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Janisse Ray papers

Janisse Ray papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Janisse Ray papers
Creator: Ray, Janisse, 1962-
Inclusive Dates: 1979-2019
Language(s): English
Extent: 6.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Collection Number: ms3986
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Writer, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray (b. 1962) is the author of six books, including the widely acclaimed memoirs Ecology of a Cracker Childhood (1999) and Wild Card Quilt (2003). Her work has been widely taught and anthologized, and has received an American Book Award, a Southern Book Critics Circle Award, a Southern Booksellers Award, and many others. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and has been awarded two honorary doctorates, one from Unity College in Maine and the other from LaGrange College in Georgia.

Ray has published many poems and essays in such magazines and newspapers as The Georgia Review, Georgia Wildlife, National Geographic Wildlife, and Orion. A nature commentator for Georgia Public Radio and a founding board member of Altamaha Riverkeeper, Ray also helped to form the Georgia Nature-Based Tourism Association and continues working to preserve the 3,400-acre Moody Forest in Appling County. She was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2015.

For more information, see the article "Janisse Ray (b. 1962)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of manuscript drafts of Janisse Ray's work, clippings of her writing for various publications throughout her career, correspondence, and printed material regarding her work.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Though the collection is open for research, the audiovisual recordings do not have reference copies; however, reference copies are available upon request. Audiovisual research requests are dependent upon the format and condition of the recordings.

Preferred Citation

Janisse Ray papers, ms3986, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Conservation of natural resources -- Georgia.
Environmentalists -- Georgia.
Georgia -- Natural resources -- Forests and forestry.
Naturalists -- Georgia.
Women authors -- Georgia.
Women environmentalists -- Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

The audiovisual materials related to this collection are housed in the Walter J. Brown Media Archives.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Manuscript drafts

1Altamaha: A River and Its Keeper- galley proof , 2012
11-5Drifting into Darien- revised draft, undated
16Drifting into Darien- partial revised proof, undated
17-9A House of Branches- revised draft, 2009
110A House of Branches, Section One- early draft, undated
111A House of Branches, Section Two- early draft, undated
112A House of Branches, Section Three- early draft, undated
113A House of Branches, Section Four- early draft, undated
114Moody Forest- revised draft, 2007
115-17The Seed Underground: A Revolution to Save Food- revised draft, 2007
118The Seed Underground- revised proof , 2012
119-20The Seed Underground- revised draft, 2012
54Waking in the Forest- edited draft, 2010
55When I Live- edited draft


121Collection of poems, edited, 2000
122Florida Wildlife Magazine, 1993-1995, 2003
123-24Portfolio work, 1989-1994
21Writing- Clippings , 1979-1982
22Writing- Clippings , 1988-1989
23Writing- Clippings , 1989-1992
24Writing- Clippings , 1997-2000
25Writing- Clippings , 2002-2003
26Writing- Clippings , 2003
27Writing- Clippings , 2004
28Writing- Clippings, 2005
29Writing- Clippings, 2006
210Writing- Clippings, 2012
56Writing- Clippings, 2001-2018
211Writing- Clippings, undated
212Writing- Incomplete Drafts, undated
213Resume, 2005
4Writing- Other writing in published works
2Clippings, 1983, 1988, 2003


214Letters Answered , 2004-2012
215Letters to Answer, 2000
216-18Letters in Praise, 2000-2003
31Letters in Praise, 2003-2011
53Letters in Praise, 2010-2017
32-6General , 1992-2012, undated
37-8Regarding Moody, 1997-2008
39University of Montana, 1995-1997

Printed material regarding Janisse Ray

310-13Clippings and Printed Material , 1995-2016
51-2Clippings and Printed Material , 2011-2019
314Book Jackets
315Certificates, 2000-2014
316Photographs of Janisse Ray
1Printed material , 2000-2016
2Newspaper Clippings , 1999-2019