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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Family History, Biographical, and Financial Material


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


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

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],

Series 12: Photographs, ca.1900-1985Add to your cart.
Photographs depicting events throughout Kay Boyle's lifetime, including images of her husband Baron Joseph von Franckenstein, children, grandchildren and other family, activism and other activities, and friends and other literary figures such as Sylvia Beach, Ernest Hemingway, Emanuel Carnevalie, Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost, Lillian Hellman, Nancy Cunard, Caresse and Harry Crosby, William Carlos Williams, T. S. Eliot, Alice B. Toklas, E.E Cummings, Bob Brown, and others. The series is arranged broadly by subject matter and generally chronological within each division. Subdivisions within the series include: Kay Boyle by herself, her family, and other families and acquaintances, husband Baron Joseph von Franckenstein, Boyle's children including photos of grandchildren, Boyle's travels  and activities during WWII, a Spanish family Kay profiled in regard to their poor conditions, Boyle's travels to Cambodia during the Vietnam War, miscellaneous activism including an anti-war protest and posters created by Kay against KKK killings in Mississippi, art, postcards, and photos used and considered for use in Boyle's book "Being Geniuses Together", including an image by photographer Man Ray.
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Folder 1: Kay Boyle, 1904-1980Add to your cart.

1 B&W 3x2.5,  1904. 2 years old sitting on a log with a flower in her hand.

2 B&W 3x2.5,  circa 1904. 2 years old sitting on a stool.

3 B&W 3x4.5,  circa 1905, 3 years old sitting by tree, wearing a hat, with a doll.

4 B&W 4.5x6, Profile portrait Nice, France May 1931.

5 B&W 4.5x6, Protrait Nice, France May 1931.

6 B&W 3.25x5.25, Hiking, mountains and lake in background 1932.

7 B&W 4.5x5.5, Portrait by Louis Dahl-Wolfe, New York City, 1943.

8 B&W 4.5x6, Portrait done while in Marburg, Germany 1948.

9 B&W article 7.5x10, "Kay Boyle Returns" photo shows Boyle sitting on a chair wearing a two-piece gray wool pin-striped suit. Circa 1948, upon Boyle's return to America after twenty years of living in Europe. Photo by George Platt Lynes.

10 B&W 4.5x5.5, Profile portrait by Louis Dahl-Wolfe, circa 1954-1955.

11 B&W 7.5x9.5, Portrait by Louis Dahl-Wolfe, circa 1954-1955 (date says 1943 on cardboard photo is pasted to, but the date does not go with other photos found.)

12 B&W7.5x9.5, Profile portrait by Louis Dahl-Wolfe, circa 1955.

13 B&W 6x7, Rowayton, Connecticut portrait, circa early 1960s. (The portrait has written on the back the dates 1954-1955, which do not go along with the timeline of when she lived in Rowayton, Connecticut.)

14 B&W 3.5x2.5, standing by bridge, circa 1950s-1960s.

15 B&W 8x10, Portrait by Pach Bros. 1958.

16 B&W 6.5x9.5, Portrait by Alfred A. Knopf, circa 1960.

17 B&W 8x9.5, Standing at the MacDowell Colony. Photo by Bernice B. Perry 1961.

18 B&W 6.5x8.5, Sitting with cat "Pinky", circa 1963.

19 B&W 7.75x9.5, At desk, photo by Duke Downey 1966.

20-21 B&W 8x10, Sitting with people standing near her, circa late 1960s-early 1970s.

22 B&W 8x10, A larger view of Boyle sitting with people standing near her, circa late 1960s-early 1970s.

23 Color 8x10, In front of her San Francisco home, 1969,

24 Color 4.5x4.5, Arneson Theatre, San Antonio River at La Villita. In San Antonio, Texas on occasion of her address to the college English teachers of Texas. March 13, 1971.

25 B&W 4.5x6.5, With her book, Fifty Stories, 1980.

26-29 B&W 5x3, Carbo prints head shots, circa mid-late 1950s.

30-31 Color 2.5x3.5, Bob Smith photos of Kay Boyle seated in a car, 1967.

32 B&W 3.25x3, Effigy of acting president of San Francisco State University, S.I. Hayakawa, made for a benefit fair for striking professors, including Kay Boyle. Missiles could be thrown at him, 3 for $.25. 1967.

33 B&W, In jeep outside her San Francisco home, August 1969.

Folder 2: Kay Boyle with Family and Friends, early 1900s-1980sAdd to your cart.

