IOWA WOMEN'S ARCHIVES
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA LIBRARIES
SUSAN BOYD (1927- )
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]
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
The Susan Boyd papers date from 1942 to 1997 and measure 10 linear inches. The papers are arranged in seven 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.
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
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
Event invitations and programs
Rose Bowl materials, 1981
Truman Library opening, 1997
“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)
“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)
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)
Minneapolis Star and Tribune
1944-1945 Mademoiselle articles
1947-1950 Minneapolis newspaper articles
1951 Minneapolis newspaper articles
First Lady of the University of Iowa, 1969-1981
Loose items removed from 1943 scrapbook
Photographs removed from 1945-1947 scrapbook
Loose newspaper clippings
from 1951 scrapbook
from 1969-1981 scrapbook
University of Iowa