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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


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[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 5: Writings and PoetryAdd to your cart.
Carbon copies of poetry and other writing by Kay Boyle throughout her career. They are arranged alphabetically by the title of the piece.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Advice to the Old, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Age, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: American Citizen Naturalized in Leadville, Colorado, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Four unpublished anagrams, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Angels for Djuna Barnes, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Arthur, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Artist Speaks (belligerently)Add to your cart.

The Artist Speaks (belligerently), The Woman Answers Softly

Aviation, History of/in Poetic Form

Folder 8: Plan for StudyAdd to your cart.
Plan for Study (Fellowship Project), 19 pp.
Folder 9: Introduction to a Poem on FlightAdd to your cart.
Introduction to a Poem on Flight (In a long Arboreal Apprenticeship Birds came to Fly), 16 pp.
Folder 10: Friar Roger BaconAdd to your cart.
Friar Roger Bacon (1214-1992), 3 pp.
Folder 11: The Albatross of Le BrisAdd to your cart.
The Albatross of Le Bris, 6 pp.
Folder 12: Through the Skies I will Make a PassageAdd to your cart.
Through the Skies I will Make a Passage, 43 pp.
Folder 13: Source materialAdd to your cart.
Source material: “Heroes of the Air;” “Aircraft in War and Commerce;” “The Curtiss Aviator Book;” “Aircraft and Submarines,” 28 pp.
Folder 14: Source materialAdd to your cart.
Source material: “The Epic of the Air,” 59 pp.
Folder 15: Miscellaneous notes and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Battery Park: Night, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Book of Cincinnati, 10 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Chant for a Man Who Served Eight Years as Principal of the Negro Elementary SchoolAdd to your cart.
Chant for a Man Who Served Eight Years as Principal of the Negro Elementary School in Laurel, Delaware and Who is now Unemployed, 9 pp.
Folder 19: Children See, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The City (1913)Add to your cart.
The City (1913) KB at ten years of age, l pp.
Folder 21: A Christmas Carol for Emanuel Carnevali, 8 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: A Dialogue of Buds for Howard Nemerov, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: A Dialogue with Victor Ourin, 11 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Dining Out, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Dreams Dreamed, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: The Evening Grass, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: The First Aviator Proposes Marriage, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Flying Foxes and Others, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: For an American, 6 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 30: For an Historian, Following an Operation on his eyesAdd to your cart.
For an Historian, Following an Operation on his eyes (for Roger Burlingame) 7pp.
Folder 31: For E. K. W., l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 32: For James Baldwin, 17 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: For James Schevill on the Occasion of His Arrest, 15 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 34: For Lionel Tompkins, 1 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 35: For Marianne Moore’s Birthday, 9 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 36: For Victor from Kay, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Future, l pp.Add to your cart.
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Glad Day for L. V., 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Harbor Song, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Homosexualism, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hospital Dream, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hunt, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: I am told…, 6 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: I ask of President Harding, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: I Think of My Daily Occupation to My Words, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: In Memoriam, 3 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: In Passing, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Jean’s PoemAdd to your cart.
Jean’s Poem (versions of an unfinished poem for Jean Cambell), 24 pp.
Folder 12: The Jews Among the Nation, 26 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Judgment Day, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Landscape for Wyn Henderson, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Life, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Life’s Insomnia, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Look Down the Street, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Lost Dogs of Phnom Penh, 22 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Love Song--l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Myrine, poem to her granddaughter, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: The New Emigration, 26 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Painter Speaks, the Woman Answers (to and by Arthur Deshaise), 9 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Poem, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: A Poem About Black Power, 16 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: A Poem About Jews, 69 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: A Poem dedicated to Terre des Hommes, 28 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: A Poem in Color, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: A Poem of love, 3 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: A Poem for A. J., 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 30: A Poem for Arthur, 9 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 31: A Night letter [A Poem for a Painter]Add to your cart.
A Night letter [A Poem for a Painter] (Lament, working title), 17 pp.
Folder 32: Poem for a Painter who speaks of suicideAdd to your cart.
Poem for a Painter who speaks of suicide as a moment of beautiful Poetry, 27 p.
Folder 33: A Poem in one sentence for Clay Putnam, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Poem for Susan Ann and Benjamin (1981), 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Poem: Poets, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 36: The Poets Lady, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Print from a Lucite Block, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Rendezvous, 14 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: A Reply to Victor Ourin, 28 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Retrospect, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Romantic Ditty, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Safety, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Seascape, 16 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: So Many Lonely, Grieving Poems, 3 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Sonnet, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Springtime, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Spiritual for Nine Voices, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: A Square Dance for a Square, 52 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Story I Wanted to Tell you, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: A Statement for El Greco and William Carlos Williams, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: A Subway Poem, or A Bus Poem, 1974, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: A Tender New Year to all Great and Angry Men, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: This I Have Done, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Thunder Storm in South Dakota, 10 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: To a Friend, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: To the Night, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Two Poems for a Poet, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Two Twilight’s for William Carlos Williams, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Unbroken, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: A Valentine for Harry Crosby, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: When I Sprinckle the Tennis Court, l p.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: A Winter Fable, 9 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Unfinished Poem –1 p.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Collected PoemsAdd to your cart.
TS
Folder 28: Collected PoemsAdd to your cart.
TS
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1: TSAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: TSAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: TSAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: TSAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Galley proofsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: views regardingAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Contract for Testament for My StudentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Contract for Testament for My StudentsAdd to your cart.
miscellaneous
Folder 9: Contract for Testament for My StudentsAdd to your cart.
TS and corrected galleys
Folder 10: Contract for Testament for My StudentsAdd to your cart.
TS and corrected galleys
Folder 11: A Few Paragraphs About My Forthcoming Collection of Poems, Testament for My StudentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Testament for My Students – reviewsAdd 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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