Inventory of the Joseph Joel Keith Papers

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: Keith, Joseph Joel
Title: Joseph Joel Keith Papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-1967
Extent: 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.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-156
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

Biography

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.
Source:
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.

Indexing Terms

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

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara was assisted by student employee Michelle Xie in the processing of this collection.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ernest Ballard in 1967.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joseph Joel Keith Papers, D-156, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Works by Keith 1941-1967

Scope and Content Note

Arranged into two suberies: Manuscripts and Published.
 

Subseries 1.1 Manuscripts 1941-1942; undated

Scope and Content Note

Arranged into four subseries: Notebooks, Poems, Prose, and Lyrics.
Box 1:1-13

Subseries 1.1.1 Notebooks undated

Scope and Content Note

Thirteen notebooks by Keith containing his poetry.
 

Subseries 1.1.2 Poems undated

Physical Description: 222 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains manuscripts of Keith's poems. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:14

Above and Beyond undated

Box 1:15

Ah the French undated

Box 1:16

All Night Diner undated

Box 1:17

Aloalo undated

Box 1:18

Aloaloa undated

Box 1:19

Aloha Week, Oahu undated

Box 1:20

An All-Seasons Time undated

Box 1:21

Alone Was Night undated

Box 1:22

And Active Rest undated

Box 1:23

And Another Joy undated

Box 1:24

...And Not Said undated

Box 1:25

And Present Always undated

Box 1:26

And Quietly Back undated

Box 1:27

And So Filled undated

Box 1:28

Another Language undated

Box 1:29

Another Prediction undated

Box 1:30

Any Hour undated

Box 1:31

At the Crossing undated

Box 1:32

Aunt Cora undated

Box 1:33

Ballad of Johnny Appleseed undated

Box 1:34

The Bathers; Rendezvous; Girl in the Plaza undated

Box 1:35

Before the Wind undated

Box 1:36

Beyond, the Day undated

Box 1:37

Big Little Star undated

Box 1:38

Blended Quietly undated

Box 1:39

Blind undated

Box 1:40

Boy Fifteen undated

Box 1:41

The Bud Vase undated

Box 1:42

The Cabin undated

Box 1:43

The Cabin undated

Box 1:44

The Cabin and the Watchers undated

Box 1:45

Camera undated

Box 1:46

Child and Man undated

Box 1:47

Child's Friends undated

Box 1:48

The Clearing undated

Box 1:49

Chorus of Friendship undated

Box 1:50

Chosen Roads undated

Box 1:51

Classic Hula undated

Box 1:52

Closed Sight undated

Box 1:53

Continuous Replacement undated

Box 1:54

The Country Cousin undated

Box 1:55

The Covered Bridge undated

Box 1:56

Dawn Woman undated

Box 1:57

The Day Begins.... undated

Box 1:58

Deep Foundation undated

Box 1:59

Deepest Range undated

Box 1:60

Discriminating Tenants undated

Box 1:61

Distances Close undated

Box 1:62

Dolphin undated

Box 1:63

Door of Yesterday undated

Box 1:64

Double Treasure undated

Box 1:65

e. e. c. undated

Box 1:66

Edge of Dark undated

Box 1:67

Entering a New Country undated

Box 1:68

An Equal Speed undated

Box 1:69

The Farm Boy undated

Box 1:70

Farm Grandmother undated

Box 1:71

First Death undated

Box 1:72

Four Welcomers undated

Box 1:73

From One Leaf undated

Box 1:74

From Permanency undated

Box 1:75

From the Littlest Event undated

Box 1:76

From Widest Windows undated

Box 1:77

Fulfillment undated

Box 1:78

