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Collection Number: 03610

Collection Title: James Boyd Papers, 1906-1953, 1964-1969

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,020 items)
Abstract James Boyd (1888-1944) was an American author and journalist. Papers include more than 400 letters written by Boyd to his parents in Harrisburg, Pa., and other places, beginning in 1906 and continuing through his years at Princeton University, 1907-1910, and Cambridge University, 1910-1912, and while he worked as a journalist and for the Red Cross in New York City. Also included are letters to his wife, Katharine Lamont Boyd, while he was overseas, 1917-1919, serving as an ambulance driver with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and correspondence with friends, readers, other writers, and publishers about his work, especially about the novels Drums and Bitter Creek and about The Free Company, a group of American writers, producers, and broadcasters who presented radio programs on the ideas of the free world, 1940-1941. Correspondents include Sherwood Anderson, Stephen Vincent Benet, Robert Bridges, Louis Bromfield, Bernard De Voto, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Galsworthy, Frank Porter Graham, Paul Green, Sinclair Lewis, Archibald MacLeish, Thomas Mann, Maxwell Perkins, William Saroyan, Laurence Stallings, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Wolfe. Also included are drafts and copies of manuscripts of stories, articles, radio scripts, and poems; and clippings and pictures.
Creator Boyd, James, 1888-1944.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Boyd Papers #3610, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Mrs. James Boyd in 1963-1966 and 1970, and from Nancy Boyd Sokoloff in 1977.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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1888 James Boyd born in Harrisburg, Pa., on 2 July.
1910 Received undergraduate degree from Princeton.
1910-1912 At Trinity College in Cambridge.
1912 Became an English/French teacher at Harrisburg Academy.
1914-1916 Convalesced in Southern Pines, N.C., from a recurrent illness.
Fall 1916 Served on the editorial staff of Country Life in America.
1917 Married to Katharine Lamont of Millbrook, N.Y.
1917-1918 Served on the volunteer staff of the Red Cross.
June 1918-June 1919 Served as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Ambulance Service.
1919 Settled in Southern Pines, N.C. to begin career as a writer.
1925 Drums, historical novel about the American Revolution, published.
1927 Marching On, about the Civil War, published.
1927-1928 Served as president of North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.
1930 Long Hunt, about the long hunters on the trans-Appalachian frontier, published.
1935 Roll River, about a Pennsylvania farm family, published.
1939 Boyd's last novel, Bitter Creek, set in the Wyoming cattle country, published.
1938 Awarded honorary degree by the University of North Carolina.
1940 Organized and served as national chairman of the Free Company Players, a group American writers, producers, and broadcasters who presented radio programs on the ideas of the free world.
1941 Purchased and became editor of The Pilot, a nearly defunct conservative weekly newspaper, which under Boyd's leadership became a progressive regional newspaper repeatedly honored for its excellence in the North Carolina Press Association.
1944 Suffered a fatal cerebral attack while attending a seminar at Princeton University on 25 February.
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The papers include more than 400 letters written by James Boyd to his parents in Harrisburg, Pa., and other places, beginning in 1906 and continuing through his years at Princeton University, 1907-1910, and Cambridge University, 1910-1912, and while he worked as a journalist and for the Red Cross in New York, N.Y. Also included are letters to his wife, Katharine Lamont Boyd, while he was overseas, 1917-1919, serving as an ambulance driver with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and correspondence with friends, readers, other writers, and publishers about his work, especially about the novels  Drums and Bitter Creek and about the Free Company, a group of American writers, producers, and broadcasters who presented radio programs on the ideas of the free world, 1940-1941. Correspondents include Sherwood Anderson, Stephen Vincent Benet, Robert Bridges, Louis Bromfield, Bernard De Voto, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Galsworthy, Frank Porter Graham, Paul Green, Sinclair Lewis, Archibald MacLeish, Thomas Mann, Maxwell Perkins, William Saroyan, Laurence Stallings, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Wolfe. Also included are drafts and copies of manuscripts of stories, articles, radio scripts, and poems; and clippings and pictures.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated.

About 700 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence includes more than 400 letters written by James Boyd to his parents in Harrisburg, Pa., and other places, beginning in 1906 and continuing through his years at Princeton University, 1907-1910, and Cambridge University, 1910-1912, and while he worked as a journalist and for the Red Cross in New York, N.Y. Also included are letters to his wife, Katharine Lamont Boyd, while he was overseas, 1917-1919, serving as an ambulance driver with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and correspondence with friends, readers, other writers, and publishers about his work, especially about the novels  Drums and Bitter Creek and about the Free Company, a group of American writers, producers, and broadcasters who presented radio programs on the ideas of the free world, 1940-1941. Correspondents include Sherwood Anderson, Stephen Vincent Benet, Robert Bridges, Louis Bromfield, Bernard De Voto, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Galsworthy, Frank Porter Graham, Paul Green, Sinclair Lewis, Archibald MacLeish, Thomas Mann, Maxwell Perkins, William Saroyan, Laurence Stallings, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Wolfe.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1906-1907 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

