Peggy Dern papers

Peggy Dern papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Dern, Peggy
Title: Peggy Dern papers
Dates: 1944-1968
Quantity: 3.5 Linear feet (7 document boxes, 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms220

Biographical/Historical Note

Erolie Pearl Gaddis was born in Gaddistown, Georgia on March 5, 1895. She married John Sherman Dern in 1931. She was a prolific American romance novelist and resided in Tucker, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Peggy Gaddis Dern from ca. 1944-1968. The papers consist primarily of outlines and typescript manuscripts of thirty-seven of her novels, typescripts of fourteen novelettes and short stories, a few pieces of correspondence, and book contracts.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

American literature.
Manuscripts (documents)
Women authors, American--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Peggy Dern papers, ms220, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Novels

11 Bayou Nurse (164p. and 8 p. outline = 172p.)
2 Carolina Love Song (160p. and 9p. outline = 169p.)
3 Clinic Nurse (164p. and 5p. outline = 169p.)
4 Emergency Nurse (163p. and 6p. outline = 169.)
5 Everglades Nurse (161p. and 6p. outline = 167p.)
6 Hill Top Nurse (163p. and 5p. outline = 168p.)
7 Holiday Nurse (162p. and 9p. outline = 171p.)
21 Junior Prom Girl (170p. and 12p. outline = 182p.)
2 The Listening Nurse (161p. and 5p. outline = 166p.)
3 Love is Here to Stay (160p. and 9p. outline = 169p.)
4 Meredith Blake, M.D. (181p.)
5 Mountain Melody (176p. and. 8p. outline = 184p.)
6 Nurse Angela (171p. and 7p. outline = 178p.)
7 Nurse at Burford's Landing (161p. and 8p. outline = 169p.)
31 Nurse at the Cedars (164p. and 5p. outline = 169p.)
2 Nurse at the Harbor or Leona Gregory, R. N. (174p. and 12p. outline = 186p.)
3 A Nurse Called Happy (163p. and 9p. outline-172p.)
4 Nurse Christine (166p. and 10p. outline = 176p.)
5 A Nurse Comes Home (166p. and 5p. outline = 171p.)
6 Nurse Felicity (160p. and 7p. outline = 167p.)
7 A Nurse for Apple Valley (175p. and 8p. outline = 183p.)
41 Nurse in Flight (157p. and 6p. outline = 163p.)
2 Nurse in the Shadows (158p. and 6p. outline = 164p.)
3 Nurse Juliet (163p. and 9p. outline = 172p.)
4 Nurse Lucie (167p. and 8p. outline = 175p.)
5 Nurse With a Dream (163p. and 7p. outline = 170p.)
6 Nurse's Dilemma (153p. and 5p. outline = 158p.)
7 Orchids for a Nurse (167p. and 8p. outline = 175p.)
51 Palm Beach Girl (170p. and 10p. outline-180p.)
2 Persistent Suitor (168p. and 7p. outline = 175p.)
3 Rehearsal for a Wedding (170p. and 7p. outline = 177p.)
4 Robin (168p. and 5p. outline-173p.)
5 Special Duty Nurse (166p. and 12p. outline = 178p.)
6 Star Nurse (177p. and 11p. outline = 188p.)
7 Student Nurse (169p. and 7p. outline = 176p.)
61 Substitute Nurse (168p. and 1p. outline = 169p.)
2 The Thirteenth Nurse (171p. and 2p. outline (part))

2. Short stories and miscellaneous manuscripts

63 "And Lazarus Came Forth". Short Story (27p.)
4 "A Career for Joan." Short Story (18p.)
5 "Dance Me a Dream."Short Story (16p.)
6 "Her Favorite Draftee." Short Story (26p.)
7 "His Wings on Her Heart." Novelette (89p.)
8 "Lover from Bataan." Short Story (27p.)
9 "PX Girl." Short Story (14p.)
10 "Romantic Lady." Short Story (22p.)
11 "Sailor Beware." Short Story (17p.)
12 "String Along With Me." Short Story (25p.)
13 "Through the Darkness." Short Story (12p.)
14 "To Love and Be Loved." Short Story (37p.)
15 "Tracy Jordan." Novelette. (54p.)
16 "Camilla Comes Through." Short Story (29p.)
17 "County Seat." Chapter 23, only (13p.)
18 "Doctor's Choice." Outline (4p.)
71 "Island Nurse." Outline (7p.)
2 "Man-Hatin' Woman." Correspondence, Outlines & Contract (13p.)
3 "Mountain Miracle." Outline (5p.)
4Roses in December. Outline.
5Star Nurse. Ch 1-3. Outline.
6Substitute Angel. Ch 1, 1p of Ch2
23Sin City. Part of Novel and outline.

3. Manuscripts by other authors

77Gorman, Peter. Voodoo Girl. Novel.
8Humphries, Adelaide. Feast of the Moon by Helen West (pseud). Short story. 2 versions.
9Humphries, Adelaide. No Rationing for Love. Short story.
8Bound copy of novel Three Women a Week with dedication to Peggy Dern

4. Biographical materials

710Biographical notes, articles.

5. List of books by pseudonyms

14by Roberta Courtland (pseud.)
15by Georgia Craig (pseud.)
16by Peggy Dern (pseud.)
17by Sylvia Erskine (pseud.)
18by Gail Jordan (pseud.)
19by Carolina Lee (pseud.)
20by Perry Lindsay (pseud.)
21by Joan Sherman (pseud.)
22by Joan Tucker (pseud.)