PAPERS, 1929-2002

[bulk 1946-1963]

3 linear feet





The »papers (donor no. 427) were donated by Susan Boyd in 1997».


The »papers are open for research.


In Box 11.


»Copyright held by donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.


Courtney P. Davids, 1998; Heather Stecklein, 2002. [BoydSusan.doc]Your name, year»jJJJjjj


            Susan Elizabeth Kuehn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1927 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kuehn.  Kuehn attended Lochinvar-West High School in Minneapolis.  She continued her education at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in English Composition. In 1945 Kuehn was Mademoiselle’s guest fiction editor.  The following year her short story “The Rosebush” won Mademoiselle’s College Fiction Contest.  That same story was also selected for publication in the 1947 edition of the O. Henry Prize Story Collection and Herschell Brickell’s Prize Stories.  Kuehn graduated from Wellesley in 1947 and began her six-year stint at the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, first as a reporter, and later as an editor of the Women’s Pages.


At age twenty-two, she won a $2,000 creative writing fellowship at Stanford in Palo Alto, California.  There, she published “The Hunt”, which was featured in Herschell Brickell’s Prize Stories of 1950, and “The Searchers,” which she wrote under the guidance of Wallace Stegner and published in Stanford Short Stories and Best American Short Stories.  After a year, Kuehn returned home to the Minneapolis Star and Tribune.  She continued to write fiction, as well as non-fiction, and her work was published in magazines such as Redbook, The Writer, and Harpers.  In addition, Kuehn performed graduate work at the University of Minnesota.


On August 28, 1954, Kuehn married Willard “Sandy” Boyd, Jr.  The Boyds settled in Iowa City, where Willard Boyd taught at the law school of the University of Iowa.  He became president of the University of Iowa in 1969 and remained in that position until 1981.  The Boyds lived in Iowa City for nearly twenty-six years, where they raised their three children—Willard “Bill” Boyd III, Elizabeth “Betsy”, and Tom.  In 1981, the Boyds moved to Chicago, where Willard Boyd acted as the director of the Field Museum.  The Boyds returned to Iowa City in 1997.


Scope and Content Note


            Begin text here:The Susan Boyd» papers date from »1942 to 1997 and measure »10 linear inches.  The »papers »are arranged in seven»ix series:  Biographical material, Activities, Short Stories, Non-Fiction Articles, Newspaper clippings, Scrapbook preservation, and Photographs.  The bulk of this collection consists of Boyd’s writing, both fiction and non-fiction.


Biographical material (1946-2002) includes the script and score from the musical tribute to Susan Boyd, “It’s a great day”, which have been removed from their original binder for preservation. The series also contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles about Boyd, correspondence with friends and editors, and programs from Minneapolis Star and Tribune and University of Iowa functions. A magazine article featuring Boyd’s father completes the series.


The Activities series (1930-1997) contains materials from various activities that Boyd participated in throughout her life. The series includes awards, a music book, an autograph book, and invitations and programs to events in Chicago including dinners for foreign dignitaries.


Short Stories and Non-Fiction articles (1942-1976) consist of stories and articles written by Boyd that were published in magazines such as Mademoiselle, The Writer, and Redbook, as well as her work for school books in the early 1960s.


The Newspaper clippings (1947-1961 and undated) are articles Boyd wrote while employed at the Minneapolis Star and Tribune.»Begin text here:»


The Scrapbook series (1951-1981) contains Boyd’s scrapbooks documenting her Wellesley college years, including photographs, programs, and notes. In addition, it includes scrapbooks of clippings from her work as a journalist for Mademoiselle and the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. The final scrapbook documents her life in Iowa City as the wife of the University of Iowa president. In the course of the preservation work, some loose items were removed and placed in separate folders in the series. In addition, some scrapbooks of articles were photocopied onto acid-free paper for preservation.

 Photographs series (1950-1992) contains photographs from Boyd’s work as a writer, her life at the University of Iowa, and her activities in Chicago.

Box no.   Description


Box 1

Biographical Material

     Bank account book, 1929-1947

Correspondence, 1949-1999, scattered

Newspaper clippings, 1947-2002, scattered

Score and script from “It’s a great day”, 1969

Programs, 1951, 1957, and undated magazine articles

“Manhattan Girl With a Job,” Mademoiselle (1946)

“Revolution on Campus,” Flair (1950)

“A Conversation with James Hearst,” The Iowan (1979)

“The Ace of Clubs”, Minneapolis/St. Paul (1983) [article              featuring Boyd’s father] 

“My Odyssey”, presentation at Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City, May 5, 2002



 Music lesson book, circa 1930s

Autograph book, circa 1930s

U.N. house tour materials, 1960-1963 [articles photocopied from scrapbook]         

Awards, 1972, 1978, and undated

Clippings, 1976

Event invitations and programs



Rose Bowl materials, 1981

Truman Library opening, 1997


Box 2

Short Stories

“One-Two-Three, Trip!” Loch invar-West High School (1942)     

“The Rosebush,” Mademoiselle (1946)

“Retirement,” We of Wellesley (1947)

“The Hunt,” Mademoiselle (1949)

“The Searchers,” Harpers (1951)

“Too Long To Wait,” Mademoiselle (1955)

“The Hunt,” Literary Cavalcade (1956)

“Spring Weekend,” Redbook (1957)

“Spring Weekend,” Co-ed (1959)

 “Two Kinds of Games” A Teaching Program in Human Behavior and Mental Health (1960)

“The Cub’s Picnic”, “Steve’s New Books”, “Bashful Ronald”,  

“The Day the Bus was Late”, “It’s Time for Dinner”, and “Going Fishing,” A Teaching Program in Human Behavior and Mental Health (1961)

“The Day the Bus was Late”, “Robert was Always Tired”, “Eco and the Sky Children”, and “Rules of the Game” A Teaching Program in Human Behavior and Mental Health (1962)


Box 3

“What Can We Talk About Now?” Redbook (1963)

“Insieme, Come Una Volta,” Grazia (1963)

“Vad Har Vi Att Saga Varandra?” Femina (1963)

“Encounter With A Stranger,” Redbook (1965)


Non-Fiction Writings

Book reviews, Wellesley News and Mademoiselle, 1945-1947

“Poliomyelitis and the Kenney Concept”, hygiene class paper, 1947 

“Who Should Tell The Story?” The Writer (1953)

“Authoress In An Apron,” The Writer (1959)

“The Fortunate Failures, The Writer (1966)

“The Dorothy and Ellie Show,” The Iowan (1976)

The ABA’s First Section: Assuring a Qualified Bar (1993)


Newspaper Clippings

Minneapolis Star and Tribune









Box 4


Wellesley College



Box 5



Box 6



Box 7


1944-1945 Mademoiselle articles


Box 8

1947-1950 Minneapolis newspaper articles


Box 9

1951 Minneapolis newspaper articles


Box 10

First Lady of the University of Iowa, 1969-1981


Box 11

Loose items removed from 1943 scrapbook

Photographs removed from 1945-1947 scrapbook

Loose newspaper clippings

from 1951 scrapbook

         from 1969-1981 scrapbook



                            Writing career

                            University of Iowa