Full Bins undated

Box 1:79

Garden Indoors undated

Box 1:80

A Girl Last Season undated

Box 1:81

A Glad Meeting undated

Box 1:82

Going-On Eighteen undated

Box 1:83

Graduation undated

Box 1:84

Grandfather Colvin undated

Box 1:85

Grandfathers undated

Box 1:86

Grandmothers undated

Box 1:87

Greenest House undated

Box 1:88

Guest Hostess undated

Box 1:89

Guide to Stillness undated

Box 1:90

Haiku undated

Box 1:91

Haiku in Hawaii undated

Box 1:92

Hand to Hand undated

Box 1:93

Hawaiian Birds (uau) undated

Box 1:94

Hawaiian Birds (The pure-white doves) undated

Box 1:95

Hawaiian Birds (uau, or dark-rumped petrel) undated

Box 1:96

Hawaiian Dress undated

Box 1:97

Hawley's Pond undated

Box 1:98

Hero undated

Box 1:99

Highest Place undated

Box 1:100

Hired Man undated

Box 1:101

Holiday in the Tropics undated

Box 1:102

Home and Home undated

Box 1:103

Hosts Returning undated

Box 1:104

The House undated

Box 1:105

House on the Corner: Poems undated

Box 1:106

Hurricane and Quiet undated

Box 1:107

Hush Over Oahu undated

Box 1:108

Hushed Applause undated

Box 1:109

In Liliuokalani Avenue undated

Box 1:110

In Polynesia undated

Box 1:111

In Polynesia undated

Box 1:112

In Prince Kuhio Park undated

Box 1:113

In Symbols undated

Box 1:114

In the Rush undated

Box 1:115

Increasing Joys undated

Box 1:116

Interminable undated

Box 1:117

It's in the Climbing undated

Box 1:118

Janitor Listening with a Learned Audience undated

Box 1:119

Japanese Art undated

Box 1:120

Kindling Wood undated

Box 1:121

Kino and the Singapore Dove undated

Box 1:122

Kinship Beyond undated

Box 1:123

Lafayette Park and Felipe de Neve Library undated

Box 1:124

Landlord and Tenants undated

Box 1:125

Late Snow undated

Box 1:126

Leis undated

Box 1:127

Letter Autumnal undated

Box 1:128

Littlest Brown Birds undated

Box 1:129

Long Arm undated

Box 1:130

The Magnet undated

Box 1:131

Magnolia undated

Box 1:132

Male and Female undated

Box 1:133

May undated

Box 1:134

Moods of Water undated

Box 1:135

Mountain Goat undated

Box 1:136

The New House undated

Box 1:137

New Supply undated

Box 1:138

Nightfall undated

Box 1:139

No Caretaker undated

Box 1:140

No Departure undated

Box 1:141

No Departure undated

Box 1:142

Nor Leaping Away undated

Box 1:143

Not Beautiful? undated

Box 1:144

Not on Their Stage undated

Box 1:145

Not Pale undated

Box 1:146

Not to be Held undated

Box 1:147

Not Wood, Not Stone undated

Box 1:148

Nutshell Biography undated

Box 1:149

Of the Green Days undated

Box 1:150

The Old Man undated

Box 1:151

One Touch From Sky undated

Box 1:152

One-Season Island undated

Box 1:153

Pacific Coast Highway undated

Box 1:154

Palms undated

Box 1:155

Patterns in Miniature undated

Box 1:156

Pearl Harbor, Memorial Day undated

Box 1:157

Performance Gratis undated

Box 1:158

Perfumed Shower undated

Box 1:159

Permanent undated

Box 1:160

Permanent Gift undated

Box 1:161

Permanent Gifts undated

Box 1:162

Perpetual Advice undated

Box 1:163

Plans for Building undated

Box 1:164

Plumeria undated

Box 1:165

The Quiet Child undated

Box 1:166

The Quiet Walk undated

Box 1:167

Quiet Yell for a Victor undated

Box 1:168

Real Reflection undated

Box 1:169

Rebirth undated

Box 1:170

Replenishment Always undated

Box 1:171

Reply for Richard Eberhart undated

Box 1:172

Return From Big Island undated

Box 1:173

Reward to the Living undated

Box 1:174

Ridge Cabin undated

Box 1:175

The Rolling Hills undated

Box 1:176

Scholar undated

Box 1:177

The Shawl undated

Box 1:178

Ships undated

Box 1:179

The Shopping Student undated

Box 1:180

Sight Unlimited undated

Box 1:181

