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Ardath Mayhar Papers

Identifier: A-0100
This collection consists of manuscripts, galley proofs, and correspondence with publishers, editors, and writers, including most notably science fiction/fantasy writer, Andre Norton. Ardath recycles scrap paper from various sources in her work.


  • 1955-1999


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


9.10 Cubic Feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Ardath Frances Hurst was born on February 20, 1930 in Timpson, Texas. From the age of 17 she managed her father's dairy for ten years while educating herself in languages and poetic forms. In 1957 she opened a bookstore in Nacogdoches and there she met her future husband, Joe Mayhar. They were married in 1958 and have four sons, two from his previous marriage. They lived for awhile in Houston, Texas then moved to Salem, Oregon, where Ardath worked as a proofreader for the Capital Journal from 1968 to 1975. They returned to Nacogdoches County, living near Chireno, and operated a broiler farm until it was destroyed by fire in 1978. From 1979 to 1980 Ardath was a proofreader for the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, then she left to become a full-time writer. After thirty years of writing and publishing poetry including a chapbook, Journey to an Ending, in 1965, she turned to fiction in 1973. Her first novel to be published, How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon, was released in 1979 and quickly succeeded by The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn (1980), Soul-Singer of Tyrnos (1981), Warlock's Gift (1982), Runes of the Lyre (1982), Golden Dream: A Fuzzy Odyssey (1982), and The Absolutely Perfect Horse, co-authored by Marylois Dunn (1983). She has other books under contract or in negotiation and several have gone into more than one edition. Most of the above works are science fiction/fantasy but she has also written westerns and occult fiction.

("Ardath Mayhar Papers." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).


This collection is described in 204 folders and housed in six banker's boxes. There is also an oversize bundle with two items.

Related Materials

Books in the ETRC written by Mayhar:

Dunn, Marylois, and Ardath Mayhar. The absolutely perfect horse. NY: Harper and Row, 1983. PZ10.3.D883 Ab 1983

________. Timber pirates. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1997. PZ7.D9217 TIM 1997X

Mayhar, Ardath. Carrots and Miggle. NY: Atheneum, 1986. PZ7.M468 Car 1986

________. The world ends in Hickory Hollow. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1985. PS3563.A962 W6 1985

________. Exile on Vlahil. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. PS3563.A962 E9 1984

________. Golden dream: a fuzzy odyssey. NY: Ace, 1984, 1982. PS3563.A962 G64 1984x

________. How the gods wove in Kyrannon. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1979. PS3563.A962 H6 1979x

________. Hunters of the plains. NY: Berkley Books, 1995. PS3563.A962 H86 1995x

________. Island in the lake. NY: Diamond Books, 1993. PS3563.A962 I8 1993x

________. Journey to an ending. Fort Smith, AR: South and West, 1965. PS3563.A962 J68 1965x

________. Khi to freedom. NY: Ace, 1983. PS3563.A962 K55 1983x

________. Lords of the triple moons. NY: Atheneum, 1983. PZ7.M468 LO 1983

________. Makra Choria. NY: Atheneum, 1987. PZ7.M468 Mak 1987

________. Medicine walk. NY: Atheneum, 1985. PZ7.M468 ME 1985

________. Monkey station. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1989. PS3563.A962 M66 1989x

________. People of the mesa. NY: Diamond Books, 1992. PS3563.A962 P46 1992x

________. Place of silver silence. NY: Walker, 1988. PZ7.M468 Pl 1988

________. Reflections, published and unpublished poetry. Nacogdoches, TX: s.n., 1994. PS3563.A962 R43 1994x

________. Road of stars: a tale of art and death. Princeton, NJ: Xlibris, 1998. PS3563.A962 R6 1998x

________. Runes of the lyre. NY: Ace, 1983, 1982. PZ7.M468 Ru 1983x

________. Saga of Grittel Sundotha. NY: Atheneum, 1985. PZ7.M468 SAG 1985

________. The seekers of Shar-Huhn. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980. PS3563.A962 S4

________. Slewfoot Sally and the flying mule : and other tales from Cotton County. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1995. PS3563.A962 S53 1995x

________. Soul-singer of Tyrnos. NY: Atheneum, 1981. PZ7.M468 Se

________. The sword and the dagger. Chicago, IL: FASA, 1987. PS3563.A962 S96 1987x

________. Through a stone wall. Kingwood, TX: Blue Lantern, 1995, 1982. PN147 .M478 1995x

________. Towers of the earth. NY: Diamond Books, 1994. PS3563.A962 T6 1994x

________. Trail of the seahawks. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1987. PS3563.A962 T72 1987x

________. The wall. NY: Space and Time, 1987. PS3563.A962 W28 1987

________. Warlock's gift. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1982. PS3563.A962 W3 1982
Guide to the Ardath Mayhar Papers

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository