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Richard S. Kennedy E.E. Cummings Files

Collection ID

SCRC 250

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Collection Summary

Title

Richard S. Kennedy E.E. Cummings Files

Dates
1899-2002, bulk 1964-2002

Collection ID
SCRC 250

Creator
Kennedy, Richard S.
           
Quantity
13 linear feet (26 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English

Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note

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.

Description of Collection

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

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series as follows:

Series 1: Research Notes, 1965-2000, undated
Series 2: Correspondence, 1960s-2001, undated
Series 3: Articles, Essays, and Lectures, 1965-1990, undated
Series 4: Miscellaneous Materials          1975-2000, undated
Series 5: Artwork and Photos          1979-1982, undated         
Series 6: Interview Notebooks          1964-1968, undated
Series 7: Nancy Thayer (RESTRICTED), 1972-1992, undated
Series 8: Additional Materials received August 11, 2009 Ella Kennedy via Stehle, 1992-2002, undated

Series 1 contains the extensive research Kennedy conducted on Cummings as a student and professor.

Series 2 contains Kennedy’s personal correspondence regarding his research on Cummings, as well as related documents and notes, and Kennedy’s correspondence with Cummings himself.

Series 3 contains various articles and lectures related to Kennedy’s research and his time as a professor.

Series 4 contains various miscellaneous materials related to Kennedy’s research.

Series 5 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.

Series 6 contains notebooks that Kennedy used for his interview notes.

Series 7 contains correspondence related to Cummings’ daughter, Nancy Thayer. Some of this material is restricted.

Series 8 includes other additional materials received in August of 2009 by Ella Kennedy via Stehle.

Patron Information

Research Access

Collection is open for research. 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.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information

The Richard S. Kennedy E.E. Cummings Files are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Richard S. Kennedy E.E. Cummings Files, SCRC 250, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Richard S. Kennedy in January 2005        

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in 2007 by David Gonsalves. Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in May 2017.           

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:


Personal Names:
Cummings, E.E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
Kennedy, Richard S., 1920-2002
Thayer, Nancy

Subjects:
Poets, American – 20th Century

Material Types:
Correspondence
Floppy disks
Manuscripts
Photographs

Inventory

Series 1: Research Notes, 1965-2000, undated

Series 1 contains the extensive research Kennedy conducted on Cummings as a student and professor.

1          1          Research Notes: Cambridge, “My Childhood” I          1971, undated

1          2          Research Notes: Cambridge, “My Childhood” II          Undated

1          3          Research Notes: Cambridge, “My Childhood” III          Undated

1          4          Research Notes: Poems from Childhood and High School Days          Undated

1          5          Research Notes: Early Schools          Undated

1          6          Research Notes: Early Schools          Undated

1          7          Research Notes: Harvard Material I          Undated

1          8          Research Notes: Harvard Material II          Undated

2          1          Research Notes: Poems Written for Class at Harvard I          Undated

2          2          Research Notes: Poems Written for Class at Harvard II          Undated

2          3          Research Notes: Poems Published at Harvard          Undated

2          4          Research Notes: Poems for Briggs Class – English 16 (Harvard)          1975, undated

2          5          Research Notes: Verse Translations from Harvard          Undated

2          6          Research Notes: Poems after Harvard (1916-1917)          Undated

2          7          Research Notes: War – France (Also Enormous Room)          Undated

3          1          Research Notes: Camp Devens (July 24, 1918-January 17, 1919)          Undated

3          2          Research Notes: Slater Brown Interview (by George Wickes)          Undated

3          3          Research Notes: New York (after Camp Devens)          Undated

3          4          Research Notes: Poems and Experiments with Style          Undated

3          5          Research Notes: MS Tulips and Chimneys (1920)          Undated

3          6          Research Notes: Tulips and Chimneys Material          1976, undated

3          7          Research Notes: Reviews of Tulips and Chimneys          Undated

3          8          Research Notes: Edward Cummings Notes etc.         1980, undated

3          9          Research Notes: Edward Cummings: The Father of the Poet (essay by R.S. Kennedy)          1965, undated

4          1          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Ancestry I          Undated

4          2          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Ancestry II          1974, undated

4          3          Research Notes: Interviews, Obituaries, and News Stories          Undated

4          4          Research Notes: Early 1920s – Paris etc.         Undated

4          5          Research Notes: Elaine Orr          1971, undated

4          6          Research Notes: Elaine Orr and the Break-Up          Undated

4          7          Research Notes: Anne Barton          1977, undated

5          1          Research Notes: Him and Other Dramatic Experiments          Undated

5          2          Research Notes: Sketchbooks, Notebooks, and Scrapbooks          Undated

5          3          Research Notes: Marion Morehouse          1969, undated

5          4           Research Notes: 1930s and 1940s          Undated

5          5           Research Notes: Eimi          Undated

5          6          Research Notes: Plays and Ballet          Undated

5          7          Research Notes: Painting          1978, undated

5          8          Research Notes: Poems found among Elaine Orr Thayer’s papers after her death          Undated

6          1          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes I          Undated

6          2          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes II          Undated

6          3          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes III          Undated

6          4          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Personal Notes IV          Undated

6          5          Research Notes: Notes from “Non-Lecture”          Undated

6          6          Research Notes: Russian Diary          Undated

7          1          Research Notes: 1x1          Undated

7          2          Research Notes: Later Poems          Undated

7          3          Research Notes: Later Materials          Undated

7          4          Research Notes: Unfinished Poems          Undated

7          5          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings Society and Spring          1980-1990

7          6          Research Notes: Notes on printed poems in 1892.5          Undated

7          7          Research Notes: Miscellaneous Notes          Undated

7          8          Research Notes: Miscellaneous Material          1983-1992, undated

8          1          Research Notes: 1917 Notebook – Paris and La Forté Macé I          Undated

8          2          Research Notes: 1917 Notebook – Paris and La Forté Macé II          Undated

8          3          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Autobiography          Undated

8          4          Research Notes: Massachusetts Historical Society          Undated

8          5          Research Notes: Rochester Material          1977, undated

8          6          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings’ Yale Papers and Dial Papers          1972, undated

8          7          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings at the University of Texas          1976, undated

8          8          Research Notes: E.E. Cummings at the University of Virginia          1979, undated

9          1          Research Notes: Etcetera and Miscellaneous Extra Papers          2000, undated

9          2          Research Notes: Materials for Etcetera          Undated

9          3          Research Notes: Books in Cummings’ Library          Undated

9          4          Research Notes: Honors          1963, undated

9          5          Research Notes: Legal, Financial, and Medical Records          1971, 1976, undated

9          6          Research Notes: Material for Appendix of The Years of Innocence          Undated

9          7          Research Notes: Poems for George J. Firmage (Kennedy’s Literary Agent)          1978, undated

9          8          Research Notes: Notes on Letters Received          Undated

Series 2: Correspondence, 1899-2001, undated

         Series 2 contains Kennedy’s personal correspondence regarding his research on Cummings, as well as related documents and notes, and Kennedy’s correspondence with Cummings himself.

10          1          Correspondence: Kennedy          1960’s

10          2          Correspondence: Kennedy: Various letters to Harvard Class of 1915 still in original opened envelopes with an explanatory note, probably from Kennedy’s wife (not signed)          1970

10          3          Correspondence: Kennedy: Letters from Harvard Class of 1915         1970

10          4          Correspondence: Kennedy: Worthwhile Letters from Harvard Class of 1915          1970

10          5          Correspondence: Kennedy          1970-1971

10          6          Correspondence: Kennedy          1972

10          7          Correspondence: Kennedy          1973

10          8          Correspondence: Kennedy          1974

10          9          Correspondence: Kennedy          1975

10          10          Correspondence: Kennedy          1976

10          11          Correspondence: Kennedy          Undated

11          1          Correspondence: Kennedy          1977

11          2          Correspondence: Kennedy          1978

11          3          Correspondence: Kennedy          1979

11          4          Correspondence: Kennedy          1980

11          5          Correspondence: Kennedy          1981

11          6          Correspondence: Kennedy          1984

11          7          Correspondence: Kennedy          1990

11          8          Correspondence: Kennedy          1992

11          9          Correspondence: Kennedy          1993

11          10          Correspondence: Kennedy          1994

11          11          Correspondence: Kennedy          1995

11          12          Correspondence: Kennedy          1996

11          13          Correspondence: Kennedy          1997

11          14          Correspondence: Kennedy          1998

11          15          Correspondence: Kennedy          1999

11          16          Correspondence: Kennedy          2000

11          17          Correspondence: Kennedy          2001

11          18          Correspondence: Kennedy: Slater Brown Letters          1972-1978

11          19          Correspondence: Kennedy          Undated

12          1          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters as a child (1899-1903)          Undated

12          2          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Spencer Love (1908-1909)          Undated

12          3          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to and from Father (1917-1920’s)          Undated

12          4          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to and from Mother (1920’s)          Undated

12          5          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Family I (1917-1920’s)          Undated

12          6          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Family II (1917-1920’s)          Undated