34 B&W 3x3.5, Kay Boyle's Father and sister, 1900.

35 B&W 3x3.5, Kay Boyle's Mother and sister?, 1900?.

36 B&W 3.5x5.5, Kay and sister with two men in Cincinnati 1917.

37 B&W 8x10, copy of passport with picture of Richard Brault and Kay Boyle, May 21, 1923.

38 B&W, Kay with baby

39 B&W, Kay and man with baby.

40 B&W 4.5x3.25, Apple 5, Sindbad 12, Bobby 6 or 8, March 1935.

41 B&W, Kay with two girls.

42 B&W, Kay with two girls seated on stairs.

43 B&W, Kay Boyle's mother, Beuil France 1931.

44 B&W, Kay Boyle's mother with Sharon and Kathe, Megeve 1936-1937.

45 B&W, Caresse Crosby with Kay's daughter Sharon "Bobby" and an unknown child.

46 B&W 2.5x3.5, Kay Boyle's mother with Kathe, Bobby, Apple, and Laurence on a car in Megeve, 1937.

47 B&W, Apple on car, Megeve, 1937.

48 B&W 2.5x3.5, Apple and Diane (dog), Megeve, 1937.

49 B&W, Bobby and Diane.

50 B&W, Apple (on the right) with unidentified girl, Megeve.

51 B&W, Sharon and Kay, Megeve 1938.

52 B&W, Giorgio Joyce, Helen Joyce, Stevie Joyce, and Kay. Megeve, France 1938.

53 B&W, Kathe, Nurse, and Clover. Megeve, 1939.

54 B&W, Kay and Clover, 1940.

55 B&W 2.5x4, Clover

56-57 B&W 8x10, Joseph Franckenstein, Cassis/Mer, and Kay taken by TIME, 1941.

58 B&W 9.25x10, "Kay Boyle is more than a talented writer . . . she is a talented mother. She feeds her five cihldren in the kitchen, just as she did in France and in Austria and even in a New York apartment hotel. Here, with Bobby, Apple, Joan, Kathe, and Clover around her, she gives Faith Carson a helping hand. One the table are stout mugs of milk, a big white milk pitcher, a basket of bread, and table silver laid all in a row to wait until called for. Miss Boyle, the distinguished author of more than a dozen books, has a suspense thriller, Avalanche, coming out in January. Her husband is Baron Joseph von Franckenstein." Harper's Bazaar, November 1943.

59 B&W 3x2, Kay, Sharon or Faith, and Ian. Le Vesinet, 1946-1947.

60 B&W 3x2, Kay, Kathe, two unidentified individuals, and monkeys. Frankfurt 1947-1948, Kathe on floor.

61 B&W 5.5x3.5, Ian and Helga Eisele (Director of the Women's Prison in Frankfurt, Germany) 1948.

62 B&W, 8 unidentified children.

63 B&W, Kay with Faith and Ian?

64-69 B&W 5x3.5, Photos of the house where Kay was born. Residence of Mr. & Mrs. Howard P. Boyle, Saint Paul, Minnesota, October, 1955.

70 B&W 8x10, Kay with Robert Frost, 1955.

71 Color 5x3, Kay, Faith, and Jospeh M. Franckenstein. Westport, Connecticut, 1957.

72 B&W 5x3, Apple sitting on a step feeding a bird, 1958.

73 B&W 5x3, Apple standing in a doorway of a room, 1958.

74 B&W 5x3, Apple walking toward a house, 1958.

75 B&W 3.5x5, Apple's artistic workroom, 1958.

76 B&W 8x10, Teaching at Breadloaf Writers' Conference, seated with an unidentified man. Middlebury College, 1959.

77 B&W 8x10, Clover, Bob Brown, and Joseph Franckenstein. Rowayton, Connecticut, early 1960s.

78 B&W 5.75x8, Clover and Bob Brown. Rowayton, Connecticut, early 1960s.

79 B&W 8x10, Bob Brown with his grand-daughter. Rowayton, Connecticut, early 1960s.

80 B&W 8x10, Kay, Bob Brown, and Bob's grand-daughter. Rowayton, Connectict, early 1960s (the photo has a question marked date of 1956, but Kay Boyle was known not to have lived in Connecticut until the early 1960s until 1963.

81 B&W 3x4, Clover, Kay, and Robert Frost, early 1960s (1961?).

82 B&W, Sharon "Bobby" Vail, August 1965.

83 Color, From Sharon "Bobby" Vail. Paris. June 196_. Photo of a castle.

84 cut out B&W, Sharon's children Ovette and Guillaume.

85 B&W 8x10, Sharon's children Ovette, Guillaume, and Constance.

86 Color, Clotilde, daughter or "Mousie" Faith, May 1965.

87 Color, Geordie, Child of Faith Gude (Mousie Franckenstein), mid-late 1960s, circa 1969.

88-89 Color, Faith, Georgie, and husband Gude, circa 1969.

90 B&W, Clover's son, Devin Rosenblum, 2 months old, 1967.

91 B&W, Clover? and son Devin, 1967-1968.

92 B&W Clover? with unidentified man and son Devin, 1967-1968.

93 B&W Clover's son Devin with unidentified woman, 1967-1968.

94 B&W, Clover's son Devin, 1967-1968.

95-96 B&W, Clover's son Devin with unidentified girl (sister?), 1967-1968.

97 B&W, Clover's son Devin with unidentified man, six weeks old, 1967.

98-99 B&W, Clover's son Devin, 1967-1968.

100 B&W, Clover's son Devin, September 1967.

101 B&W, Clover's son Devin, 2 months old, 1967.

102 Color, Ian and Kay 1967.

103 B&W, Kay with William Shirer, from the correspondence with Antoinette Wilson, 1966.

104 Color, Kay at the University of Massachusetts with two unidentified men, May 1967.

105 Color, Kay with J. Gordon Ecker at College Teachers of Texas, 1971.

106 Color, Kay with J. Gordon Ecker and Alan Gunn at College Teachers of Texas, 1971.

107 Color, Kay with Alan Gunn and others at College Teachers of Texas (one of the women is Mrs. J. Gordon Ecker), 1971.

108 B&W 8x10, Kay with Antonio Sotomayor (a painter) at the San Francisco Art Commission Honor Award Show, September 27 - October 28, 1978. Photo by Philip Chan.

109 B&W 8x10, Kay with Antonio Sotomayor and an unidentified man at the San Francisco Art Commission Honor Award Show, September 27-October 28, 1978. Photo by Philip Chan.

110 B&W 8x10, Kay with Antonio Sotomayor and unidentified individuals at the San Francisco Art Commission Honor Award Show, September 27-October 28, 1978. Photo by Philip Chan.

111 B&W 8x10, Kay with unidentified man. Man is holding the San Francisco Examiner with article "[Legend] who refuses to rest on her laurels" shown, with a picture of Boyle on the newspaper. Photo by Philip Chan.

112 Color, Lillian Hellman and Kay with the Professor at Rutgers, 1979.

113 Color,  Kay with Nancy Mainland and William Shirer in Lenox, Massachusetts, May 1980.

114 William L. Shirer and Kay in Lenox, Massachusetts, May 1980.

Folder 3: People, 1903-1978Add to your cart.

115 B&W, Ernest Walsh, taken from Americans Abroad.

116 B&W 3.5x5, Emanuel Carnevali (aged 5.5), Leonardo Melanie and Federigo Piano with unknown woman. This photograph was sent as a postcard to the Carnevali family, dated June 27, 1903.

117 B&W 3.5x5, Emanuel Carnevali. Probably taken before he left America for Italy in 1922.

118 B&W 3.5x5, Emanual Carnevali. Never kept his hands in his pockets but is doing so to still the trembling brought on by the disease encephalitis lethargica. Probably taken in Italy before he went to the Policlinico in Rome. circa 1934-1935.

119 B&W 2.25x3.5, Richard Brault, St. Malo, France, 1923.

120-121 B&W, Meme Grandeur, Rene Level, The Avries, Salerie owner, at the Mill.

122 B&W, Harry and Caresse Crosby Etretat, 1925.

123 B&W, Harry and Caresse Crosby at the Mill.

124 B&W, McAlmon.

125 B&W, profile photo of McAlmon.

126 B&W, John Glassco, Nice, 1928.

127 B&W 4.5x6.5, Ben Kaghan, 14 months. ca. 1953.

128-130 B&W, Sindbad, passport photos.

131 B&W 5.25x3.5, Joseph Franckstein's nephews.

132 B&W 2.5x3.5, Ira Morris, 1967.

133 B&W 4.5x5, Jack Henry, circa 1967.

134 B&W 2.25x3.5, Maulin and Al Hoosman.

135 B&W 6x9, Greg Heins "AFT AFL-CIO on strike Local 1352 Education not regimentation" San Francisco State University.

136 B&W, Herb? Enclosed in Jan. 8, 1970 correspondence A. Willson, 1968.

137 B&W 3.5x3.5, Don Duncan & wife, Washington D.C., November 1970. Photo by Kay Boyle.

138 8x10 B&W, "To K. Boyle from Hugh Ford on July 22, 1971 Curtis Moffat, photographer" Nancy Cunard?

