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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.

Related Materials:

Alice L. Kahler collection of Kay Boyle letters.

Ann Watkins, Inc. collection of correspondence with Kay Boyle (2)

Ann Watkins, Inc. correspondence with Kay Boyle (1)

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],
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Series 3: Correspondence with Children and Grandchildren, 1937-1987Add to your cart.
This series includes drawings, stories, poems, and other memorabilia from Kay's children Sharon "Bobby" Vail, Apple Vail, Clover Vail, Ian Franckenstein, and Faith Franckenstein. This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: undatedAdd to your cart.
n.d. including miscellaneous children's drawings, stories, and poems
Folder 2: 1937Add to your cart.
1937, Correspondence from Haywood Patterson to Sharon (Bobby) Vail (5 items)
Folder 3: 1937, 1940Add to your cart.
1937, 1940 (2 items)
Folder 4: 1941Add to your cart.
1941 (15 items)
Folder 5: 1942Add to your cart.
1942 (7 items)
Folder 6: 1943Add to your cart.
1943 (46 items)
Folder 7: 1944Add to your cart.
1944 (7 items)
Folder 8: 1944-1945Add to your cart.
1944-45 (49 items)
Folder 9: 1947Add to your cart.
1947 (84 items)
Folder 10: 1948Add to your cart.
1948 (40 items)
Folder 11: 1952Add to your cart.
1952 (6 items)
Folder 12: 1953Add to your cart.
1953 (36 items)
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1954Add to your cart.
1954 (2 items)
Folder 2: 1955Add to your cart.
1955 (35 items)
Folder 3: 1956Add to your cart.
1956 (14 items)
Folder 4: 1957Add to your cart.
1957 (39 items)
Folder 5: 1958Add to your cart.
1958 (56 items)
Folder 6: 1958Add to your cart.
1958, correspondence among KB, Apple's psychiatrist (Dr. Selinsky), and Lawrence Vail
Folder 7: 1958Add to your cart.
1958, Faith Franckenstein's poems and stories
Folder 8: 1959Add to your cart.
1959 (24 items)
Folder 9: 1960-1964Add to your cart.
1960-64 undated correspondence with Clover Vail
Folder 10: 1963Add to your cart.
1963 [approximately] (43 items)
Folder 11: 1960Add to your cart.
1960 (27 items)
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1961Add to your cart.
1961 (15 items)
Folder 2: 1962Add to your cart.
1962 (50 items)
Folder 3: 1963Add to your cart.
1963 (159 items)
Folder 4: 1963-1964Add to your cart.
1963-64, correspondence re: Faith's divorce (7 items)
Folder 5: 1964Add to your cart.
1964, Jan. - Aug. (124 items)
Folder 6: 1964Add to your cart.
1964, Sept. - Dec. (105 items)
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1965 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
January (49 items)
Folder 2: 1965 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
February (25 items)
Folder 3: 1965 MarchAdd to your cart.
March (25 items)
Folder 4: 1965 AprilAdd to your cart.
April (25 items)
Folder 5: 1965 MayAdd to your cart.
May (28 items)
Folder 6: 1965 JuneAdd to your cart.
June (24 items)
Folder 7: 1965 JulyAdd to your cart.
July (28 items)
Folder 8: September -- OctoberAdd to your cart.
September -- October (36 items)
Folder 9: November -- DecemberAdd to your cart.
November -- December (28 items)
Folder 10: 1966 January - FebruaryAdd to your cart.
January -- February (19 items)
Folder 11: 1966 March - MayAdd to your cart.
March -- May (28 items)
Folder 12: 1966 June - JulyAdd to your cart.
June -- July (21 items)
Folder 13: 1966 August - OctoberAdd to your cart.
August -- October (26 items)
Folder 14: 1966 November - DecemberAdd to your cart.
November -- December (20 items)
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1967 January - FebruaryAdd to your cart.
January - February (37 items)
Folder 2: 1967 March - AprilAdd to your cart.
March - April (33 items)
Folder 3: 1967 May - JulyAdd to your cart.
May - July (34 items)
Folder 4: 1967 August - SeptemberAdd to your cart.
August - September (26 items)
Folder 5: 1967 OctoberAdd to your cart.
October (25 items)
Folder 6: 1967 November - DecemberAdd to your cart.
November - December (38 items)
Folder 7: 1968 January - FebruaryAdd to your cart.
January - February (39 items)
Folder 8: 1968 MarchAdd to your cart.
March (23 items)
Folder 9: 1968 AprilAdd to your cart.
April (20 items)
Folder 10: 1968 MayAdd to your cart.
May (45 items)
Folder 11: 1968 JuneAdd to your cart.
June (28 items)
Folder 12: 1968 JulyAdd to your cart.
July (29 items)
Folder 13: 1968 AugustAdd to your cart.
August (28 items)
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1968 September - OctoberAdd to your cart.
September - October (32 items)
Folder 2: 1968 November - DecemberAdd to your cart.
November - December (42 items)
Folder 3: 1969 January - FebruaryAdd to your cart.
January - February (41 items)
Folder 4: 1969 March - MayAdd to your cart.
March - May (31 items)
Folder 5: 1969 June - AugustAdd to your cart.
June - August (24 items)
Folder 6: 1969 September - DecemberAdd to your cart.
September - December (35 items)
Folder 7: 1970 January - MarchAdd to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1970 April - JuneAdd to your cart.
April - June (37 items)
Folder 2: 1970 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
July - December (43 items)
Folder 3: 1971Add to your cart.
1971 (28 items)
Folder 4: 1972Add to your cart.
1972 (65 items)
Folder 5: 1973 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
January - June (43 items)
Folder 6: 1973 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
July - December (21 items)
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1974 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
January - June (62 items)
Folder 2: 1974 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
July - December (49 items)
Folder 3: 1975Add to your cart.
1975 (50 items)
Folder 4: 1976Add to your cart.
1976 (48 items)
Folder 5: 1977 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
January - June (54 items)
Folder 6: 1977 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
July - December (50 items)
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1978 January - JuneAdd to your cart.
January - June (72 items)
Folder 2: 1978 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.
July - December (79 items)
Folder 3: 1979 January - MayAdd to your cart.
January - May (63 items)
Folder 4: 1979 June - DecemberAdd to your cart.
June - December (64 items)
Folder 5: 1980Add to your cart.
1980 (68 items)
Box 34Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1984Add to your cart.
1984 (25 items) (including KB leaves San Francisco)
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1985Add to your cart.
1985 (26 items)(including KB leaves San Francisco)
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1986Add to your cart.
1986 (58 items)(including KB leaves San Francisco)
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1987Add to your cart.
1987 (2 items)(including KB leaves San Francisco)
Folder 5: Unidentified Drawings by Boyle grandchildrenAdd to your cart.
Unidentified Drawings by Boyle grandchildren, Grandmother ribbon
Folder 6: Clover Vail's WritingsAdd to your cart.
Clover Vail's Writings
Folder 7: Kay/Ian Childhood NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Faith Franckenstein's School MemorabiliaAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: News clippings re: Faith/Ian FranckensteinAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Faith/Ian's Poems, StoriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Ian's School ExamsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Faith/Ian's DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Grade School MementosAdd to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ian's Classroom NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Ian's Music 203 Notes (spiral bound)Add to your cart.

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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