Richard S. Kennedy: E. E. Cummings Files

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DESCRIPTION

     The Kennedy/E.E. Cummings Files represents Professor Richard S. Kennedy’s extensive research for his major biography of E.E. Cummings, Dreams in the Mirror. The material also covers his follow-up biography, E.E. Cummings Revisited. The core of the collection contains Kennedy’s extensive research notes and correspondence. A significant amount of Cummings own correspondence is contained in the collection, along with various photographs and photocopies of his artwork. The collection gives a close view of Kennedy’s research methodology and process, while at the same time providing a window into Cummings’ personal and creative life. Another interesting aspect of the collection is Kennedy’s correspondence with Cumming’s daughter Nancy Thayer (the correspondence is restricted at this time). 

BIOGRAPHY

     Richard S. Kennedy (1920-2002) was Professor Emeritus of English at Temple University. As a scholar his main interest focused upon the works of E.E. Cummings, Thomas Wolfe, and Robert Browning. He wrote extensively about all three authors. One of his major literary achievements was his seminal biography on E.E. Cummings, Dreams in the Mirror, which is fully represented in this collection. Professor Kennedy was a graduate of Harvard University. He taught at Temple University until 1988, upon his retirement he received the T.U. Great Teacher Award. Professor Kennedy remained a prolific scholar and writer until his death on December 29, 2002.

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES

     The Kennedy/ E.E. Cummings files were donated to Temple University in January 2005 by Mrs. Richard S. Kennedy of Marion, PA.  The files are open for research with the exception, for her life, of correspondence with Cummings’ daughter, so restricted.

(Her passing has of 2007 opened her correspondence for researchers).

The estate has opted to retain the intellectual rights and copyrights of Dr. Kennedy. Permission to publish from Dr. Kennedy’s writings is required by family.

     Dr. Kennedy’s files of research on other authors are not located at Temple University.

     The University Archives of Temple holds close to 500 audio cassettes of Dr. Kennedy’s lectures and class sessions at the University.

     The Kennedy papers were processed in 2007 by David Gonsalves, Special Collections.

 

BOX 1
1. Research Notes: Cambridge, “My Childhood” I.
2. Research Notes: Cambridge, “My Childhood” II.
3. Research Notes: Cambridge, “My Childhood” III.
4. Research Notes: Poems from Childhood and High School Days.
5. Research Notes: Early Schools.
6. Research Notes: Harvard Material I.
7. Research Notes: Harvard Material II.

BOX 2
1. Research Notes: Poems Written for Class at Harvard I.
2. Research Notes: Poems Written for Class at Harvard II.
3. Research Notes: Poems Published at Harvard.
4. Research Notes: Poems for Briggs Class – English 16 (Harvard).
5. Research Notes: Verse Translations from Harvard.
6. Research Notes: Poems after Harvard 1916-17.
7. Research Notes: War – France (Also Enormous Room).

BOX 3
1. Research Notes: Camp Devens (July 24, 1918-January 17, 1919).
2. Research Notes: Slater Brown Interview (by George Wickes).
3. Research Notes: New York (after Camp Devens)
4. Research Notes: Poems and Experiments with Style.
5. Research Notes: MS Tulips and Chimneys (1920).
6. Research Notes: Tulips and Chimneys Material.
7. Research Notes: Reviews of Tulips and Chimneys.
8. Research Notes: Edward Cummings Notes etc.
9. Research Notes: Edward Cummings: The Father of the Poet (essay by R.S. Kennedy).

BOX 4
1. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Ancestry I.
2. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’Ancestry II.
3. Research Notes: Interviews, Obituaries, and News Stories.
4. Research Notes: Early 1920’s – Paris etc.
5. Research Notes: Elaine Orr.
6. Research Notes: Elaine Orr and the Break-Up.
7. Research Notes: Anne Barton.

BOX 5
1. Research Notes: Him and Other Dramatic Experiments.
2. Research Notes: Sketchbooks, Notebooks, and Scrapbooks.
3. Research Notes: Mario.

BOX 6
1. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes I.
2. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes II.
3. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes III.
4. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes IV.
5. Research Notes: Notes from “Non-Lecture”.
6. Research Notes: Russian Diary.

BOX 7
1. Research Notes: 1x1.
2. Research Notes: Later Poems.
3. Research Notes: Later Materials.
4. Research Notes: Unfinished Poems.
5. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings Society and Spring.
6. Research Notes: Notes on printed poems in 1892.5.
7. Research Notes: Miscellaneous Notes.
8. Research Notes: Miscellaneous Material.