139 8x10 B&W 8.5x11, William Carlos Williams.

140 Color, Photograph taken by Kay Boyle in 1971 of Nelson Algren seeking to prevent my taking Shane Stevens's photograph.

141 Color 3.5x4.5, Joan Baez Sr. "Marketing can be a groove." 1971-1972.

142 Color n3.5x4.5, Joan Baez Sr. 1971-1972.

143 Color 4.5x3, Kenneth Koch and daughter Katherine.

144 Color 2.25x2.25, U. Currier, February 26, 1977.

145 Color, U. Currier "I'm doing a fantasy creation for my kiddie show."

146-147 Color, Michael Gabriel Ellsberg, Son of Daniel Ellsberg, 18 months, November 1978.

Folder 4: Joseph Franckenstein, 1940-1944Add to your cart.

148 8x10 B&W, Franckenstein with skis, winter 1940-1941.

149 Negative, portrait of Franckenstein.

150-153 B&W, Portrait of Franckenstein.

154 B&W, Franckenstein in an armed services uniform, circa 1944.

155 B&W, Franckenstein with his mother.

156-157 B&W, Franckenstein with his mother and two unidentified women.

158 Sepia, Unidentified little girl in dress and hat holding flowers.

Folder 5: Kay Boyle's children & grandchildren, 1964-1985Add to your cart.

159 B&W, Sharon's children, Constance and Guillaume.

160 8x10 B&W, Sharon's chilren, Constance, Guillaume, and Ovette.

161-164 Color, Ovette in a play, unknown which actor is Ovette, letter dated February 8, 1976.

165 Color, Ovette with a horse at Francois' stable, August 1985.

166 Color, Ovette with children Emily and Julien, August 1985.

167 Color, A dog, "Jamies after a dog fight." August 1985.

168 Color, Ovette, Emily, and Francois in front of his house, September 1985.

169-170 Color, Juilien and Emily painting, Vendras, Christmas Eve 1985.

171-172 Color, Julien reading, Vendras, Christmas Eve 1985.

173-174 Color, interior of a home featuring a large picture door and books, March 2, 1977.

175 Color, Constance with a man, Dominique, March 2, 1977.

176 Color, Dominique, "Dominique's interest in life is being an ingeneer in oceanography - he is a very good sailboat captain." March, 2, 1977.

177 Color, Dominique and Constance, "He tries to keep Constance from smoking." March 2, 1977.

178 B&W, Apple Goeser at a grocery store, 1958.

179 B&W, Ted Goeser with an unidentified man loading a cargo plane, 1958.

180 B&W, Christmas card with Ted, Apple, and their children Benjamin (7 years old) and Bruno (5 years old). "I'm sorry this card is so late. In the confusion your last letter - and address got lost. It's unforgivable, I know. I've had to clean up the whole house and go through boxes and drawers and closets in my search. Lots of love, again, and do resend me your address. Apple." 1966.

181 Benjamin Goeser's home, 1985.

182-186 B&W, Kolia (21 months old), circa 1960s.

187-191 B&W Vesna (3.5 years old), circa 1960s.

192 B&W, Kathe's daugther Yannick (8.5 years old), "Lycie International Sr. Germain - en Laye. To Grannie, With lots of and big kisses, 1971.

193 B&W, a homemade birthday card with a cut-out photo of Kathe's children, Yannick, Vesna, and Myrine, pasted inside, circa early 1970s.

194 B&W, Myrine (6 years old) dressed up for a Christmas ballet show, Christmas 1972.

195 Color, Yannick Kuhn (10 years old), 1973.

196 Color, Yannick (approximately 11 years old), circa 1974.

197-198 Color, Clover at Bank of Philippines (temp job) 1964.

199 B&W, Ariel Rosenblum, Clover's daughter, removed from a letter dated August 14, 1970.

200 B&W, Clover and son Devin Rosenblum, removed from a letter dated August 14, 1970.

201-202 Color, Devin Rosenblum, removed from a letter dated August 14, 1970.