13          1          Correspondence: Cummings: Dos Passos Letters (1992)          Undated

13          2          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Jacobs (1931-1935)          Undated

13          3          Correspondence: Cummings: Werner Letters (1932-1935)          Undated

13          4          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to J.P. Bishop (1938-1939)          Undated

13          5          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to and from Sister (1935-1936, 1950-1957)          Undated

13          6          Correspondence: Cummings: Elizabeth (1933-1961)          Undated         

13          7          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Paul Nordoff  (1939-1960)          Undated

13          8          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Watsons I (1925-1962)          Undated

13          9          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Watsons II (1936-1962)          Undated

13          10          Correspondence: Cummings: Brace Harcourt Letters (1954-1958)          Undated

13          11          Correspondence: Cummings: Letters to Howard Nelson (1950’s-1960’s)          Undated

13          12          Correspondence: Cummings: Zuckerman (1950’s-1960’s)          Undated

14          1          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous (1914-1924)          Undated

14          2          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous (1925-1932)          Undated

14          3          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous (1940’s)          Undated

14          4          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous (1950’s)          Undated

14          5          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous (1950’s-1960’s)          Undated

14          6          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous I  (1918-1961)          Undated

14          7          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous II  (1918-1961)          Undated

14          8          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous III (1918-1961)          Undated

15          1          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous (1925-1961)          Undated

15          2          Correspondence: Cummings: Miscellaneous (1930’s-1950’s)          Undated

Series 3: Articles, Essays, and Lectures, 1965-1990. undated

Series 3 contains various articles and lectures related to Kennedy’s research and his time as a professor.

16          1          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Dave Forrest’s Articles          1965-1980

16          2          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: E.E. Cummings the Painter by Rushworth M. Kidder          1978, undated

16          3          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: A First Look at the Dreams of E.E. Cummings… by David V. Forrest          Undated

16          4          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: When I Was A Little Girl by Elizabeth Cummings          Undated

16          5          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Facts and Fancy in Enormous Room by J.P. Hallais; Note: no folder-bound hard cover          June 1970

17          1          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Lecture for ALA. Baltimore          May 1993

17          2          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Various Lectures and Talks I          Undated

17          3          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Various Lectures and Talks II          Undated

17          4          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Cummings Material – Miscellaneous          1997

17          5          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Articles – Miscellaneous          1982, undated

17          6          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Essays – Miscellaneous          1973-1990, undated

18          1          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Published Essays: “Edward Cummings, the Father of the Poet” by Richard S. Kennedy (3 copies)          Undated

18          2          Articles, Essays and Lectures: Published Essays: Dutch Quarterly Review of Anglo-American Letters, Vol. 13          1983

18          3          Articles, Essays and Lectures: Published Essays: “E.E. Cummings, the Emergent Styles 1916” by Richard S. Kennedy          April 1979

18          4          Articles, Essays and Lectures: Published Essays: “E.E. Cummings, Painter” by Rushworth M. Kidder          April 1975

18          5          Articles, Essays and Lectures: Published Essays: “Knowing and Remembering Cummings” by Norman Friedman          April 1981

18          6          Articles, Essays and Lectures: Published Essays: “E.E. Cummings at Harvard: Verse, Friends, Rebellion” by Richard S. Kennedy          July 1971

18          7          Articles, Essays and Lectures: Published Essays: “E E. Cummings at Harvard: Studies” by Richard S. Kennedy (2 copies)          July 1976

18          8          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: Published Essays: “’Buffalo Bills’ An Early E.E. Cummings Manuscript” by Rushworth M. Kidder          October 1976

18          9          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: The Georgia Review, Vol. 23          Summer 1969

18          10          Articles, Essays, and Lectures: The Georgia Review, Vol. 23          Fall 1970

Series 4: Miscellaneous Materials, 1975-2000, undated

Series 4 contains various miscellaneous materials related to Kennedy’s research.

