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Kay Boyle papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Family History, Biographical, and Financial Material

Correspondence

Correspondence with Children and Grandchildren

Writings, Miscellaneous

Writings and Poetry

Writings: Short Fiction

Writings/Fiction Collected

Novels and Works for Children

Nonfiction Writings

Printed Ephemera

Miscellaneous Ephemera

Photographs

Sandra Spanier's Dissertation

Oversized Boxes


Kay Boyle papers, 1914-1987 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Kay Boyle papers, 1914-1987Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 090

Primary Creator: Boyle, Kay, (1902-1992)

Extent: 106.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by record type in 14 series.

Subjects: Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992, Communism - United States - History, Franckenstein, Joseph., San Francisco State University - Faculty, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, World War, 1939-1945 - Women - United States

Forms of Material: Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Correspondence, Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Manuscripts, Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Photographs, Correspondence., Diaries., Ephemera., Franckenstein, Joseph. - Correspondence, Franckenstein, Joseph. - Photographs, Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Postcards, Records (documents), Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection spans the majority of Kay Boyle's lifetime, illustrating her life as a noted professor, humanitarian, and author.   The correspondence, writings, photographs, assorted ephemera, and other personal papers document her life during her early years, her expatriate years, her work as a news correspondent during World War II and in Germany in post World War II, the charge of anti-loyalty during the McCarthy era made against Franckenstein and herself, her Vietnam years, her years as a professor at San Francisco State, as well as insight into her marriages and her children.

Biographical Note

Kay Boyle was born in 1902 and was a member of the American expatriate movement of the 1920s and 1930s.  As a young woman Boyle studied architecture at the Ohio Mechanics Institute in Cincinnati.  Boyle's first contribution to a national publication was a letter to the editor, which appeared in Harriet Monroe's Poetry: A Magazine of Verse in 1921.

Sometime in 1925 Boyle became involved in This Quarter, a literary review, which published her work in the first three issues.  Her first published pieces had been poems in Poetry, Broom, Forum, and Contact. In 1929 the Crosbys' Black Sun Press published Boyle's first book, titled Short Stories, in a limited edition of 185 copies.

In the late 1930's Boyle befriended several of the period's most notable writers, including James Joyce and Gertrude Stein, as well as Robert McAlmon.  In addition to lending advice as a fellow artist, McAlmon helped her to leave Duncan Colony and provided financial assistance when funds were low.  Although they never produced a collaborative work during his lifetime, Boyle revisited McAlmon's 1938 autobiography after his death, adding chapters that gave her perspective on the events he described.  The result was a revised edition of Being Geniuses Together, published in 1968.  During this time Boyle met Joseph Franckenstein, an Austrian baron, mountain climber, skier, and scholar.  In 1943 Franckenstein and Boyle were married.  He became an American citizen that year, and as an OSS officer, parachuted into France to help the Resistance.  Much of Boyle's World War II writing is inspired by Franckenstein.  He and Boyle were in Germany during the occupation when Boyle turned out some of the finest postwar fiction for the New Yorker (collected in 1951 in The Smoking Mountain). He also was with her when she was accused of communist sympathies during the McCarthy era of the early fifties, and consequently lost his government job.  Though the charges were fought and ultimately dismissed, the blacklisting and the time and resources required to fight the charges exacted immeasurable harm on their personal and professional lives.  Shortly after moving to San Francisco, where Boyle had been appointed to the creative writing faculty of San Francisco State College in 1963, Franckenstein died of cancer.  They had two children. Boyle died in 1992.

Subject/Index Terms

Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992
Communism - United States - History
Franckenstein, Joseph.
San Francisco State University - Faculty
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
World War, 1939-1945 - Women - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Acquisition Method: The Kay Boyle Papers were purchased for the most part from Kay Boyle in the 1970s.

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Antoinette Wilson collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle.

Kay Boyle vertical file manuscript.

Herman and Fay Rappaport collection of Kay Boyle papers.

