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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Correspondence/Miscellaneous Items

OV 10.2

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Kay Boyle:

An Inventory of Her Papers 1910-1992 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Boyle, Kay
Title: Kay Boyle Papers,
Dates: 1910-1992 and undated
Abstract: A noted author, Kay Boyle wrote for the New Yorker and won the O. Henry prize for best short story of the year in 1934.
Collection # R 2.1
Quantity: 4 boxes and 6 oversized items (4.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Kay Boyle was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1902, and grew up in Cincinnati and Europe. She attended Columbia University and lived in Europe in the 1920's and 1930's as part of the "lost generation" of American ex-patriate writers. She was a noted author of more than four dozen books including novels, poetry, short stories and essays. Her short stories and novels usually deal with contemporary issues, often concerning characters caught up in powerful political or social forces, such as the rise of Nazism in Europe. Boyle's poetry and short stories appeared in such magazines as Harper's and the New Yorker.

She won the O. Henry prize for best short story of the year, in 1934 for The White Horses of Vienna and in 1941 for Defeat. From 1963 until 1979 she taught literature and creative writing at San Francisco University. Boyle had a great commitment to social justice and was active in political affairs for most of her life. She helped raise funds for the families of conscientious objectors during World War I and protested U. S. involvement in Vietnam. She was also instrumental in starting an Amnesty International chapter in San Francisco, and her annual birthday party was a fund raiser for that organization. Even in extreme old age she continued to write letters supporting social causes or political candidates.

Her marriages to Richard Brault and Laurence Vail both ended in divorce. Her third husband was Baron Joseph von Franckenstein, an Austrian diplomat, whom she married in 1943. He worked for the U.S. Department of State but was deprived of his job during the McCarthy era. Ms. Boyle also lost her position as European correspondent for the New Yorker during that time after being falsely accused of Fascist sympathies. She spent years of poverty and hardship trying to clear her husband's name. He died in 1963. Ms. Boyle had five children by Laurence Vail and Baron von Franckenstein. In her old age, her son Ian Franckenstein cared for her. She died in 1992 at the age of 90.

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Scope and Contents

The papers from Kay Boyle's collection consist of personal and business correspondence, speeches, short stories, poetry, working notes, leaflets, fund raising letters, pamphlets, essays, interviews, magazine and newspaper articles, catalog pages, literary journals, magazines, address and date books, calendars, official documents, contracts, notebooks, awards and certificates, photographs, posters, a commonplace book, and manuscript versions of stories and poems, some of which have not been published. The collection includes letters from Alan Gunn and Steve Deutch, Annick Smith's father.

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Organization

The collection was purchased in installments over a period of years. The two largest collections came from Boyle's estate, and are arranged according to her system, rather than alphabetically. There is also an Irish linen handkerchief found with a letter from an Irish correspondent.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Boyle, Kay, 1902-
Boyle, Kay, 1902--Archives.
Boyle, Kay, 1902--Correspondence.
Boyle, Kay, 1902--Manuscripts.
Boyle, Kay, 1902--Literary collections.
Subjects
Authors, American--20th century.
Women authors, American--20th century.
Women political activists--United States.

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kay Boyle Papers, 1910-1992 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Purchases, 1988-1998

Processed by

Cecilia George, 1999

Reprocessed (or consolidated) from 6 boxes to 4, date not known, processor not known.

TARO updated in 2019 by Dr. Diane Warner and Kristin Loyd.

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Additional Sources

Mellen, Joan. Kay Boyle: Author of Herself. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1994.

Spanier, Sandra Whipple. Kay Boyle: Artist and Activist. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1986.

Critical Essays on Kay Boyle. Edited by Marilyn Elkins. New York: G.K. Hall & Co., 1997.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence/Miscellaneous Items