BOX 8
1. Research Notes: 1917 Notebook- Paris and La Forté Macé I.
2. Research Notes: 1917 Notebook- Paris and La Forté Macé II.
3. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Autobiography.
4. Research Notes: Massachusetts Historical Society.
5. Research Notes: Rochester Material.
6. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Yale Papers and Dial Papers.
7. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings at the University of Texas.
8. Research Notes: E.E. Cummings at the University of Virginia.

BOX 9
1. Research Notes: Etcetera and Miscellaneous Extra Papers.
2. Research Notes: Materials for Etcetera.
3. Research Notes: Books in Cummings’ Library.
4. Research Notes: Honors.
5. Research Notes: Legal, Financial, and Medical Records.
6. Research Notes: Material for Appendix of The Years of Innocence.
7. Research Notes: Poems for George J. Firmage (Kennedy’s Literary Agent).
8. Research Notes: Notes on Letters Received.

BOX 10
Note: Boxes 10 and 11 contain Kennedy’s personal correspondence regarding his research on Cummings (folders may also contain related documents and notes).

Notable or prominent correspondence included throughout boxes 10 and 11 includes: Marion Morehouse, Elizabeth Qualey, George Firmage, Irving Fox, Mrs. Dos Passos, Isabelle Aufandany and Slater Brown (separate folder-Box 11). Nancy Thayer’s correspondence is located in Box 25 and is currently restricted.

1. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1960’s.
2. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1970 – Various letters to Harvard Class of 1915 still in original opened envelopes with an explanatory note - probably from Kennedy’s wife (not signed).
3. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1970 - Letters from Harvard Class of 1915.
4. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1970 - Worthwhile Letters from Harvard Class of 1915.
5. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1970-71.
6. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1972.
7. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1973.
8. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1974.
9. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1975.
10. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1976.

BOX 11
Note: Boxes 10 and 11 contain Kennedy’s personal correspondence regarding his research on Cummings (folders may also contain related documents and notes).

Notable or prominent correspondence included throughout boxes 10 and 11 includes: Marion Morehouse, Elizabeth Qualey, George Firmage, Irving Fox, Mrs. Dos Passos, Isabelle Aufandany and Slater Brown (separate folder-Box 11). Nancy Thayer’s correspondence is located in Box 25 and is currently restricted.

1. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1977.
2. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1978.
3. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1979.
4. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1980.
5. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1981.
6. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1984.
7. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1990.
8. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1992.
9. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1993.
10. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1994.
11. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1995.
12. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1996.
13. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1997.
14. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1998.
15. Correspondence – Kennedy: 1999.
16. Correspondence – Kennedy: 2000.
17. Correspondence – Kennedy: 2001.
18. Correspondence – Kennedy: Slater Brown Letters.

BOX 12
Note: Boxes 12-15 contain photocopies and handwritten copies of Cummings’ personal correspondence which Kennedy used for his research. (Some folders also contain Kennedy’s notes on the letters.)

1. Correspondence – Cummings: 1899-1903 Letters as a child.
2. Correspondence – Cummings: 1908-1909 Letters to Spencer Love.
3. Correspondence – Cummings: 1917-1920’s Letters to and from Father.
4. Correspondence – Cummings: 1920’s Letters to and from Mother.
5. Correspondence – Cummings: 1917-1920’s Letters to Family I.
6. Correspondence – Cummings: 1917-1920’s Letters to Family II.

BOX 13
Note: Boxes 12-15 contain photocopies and handwritten copies of Cummings’ personal correspondence which Kennedy used for his research. (Some folders also contain Kennedy’s notes on the letters.)

1. Correspondence – Cummings: 1922 Dos Passos Letters.
2. Correspondence – Cummings: 1931-35 Letters to Jacobs.
3. Correspondence – Cummings: 1932-35 Werner Letters.
4. Correspondence – Cummings: 1938-39 Letters to J.P. Bishop.
5. Correspondence – Cummings: 1935-36/1950-57 Letters to and from Sister.
6. Correspondence – Cummings: 1933-1961 Elizabeth.
7. Correspondence – Cummings: 1939-1960 Letters to Paul Nordoff.
8. Correspondence – Cummings: 1925-1962 Letters to Watsons I.
9. Correspondence – Cummings: 1936-1962 Letters to Watsons II.
10. Correspondence – Cummings: 1954-1958 Brace Harcourt Letters.
11. Correspondence – Cummings: 1950’s- 1960’s Letters to Howard Nelson. 

BOX 14
Note: Boxes 12-15 contain photocopies and handwritten copies of Cummings’ personal correspondence which Kennedy used for his research. (Some folders also contain Kennedy’s notes on the letters.)