January-March 1908 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

April-May 1908 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

July 1908 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

August-December 1908 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

January-June 1909 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

July 1909 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

August-December 1909 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

January-July 1910 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

August-October 1910 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

November-December 1910 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

January 1911 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

February-March 1911 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

April-May 1911 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

August-October 1911 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

November-December 1911 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

January 1912 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

February-March 1912 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

April-May 1912 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1913 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1914 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1915 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1916 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

January-August 1917 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

September 1917-October 1918 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Letters to Katharine, 1917-1918 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Letters to Katharine, 1919 and undated #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder number not used #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1919 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1920-1924 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Undated 1925 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

February-March 1925 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

April 1925 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

May 1925 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

June 1925 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

July-August 1925 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

September-December 1925 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

January-March 1926 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

April-December 1926 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

1927 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

1928-1929 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

1930 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

1931-1932 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

1933-1934 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

1935 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

1936 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

1937 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

1938 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

1939 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

January-August 1940 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

September-December 1940 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

Undated 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

January 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

1-13 February 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

14-20 February 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

21-25 February 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

26-28 February 1941 and undated #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

1-12 March 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

13-19 March 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

20-31 March 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

1-14 April 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

15-18 April 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

19-30 April 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

1-10 May 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

11-31 May 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

June-December 1941 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

1942 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

January-June 1943 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

July-December 1943 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

1944 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

1945-1952; 1964-1969 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

Undated letters and drafts by James Boyd #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

Undated letters received from Sherwood Anderson #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 73

Undated letters received from F. Scott Fitzgerald #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 73

Undated letters received from John W. Norman, Jr. #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

Letters from James Boyd to Sherwood Anderson, 1936-1938 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

Letters from James Boyd to Sherwood Anderson, 1939 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

Letters from James Boyd to Sherwood Anderson, 1940-1944 #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

Letters to C. W. Norman #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 103

Volume of letters, titled "Letters From James Boyd, Jr." #03610, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1906-1969 and undated." Folder 103

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About 100 items.
Folder 78

Pictures #03610, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Materials." Folder 78

There are several small photographs that were originally enclosed in letters from Boyd to his wife, 1918-1919. Also included are photographs of Boyd preparing for a radio broadcast as a member of the Free Company, as well as other members of that group.

Folder 79

Clippings #03610, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Materials." Folder 79

Folder 80

Clippings, pamphlets, and miscellany referring to the Free Company #03610, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Materials." Folder 80

Folder 81a

Bibliographical information #03610, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Materials." Folder 81a

Included is The Princeton University Library Chronicle, Volume VI, Number 2, February 1945. The issue is dedicated to James Boyd and contains several of his writings as well as a bibliography of his works. Also included is miscellaneous other bibliographical information.

Folder 81b

James Boyd biographical information (photocopies) #03610, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Materials." Folder 81b

Folder 81c

Lamont family record #03610, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Materials." Folder 81c

Folder 82

Miscellaneous manuscripts, fragments, and notes #03610, Series: "2. Miscellaneous Materials." Folder 82

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Writings include drafts of short stories, poems, radio and film scripts, and articles.

Folder 83

Adjudication #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 83

Folder 84

Away! Away! #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 84

Folder 85

The Blockade Runners #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 85

Folder 86

Bloodhound #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 86

Folder 87

Civic Crisis #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 87

Folder 88

Co-E #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 88

Folder 89

F #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 89

Folder 90

H-M #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 90

Folder 91

Roll River (pieces) #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 91

Folder 92a

Rose Dusk, part I #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 92a

Folder 92b

Rose Dusk, part II #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 92b

Folder 93

S #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 93

Folder 94

T-U #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 94

Folder 95

W #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 95

Folder 96

Clippings: Items written by James Boyd #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 96

Folder 97a

Poems and verses for special occasions #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 97a

Folder 97b

Poems and verses, A-B #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 97b

Folder 97c

Poems and verses, C-G #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 97c

Folder 97d

Poems and verses, H-J #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 97d

Folder 97e

Poems and verses, J #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 97e

Folder 97f

Poems and verses, K-L #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 97f

Folder 97g

Poems and verses, M-W #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 97g

Folder 98

Speeches #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 98

Folder 99

Radio script: "Above Suspicion" #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 99

Folder 100

Radio script: "Jim Crow" #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 100

Folder 101

Movie script, 1932 #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 101

Folder 102

William Saroyan: The Ship's Company #03610, Series: "3. Writings." Folder 102

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean, 1997

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, 1997

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011

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