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Collection Number: 04980

Collection Title: Ellyn Bache Papers (#4980) 1974-1998

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Size 6.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Ellyn Bache, writer of Wilmington, N.C., grew up in Washington, D.C., and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the mid-1960s. She has published non-fiction under the pen name Ellen Matthews, and, with her husband, young adult fiction under the pen name E. M. J. Benjamin. Much of Bache's writing is set in southern locales and deals with race relations and southern culture in general. Papers consist chiefly of writings, including drafts of novels, short stories, and screenplays; journal and newspaper articles; and a musical play. Clippings are of fiction and non-fiction works, mid 1970s-late 1980s. There are also subject files concerning character development and historical research conducted while writing and revising The Activist's Daughter (Spinster's Ink, 1997), a novel about student activists and racial unrest at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963.
Creator Bache, Ellyn.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
Items in box 5 relating to two unpublished novels, "Water Witch "and "Something Solid," and to the musical play, "Writer's Bloc," are closed until the works are published or Ellyn Bache elects to open the files.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Ellyn Bache of Wilmington, N.C., in May 1999 (Acc. 98373) and January 2002 (Acc. 99159).
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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Author Ellyn Bache grew up in Washington, D.C., attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the mid-1960s, and made her home in Maryland until moving back to North Carolina in 1985.

Initially a freelance journalist, Bache published at least 40 short stories in magazines such as McCall's, Woman's World, Virginia Country, The Antietam Review, and Woman (England). She also published numerous articles in newspapers such as the Washington Post, the Sun-Times, the Washington Star, the Sun Magazine, and the Morning Herald . Her novel, The Activist's Daughter (Spinster's Ink, 1997), is set amid the racial unrest of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during 1963. Another novel, Safe Passage (Crown, 1988) was developed for the screen and released to theaters in 1995. Her novel, Festival in Fire Season (August House, 1992), is set in a fictionalized Wilmington/Wrightville Beach, N.C., and deals with, among other things, the Azalea Festival and the fires that ravaged southeast North Carolina in 1986. Sixteen of her short stories were collected in The Value of Kindness (Helicon Nine Editions, 1993), which won the 1992 Willa Cather Fiction Prize. She also published non-fiction under the pen name Ellen Matthews. Under the pen name E. M. J. Benjamin, she published, with the help of her husband, Takedown (Banks Channel Books, 1999), a young adult novel. Bache's plays include Writer's Bloc, a musical comedy in two acts, which she co-authored with Joyce Cooper and Patricia Ruark.

Bache won several awards in addition to the Willa Cather Prize. She was honored in 1987 by Writers and Readers and, in 1989, by the North Carolina Fiction Syndicate. She also won first place in the Charlotte Writer's Club short story contest in 1987 and was a winner in the 1989 O. Henry Festival Competition.

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Papers consist chiefly of author Ellyn Bache's writings, including drafts of novels, short stories, and screenplays; journal and newspaper articles; and a musical play. Clippings are of fiction and non-fiction works, mid 1970s-late 1980s. Much of Bache's writing is set in southern locales and deals with race relations and southern culture in general. Correspondence regarding revision or publication of particular works is filed with those works; there is also some correspondence in the subject files concerning character development and historical research conducted while writing and revising The Activist's Daughter, a novel about student activists and racial unrest at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1963.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Writings, 1981-1998.

About 175 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical and chronological runs.

Writings include drafts of short stories, novels, screenplays, a musical play, and non-fiction articles. Most works exist in several versions, often with title variations, accompanied by correspondence with editors about revisions or publication of the works. There are also some research materials. Many of the short stories were published later in The Value of Kindness (Helicon Nine Editions, 1993). Annotations made by Ellyn Bache on the original file folders have been retained as enclosures, and her original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Clippings are of Bache's fiction and non-fiction published in newspapers, journals, and magazines, mid-1970s-late 1980s. One article, "Adjusting To America," published in The Bridge , appeared under the pen name Ellen Matthews. Included are short stories published in McCall's, Woman (England), Virginia Country, Antietam Review, and Woman's World, the Washington Post, the Sun-Times, the Washington Star, Sun Magazine, and the Morning Herald.

RESTRICTED items relate to two unpublished novels, Water Witch and Something Solid, and to the musical play, "Writer's Bloc," co-authored with Joyce Cooper and Patricia Ruark. These items are closed until publication of the works or Ellyn Bache opens the files.

Box 1

The Activist's Daughter, drafts, 1992-1996 #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 1

"The Activist's Daughter": Screenplays, 1995 and undated #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 1

Box 2

"Acts of Charity" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Adjusting to Altitude" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Andrea's Mother Is a Very Sick Woman" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"The Babysitter" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"The Beach Cottage" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Bellyflop" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Bubby's Killer Does Time in the South" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Calvin the Criminal" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Fat Girl" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Margaret Maron: Twenty-five Years to Overnight Success" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

Miami In Rainy Season: Draft, [1986] #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Nightwind" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"Other People's Voices" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

"The Phantom Gardener" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 2

Box 3

"The Pregnancy" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"Rayfield The Presser" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"Safe Passage": Screenplay by Deena Goldstone #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"Shell Island" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"Sorority" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"Southern Exposure": Screenplay #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"The Southern Flight of the Featherless Bird" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

Liz Squire article #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"The Wedding" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

"Wheels" #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

Clippings, 1974-1987, 2001 #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 3

Box 5

RESTRICTED writings #04980, Series: "1. Writings, 1981-1998." Box 5

RESTRICTED

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Research materials and notes for The Activist's Daughter, a novel about student activists and racial unrest in 1963 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Included are music lists for the 1960s; timelines for the late 1950s and early 1960s at UNC; photocopies of articles from the student newspaper, Daily Tar Heel, from the 1960s; historical maps of the campus; a photocopy of the journal kept by student activist Karen Parker in 1963; and notes on the development of specific characters in the novel.

Note that original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Box 4

The Activist's Daughter #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

The Activist's Daughter: For revision #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Chapel Hill geography #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Dave #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Ethnic research #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Gloria #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Grandma #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Mother, Chapter 6 #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Music #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Karen Parker journal #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

Susan and Betsy #04980, Series: "2. The Activist's Daughter Subject Files and Related Correspondence, 1980s-1990s." Box 4

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Other Materials, 1987.

1 item.

Letter, 15 January 1987, from Helen Del Monte, fiction editor at McCall's magazine, recommending Ellyn Bache for a North Carolina State Arts Council fellowship.

Box 4

Letter #04980, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1987." Box 4

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Processing Information

Full processing of this collection has been deferred pending expected additions.

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