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Naomi Joy Kirk Collection
The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA
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[Identification of item], Naomi Joy Kirk Collection, 1929-1961, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.
3 cubic ft.
Researcher. Correspondence, notes, and draft manuscripts of Kirk's research on George Keats, brother of the English poet, John Keats. George Keats emigrated to America in 1818 and settled in Louisville after a brief stay in Henderson, Ky. In Louisville, he was a successful mill owner and active in civic and cultural life. The collection consists of correspondence, 1929-1961, received by Kirk during her biographical study of George Keats, with a few letters written by her to Willard B. Pope and others. Her correspondents are chiefly descendants of George Keats and literary scholars. The collection also includes typescripts of correspondence of George and John Keats and members of their London circle; radio scripts on George Keats; typed articles by Kirk entitled "A Colonizing War" and "A Neglected Audubon Story"; and genealogical notes on the descendants of George and Georgiana Augusta Wylie Keats. Collection also includes newspaper clippings on George and John Keats, Shawneetown, Ill., John James Audubon, Daniel Boone, William Cobbett, Indiana sculptor George Honig, the Breadloaf Writers' School, Louisville newspapers at the Filson Club, and descendants of George Keats; booklets, brochures, and printed material on John Keats and his family; photographs of George Keats's miniature, his home in Louisville, his tombstone in Cave Hill Cemetery, and silhouettes of George and Georgiana; a manuscript draft of Kirk's Life of George Keats, undated; a typed manuscript of Kirk's Shared Porridge: the Life of George Keats, p. 243, plus appendices; and a photocopy of her M.A. thesis, "The Life of George Keats," Columbia University, 1933, p. 168. Card index in repository
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