19          1          Miscellaneous Materials: Fred’s Notes          Undated

19          2          Miscellaneous Materials: Materials for Chap. 1 & last Chap. (Dreams in the Mirror?          Undated

19          3          Miscellaneous Materials: Historical Notes – Newspapers (N.Y. SUN 1915-16)          Undated

19          4          Miscellaneous Materials: Current working outlines and chronological schemes          Undated

19          5          Miscellaneous Materials: Working notes          1975, undated

19          6          Miscellaneous Materials: Miscellaneous Information and Addresses          1977, undated

19          7          Miscellaneous Materials: Cummings Society, National Biography, etc. – (includes correspondence)          1991-1992, undated

20          1          Miscellaneous Materials: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation          Undated

20          2          Miscellaneous Materials: French Translation of Dreams in the Mirror          2000

20          3          Miscellaneous Materials: George Firmage’s gathering of all the worthless E.E.C.-fragments and rejected poems (Kennedy’s description)          Undated

20          4          Miscellaneous Materials: Santa Claus and Tom (photocopies)          Undated

20          5          Miscellaneous Materials: Research Application, Various Notes          2003, undated

21          1          Miscellaneous Materials: Newsreel Notebooks          Undated

21          2          Miscellaneous Materials: Cummings’ Fort Devens Notebook (photocopy)          Undated

21          3          Miscellaneous Materials: Cummings’ Sketchbook (photocopy)          Undated

21          4          Miscellaneous Materials: Musical Notation for Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town          Undated

21          5          Miscellaneous Materials: Various Photocopies etc.         Undated

22          1          Miscellaneous Materials: 1 small document box containing notes on index cards and scrap paper          Undated

22          2          Miscellaneous Materials: “E.E. Cummings Centennial” (cassette tape)          October 23, 1994

22          3          Miscellaneous Materials: “Cummings Celebration” (cassette tape)          Undated

22          4          Miscellaneous Materials: “E.E. Cummings” (cassette tape)          Undated

22          5          Miscellaneous Materials: 1 envelope containing 5 floppy disks of E.E. Cummings Revisited. Harvard Magazine          November-December 1988

22          6          The New York Times Magazine          June 25, 1978

22          7          Memorials in the First Church in Boston (pamphlet)          Undated

Series 5: Artwork and Photos, 1979-1982, undated

Series 5 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.

23          1          Artwork and Photos: E.E.C. Exhibition Catalogs          1982, undated

23          2          Artwork and Photos: Illustrations for Dreams and Mirrors          Undated

23          3          Artwork and Photos: First Choice Art/Photos for Dreams in the Mirror          Undated

23          4          Artwork and Photos: Second Choice Art/Photos for Dreams in the Mirror          Undated

23          5          Artwork and Photos: More Dreams in the Mirror Photos          Undated

23          6          Artwork and Photos: Photos for E.E. Cummings Revisited          Undated

23          7          Artwork and Photos: Notes about Photos and Drawings          Undated

23          7          Artwork and Photos: Drawings (electro-print copies)         1979, undated

23          8          Artwork and Photos: Miscellaneous Art/Photos etc.         Undated

Series 6: Interview Notebooks, 1964-1978, undated

Series 6 contains notebooks that Kennedy used for his interview notes.

24          1          Interview Notebook          July 1973

24          2          Interview Notebook          Undated        

24          3          Interview Notebook          August 1964         

24          4          Interview Notebook          August 1978         

24          5          Interview Notebook          1977         

24          6          Interview Notebook          Undated         

24          7          Interview Notebook          1977         

Series 7: Nancy Thayer (Contains Restricted Material), 1972-1992, undated

Series 7 contains correspondence related to Cummings’ daughter, Nancy Thayer. Some of this material is restricted.

25          1          Nancy Thayer: Correspondence with Kennedy (RESTRICTED)          1972-1992

25          2          Nancy Thayer: Correspondence with E.E. Cummings. Note: Photocopies and handwritten copies of original letters, and Kennedy’s notes          Undated

25          3          Nancy Thayer: Kennedy’s notes on Nancy and Elaine Thayer. Note: Contains photocopies of correspondence between E.E.C. and Elaine Thayer          Undated

Series 8: Additional Materials received 11 August 2009 Ella Kennedy via Stehle, 1992-2002, undated

Series 8 includes other additional materials received in August of 2009 by Ella Kennedy via Stehle.

26          1          Contact sheets, pics…Family, self-portraits, La Ferta Mace, etc.         Undated

26          2          Kennedy, Richard S. “E.E. Cummings and Marion Morehouse: the Later Years”  19p. typescript. With: photograph of Elaine Cummings          Undated

26          2          Kennedy, Richard S. Poems read by RSK at the Cummings Society Celebration of the Centennial of E.E. Cummings’ birth. With other material, re: Celebration          1992

26        4  Richardson, John. “Rediscovering an Early Modern Vision”. Tear sheets from House & Garden; Re: The Dial Collection (Metropolitan Museum) and Scofield Thayer        February 1987

26       5             Miscellaneous files and documents (Reviews of biography, anonymous list of errors in the book, David Diamond letters, Roger Kennedy letter, “Possibilities for Illustrations for Selected Poems”          2009, undated