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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


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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 8: Novels and Works for ChildrenAdd to your cart.
Carbon copies, orginial galley proofs, corrected proofs, notes, and reviews of Kay Boyle's childrens books arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 55Add to your cart.
Folder 1: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
Original, carbon; pp. 1-49
Folder 2: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
Original, carbon; pp. 50-100
Folder 3: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
Original, carbon; pp. 101-173, with “Note on the French Milice”
Folder 4: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
pp. 1-48, original TS
Folder 5: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
pp. 50-99, original TS
Folder 6: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
pp. 100-149
Folder 7: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
pp. 150-199
Folder 8: A Frenchman Must DieAdd to your cart.
pp. 200-218
Folder 9: Generation Without FarewellAdd to your cart.
Notes and correspondence
Folder 10: Generation Without FarewellAdd to your cart.
Preliminary outline
Folder 11: Generation Without FarewellAdd to your cart.
TS, pp. 1-49
Box 56Add to your cart.
Folder 1: pp. 50-99, TSAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: pp. 100-149Add to your cart.
Folder 3: pp. 150-199Add to your cart.
Folder 4: pp. 200-249Add to your cart.
Folder 5: pp. 250-288Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Corrected CTS,  pp. 1-49Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Corrected CTS,  pp. 40-99Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Corrected CTS,  pp. 100-149Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Corrected CTS,  pp. 150-199Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Corrected CTS,  pp. 200-249Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Corrected CTS,  pp. 250-288Add to your cart.
Box 57Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Generation Without FarewellAdd to your cart.
Corrected galley proofs
Folder 2: Generation Without FarewellAdd to your cart.
Final galley proofs
Folder 3: Generation Without FarewellAdd to your cart.
Reviews
Folder 4: Gentlemen, I Address You PrivatelyAdd to your cart.
Gentlemen, I Address You Privately, reviews, May-June 1949
Folder 5: His Human MajestyAdd to your cart.
His Human Majesty, fragment, reviews
Folder 6: Re:, 1939, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Pinky in PersiaAdd to your cart.
Pinky in Persia, 8 pp.
Folder 8: Pinky The Cat Who Liked to SleepAdd to your cart.
Pinky The Cat Who Liked to Sleep, 11 pp.
Box 58Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Seagull on the StepsAdd to your cart.
pp. 1-30
Folder 11: The Seagull on the StepsAdd to your cart.
pp. 31-61
Folder 12: The Seagull on the StepsAdd to your cart.
pp. 62-101
Folder 13: The Seagull on the StepsAdd to your cart.
pp. 102-129
Folder 14: The Seagull on the StepsAdd to your cart.
pp. 130-169a
Folder 15: The Seagull on the StepsAdd to your cart.
pp. 170-204
Folder 16: The Seagull on the StepsAdd to your cart.
Reviews, 1955
Box 59Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Source materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Source materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Source material, drug addiction ISDAAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Notes for novelAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes for novelAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for chapterAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: First complete draft of chapters 1 and 2Add to your cart.
Folder 8: First complete draft of chapters 3, 4. and 5Add to your cart.
Folder 9: First complete draft of chapters 6 and 7Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous TS fragments, revisions and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous TS fragments, revisions and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Miscellaneous TS fragments, revisions and notesAdd to your cart.
Box 60Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous TS and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Miscellaneous TS and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous TS and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous TS and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous TS and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous TS and fragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Odd final pagesAdd to your cart.
Box 61Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Odd final pagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Odd final pages and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Odd final pages and notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Typescript, pp. 1-46Add to your cart.
Folder 5: pp. 47-83Add to your cart.
Folder 6: pp. 84-127Add to your cart.
Folder 7: pp. 128-158Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Corrected typescript, pp. 1-46Add to your cart.
Folder 9: pp. 47-99Add to your cart.
Folder 10: pp. 100-158Add to your cart.
Box 62Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ch. 1-4Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Ch. 5-9Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Ch. 10-14Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Corrected typescript, Ch. 15-17Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ch. 18-19Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Original draft, Ch. 1-7Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ch. 8-12Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ch. 13-17Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Ch. 18-21Add to your cart.
Box 63Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Final typescriptAdd to your cart.
Final typescript, pp. 1-51
Folder 2: Final typescriptAdd to your cart.
pp. 52-103
Folder 3: Final typescriptAdd to your cart.
pp. 104-147
Folder 4: Final typescriptAdd to your cart.
pp. 148-198
Folder 5: Final typescriptAdd to your cart.
pp. 199-242
Folder 6: Final typescriptAdd to your cart.
pp. 243-284
Folder 7: Final typescriptAdd to your cart.
Notes, revisions, inserts for final typescript
Folder 8: Synopsis of last three chaptersAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: ExcerptAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Reader's galleysAdd to your cart.
Box 64Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Underground WomanAdd to your cart.
Foundry proofs
Folder 2: The Underground WomanAdd to your cart.
Reviews
Folder 3: The Youngest CamelAdd to your cart.
Original drawings and title page, 1939
Folder 4: The Youngest CamelAdd to your cart.
Correspondence re: research for, and outline for sequel
Folder 5: The Youngest CamelAdd to your cart.
Ch. 1-3 original typescript of 1959 revision, 1-27 pp.
Folder 6: The Youngest CamelAdd to your cart.
Ch. 4-6, original typescript, 1959, 1-56 pp.
Folder 7: The Youngest CamelAdd to your cart.
1959 (revised), 1-56 pp.
Folder 8: The Youngest CamelAdd to your cart.
1959 corrected typescript, 1-57 pp.
Folder 9: The Youngest CamelAdd to your cart.
1959 unbound published edition, 1-94 pp.

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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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