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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 11: Miscellaneous EphemeraAdd to your cart.
This series includes photocopies of Kay's bylines, book jackets for Boyle's works, flyers, photos, and bulletins, a cassette recording of a "Morning Edition" interview by Bob Edwards on Aug. 26, 1985, and Boyle's Poetry Awared in 1970.
Box 96Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous photocopies of K. Boyle bylinesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: K. Boyle Book JacketsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: 32nd Arts Festival Brochure/Invitation, reception honoring Charles R. GarryAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Author Guild Bulletin, 1980 May-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Displays and Workshops: flyers, photos, bulletinsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Unclassified miscellaneous materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: National Public Radio "Morning Edition."Add to your cart.
Cassette Tape Recording: National Public Radio "Morning Edition." K. Boyle interviewed by Bob Edwards, Aug. 26, 1985
Folder 8: Audio of English ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Reel Tape Recording: Audio of English Conference, Nov. 1968
Folder 9: Southern Review, Summer 1938Add to your cart.
Incomplete copy of Southern Review, Summer 1938
Folder 10: Misc. correspondence envelopesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: U.S. Steel Hour, 1962Add to your cart.
Script, The Soldier Ran Away
Folder 12: Introduction of James BaldwinAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Commonwealth Club of California, Poetry Award, 1970Add 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],
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