203 Color, Ariel Rosenblum, removed from a letter dated August 14, 1970.

204 B&W, Devin, Winter (October-November) 1971.

205 B&W, Ariel, Summer 1971

206 Color, Faith and son Geordie, September 1964.

207 Color, Geordie, Cambridge 1964.

208 Color, Clotilde Gude on a beach, 1968

209 Color, Geordie, Anthony, Clotilde, and Heidi taken August, 1968.

210 Color, Clotilde with a dog on the beach, enclosed in a letter from Faith to Kay dated October 12, 1968.

211 Color, Clotilde and Geordie on rocks at the beach, enclosed in a letter from Faith to Kay dated October 12, 1968.

213-215 Color, Clotilde Gude at a home, 1968-1969.

216 B&W, Clotilde, enclosed in a letter from Faith to Kay dated August 2, 1968.

217 B&W, Ian in a production of "Billy Budd," Ian on the far right. Enclosed in a letter dated February 9, 1965.

218 Color, Ian's birthday with Kay holding a birthday cake, November 1966.

219 Color, Ian's birthday, November 1966.

220 B&W, Kay with Ian and two unidentified people in San Francisco, circa mid to late 1960s.

Box 98Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Travels and Activism, World War II, 1945Add to your cart.

221-222 B&W 4.75x3.75, "Group of writers, photographers, illustrators, guests of the American Air Forces." Kay is fourth going left to right. England, January 1945.

223 B&W 4.75x3.75, "A group of fiction writers from the U.S. sit in on a briefing conference at Gen. Mark Clark's Headquarters." Kay is in the second row going left to right, the fourth person going back. Italy, February 20, 1945. Photo by Sgt. Elson.

224 B&W 4.75x3.75, Sitting in the briefing conference. Kay is in the third row going left to right, third going back. Italy, February 20, 1945. Photo by Sgt. Elson.

225 B&W 4.75x3.75, "Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark Commanding General 15th Army Group host to visiting writers at his 15th Army Group H.Q." Kay is second going left to right, next to Gen. Clark on the left and hidden mostly by Marquis Childs on the right. Italy, February 20, 1945. Photo by Sgt. Elson.

226 B&W 4.75x3.75, "Visiting writers group with Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark, Commanding General 15th Army Group." Kay 13th going left to right, in between Nancy Ross and Dorothy Cameron Disney. Italy, February 20, 1945. Photo by Lt. John S. Wever.

227 B&W 7.75x6, Kay on a WWII ship, second going right to left. February 1945.

228 B&W, Group photo on a military base. Kay is fourth going left to right. Early 1945.

229 B&W 8x10, Group photo outside a building. Kay is first going left to right. Early 1945.

230 B&W 8x10, Kay with French aviators, second going right to left. France, February 1945.

231 B&W, Kay with French aviators, second going right to left. France, February 1945.

232 B&W 8x10, "Kay and Free French aviator in France, February 1945."

233 B&W 8x10, photo of two unidentified soldiers in front of plane "Queen Bee II." France, February 1945.

234 B&W 8x10, group photo with Kay first going right to left, watching a plane flying. France, February 1945.

235 B&W 8x10, group photo  with many people at a social gathering. Kay is in the center of the photo, slightly to the lower left, wearing a dark dress with. Early 1945.

Folder 2: Travels and Activism, Spanish FamilyAdd to your cart.

Kay Boyle's description of the Spanish Family: The family of Fernando G. lives in the Quatro Caminos quarter of Madrid, one of the poorest sections of the city. It is a family essentially representative of the Spanish people, for it is bound together by a strong sense of family love, accepting as a natural component of that love daily and unstinting self-sacrifice. Like almost all Spaniards, the members of Fernando G.'s family are spirited to the point of gayety, maintaining a physical and moral courage in the face of nearly overwhelming odds. Their charm and dignity are likewise a portion of their Spanish heritage, as is the tragic fact that several of them have been victims of tuberculosis, one of the scourges of the undernourished, overcrowded people of present-day Spain. (More information is given below regarding the family but Kay's own notes with even more information is located in the folder as well.)

236 B&W 5.5x7, Fernando G., fifty-four years old, shown planning wood with son Fernando, age 14. The father is a cabinet maker, and his workshop is the main room of their tenement dwelling. It also serves the family as dining and living room. His wife, whose photograph stands on the three-tier shelf visible in the photograph, died of tuberculosis last year in the bedroom she shared with the three girls.

