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THE JOYCE KILMER PAPERS
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Box: 1 Fold: 1 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 7/30/1907
Postmark 7/30/1907


Box: 1 Fold: 2 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 7/31/1907
Postmark 7/31/1907

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK. Written while attending Columbia University, New York (1905-1908). 1 folio + 1 p.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 8/4/1907
Postmark 8/4/1907


Box: 1 Fold: 4 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 8/13/1907
Postmark 8/13/1907 7 a.m.

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK. 3 folios.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 8/13/1907
Postmark 8/13/1907, 8 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK.

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 12/3/1907
Postmark 12/3/1907

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK.

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 1/7/1908
Postmark 1/7/1908

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK. Includes poem entitled, "Selenephile."

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 4/7/1908
Postmark 4/7/1908

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 4/26/1908
Postmark 4/26/1908

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 5/14/1908
Postmark 5/14/1908

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK. 2 folios.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 9/2/1914
Letter date: 9/2/1914

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK. Written on ship stationery aboard R.M.S. "Baltic" enroute to London. Refers to writing "Battle of New York." Includes AMs of poem, "A friend of mine named Conyngham..."

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 10/2/1917
Letter date (added?): 10/2/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Refers to TLS from Clara Murray, 9/13/1917 (included). Also refers to Christopher Kilmer, JK's youngest son. Enclosed is a remembrance card for Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821), foundress of the sisters of Charity in America.

Box: 1 Fold: 13 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline c. 10/28/1917
Undated: c. 10/28/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ACS (postcard) from JK to AK. Undated, but probably dated c. 10/28/1917, see reference to sending a postcard in next letter (Folder 1:14). Written enroute to France, "I am mailing this on the ship. When you receive it you will know I reached my destination safely. J.K."

Box: 1 Fold: 14 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 11/11/1917
Letter date: 11/11/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Reference to arrival in France and censorship regulations. Sends greetings to his children, Kenton, Deborah, Michael and Christopher.

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 11/24/1917
Letter date: 11/24/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS + envelope from JK to AK. Refers to his early days in France. Also refers to Francis Duffy.

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 12/9/1917
Letter date: 12/9/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Refers to his salary and briefly to his work, also to a poem by Rev. Edward F. Garesche, S.J., and to Harriet Monroe.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 12/17/1917
Letter date: 12/17/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 3 pp. Requests AK to submit his poem, "Militis Meditatio" to America magazine. Eventually, published as "Prayer of a Soldier in France."

Box: 1 Fold: 18 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline c.12/24/1917
Undated: probably Christmas Eve, 12/24/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Undated, but probably written on Christmas Eve, "We may have a midnight mass in the church here tonight." Refers to Francis Duffy, Witter Bynner.

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 1/18/1918
Letter date: 1/18/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Refers to AK's poem recently received, "High Heart": "You happen to be my favorite poet."

Box: 1 Fold: 20 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 1/21/1918
Letter date: 1/21/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 3 pp. Refers to James J. Daly, S.J., and to Edward Garesche, S.J. Praises AK's poetry. Reference also to "the novel you and Margaret [Widdemer] are writing," supposedly on the subject of the occult.

Box: 1 Fold: 21 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 1/27/1918
Letter date: 1/27/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL from JK to AK. 2 pp. Writes about his feelings for army life. Letter is unfinished.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 1/28/1918
Letter date: 1/28/1917 (error, probably 1918)

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 4 pp. Dated, probably erroneously, as 1/28/1917. Refers to an enclosed letter by Louise Imogen Guiney (not included). Also refers to AK's joint book-writing effort with Margaret Widdemer.

Box: 1 Fold: 23 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 2/5/1918
Letter date: 2/5/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 pp. Refers to enclosed letter from Helen Parry Eden (not included). Also refers to his poem "Militis Meditatio." Talks of his inability to write verse.

