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Finding Aid to the Agnes Newton Keith Papers, 1913-1985, undated (bulk 1939-1975)
BANC MSS 86/161 z  
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Description
The Agnes Newton Keith Papers (1913-1985, bulk 1939-1975) include drafts, diaries, correspondence, speech notes, research materials, and clippings, mostly related to Keith's literary work.
Background
Agnes Jones Goodwillie Newton Keith (1901-1982) was an American author, known for her autobiographical accounts of her family's experiences in Borneo, the Philippines, and Libya. Keith was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to an American mother and a British father. The family moved to California early in Keith's childhood. Keith graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1924, and worked for the San Francisco Examiner. Her career as a journalist came to an abrupt end in 1925, when a man convinced that the newspaper was persecuting him through Krazy Kat cartoons attacked her outside the Examiner offices. Keith suffered memory and vision loss as a result of this assault, but eventually recovered. In 1934 Keith married Henry G. (Harry) Keith, an Englishman, who was a family friend and who had studied forestry at Berkeley. Keith followed her new husband to his current posting as Conservator of Forests and Director of Agriculture in North Borneo, where she became deeply interested in the region and its people. Keith's first book, Land Below the Wind (1939), describes her early Borneo experiences.
Extent
17 cartons 21.25 linear feet
Restrictions
Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
Collection is open for research.