in Nepal, family history materials and writings, and a recording of an unidentified preacher. Published materials include recordings of Michael McFee and John Hope Franklin for Soundings and three volumes: a literary take on porches; a study of Psalm 23; and a study of words for high school students.

Folder 610

Addresses

Folder 611

Beatty, Anne, 2002

Letters from Beatty to her parents about her Peace Corps experiences in Nepal. Beatty was a former student of Betts.

Folder 612

Financial materials

Royalties checks and reports.

Folder 613

High School Word Book (1911)

Folder 614-616

Folder 614

Folder 615

Folder 616

Miscellaneous papers

Announcements, press releases, newsletters, catalogs, curriculum vitae of various authors, course syllabi, articles by other authors, articles about other authors, sermons by other authors.

Folder 617

The Lord Is My Shepherd (1963)

Folder 618

Out on the Porch

Includes a quotation about a porch from The River to Pickle Beach.

Folder 619

Personal

Includes writings by Jack Betts and Katharine M. Betts, family history materials, wedding announcements and invitations, program from Betts's funeral.

Audiocassette C-4695/2

John Hope Franklin, "Envisioning the Future," Soundings, 1995

Audiocassette C-4695/5

Michael McFee, "The Language They Speak," Soundings, 1995

Audiocassette C-4695/9

Unidentified preacher

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 8.1A. Speeches and Programs, 2010-2012 (Addition of August 2012).

About 10 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 101855

Copies of two speeches given by Doris Betts in 2010: one for the Fearrington Woman's Club, and one at the Pittsboro Public Library. Papers also include copies of the program from a 2012 memorial event for Betts sponsored by Creative Writing at Carolina and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Folder 620

Speeches and programs, 2010-2012

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 8.2A. Joseph Flora Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials, 1973-1994 and undated (Addition of May 2013).

About 100 items.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 101854

Correspondence consists chiefly of letters, notes, and a few cards from Doris Betts to Joseph Flora, primarily discussing English department meetings, events, classes, curriculum, schedules, and teaching; creative writing; graduation ceremonies; new department members; University administration and leadership; money and expenses; health of family members; faculty policy; and Flora's appointment as chair of the English department. The addition also includes many copies of letters and documents received by Betts that she forwarded to Flora, often annotated with her comments, such as offers of visiting professor positions from other universities; correspondence with faculty from other universities about creative writing; search committee communications; and photocopies of newspaper articles. There is also the text of an interview given by Flora on Doris Betts, dated 1 December 1994. Other materials include newspaper clippings, event programs, copies of remarks and speeches, invitations, some biographical material, and a book review.

Folder 621

Correspondence, 1981-1994

Folder 622

Correspondence, undated

Folder 623

Miscellaneous printed materials, 1973-1994 and undated

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 8.3A. Annotated Draft of The Most Unpleasant Book I Ever Read, undated (Addition of July 2014).

1 item.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 102062

Folder 624

"The Most Unpleasant Book I Ever Read"

Draft of a piece written by Doris Betts, with handwritten annotations.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 8.4A. Annotated Copy of As I See Religion and Enclosed Letter, 1932 and 1951 (Addition of August 2019).

1 item.

Acquisitions Information: Accession 103670

The book and letter were given to the Mitchell Community College library by a member of the English faculty, who had come into possession of them. The professor received them from a woman who went to church with Betts.

The addition consists of As I See Religion (1932) by Harry Emerson Fosdick, annotated by Doris Betts, together with one tipped in letter from Fosdick to Doris Waugh Betts, which was a response to a letter from Betts to Fosdick. The letter was sent 21 May 1951.

Folder 630

As I See Religion by Harry Emerson Fosdick and letter, 1932 and 1951

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