237 B&W 5.5x7, Maruja, age 26, shown with brother Fernando on steps of their tenement dwelling. Maruja is cook, housekeeper, laundress, as well as mother to the three younger children since the mother of the family died last year. Maruja will tell you that the father has lost much of his spirit since the death of the mother the year before. He is patient, gentle, and works eight to nine hours a day (including Sundays) in order to turn out the number of pieces required by the furniture in return for its stipend of 25 pesetas a day. The wood is supplied him by the furniture company, but he must supple nails, glue, and sand-paper himself. Glue costs 13 pesetas a kilo, so father does not permit Fernando to do any of the gluing for fear a drop might be wasted. Nails are procurable only on the black market, and the price for them fluctuates from week to week.

238 B&W 5.5x7, Maruja carrying a pail in a busy alley-way with Fernando Sr. and Fernando Jr. grouped at the doorway of their home. Carmen is washing clothes, while neighbors draw water from the community pump.

239 B&W 5.5x7, Approach to the Fernando G. tenement home. A hand-drawn garbage cart had just deposited a pile of refuse on the debris of a torn down house, and both sheep and children scavenge through this filth for food. The block of well-built apartment houses on the right borders on the slum district in which the Fernando G. family lives. It is typical of Madrid to find more or less modern, middle-class apartment dwellings within a stone's throw of a quarter of extreme misery.

240 B&W 5.5x7, A man and woman with two girls.

241 B&W 5.5x7, Two girls preparing fish.

242 B&W 3.5x5.5, A bull fight in which a horse with a rider is thrown into the air by a bull.

243 B&W 4.5x2.5, An unidentified man, Spanish loyalist. Seems the photo was developed over as there are two other men also in the photo but are not fully formed and are going through the first.

Folder 3: Travels and Activism, Cambodia, 1966Add to your cart.

244 B&W 7x4.5, "In the village of Thlock Trach a 20 year old pregnant woman was machine gunned to death on July 31 when the U.S. Air Force bombed and strafed this village." (Photo of the deceased woman.)

245 B&W 9.5x7, Group of people gathered around a child whose back is to the camera, showing burn scars.

246 B&W, "Don Duucale, Ed Steinhardt of CBS, and Floyd McKissich viewing the [remains] of the village of Thlock Trach, the day after [U.S. Air Force bombings and strafing.]"

247 B&W 7x4.5, "Inspecting bomb fragment from bombing in Cambodian jungle off Highway 13. Beyond Snuol, Kratie Province."

248 B&W 7x4.5, "U.S. bomb fin we found at Thlock Trach."

249-250 B&W 9.5x7, "Delegue Tim Dong Explaining to memberso f the mission how and where South Vietnamese and U.S. Air Forces attack the off-shore islands in the Bay of Siam." Kay is the second going left to right.

251 B&W 9.5x7, Kay, second going right to left, with others in front of Angkor in the modern province, Siem Reap.

252 B&W 9.5x7, A group of people looking, pointing, and filming to something in the distance, over a landscape, outside of the realm of this picture.

253 B&W, Three men inside the remains of a shack.

254 B&W, Unidentified men standing at a gate.

255 B&W, Group of men looking at a map, standing outside with remains of a building behind them.

256 B&W 9.5x7, Group of men walking in a line on a trail.

257 B&W, View of buildings with trucks and jeeps outside and unidentified men.

258 B&W 9.5x7, Group of unidentified men looking at and filming something outside the realm of this picture. Sign on right says "Bien Gioi Bao Mien"

259 B&W, Unidentified man outside the remains of a building.

260 B&W, "Prince Sihanouk speaking to members of the mission - Kompong Chanuang, July 29. The Prime Minister, Prince Norodom Kantol, back to camera on left. Kay Boyle, Floyd MisKissick, R. Johnson, I. Dresner, D. Duncan, M. Stone, N. Eisner. CBS newsman William Stout holding microphone."

261 B&W, Dinner with a group of poeple, Kay is on the right seated in the middle of the table.

262 B&W 9.5x7, "Talking with Prince Sihanouk in Cambodia 1966," Kay is seated in the top right corner.

263-264 B&W, "August 1966 - Prince Sihanouk, Kay Boyle, Marc Stone."

265 B&W, Boarding Russian freighters at Sihanoukruel. Floyd McKissick, Kay Boyle, Russell Johnson.

Folder 4: Travels and Activism, Misc., 1964-1970Add to your cart.

266 Color, "Kay Boyle with anti-war sit downers." Kay in the middle of the photo.

267-268 Color 3.25x3.25, "Sign made by Kay Boyle in 1964 for three young men murdered in Mississippi." The sign says, "Wherever Negro and white stand up together, there will be the spirit of these three young men. Chaney Schwerner Goodman."