box folder
1 1 Bricktop, correspondence, photograph, 1968-1980
2 Passports, 1949-1986
3 Bower letter, poem for Viad Tabrizi, 1944-1975
4 Boyle to Karl Weiss, 1983
5 Neugeboren, 1979
6 Lawrence, McBride, Mary Margaret, 1942-1965
7 Morrison, Toni, undated
8 Original corrected typescript of an untitled Reminiscence of Henry Miller, 1980
9 Letter from KB to Hartman (Simon & Schuster), 2 promotional letters re: Primer for Combat, 1941-1942
10 Letters to Albert Sperisen, 2 fliers, 1973-1979 and undated
11 Commonplace book, undated
12 Letter, Independents for the Socialist Workers Candidates in 1970, 1970
13 Blues, a Magazine of New Rhythms, 1930
14 A poem for Muriel, Boyle to Grumbach, 1977-1982
15 Ashberry, John, 1981
16 Atwood, Margaret, 1981
17 Oates, Joyce Carol, 1975
18 Francs-Tereurs and Guerillas of France by Fernand Grenier, [ca. 1943]
19 Notes for A History of the German People, undated
20 The Crosbys: An Afterword undated
21 Muriel's poem, 1977
22 Typescript poems (11) by KB, Collected Poems by Kay Boyle, Speech against Vietnam War, 1929-1965
23 Kay Boyle to Miss Pruette, 1943
24 Ginsberg, Allen, 1974-1975
25 Wilmer, Herbert, 1976
26 Photographs, 1910-1992
27 Abbot, Berenice, 1982
28 Albee, Edward, 1982-1987
29 Baez, Joan, 1987-1988
30 Finer, Ray, 1982 and undated
31 Fleiner, Adda and Jacques, 1988 and undated
32 Ford, Hugh, 1979-1984
33 Fowlie, Wallace, 1984
34 Franckenstein, Ian, 1987 and undated
35 Garchik, Leah and Jerome, 1981-1988
36 Gutekunst, George, 1981-1989
37 Goeser, Emilie and Ben, Ted, 1975-1988
38 Gold, Herb, 1981-1984
39 Groening, Roger, 1984
40 Grumbach, Doris, 1982-1987
41 Herman, Joan, 1981-1985
42 Hersey, John, 1981
43 Hoagland, Edward, 1981
44 Inada, Lawson, 1983-1988
45 Irving, John, 1981
46 Jolas, Maria, 1982
47 Jordan, Fred, 1987
48 Kahler, Alice, 1984
49 Kempner, Robert, 1987
50 Kennan, George, 1981
51 Koch, David, 1981-1988
52 Koch, Kenneth, 1982-1983
53 Litwak, Leo, 1981-1983
54 McCarthy, Nancy, 1981-1987
55 McCord, Howard, 1987
56 McCormick, Ken, 1983-1988
57 Macleod, Norman, 1982
58 MacNiven, Ian, 1978-1988
59 Mainland, Nancy, 1988
60 Matthiesen, Peter, 1981
61 Mellen, Joan, 1987-1990
62 Miller, Arthur, 1981
63 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1971-1989
64 Murray, Natalia Danesi, 1983
65 New Directions, Peggy Fox, 1987-1990
66 Pen (Christine Friedlander), 1981-1984
67 Peyre, Henri, 1982
box folder
2 1 Quinn, Bernadette, 1980-1983
2 Raley, Duane, 1987-1988 and undated
3 Rattray, David, 1984
4 Reed, Ishmael, 1983
5 Robins, Natalie, 1987-1988
6 Simic, Charles, undated
7 Stern, James, 1982-1990
8 Strand, Mark 1990
9 Macleish, Archibald, 1981
10 Terkel, Studs, 1981-1986 and undate
11 Ushida, Yoshiko, 1982-1988
12 Notes for the Book of my Mother, by KB, 1980
13 Two Men on Two Camels, unpublished short story by KB, [1930?]
14 Mark Twain Quarterly, Spring 1947
15 Certificate of Recognition, Democratic Party Campaign Committee, 1984
16 Program from Baden-Baden conference, 1991
17 They are Another Nation, 1980
18 A Memory, undated
box folder
22 10 Frank Chin, undated
box folder
2 20 Responses to Questions about the Nuclear Threat, 1983
21 Death of Nelson Algren, 1981
22 American Dialog, Winter 1972
23 Barthelme, Donald, 1981
24 Boyle, Hilary, 1982-1984 and undated
25 Burke, Kenneth, 1982
26 Bryant, Dorothy, 1983-1988
27 Cailill, Carmen, 1984
28 Cheever, John, 1983
29 Chin, Frank, 1982-1985 and undated
30 Ciardi, John, 1981
31 Connell, Evan, 1981
32 Cosette, Amnesty International, San Francisco, 1983-1984 and undated
33 Cowley, Malcolm, 1981-1982
34 Detweiler, Jo, 1989
35 Dorris, Michael, 1987
36 Dorn, Ed, 1982
37 Einsele, Helga, 1980-1989
38 Ernst, Dallas, 1984
39 Broughan, Faysie, 1982-1989
40 McGuckin, Henry and Jacqueline, 1981-1989
41 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1979-1989
42 North Point Press, 1983-1987
43 Paley, Grace, 1989
44 Padgett, Ron, 1983-1987
45 Pollitzer, William 1982-1988
46 Renek, Morris, 1982-1989
47 Seeger, Pete, 1987
48 Sun and Moon Press, 1983-1984
49 Spanier, Sandra, 1983-1988
50 Vail, Devin, 1985-1991
51 Waldman, Giselle, 1983-1989
52 Watkins/Loomis Agency, 1987-1989
53 Wheeler, Monroe, 1987
54 Wineapple, Brenda, 1990-1991
55 Wong, Shawn, 1981-1990
56 Young, Al, 1982
57 Codrescu, Andre, 1989
58 Covington, Leonora, 1989
