Scope and Content
Keith, Joseph Joel
Title: Joseph Joel Keith Papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-1967
1 linear foot
Abstract: Joseph Joel Keith was an American poet of the mid-twentieth century. His Papers contain his notebooks, poems, prose, and lyrics,
as well as several photographs.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as
many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-156
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Joseph Joel Keith was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1920s. He was a member
of the Poetry Society of America, president of the Los Angeles, California Branch of the P.E.N., and was managing editor of
the Borestone Mountain Poetry Awards.
His works include:
Across the Dark (1964),
Aloha, Polynesia: Hawaiian Poems (1967),
Durable Fire (1949),
The Hearth Lit: Poems (1946),
Inner Pilgrim (1939),
The Long Nights: Poems (1944), and
The Proud People: Poems of War and Poems of Peace (1943), among others.
Keith passed away on January 1, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Triem, Eve. "In Memoriam: Joseph Joel Keith."
The Indian P.E.N. 32 (1967): 167-169.
Scope and Content
The Joseph Joel Keith Papers contain his notebooks, poems, prose, and lyrics, as well as several photographs.
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is arranged in four series: 1. Works by Keith, 2. About Joseph Joel Keith, 3. Correspondence, and 4. Photographs.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online
public access catalog.
Keith, Joseph Joel--Archives
Poets, American--20th century
American poetry--20th century
Collection is open for research.
Sara Gunasekara was assisted by student employee Michelle Xie in the processing of this collection.
Gift of Ernest Ballard in 1967.
[Identification of item], Joseph Joel Keith Papers, D-156, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University
of California, Davis.
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