Silent Adventure undated

Box 1:182

Silent Answer undated

Box 1:183

Sisters: Ancient, Juvenile undated

Box 1:184

Skylark undated

Box 1:185

A Sly One undated

Box 1:186

Small? undated

Box 1:187

Snowdrifts undated

Box 1:188

So Be It undated

Box 1:189

So It Was Dreamed undated

Box 1:190

Son undated

Box 1:191

Song For Any Time undated

Box 1:192

Space Between undated

Box 1:193

Speaking Stillness undated

Box 1:194

The Spider undated

Box 1:195

Spires in Hawaiian Rock undated

Box 1:196

The Station Clock undated

Box 1:197

The Still Step undated

Box 1:198

Storm in the Tropics undated

Box 1:199

As A Sudden Surprise undated

Box 1:200

A Sudden Wealth undated

Box 1:201

Suddenly.... undated

Box 1:202

Suddenly Buds.... undated

Box 1:203

Sure Bond undated

Box 1:204

Surprise! undated

Box 1:205

Syllabic and Haiku For A Composer: Alice Crane Williams undated

Box 1:206

The Tailor undated

Box 1:207

A Temperament undated

Box 1:208

That Cat undated

Box 1:209

This Little Tenant undated

Box 1:210

To Cadences of Quietness undated

Box 1:211

To Live undated

Box 1:212

Torrey Pines undated

Box 1:213

Toward Impeccable Speech undated

Box 1:214

Toward Impeccable Speech undated

Box 1:215

Trade Winds of Hawaii undated

Box 1:216

A Tropical Gift undated

Box 1:217

Tropical Havens undated

Box 1:218

Tropics' Daily Gift undated

Box 1:219

Twins undated

Box 1:220

Unhidden undated

Box 1:221

Up! undated

Box 1:222

Watchman undated

Box 1:223

Where Earth and the Heavens Meet undated

Box 1:224

Wide Highway undated

Box 1:225

With the Vast Flow undated

Box 1:226

Wind and Wind undated

Box 1:227

Winds of the Tropics undated

Box 1:228

The Woman undated

Box 1:229

Woodworker undated

Box 1:230

Word and Word undated

Box 1:231

Workers Toward Light undated

Box 1:232

Year In, Year Out undated

Box 1:233

Young Father undated

Box 1:234

Youth Alone undated

Box 1:235

Zoologist With Telescope undated

 

Subseries 1.1.3 Prose undated

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains one piece of prose by Keith.
Box 1:236

Pegasus Tied undated

 

Subseries 1.1.4 Lyrics 1941-1942

Physical Description: 11 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains song lyrics written by Keith. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:237

First Flurry 1941

Box 1:238

Hearing Afternoon of a Faun 1942 January

Box 1:239

His Hand Went Up 1942 February

Box 1:240

I Will Hear Stillness 1942 January

Box 1:241

In the Desert 1941

Box 1:242

In this Green Place 1941

Box 1:243

Now Slumbers the Day 1942 January

Box 1:244

Shelter the Little Ones 1942 February

Box 1:245

Spring Evening 1941 August

Box 1:246

White Finger 1941 December

Box 1:247

Winging Alone 1941 November

 

Subseries 1.2 Published 1943-1967

Physical Description: 7 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains Keith's published works. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1:248

America! You are the Giver! 1943

Box 1:249

...And Then Derision 1964

Box 1:250

Backdrops 1966

Box 1:251

Not Lost, published in The Human Forum 1966 November 26

Box 1:252

Many-colored, published in The Human Forum 1966 December 14

Box 1:253

Various poems, published in The Human Voice Quarterly 1966-1967 Winter

Box 1:254

The Wreath, published in Southwest Review 1966 Autumn

Box 1:255-258

Series 2. About Joseph Joel Keith 1948-1967

Scope and Content Note

Contains clippings that mention Keith.
Box 1:259

Series 3. Correspondence 1966 July 22

Scope and Content Note

One letter to Keith from Hiroaki Sato.
Box 1:260

UCD.PIC.D156.2010.0001-UCD.PIC.D156.2010.0006Series 4. Photographs undated

Scope and Content Note

Six photographs of Keith