59 Detweiler, Joan, 1974-1980
60 Detweiler, Joan, letters from KB to JD, 1923-1973
61 Dorris, Michael, and Erdrich, Louise, 1987-1989
box folder
3 1 Grumbach, Doris, 1988-1989
2 Gunn, Alan, 1970-1986
3 McAlmon, Robert, 1988-1989
4 Mellen, Joan, April-July 1988
5 Rathke-Kohl, Sylvia, 1988-1989
6 Olsen, Tillie, 1988-1989
7 Renek, Morris, 1988-1989
8 Shirer, William, 1981-1989
9 Stern, James, 1983-1988
10 Fortune Cookie slips, undated
11 Esquire article on The Lost Generation undated
12 Photographs, 4 portraits, undated
13 Miscellaneous letters, 1925-1989
14 Address books, 4, undated
15 Date books, 1969, 1978, 1979
16 Correspondence, 1988 and undated
17 Correspondence, 1987-1989
18 Correspondence, 1960-1989
19 Correspondence, 1988-1989 and undated
20 Correspondence, 1987
21 Correspondence, undated
22 Correspondence, 1987-1989 and undated
23 Correspondence, 1988-1989
24 Correspondence, 1988
25 Correspondence, 1981-1988
26 Correspondence, 1987-1992
27 Correspondence, 1982-1988
28 Correspondence, 1988-1992
29 Correspondence, 1982-1988
30 Correspondence, 1982-1987
31 Correspondence, 1981-1989
32 Correspondence, 1982-1989
33 Correspondence, 1982-1989
34 Notes in KB's hand re: Apple Vale, undated
35 Correspondence, 1980-1988
36 Correspondence, 1982-1987
37 Correspondence, 1987
38 Correspondence, 1984-1988
39 Correspondence, 1984-1988 and undated
40 Correspondence, Congress, 1984-1988
41 Correspondence, 1984-1987
42 Correspondence, includes poem from Tess Gallagher, 1984-1988
43 Correspondence, includes publishers, 1984-1988
44 Correspondence, includes copyright letters, 1984-1987
45 Correspondence, includes Mother Jones, 1984
46 Correspondence, includes poem and newspaper clipping, 1984-1987
37 Correspondence, includes postcard, 1984
box folder
4 1 Correspondence, includes newspaper clipping, 1984-1988
2 Ritchie, Elisavietta, 1988
3 Correspondence, includes newspaper clipping, 1988 and undated
4 Correspondence, includes crossword puzzle, 1984-1988
5 Correspondence, 1984 and undated
6 Correspondence, XYZ, 1987-1988 and undated
7 Cohn, Ruby, 1987-1990 and undated
8 Cowling, Sharon, 1987-1988
9 Deutch, Steve, 1981-1989
10 Shirer, William, 1981-1992
11 Vail, Clover, 1987-1988
12 Vail, Kathe, 1987-1988
13 Vail, Sinbad, 1982
14 Vonnegut, Kurt, 1981
15 Alcatraz, undated
16 Speech by KB, 1978
17 Notes and letters in KB's hand, 1989-1991 and undated
18 Biography, resume, In Memory of Henry Miller, undated
19 Paris and New Friendships, letter from Nancy Mainlind, 1984
20 Miscellaneous notes, xeroxed articles, letters, 1969-1985
21 Notes for articles, 1969-1975 and undated
22 Page from manuscript about German writers, undated
23 Asilomar conference, 1976
24 A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg, 1983
25 Lecture on KB, on writing and teaching, undated
26 Marriage licenses, divorce decrees, Clover Vail's birth certificate, 1931-1968 and undated
27 Notes for Introduction to Georgia O'Keeffe's biography, 1987
28 Ruben Trejo art exhibit, 1987
29 Short story in progress, 1984-1985 and undated
30 Letters, calendar, posters, 1982-1985
31 Correspondence and notes, Death of a Man, 1988 and undated
32 Ohioana Book Award, Correspondence re Nelson Algre, Book Award, notebook, 1981-1989 and undated
33 Preface to Plagued by a Nightingale; She was More Compelling Abroad than the Rest of Us, 1980 and undated
34 Homebase, a novel by Shawn Wong, 1979
35 Composition book, Quotes from Shawn Wong, 1973-1979
36 Proceedings of American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; Catalog of Academy Exhibition, 1979-1981
37 Blue Ribbon crossword puzzle book, December 1991
38 Five small notebooks, 1949 and undated
39 Four desk diaries, 1965-1986

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OV 10.2

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1 Esquire magazine photo spread, undated
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2 Promotional broadside, German translation of The Smoking Mountain, undated
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3 Broadside, A Poem for February First, 1975 1975
folder
4 Portfolio of six poems by Boyle, Dickey, others undated
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5 Irish linen handkerchief, undated

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