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Kevles (Barbara L.) collection on Gordon Parks
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  • Kevles biography
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Related Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Barbara L. Kevles collection on Gordon Parks
    source: Kevles, Barbara L.
    Creator: Kevles, Barbara L.
    Identifier/Call Number: M1409
    Identifier/Call Number: 8235
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1976-2001
    Abstract: Interview notes and other material related to filmmaker and photographer Gordon Parks by journalist Barbara Kevles.

    Kevles biography

    Barbara Kevles has worked as a free-lance journalist for major publications for nearly forty years. Her articles have been published in many leading national magazines such as Esquire, Salon.Com, The Atlantic, The New York Times, People, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, US Weekly, New York, The Village Voice, Seventeen, Cineaste, Piano, American Record Guide, and Fanfare.
    She has interviewed such famous people as Tom Wolfe, Kathleen Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Liv Ullmann, Jeanne Moreau, Judy Collins, Jerzy Kosinski, Slavko Vorkapich, Edith Head, Gail Parent, Joan Baez, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Stephen Hough, Andrew Litton, and profiled luminaries like Gordon Parks, Lowell Liebermann, Joan Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, and Shirley Temple Black. Her critically influential interview with Pulitzer poet Anne Sexton published first in The Paris Review has been republished in six anthologies: Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews, 4th Series (Viking, 1974); Women Writers at Work and Poets at Work, (both Viking/Penguin, 1989); and Women Writers at Work (Modern Library, 1998); as well as Anne Sexton: The Artist and Her Critics, (Indiana University Press, 1978) and No Evil Star: Selected Essays, Interviews, and Prose: Anne Sexton, (The University of Michigan Press, 1985).
    She's also published hundreds of newspaper articles in such well known dailies as the Daily News (NYC), New York Post, Newsday, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman, and The Dallas Morning News.
    Collections of Kevles' audio taped interviews, research, manuscripts, and correspondence reside at the John F. Kennedy Library, operated by the National Archives, Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and Bryn Mawr College for the benefit of scholars, historians, authors, and students. Her Kennedy Library archives, which measure 1.5 linear feet, were used by Laurence Leamer in his bestseller, The Kennedy Women: The Saga of an American Family (Villard Books, 1994). See Kevles, Barbara L(ynne) at http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Archives+and+Manuscripts [as of 2007]. Recently, Stanford University Libraries Special Collections and Art and Architecture Library jointly acquired a Kevles archive.
    Kevles' last bestseller writing book, Basic Magazine Writing (WDB), was a Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club choice and a Main Feature by Writer's Digest Book Club. Basic Magazine Writing was endorsed by top editors at TV Guide, People, Family Circle, Harper's Bazaar, and House Beautiful. It sold 2100 copies. She's also co-edited an essay collection, In Opposition to Core Curriculum: Alternative Models for Undergraduate Education (Greenwood Press). Endorsed by Presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and Vassar as well as Harvard University faculty, this essay collection was excerpted in The New York Times and Change Magazine.
    Barbara Kevles has taught at New York University, The New School (NYC), and The University of Texas at Dallas. Articles in basic forms she has taught, assigned and supervised by staff and free-lance journalists have appeared in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Parents, Esquire, and People. Her alumni have worked for The Wall St. Journal, New York Post, Elle, Victoria, House Beautiful, and other notable publications. Barbara Kevles was educated at Bryn Mawr College where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Kevles' biography is included in Contemporary Authors.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Related Materials

    Stanford Special Collections also holds the Barbara L. Kevles Collection of Computer Technology (M1588): https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/6962501
    Wichita State University holds the Gordon Parks Papers: http://specialcollections.wichita.edu/collections/ms/2013-01/2013-1-a.html
    The Libary of Congress also holds a Parks collection: https://www.loc.gov/item/mm96083761/

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased, 2004. Accession 2004-005.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Barbara L. Kevles Collection on Gordon Parks (M1409). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    Interview notes and other material related to African American filmmaker, photographer & author Gordon Parks, created by journalist Barbara Kevles for two articles: "Gordon Parks, 'I don't make black exploitation films'", Village Voice May 10, 1976; and "Scenes from a Modern Marriage," interview with Gene Parks, third wife of Gordon Parks, Working Woman April, 1977.
    This finding aid was created with notes supplied by Kevles about her interviews.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Motion pictures -- History.
    African Americans in the motion picture industry
    Kevles, Barbara L.
    Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006