Herman and Fay Rappaport collection of Kay Boyle papers, 1948-1968 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
This collection consists primarily of letters written by Kay Boyle and members of her family to Herman and Fay Rappaport. The correspondence spans fifteen years of developing friendship between the two families and reveals much about Kay Boyle's life and work.
Particularly interesting are the letters from her children which mature in style over the years and give some parallel views on events mentioned in Boyle's letters.
Also in the collection are assorted short story and poetry manuscripts written by Boyle which she sent to Herman Rappaport as birthday or Christmas gifts. Most of these are prefaced by a note dating the presentation.
The Rappaport's interest in Kay Boyle led them to collect anything they read about her in newspapers or magazines. In addition, there are clippings sent by Boyle herself. Together, these articles provide background information to events mentioned in the letters.
There are 27 photographs and snapshots of Kay Boyle, her family, and the Rappaports which have been removed from the collection and deposited in the Special Collections Photograph Collection.