Library Receives Gift of a Kay Boyle Collection


    The University of Delaware Library announces a significant gift of an extensive collection of the writer, Kay Boyle, as assembled by M. Clark Chambers during his many years of research for Kay Boyle: A Bibliography (Oak Knoll Press, 2002).

    The gift was received from Colin Heathcote of Australia, whose father was M. Clark Chambers.

    Kay Boyle was one of the most important members of the first wave of American expatriate writers in Paris. The University of Delaware holds a significant collection of Kay Boyle’s manuscripts and papers.  The existing collection of Boyle’s published work has been used extensively by scholars and students and the addition of this new material makes the University of Delaware Library one of the primary centers for research on Kay Boyle and the authors, artists, and others with whom she associated.

    Upon completion of cataloging of the new materials, the Library will create the M. Clark Chambers Kay Boyle Collection “Finding Aid” to accommodate all of the papers, ephemera, and periodical literature that accompanied the book collection.  The finding aid which will be searchable electronically around the world will then be on the Internet and will attract Library users to the physical M. Clark Chambers Kay Boyle Collection in the Morris Library.

    “This comprehensive collection is a welcome addition to the Library’s Kay Boyle holdings,” commented Susan Brynteson, Vice Provost and May Morris Director of Libraries. 

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