Kay Boyle and Joseph Franckenstein correspondence.

Kay Boyle manuscript of "The Crazy Hunter."

Kay Boyle manuscript of "Being Geniuses Together."

Kay Boyle photograph collection.

Kay Boyle, Herman and Fay Rappaport collection of photographs.

Robert Carlton Brown collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle.

Robert W. Smith collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Kay Boyle papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Family History, Biographical, and Financial Material, 1890-1980s],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1898-1981],
[Series 3: Correspondence with Children and Grandchildren, 1937-1987],
[Series 4: Writings, Miscellaneous, 1913-1967],
[Series 5: Writings and Poetry],
[Series 6: Writings: Short Fiction],
[Series 7: Writings/Fiction Collected],
[Series 8: Novels and Works for Children],
[Series 9: Nonfiction Writings],
[Series 10: Printed Ephemera],
[Series 11: Miscellaneous Ephemera],
[Series 12: Photographs, ca.1900-1985],
[Series 13: Sandra Spanier's Dissertation],
[Series 14: Oversized Boxes],
[All]

Series 1: Family History, Biographical, and Financial Material, 1890-1980sAdd to your cart.
This series, arranged chronologically,  includes personal items such as books given to Kay for her birthday in 1914 by her aunt and a Civil War Pension Application for 1890. Most pertinent is biographical information in the form of news clippings from the 1950s-1980s, including reviews of her writings and official papers such as passports, marriage licences, ration tickets, press cards, and driver's licence. This series also includes transcripts, notes, and evidence for Kay and Baron Joseph Von Franckenstein regarding the Loyalty and Security Hearing Procedures in the 1950s as well as Kay's denouncing her involvment with Communism in 1954. Kay's 1967 court case regarding Anti-Vietnam War Demonstrations are included with statements from Joan Baez, reporters transcipts, and a notice to report to Santa Rita Prison. A transcript of a telephone interview with Kay in 1976 is included and lastly miscellaneous financial materials including reciepts, vouchers invoices, contracts, and tax forms from 1934-70. This series is arranged chronologically from the 1890 Civil War Pension and early 1900s all the way up to her autobiography in 1984.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: InventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "A Jolly Good Christmas", 1914Add to your cart.
"A Jolly Good Christmas," 1914, Christmas book for "Puss" [Jesse Peyton Boyle]; "A book of Ladies,"  [two drawings of ladies] n.d.; Birthday book for KB's aunt Margaret Boyle
Folder 3: Civil War Pension Application regarding David J. Evans, 1890Add to your cart.
Abstract of 1890 Civil War Pension Application regarding David J. Evans, maternal grandfather of Kay Boyle
Folder 4: Photocopied news clippingsAdd to your cart.
Photocopied news clippings 1930s and 1940s, 1950s, biographical information, Review of A Frenchman Must Die, My Next Bride, Avalanche, and Plagued by the Nightingale
Folder 5: Official PapersAdd to your cart.
French passports 1946; ration tickets 1943; Press Accreditation Cards 1940-1950s; Marriage Certification, 1932 (KB and Vail); KB drivers license, 1940
Folder 6: Security Hearing, 1950-1957Add to your cart.
Security Hearing (news clippings) 1950-57
Folder 7: Visit to East Berlin, 1950 May 23Add to your cart.
Papers authorizing visit to East Berlin, May 23, 1950
Folder 8: Loyalty Security Board, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, 1952 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Loyalty Security Board, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany (Transcript of Proceedings), In the Matter of Joseph Maria Franckenstein, Oct. 1952 (carbon)
Folder 9: U. S. Dept. of State Notification of Personnel Action, 1947-1955Add to your cart.
U. S. Dept. of State Notification of Personnel Action, 1947-55 and related correspondence
Folder 10: Advice to Kay Boyle on Loyalty and Security Hearing procedures, 1952Add to your cart.
Advice to KB (from a lawyer?) on Loyalty and Security Hearing procedures, 1952 (notes)
Folder 11: Loyalty statement of Joseph  M. Franckenstein, 1954 MayAdd to your cart.
Loyalty statement of Joseph  M. Franckenstein, May 1954 (several drafts)
Folder 12: Statement of Kay Boyle FranckensteinAdd to your cart.
