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Jan Cox Speas Manuscript

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0011

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the typescript carbon for Speas' novel, Bride of the MacHugh (Bobbs-Merrill, 1954). There are twenty-one chapters in four folders. Bride of the MacHugh is set in early 17th-century Scotland and, like much of Speas' work, reflects her interest in the Scottish highlanders from whom her own family descended.

Dates

  • 1954

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Short story writer and novelist Jan Cox Speas was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1925. She studied creative writing with Hiram Haydn at Woman's College (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, or UNCG) from which she graduated in 1945. She returned to UNCG and secured her master's degree in English in 1964, after which she began teaching at Guilford College, also in Greensboro. Speas was well known for her historical romances during the 1950s and 1960s. Following her death from a heart attack in 1971, Avon Publications brought out paperback editions of her romances. By 1978 there were more than a million copies of her books in print. The author was married to John Speas; they lived in Greensboro and had two children, Cynthia and Gregory.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Jan Cox Speas, an alumna of Woman's College (now UNCG), was well known for her historical romances during the 1950s and 1960s.

This collection includes the typescript carbon for Speas' novel, Bride of the MacHugh.

Arrangement Note

The typescript that comprises this collection is arranged by ascending page number.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Jan Cox Speas, 1955.

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Processing Information

Processed by archives staff, Encoded by Jason Alston, July 2009;
Title
Jan Cox Speas Manuscript
Author
archives staff
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

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

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