Box: 1 Fold: 24 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 2/22/1918
Letter date: 2/22/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from JK to AK, possibly two separate letters sent under same cover. #1 Refers to "one of my little sketches - that called "Breakfast"" (see next folder, 1:25). #2 Refers to the town in which JK is currently posted, and to a review of his poem, "Main Street," by Helen Parry Eden.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline c. 2/22/1918
Undated: Possible 2/22/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2pp. Includes TMs of a mixture of prose and poetry collectively entitled, "War Songs." Includes "Water-color," "Breakfast," and "Mirage du Cantonnement."

Box: 1 Fold: 26 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline c. 3/5/1918
Letter date (added in pencil): c. 3/5/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 4 pp. Date uncertain; added in pencil: "March 5?" Refers to being hospitalized, "been here for three days with a strained muscle." Writes about his thoughts on AK's poems recently received by him. Advises against AK's becoming too involved in supernatural research for her book collaboration with Margaret Widdemer: "I have worried greatly for fear you have been experimenting with planchette or seances...or some similar abomination...Don't even discuss it with Margaret, who has given it far more attention than is good for her."

Box: 1 Fold: 27 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 3/12/1918
Letter date: 3/12/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Reference to JK's anthology of English and American Catholic poetry, "Dreams and Images" (first published by Boni and Liveright, N.Y., 1917). Also refers to AK's poetry, particularly "The Honey-witch." JK vetoes including his own poem, "The Fairy Lovers," "in any anthology - why, it must not be." Comments on Francis Carlin's new book of poetry.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 3/14/1918
Letter date: 3/14/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 folios. Refers to the possible publication of poetry written while in France, censorship restrictions, etc. JK also discourses on "the subject of growing middle-aged - an experience which you are enjoying, I trust. I know I enjoy it."

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 3/16/1918
Postcard date: 3/16/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains signed postcard from JK to AK.

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 4/1/1918
Letter date: 4/1/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 folios. Refers to JK's recent experiences in a dug-out, "...it was a week of wonder - of sights and sounds essential, I think, to my experience. For there are obligations of experience - or experiences of obligation - to be distinguished from what I might call experiences of supererogation or experiences of perfection..." Also refers to his daughter Deborah Kilmer, his son Kenton, and to reading Coventry Patmore.

Box: 1 Fold: 31 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 4/19/1918
Letter Date: 4/19/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Refers to Kenton Kilmer, and infant daughter Rose. (She died on September 9, 1917.)

Box: 1 Fold: 32 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 4/21/1918
Letter date: 4/21/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 5 pp. JK refers to his "Irish half." Again refers to AK's book collaboration with Margaret Widdemer, warning AK about putting the Kilmer name on a work that may offend the public, "...please be very careful that there is nothing...to offend, in the slightest degree, the special public which buys our work." JK also discourses on the importance of writing about the Catholic faith, "I'd rather write moderately well about it than magnificently well about anything else." Refers to writers such as Thomas Daly, Francis Thompson, Swinburne, and Thackeray. Other references made by JK include his own works, "Literature in the Making," of which he comments, "a harmless enough book but utterly worthless. I can honestly offer "Trees" and "Main Street" to Our Lady." Finally, comments on AK's poem, "Experiences."

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline c. April 1918
Undated: Possibly written between 4/21-4/23/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 folios. Undated, but probably written between the letters of 4/21/1918 and 4/23/1918. Refers to JK's relief that AK has decided not to include her name as collaborator on the book with Margaret Widdemer. Also refers to JK's poem, "Rouge Bouquet." Other references are made to Thomas Walsh, Margaret Widdemer, Kenton Kilmer, and AK's poem, "To a Sick Child."

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline c. 4/23/1918-5/15/1918
Letter dates: c. 4/23/191-5/15/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Two letters in one. #1 is dated in pencil as having been received on 4/23/1918. #2 is dated 5/15/1918. Refers to the correct name for the wood or area of Rouge Bouquet. Reference to seeing Rev. Charles O'Donnell, C.S.C., and to Rev. Edward R. Garesche's book.

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 4/27/1918
Letter date: 4/27/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 folios. Refers to JK's becoming a member of the Regimental Intelligence Section, at his own request. "The Intelligence work is absolutely fascinating - you'll be glad I took it up." Also reference to children in the towns in which JK is posted. Also refers to enclosed letter from Helen Parry Eden (not included).