269-275 Color 3.5x3.5, "The children of migtrant workers with whom Kay Boyle worked in Virginia in a migratory camp near Roanoke." Novemeber 1970.

Folder 5: Art, postcards, and misc., 1910, 1960s, 1970-1971.Add to your cart.

276 Color 5.25x3.25, postcard "Nenette et Rintintin Prote Bonheur." A lady holding the strings to two dolls. 1910

277 Color 5.25x3.25, postcard "La Marine Francaise Garde montante." Soldier marching in the streets with a dog barking behind them and a lady watching from the sidewalk. 1910

278 B&W 5.25x3.25, "Chez Marianne" postcard of the interior of a restaurant. 1910

279 Color 5.25x3.25, postcard, "Paris - La Basilique du Sacre-Coeur avec l'escalier monumental. Sacre-Coeur Basilisa with monumental staircase." 1910

280 B&W 5.25x3.25 postcard, "Bougival Hostellerie du Coq Hardy Une des vastes Terrasses du Jardin." Image of people seated at tables outside. 1910

281-282 B&W 5.25x3.25 postcard, "Denise Roy - Guests Main Street, Stockbridge, Massachusetts." Image of a house. ca. 1910.

283 B&W 8x7.5, photo of a sculpture by Arthur Deshaies.

284-286 B&W, Arthur Deshaies, July 3, 1960. From September 20, 1961 correspondence.

287-288 B&W, Arthur Deshaies painting, July 3-18, 1960 correspondence.

289 B&W, "Arthur Deshaies, painter dealt with in Kay Boyle article."

290 Color, photo of an artwork.

291 B&W, Photograph of Kenneth Hari's portrait drawing of Pablo Casals, 1969.

292 B&W, "With May 8, 1969 letter to K. Boyle from Ira Morris." Photo of an outdoor scene in 1800 with a manor and people.

293 Color 5x3.5, Photo included with a letter from Mrs. John Carter Vincent. "Kay's 'African Violet' all ablaze with color and bloom in our gardent Terrace - Cambridge." June 1969.

294 Color 5x3.5, Photo included with a letter from Mrs. John Carter Vincent. Photo of a garden and rock wall. June 1969.

295-299 B&W, photos of a puppy.

300 B&W, "From Maxwell Geismar. To Kay From Hawkins Seisman and Howard and me. Xmas 1969." Photo of a dog

301 Color 3.5x3.5, photo of three swans in water, removed from Bob Watters August 30, 1971.

302 B&W 3x4.25, "from Bettina Aptheker in Feb. 12, 1971 letter." A posting on a wall from December 6, 1970. The headline reads: "Salviamo La Vita Ad Angela Davis" Translated from Italian "Save the life for Angela Davis" a film posting apparently in Italy.

303 B&W 6.75x10.25, Drawing of Susan B. Anthony on the steps of a large building.

304 B&W, drawing of Sara Teasdale.

Folder 6: Today Show Interview, 1988Add to your cart.
305-306 Color, Kay Boyle, son Ian Franckenstein, biographer Sandra Spanier, the Today Show interview April, 1988. Photos in a letter from Key to Smith January 7, 1989.
Folder 7: "Being Geniuses Together", 1912-1932Add to your cart.

307 B&W, "George Antheil chez lui, 12 rue de l'Odeon, sous les yeux de Sylvia Beach." Translated: Georged Antheil home, 12 rue de l'Odeon, under the eyes of Slyvia Beach.

