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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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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


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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 6: Writings: Short FictionAdd to your cart.
Carbon copies of short fiction writings throughout Kay's career arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Untitled Play, 14 pp., circa 1920?Add to your cart.
Folder 2: CTS, The Coat of Flowers (Play), 24 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Fragments of projected stories, 1941, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Pages of a scarcely begun storyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes for short story never writtenAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Accumulation of ChristmasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Adam's Death, 15 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ami, Go Home, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Anschluss, 23 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Army of Occupation, 6 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: As Good as Gold, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Aufwiedersehen Abend, 27 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Autobahn, 12 pp., 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Ballet of Central Park, 19 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Baron and the Chemist, 8 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Battle of the Pagoda, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: The Battle of Sequins, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Begin Again, 10 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Beloved Little Papa, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Black-Out, 12 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Cabaret, 20 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Cairo Street, 8 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The Canals of Mars, 12 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Career, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: The Children, 16 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: A Christmas Carol for Harold Ross, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Christmas Eve, CTS, 17 pp., 1931-1932Add to your cart.
Folder 28: The Criminal, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Box 42Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Destination Hurricane, 27 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Diplomats Wife, 8 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Disgrace to the Family"Add to your cart.
"Disgrace to the Family"  (incomplete) corrsp. to Saturday Evening Post, and clippings of  "Stars and Stripes"
Folder 4: Drought, 22 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Education, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Encounter with Marguerite Matisse, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Evening at Home, 19 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Fairy Tale, TS, 7 pp., 1930'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Famine, 18 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Fear, 15 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Fife's House, 12 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Finch Cottage, 25 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Five in the Vineyards (fragment)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Flight or The Pigeon, 21 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Frankfort in our Blood, 18 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Frenchman's Ship, 22 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Frenchman's Ship, 22 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Frontier Incident, 32 ppAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Frontier Incident, 32 ppAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: The Heron, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: The Herring Piece, 14 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Hilaire and the Maréchal, 25 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: A Holiday Story, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Home, 13 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Hotel Behind the Lines, 26 pp.Add to your cart.
Box 43Add to your cart.
Folder 1: How Bridies Girl Was Won, 21 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: I Don't Want to go Back, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: I Love Animals, 5 pp., 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: I'm Ready to Drop Dead, l pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Kill, 21 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The King of the Philistines, 14 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Last Aviator Left Flying, 26 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Last Rim of the World, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Let There be Honor, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Life Being the Best, 6 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Listen, Munich, 11 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Little Distance, 21 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Loneliest Man in the U.S. Army, 11 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Lost, 24 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: A Love Letter to Isabella Melendey for the Howard Advocate, 8 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Love Story, 25 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: The Love Story, 25 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: The Love Story, 25 pp.Add to your cart.
Box 44Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Lovers of Gain, 10 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Luck for the Road, 36 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Major Alshuster, 18 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Military Occupation, 14 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Monte Carlo Serial, 9 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever MetAdd to your cart.

The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met, Reader's Digest,

Sept. 1940, 7 pp.

Folder 7: My Career as a Musician, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Natives Don't Dry, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: A New York Story, 23 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Nothing Ever Breaks Except the Heart, 10 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Oktoberfest, 4 pp., 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "One Sunny Morning,"Add to your cart.
"One Sunny Morning," original Mss and notes of , 10 pp.
Folder 13: The Philosophy of Madame, 9 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Planes They Fly, 21 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Poor Monsieur Panalitus, 14 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Prison Publication, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Prudence and Joshua, [19] pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Prudence and Joshua, [19] pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Prudence and Joshua, [19] pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Put Love Aside This Year, 37 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: A Puzzled Race, 18 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: St. Stephen's Green, 10 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The Searching Heart, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Second Generation, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Security, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: September the Third, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Box 45Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Seven Say You Can Hear Corn GrowAdd to your cart.

Seven Say You Can Hear Corn Grow

drafts

Folder 2: final TS and galley, 17 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: The Ships Going to Glory, 18 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Should be Considered Extremely Dangerous, 31 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Should be Considered Extremely Dangerous, 31 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Sky Is Woven in the Four Directions of the WindsAdd to your cart.
The Sky Is Woven in the Four Directions of the Winds, April and July 1933, 14 pp.
Folder 7: Les Six Enfants, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Soldier Who Ran Away, 24 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Story for Solita, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Stranger in the Snow, 3 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Summer Evening, 17 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: T'en Fais Fas, 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Their Name Is Macaroni, 11 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: There Is a Street Named Haight..., 25 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: There is One Place in the Park..., 3 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "This is My Best,"Add to your cart.
"This is My Best," in Burnett, Whit, pp. 1005-1006 ("They Weren't Going to Die" story on pp. 1006-1011).  Note on choice of  "They Weren't Going to Die" as a piece of representative work, 2 pp.
Folder 17: The Tradition of Lonely Gestures, 3 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: To the Pure, 11 pp.Add to your cart.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Uncle Anne, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: University Town in Germany, 5 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Vinnie, 20 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "This Quarter," an unpublished skit on Ernest Walsh, 1926 (short fiction), 4 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Wanderer, 12 pp., 1930sAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Washington TaxisAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: War in Paris, 7 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: White as Snow, 3 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Winter in Italy, 2 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Winter Night, 14 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Women At Work, 15 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Women at Work, 15 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Woman in the Glass, 22 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Wrist-Watch that Showed the Phases of the Moon, 19 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: You Don't Have to be a Member of the Congregation, 8 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: You Take Your Youth With You, 12 pp.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Young Man of the Morning, notes, revisionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Unnamed story, Mr. Dodson, 5 ppAdd to your cart.

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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],
[All]

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