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Gianni DeVincent-Hayes papers

 Collection 0070-LIT

Gianni (Nan) DeVincent-Hayes (1949-2022) received her PhD in creative writing from the University of Maryland, College Park. DeVincent-Hayes, who wrote under several pen names, has published fifteen works of fiction and non-fiction and written more than one hundred articles and short stories in major newspapers and national magazines. She has written biographies, about current events as well as made appearances on national radio and television shows. Additionally, she hosted a radio show, founded the Writers Bloc, Inc., and ran three websites. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, galleys, videotapes, audiotapes, floppy disks, and page proofs associated with some of DeVincent-Hayes's publications: Zambelli: First Family of Fireworks, Jacob's Fire, Thy Brother's Reaper, 22 Friar Street, The Last of the Wallendas, Troublesome Grammar, and some unpublished works. There is also research material, including photographs and postcards, related to her books on local histories, Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach, Wallops Island, and Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. The collection is unprocessed, but a preliminary inventory is available. The collection also includes drafts of her work, both before and after obtaining her PhD.


  • 1917-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1988-2007

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. A preliminary inventory is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


35.00 Linear Feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Gianni DeVincent-Hayes papers were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Gianni DeVincent-Hayes on July 1, 2002. Addendums from DeVincent-Hayes were recieved on January 13, 2009, October 12, 2009, June 26, 2015, and January 15, 2020.

Guide to the Gianni DeVincent-Hayes papers
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742