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James Boyd Papers

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Boyd, James, 1888-1944

In 1940, American novelist James Boyd (Princeton Class of 1910) organized the Free Company of Players, a group of American writers that produced a series of original radio plays in response to what they saw as antidemocratic attitudes prevalent in America due to the growing war in Europe.

Consists of manuscripts and galleys for four published novels by Boyd-- Drums (1925), about the American Revolution, Long Hunt (1930) and Bitter Creek (1939), about the American frontier, and Roll River (1935), set in his native Harrisburg, Pa.--as well as autograph and typed manuscripts for many articles, short stories, and verse. Also includes miscellaneous correspondence.

Manuscripts arranged as follows: Boxes 1-5, Bitter Creek; Boxes 6-7, Drums; Box 8, Long Hunt; Boxes 9-12, Roll River; Boxes 13-15, miscellaneous correspondence, articles, short stories, and verse; Carton, card files.

Batak manuscript is a gift of the New York Times Company. Novel manuscripts are a gift of Katharine Boyd.

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Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2009
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Collection Inventory

First Outline of Bitter Creek by James Boyd, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Books by..., Title Page, Copyright Information, and Dedication in Bitter Creek, 1938-1939. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Autograph Pages, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Synopsis of a Novel by James Boyd, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Research, 1938 August 10. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ideas, 1938 July 15-26. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Typescript of Bitter Creek (Missing some pages) with Corrections, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Typescript of Bitter Creek, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Typescripts of Individual Chapters of Bitter Creek, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Galley Proofs of Bitter Creek, 1938-1951. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Typescripts of Individual Chapters of Bitter Creek, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Mix of Autograph and Typewritten Manuscript Pages, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Autograph Manuscripts of Individual Chapters of Drums, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Typescript of Drums, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Drums Chronological Tables, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Autograph and Typewritten Manuscript of Individual Chapters of Drums, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Drums Misc. Notes and Material, 1913-1924. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typescript of Long Hunt Book I, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typescript of Long Hunt Book II, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typescript of Long Hunt Book III, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typescript of Long Hunt Book I, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typescript of Long Hunt Book II, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typescript of Long Hunt Book III-IV, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Autograph and Typewritten Manuscripts of Long Hunt with Letter from O.K. Liverlight, 1929 August 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Typescript of Roll River, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Typescripts of Individual Chapters of Roll River, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Galley Proofs of Roll River, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Roll River First Draft Typescript, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Roll River Notes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Roll River-The Dark Shore Notes, Second Part Synopsis, Autograph Manuscripts, 1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Dark Shore Serial Version Carbon Copy, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Unidentified, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Away, Away Autograph and Typewritten Manuscripts, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Articles, 1924-1928. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Articles on Democracy, 1943-1944. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Articles On Writing, 1922-1929. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bars (Story), 1922 August. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ever-Fixed Mark, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fiesta, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

De Feminarum Natural, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Flat Town, 1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Away! Away!, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Free Company: Above Suspicion, Freedom's a Hard-Bought Thing, North and South Radio Scripts, 1941 March-May. 1 folder.
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1 folder

A Hound for America, 1920-1931. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Horses in the Sky, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

House of Blocks, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Elms and Fair Oaks, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Humoresque, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

John and Mary, The Japanese Screen, Notes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Luck, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Lumbee River, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Long Hunter Notes and Material, 1789-1931. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Old Pines, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Magazine Stories, 1922-1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Out of the Mist, 1921 January 18. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1925-1927. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unidentified Manuscript with Index Cards, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Shif'Less, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Slim, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Sound of a Voice, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Superman, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sylvia Stallings and the Greatest Dane, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Upper Reaches, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poems, 1943. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unpublished and Unfinished Verse, 1910-1944. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Willow Plate, A Merry Jest of Robin Hood, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fire from the Sea, The Gentle Contractor, Uan the Fey, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Bibliography, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: B.To be Read- Not Found, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: B. Fiction-Cowpens, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: EUTAW-Costume with Newspaper, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: C. Men-F. Language, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: F. Utensils-Horses, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on:H. Racing-L. Grammar, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: L. Nouns-L.S. Repartee, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: L.S. Verbs-L. Descriptive, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Naval-Language, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Correspondence-M. Life, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Conscription-Rations, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Ordinance-Town Negro, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Political-Important, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Not Important-Military, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: M. Prisons-Trade, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Agriculture-Customs, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: B. Look up-Union, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Troops-Social Conuitions, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Blockade-Technique, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Fed. Occupation-Music, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Plantations-Wilmington, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Bib.-Education, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Costume-Preachers, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Types-Misc. SL, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Dances SL-E. Smart Life, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: E. Theatre-Transportation and Communication, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: Whig Leaders-Vernacular, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: V. Negro-M. Correspondence, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: M. Dramatic Scenes-M. Routine, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: M. Slang-M. Uniforms, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Notes on: N. British-Negroes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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