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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.
Curatorial Unit Southern Historical Collection
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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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Processed by: Jackie Dean, 1997

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, 1997

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011

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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

Folder 1

1906-1907

Folder 2

January-March 1908

Folder 3

April-May 1908

Folder 4

July 1908

Folder 5

August-December 1908

Folder 6

January-June 1909

Folder 7

July 1909

Folder 8

August-December 1909

Folder 9

January-July 1910

Folder 10

August-October 1910

Folder 11

November-December 1910

Folder 12

January 1911

Folder 13

February-March 1911

Folder 14

April-May 1911

Folder 15

August-October 1911

Folder 16

November-December 1911

Folder 17

January 1912

Folder 18

February-March 1912

Folder 19

April-May 1912

Folder 20

1913

Folder 21

1914

Folder 22

1915

Folder 23

1916

Folder 24

January-August 1917

Folder 25

September 1917-October 1918

Folder 26

Letters to Katharine, 1917-1918

Folder 27

Letters to Katharine, 1919 and undated

Folder 28

Folder number not used

Folder 29

1919

Folder 30

1920-1924

Folder 31

Undated 1925

Folder 32

February-March 1925

Folder 33

April 1925

Folder 34

May 1925

Folder 35

June 1925

Folder 36

July-August 1925

Folder 37

September-December 1925

Folder 38

January-March 1926

Folder 39

April-December 1926

Folder 40

1927

Folder 41

1928-1929

Folder 42

1930

Folder 43

1931-1932

Folder 44

1933-1934

Folder 45

1935

Folder 46

1936

Folder 47

1937

Folder 48

1938

Folder 49

1939

Folder 50

January-August 1940

Folder 51

September-December 1940

Folder 52

Undated 1941

Folder 53

January 1941

Folder 54

1-13 February 1941

Folder 55

14-20 February 1941

Folder 56

21-25 February 1941

Folder 57

26-28 February 1941 and undated

Folder 58

1-12 March 1941

Folder 59

13-19 March 1941

Folder 60

20-31 March 1941

Folder 61

1-14 April 1941

Folder 62

15-18 April 1941

Folder 63

19-30 April 1941

Folder 64

1-10 May 1941

Folder 65

11-31 May 1941

Folder 66

June-December 1941

Folder 67

1942

Folder 68

January-June 1943

Folder 69

July-December 1943

Folder 70

1944

Folder 71

1945-1952; 1964-1969

Folder 72

Undated letters and drafts by James Boyd

Folder 73

Undated letters received from Sherwood Anderson

Undated letters received from F. Scott Fitzgerald

Undated letters received from John W. Norman, Jr.

Folder 74

Letters from James Boyd to Sherwood Anderson, 1936-1938

Folder 75

Letters from James Boyd to Sherwood Anderson, 1939

Folder 76

Letters from James Boyd to Sherwood Anderson, 1940-1944

Folder 77

Letters to C. W. Norman

Folder 103

Volume of letters, titled "Letters From James Boyd, Jr."

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About 100 items.
Folder 78

Pictures

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

Folder 80

Clippings, pamphlets, and miscellany referring to the Free Company

Folder 81a

Bibliographical information

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)

Folder 81c

Lamont family record

Folder 82

Miscellaneous manuscripts, fragments, and notes

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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

Folder 84

Away! Away!

Folder 85

The Blockade Runners

Folder 86

Bloodhound

Folder 87

Civic Crisis

Folder 88

Co-E

Folder 89

F

Folder 90

H-M

Folder 91

Roll River (pieces)

Folder 92a

Rose Dusk, part I

Folder 92b

Rose Dusk, part II

Folder 93

S

Folder 94

T-U

Folder 95

W

Folder 96

Clippings: Items written by James Boyd

Folder 97a

Poems and verses for special occasions

Folder 97b

Poems and verses, A-B

Folder 97c

Poems and verses, C-G

Folder 97d

Poems and verses, H-J

Folder 97e

Poems and verses, J

Folder 97f

Poems and verses, K-L

Folder 97g

Poems and verses, M-W

Folder 98

Speeches

Folder 99

Radio script: "Above Suspicion"

Folder 100

Radio script: "Jim Crow"

Folder 101

Movie script, 1932

Folder 102

William Saroyan: The Ship's Company

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