308 B&W, "Cafe Du Dome. Capital de Montparnasse Paris 1925 R.M. Shaw."

309 Sepia, an unidentified girl.

310 B&W, Kay Boyle, Pocono Mountains, 1912.

311 B&W, unidentified girl holding another unidentified child.

312 B&W, Kay Boyle Cincinnati, Ohio, 1918.

313 B&W, Howard P. Boyle - Beach Haven - 1909.

314 B&W, Jean Boyle, Kay Boyle inside a car. Cincinnati, Ohio 1919.

315 B&W, Sharon and Germaine Garrigo 1927.

316 B&W, Jesse Peyton Boyle - Pocono Mountains 1912.

317 B&W, Caresse Crosby and an unidentified man 1929.

318 B&W, Kay Boyle and Grandmother, Eva S. Evans. Germantown, PA. 1907.

319 B&W, portrait of Kay Boyle.

320 B&W, Kay Boyle hugging an unidentified Caresse Crosby, 1929.

321 B&W, Profile portrait of an unidentified man.

322 B&W, Drawing, portrait of James Joyce.

323 B&W, Florence Martin and escort at Cafe du Dome, 1927.

324 B&W, Harry and Caresse Crosby. Le Moulin, 1928.

325 B&W, Laurence Vail and one of his screens, 1929.

326 B&W postcard, Lady Duff Twsden and other outside a cafe.

327 B&W, drawing, portrait of Eugene Jolas by Andre Masson. From the collection of Maria Jolas.

328 B&W, An unidentified couple with a dog, January 25, 1927.

329 B&W, An unidentified couple.

330 B&W drawing, Posthumous portrait of the Swiss painter, Wilhelm Gimmi.

331 B&W, Wilhelm Gimmi with English portrait-painter Augustus John, Paris, 1930.

332 B&W, "From left to right: Unidentified friend, Nancy Cunard, Robert McAlmon" Probably Venice 1924.

333 B&W, Robert McAlmon, John Hasseu, Graeme Taylor. Nice, 1928.

334 B&W, Florence Martin and unidentified friend. Mont Parasse ca. 1920s.

335 B&W, Lewis Browne. Cincinnati, Ohio 1918.

336 B&W drawing, Constantin Brancusi. Abstraction of James Joyce.

337 B&W, photo of Bill Bird signed, "To Sylvia. Bill Bird."

338 B&W drawing of Emanuel Carnevali.

339 B&W, photo of Kay Boyle and Richard Brault's passport. June 5, 1923.

340 B&W, Ezra Pound at Shakespeare and Company. Photo by Slyvia Beach. ca. 1920s.

341 B&W, "From left to right: Laurence Vail, Kay Boyle, Alfred Kreymborg, Clotilde Vail, Dorothy Kreymborg." Le Dome Cafe, Paris. ca. 1929-1932.

342 B&W, Sylvia Beach at Shakespeare and Company. ca. 1920s.

343 B&W, Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Beach at Shakespeare and Company. And a letter addressed by Ernest Hemingway to Sylvia Beach as Madame Shakespeare. ca. 1920s.

344-345 B&W, Gertrude Stein.

346 B&W, "A Villefranche" Photo of a woman in a robe. ca. 1920s.

347 B&W, portrait of Kay Boyle by Man Ray.

348 B&W, Portrait of Emanuel Carnevali, author of "The Autobiography of Emanuel Carnevali" compiled and prefaced by Kay Boyle.

Folder 8: Photos compiled for but not used in "Being Genuises Together", 1920sAdd to your cart.

349B&W, Mai den Eugeldsen, Frans de Setere, Harry and Caresse Crosby in a car.

350-351 B&W, Portriat of T.S. Eliot. Photo by Man Ray.

352-353 B&W, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Photo by Man Ray.

354 B&W, photo of a note, "Step down Flo and sit down on your pot. Ernest [Hemingway?]"

355-356 B&W, portrait of H.D (Hilda Doolittle) Photo by Man Ray.

357 B&W, portrait of E.E. Cummings.

358 B&W, Sylvia Beach at Shakespeare and Company ca. 1920s.

359-360 B&W, portrait of Sylvia Beach. Photo by Bernice Abbott.

361 B&W, Eza Pound at Shakespeare and Company. Photo by Sylvia Beach. ca. 1920s.

362 B&W, Sherwood Anderson and Paul-Emile Becat in the artist's studio.

363 B&W drawing, Constantin Brancusi portrait of James Joyce.

364 B&W drawing, Constantin Brancusi Abstraction of James Joyce.

365 B&W, William Bird, Editor of Three Mountains Press.

366-367 B&W, portrait of Ernest Hemingway. Photo by Man Ray.

368 B&W, Ernest Hemingway and Slyvia Beach at Shakespeare and Company. ca late 1920s. And a letter addressed by Ernest Hemingway to Slyvia Beach as Madame Shakespeare.

369-370 B&W, portrait of George Antheil by Man Ray.

371 B&W, George Antheil returns home to 12 rue de l'Odeon, under the eyes of Slyvia Beach ca. late 1920s.

372-373 B&W, Man Ray by himself, a portrait of Man Ray.

374-375 B&W, portrait of an unidentified woman by Man Ray.

376 Copy of a note written in French, 1929.

377 B&W painting, portrait of Kiki, by Kisling.

378 B&W painting, portrair of Foujita.

379 B&W painting, La Maternite (The Maternity) of a woman holding a baby.

380 B&W drawing, Kiki by Foujita. 1929.

381 B&W, photo of a black marble bust of Robert McAlmon by Marette Mills.

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