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 4/29/1918
Letter date: 4/29/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Reference to "The Fairy Lovers" and to AK's poem, "Perversity," "Don't let my poem...be reprinted anywhere. Don't let your poem... appear in any book." Also to JK's poems "Rouge Bouquet" and "Militis Meditatio," as well as to Rev. Charles O'Donnell, C.S.C., who served as chaplain of the 165th Infantry along side Rev. Francis P. Duffy, February 1918 to May 1919.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline c. April/May 1918
Undated: possibly written between 4/27-5/18/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2pp. Undated, but possibly written between the letters of 4/27/1918 (when JK first mentions his transfer from his statistical work for the army to the Regimental Intelligence Section) and of his first letter in May, 5/18/1918. JK refers to his feelings about the transfer, "...if I should be squashed by a shell, wouldn't you hate to have it said that I was nobly holding my post in the office, or bravely manning my typewriter? Now I'm doing work I love - and work you may be proud of."

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 5/18/1918
Letter date: 5/18/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 folios. Refers to the positive reception by readers of "Rouge Bouquet."

Box: 1 Fold: 39 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 5/24/1918
Letter date: 5/24/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 folios. Describes a quiet moment with JK's comrades in the Regimental Intelligence Section.

Box: 1 Fold: 40 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 5/27/1918
Letter date: 5/27/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Refers again to the correct name for his poem, "Rouge Bouquet, not Rouge Bosquet."

Box: 1 Fold: 41 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 6/1/1918
Letter date: 6/1/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Refers to Francis Duffy, chaplain of the 165th Infantry.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 1/8/1918
Letter date: 1/8/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. Refers to Helen Parry Eden's review of "Main Street" in the Dublin Review.

Box: 1 Fold: 43 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 6/14/1918
Letter date: 6/14/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK. 2 pp. Refers to a death in the family, possibly that of AKK's father, since JK refers to the Kilburn estate.

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Aline 7/2/1918
Letter date: 7/2/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to AK.

Box: 1 Fold: 45 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Kenton c. 1917
Postcard undated: c. 1917-1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains postcard from JK to KK. No date: written some time during the period of JK's service in France from 10/1917 to 7/1918. "Take this card to school and get your French teacher to help you translate it."

Box: 1 Fold: 46 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Kenton 11/28/1917
Letter date: 11/28/1917

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from AK to KK: "I hope that by this time you have entirely recovered from your illness."

Box: 1 Fold: 47 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Kenton 1/10/1918
Letter date: 1/10/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to KK: "Your plan for ending the war is very good..."

Box: 1 Fold: 48 Kilmer, Joyce to Kilmer, Kenton 7/2/1918
Letter date: 7/2/1918

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from JK to KK: "I was very glad to hear of your confirmation." (Caution: stationery is torn in places.)

Box: 1 Fold: 49 Kilmer, Joyce to Bjorkman, Edwin A.
Letter date: 1/17/1913

DESCRIPTION: Contains photostat of ALS from JK to poet Edwin A. Bjorkman (1866-1951) on letterhead for the Churchman magazine, New York. 3 pp. Re. Bjorkman's book, "Gleams," JK expresses his interest. [It is possible, according to Kenton Kilmer, that this letter was never sent.]

Box: 1 Fold: 50 Kilmer, Joyce to Daly, James J., S.J. 1/9/1914
Letter date: 1/9/1914

DESCRIPTION: Contains xerox copy of ALS from JK to Rev. James J. Daly, S.J. 3 pp. Re. JK's views on his own conversion and on Catholicism: "I believed in the Catholic position...view of ethics and aesthetics, for a long time. But I wanted something not intellectual, some conviction not mental - in fact I wanted Faith." Also refers to Reverend Daly's comments on JK's poem, "To a Young Poet Who Killed Himself."

Box: 1 Fold: 51 Kilmer, Joyce to Daly, James J., S.J. 1/10/1916
Letter date: 1/10/1916

DESCRIPTION: Contains TL xerox copy. Brief notice of JK's imminent arrival for a visit at Campion College, Wisconsin.

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