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Angela Davis-Gardner Papers

Identifier: MSS 0191

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the writing and teaching career of Angela Davis-Gardner from 1963 through 2012. Included are Davis-Gardner's early writings and story ideas as well as material pertaining to her college career and time as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. The bulk of the material relates to Davis-Gardner's four published novels, Felice (1981), Forms of Shelter (1991), Plum Wine (2006), and Butterfly's Child (2011). The collection contains research notes, planning materials, and drafts for each of Davis-Gardner's major works as well as related correspondence, press materials, and book reviews collected by the author.


  • 1963 - 2012
  • Other: Date acquired: 2012 December 1


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Angela Davis-Gardner is a noted author and teacher from North Carolina. Born and raised in Guilford County, Davis-Gardner began writing at an early age. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Duke University where she focused on creative writing. After graduation, Davis-Gardner attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After receiving her degree, Davis-Gardner taught at Tokyo's Tsuda College, an experience that greatly influenced her later writing projects. Once back in the United States, Davis-Gardner continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began work on her first novel, Felice, published in 1991. Her second novel, Forms of Shelter, was published in 1991 and her third, Plum Wine, in 2006. Butterfly's Child, her most recent work, was published in 2011. In addition to her novels, Davis-Gardner is a noted short story writer and essayist. Over the course of her career, Davis-Gardner has won numerous awards, both for her writing and teaching, including the Sir Walter Raleigh Award and Kiriyama Prize Notable Book Award. Davis-Gardner is currently a distinguished professor emerita at North Carolina State University.


9.05 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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Angela Davis-Gardner is a noted author and English professor from North Carolina. This collection documents the writing and teaching career of Angela Davis-Gardner beginning with her early work in 1963 and ending in 2012 with the publication of Butterfly's Child.

Arrangement Note

Materials on paper, including novel drafts and research notes, correspondence, articles and literary reviews, and book publicity. Materials relating to Felice are housed in Box 1, with those relating to Forms of Shelter in Box 2 and Plum Wine in Box 3. Box 3 also contains research material for Butterfly's Child. Documents relating to Butterfly's Child are continued in Box 4 and Box 5. Box 6 contains miscellaneous material including early story ideas and those relating to Davis-Gardner's professional activities.

Source of Acquisition

Angela Davis- Gardner

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Angela Davis-Gardner in 2013. Additional materials received in 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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