Statement of Kay Boyle Franckenstein "I have never been a member of the Communist Party" (14 pp.)
Folder 13: Opinion of Security Counsel, In regard to Joseph M. Franckenstein, 1954Add to your cart.
Opinion of Security Counsel, In regard to Joseph M. Franckenstein inefficiency of answer to charges, 1954
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes during Loyalty and Security trialAdd to your cart.
Notes during Loyalty and Security trial and note and telegram from lawyer, Benjamin Ferencz; trial about Negroes
Folder 2: Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1947-1952Add to your cart.
Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1947-1956 including an 8-page document summarizing the case.
Folder 3: Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1953Add to your cart.
Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1947-19563 including an 8-page document summarizing the case.
Folder 4: Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1954Add to your cart.
Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1947-1956 including an 8-page document summarizing the case.
Folder 5: Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1955Add to your cart.
Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1947-1956 including an 8-page document summarizing the case.
Folder 6: Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1956Add to your cart.
Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1947-1956 including an 8-page document summarizing the case.
Folder 7: Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1957-1963Add to your cart.
Correspondence relating to Loyalty and Security Hearings, 1947-1956 including an 8-page document summarizing the case.
Folder 8: Letters of Support for EvidenceAdd to your cart.
Letters of Support for Evidence re: Security Hearing, Affidavit re: Character of KB and JF 1951-1955
Folder 9: German correspondence related to evidence gathering, 1953Add to your cart.
German correspondence related to evidence gathering, 1953
Folder 10: Joseph Franckenstein job search correspondence and material, 1953-1957Add to your cart.
Joseph Franckenstein job search correspondence and material, 1953-1957
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical information, 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Biographical information, clippings about Kay Boyle, 1960-1969
Folder 2: Name tags; US passports, certificates and awardsAdd to your cart.
Name tags; US passports, 1971, 1966; certificates and awards, 1958-1964
Folder 3: Statements of Joan Baez and KB in Municipal CourtAdd to your cart.
Statements of Joan Baez and KB in Municipal Court, Oakland, CA, proceedings, Oct. 17, 1967 regarding Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration, reporters transcript, Notice to report to Santa Rita Prison, 1967
Folder 4: Biographical information, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Biographical information, clippings of Kay Boyle, 1970s
Folder 5: Columbia College, L.L.D., 1971Add to your cart.
Columbia College, L.L.D., 1971
Folder 6: San Francisco State Certificate of Emeritus Status, 1973Add to your cart.
San Francisco State Certificate of Emeritus Status, 1973
Folder 7: Telephone Interview of KBAdd to your cart.
Telephone Interview of KB by Gary [S] [for kitkitdisse] Oct. 22, 1976 (transcripts)
Folder 8: Biographical information, news clippings,Add to your cart.
Biographical information, news clippings, 1980s; Autobiography: Contemporary Authors, 1984
Folder 9: Miscellaneous financial materialAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous receipts, vouchers, invoices, contracts, tax forms, 1934-70

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Family History, Biographical, and Financial Material, 1890-1980s],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1898-1981],
[Series 3: Correspondence with Children and Grandchildren, 1937-1987],
[Series 4: Writings, Miscellaneous, 1913-1967],
[Series 5: Writings and Poetry],
[Series 6: Writings: Short Fiction],
[Series 7: Writings/Fiction Collected],
[Series 8: Novels and Works for Children],
[Series 9: Nonfiction Writings],
[Series 10: Printed Ephemera],
[Series 11: Miscellaneous Ephemera],
[Series 12: Photographs, ca.1900-1985],
[Series 13: Sandra Spanier's Dissertation],
[Series 14: Oversized Boxes],
[All]

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