1. Correspondence – Cummings: 1914-1924 Miscellaneous.
2. Correspondence – Cummings: 1925-1932 Miscellaneous.
3. Correspondence – Cummings: 1940’s Miscellaneous.
4. Correspondence – Cummings: 1950’s Miscellaneous.
5. Correspondence – Cummings: 1950’s-60’s Miscellaneous.
6. Correspondence – Cummings: 1918-1961 I Miscellaneous.
7. Correspondence – Cummings: 1918-1961 II Miscellaneous.
8. Correspondence – Cummings: 1918-1961 III Miscellaneous.

BOX 15
Note: Boxes 12-15 contain photocopies and handwritten copies of Cummings’ personal correspondence which Kennedy used for his research. (Some folders also contain Kennedy’s notes on the letters.)

1. Correspondence – Cummings: 1925-61 Miscellaneous.
2. Correspondence – Cummings: 1930’s-50’s Miscellaneous.

BOX 16
1. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Dave Forrest’s Articles.
2. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: E.E. Cummings the Painter by Rushworth M. Kidder.
3. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: A First Look at the Dreams of E.E. Cummings… by David V. Forrest.
4. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: When I Was A Little Girl by Elizabeth Cummings.
5. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Facts and Fancy in Enormous Room by J.P. Hallais. Note: No folder-bound hard cover.

BOX 17
1. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Lecture for ALA. Baltimore, May 1993.
2. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Various Lectures and Talks I.
3. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Various Lectures and Talks II.
4. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Cummings Material 1997-Miscellaneous.
5. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Articles-Miscellaneous.
6. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Essays-Miscellaneous.

BOX 18
1-13. Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Published Essays by Kennedy. Note: No folders-13 separate publications.

BOX 19
1. Miscellaneous Materials: Fred’s Notes.
2. Miscellaneous Materials: Materials for Chap. 1& last Chap. (Dreams in the Mirror?).
3. Miscellaneous Materials: Historical Notes – Newspapers (N.Y. SUN 1915-16).
4. Miscellaneous Materials: Current working outlines and chronological schemes.
5. Miscellaneous Materials: Working Notes
6. Miscellaneous Materials: Miscellaneous Information and Addresses.
7. Miscellaneous Materials: Cummings Society, National Biography, etc. - (includes correspondence).

BOX 20
1. Miscellaneous Materials: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
2. Miscellaneous Materials: French Translation of Dreams in the Mirror.
3. Miscellaneous Materials: George Firmage’s gathering of all the worthless E.E.C.-fragments and rejected poems (Kennedy’s description).
4. Miscellaneous Materials: Santa Claus and Tom (photocopies).
5. Miscellaneous Materials: Research Application, Various Notes.

BOX 21
1. Miscellaneous Materials: Newsreel Notebooks.
2. Miscellaneous Materials: Cummings’ Fort Devens Notebook (photocopy).
3. Miscellaneous Materials: Cummings’ Sketchbook (photocopy).
4. Miscellaneous Materials: Musical Notation for Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town.
5. Miscellaneous Materials: Various Photocopies etc.

BOX 22
 Miscellaneous Materials: (No Folders) 1 small document box containing notes on index cards and scrap paper. 3 cassette tapes containing recordings of various Cummings related events. 1 envelope containing 5 floppy disks of E.E. Cummings Revisited. Harvard Magazine Nov.-Dec. 1988. The New York Times Magazine June 25, 1978. Memorials in the First Church in Boston (pamphlet-no date).

BOX 23
Note: Box 23 contains photocopies and photographs of E.E. Cummings’ artwork; it also contains photos of E.E.C. and his close relations. Some of the folders contain Kennedy’s notes on the artwork.

1. Artwork and Photos: E.E.C. Exhibition Catalogs.
2. Artwork and Photos: Illustrations for Dreams and Mirrors.
3. Artwork and Photos: First Choice Art/Photos for Dreams in the Mirror.
4. Artwork and Photos: Second Choice Art/Photos for Dreams in the Mirror.
5. Artwork and Photos: More Dreams in the Mirror Photos.
6. Artwork and Photos: Photos for E.E. Cummings Revisited.
7. Artwork and Photos: Notes about Photos and Drawings.
8. Artwork and Photos: Miscellaneous Art/Photos etc.

BOX 24
1-8. Interview Notebooks – 8 separate ringed notebooks, which Kennedy used for his interview notes.

BOX 25 (Contains Restricted Material)
1. Nancy Thayer: Correspondence with Kennedy. *RESTRICTED MATERIAL*
2. Nancy Thayer: Correspondence with E.E. Cummings. Note: Photocopies and handwritten copies of original letters, and Kennedy’s notes.
3. Nancy Thayer: Kennedy’s notes on Nancy and Elaine Thayer. Note: Contains photocopies of correspondence between E.E.C. and Elaine Thayer.