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Guide to the Blanche Boyd Papers, 1957-1984

Abstract

Blanche M. Boyd is a writer raised in South Carolina. She has also lived and worked in California, Vermont, and New York.

The collection consists of correspondence (1963-1984); notes, drafts, and proofs of her books Nerves, Mourning the Death of Magic, and The Redneck Way of Knowledge; reports on the Greensboro shootings (November 1979); and materials on the Democratic National Convention of 1980. Short stories, essays, reviews of Boyd's work, and photographs are also included. Many of the letters are long and substantive, including some retained copies of Boyd's own letters. Her report on the Greensboro shootings is based on a large number of newspaper and magazine clippings, also included in the collection, as well as interviews. Materials on Boyd's trip to China in 1983 are also found in the collection.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Boyd, Blanche M., 1945-
Title
Blanche Boyd papers 1957-1984
Language of Material
English
Extent
10 Linear Feet, 662 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of correspondence (1963-1984); notes, drafts, and proofs of her books Nerves, Mourning the Death of Magic, and The Redneck Way of Knowledge; reports on the Greensboro, North Carolina shootings of Communist Worker Party members (November 1979); and the Democratic National Convention of 1980. Short stories, essays, reviews of Boyd's work, and photographs are also included. Many of the letters are long and substantive, including some retained copies of Boyd's own letters. Her report on the Greensboro shootings is based on a large number of newspaper and magazine clippings, also included in the collection, as well as interviews. Twenty cassette tapes on the Greensboro shootings; The Redneck Way of Knowledge; and Boyd's trip to China in 1983 also form part of the collection. An index to the tapes may be found at the beginning of the collection.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Information
Box 1
Correspondence, 1963-1984
Box 1
Legal and financial papers
Box 1
Notes
Box 2
Writings
Box 2
Writings by other authors
Box 2
Clippings and printed materials
Box 3
The Democratic Convention (1980)
Box 4
Love Shocked, Kelly Sleadd's Story
Box 4
Mourning the Death of Magic
Box 5
Nerves
Box 6
The Redneck Way of Knowledge
Box 6
Tales of Spoleto
Box 6
Short fiction
Box 7
Non-fiction
Box 7
Miscellaneous
Box 7
Writings by other authors
Box 7
Reviews
Box 7
Miscellany
Box 7
Clippings
Box 7
Printed material
Box 7
Photographs
Box 7
Cassette tapes, Greensboro shootings
Box 8
Miscellaneous Oversize (RESTRICTED)
Oversize Folder Folder 1

Historical Note

Blanche McCrary Boyd (b. 1945) is an American author raised in South Carolina. She has also lived and worked in California, Vermont, and New York. Along with publishing collections of essays (including The Redneck Way of Knowledge), articles, short stories, and screenplays, Boyd has written 4 novels: Nerves, Mourning the Death of Magic, The Revolution of Little Girls, and Terminal Velocity. She has taught at Connecticut College since 1982.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Blanche Boyd Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Blanche Boyd Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Don Sechler, June 4, 1998

Encoded by Lisa Stark and Meghan Lyon, May 2011

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.