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Guide to the Edith Thurston Keyes Papers MS 216
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  • Title: Edith Thurston Keyes Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 216
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.75 Linear feet (2 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1932-1956
    Abstract: The collection contains works by poet Edith Thurston Keyes and her contemporaries, and press and correspondence regarding Keyes’ poetry activities.
    creator: Keyes, Edith Thurston

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Edith Thurston Keyes was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1875 of English and French Huguenot ancestry. She took post graduate courses in English Literature at the University of Minnesota. She was an active member of the Professional Readers Club of Washington D.C. as well as the National Indian Auxiliary, also in Washington. In 1948 she published two books written in prose form, The Twilight Trail and The Feather Flute. Keyes lived in San Diego for 48 years where she was an active member of the San Diego Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, Joyous Crafters Poetry Society, San Diego Woman’s Club, Vice President from 1947-1948 of the San Diego Women’s Press Club, and the presiding officer of the Bungalow Literary Society in Balboa Park for 16 years. She died in 1969, with no known survivors.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains papers of Edith Thurston Keyes including her poetry and poetry by her contemporaries. Loose scrapbook pages include correspondence, newspaper clippings and ephemera regarding Edith Thurston Keyes and other poets, as well as materials related to the groups and societies to which she belonged. Two handmade, cloth-covered scrapbooks of poetry given to Edith Thurston Keyes as gifts are also included in the collection.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Alison Hennessey on May 7, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Edith Thurston Keyes, MS 216, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.


    The collection is arranged by subject.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bungalow Literary Society.
    Campbell, Inez Arnold
    Joyous Crafters Poetry Society.
    Keyes, Edith Thurston
    Murfey, Etta Josephean
    National Indian Auxiliary.
    National League of American Pen Women. San Diego Branch.
    National League of American Pen Women.
    Professional Readers Club of Washington D.C..
    San Diego Woman's Club.
    San Diego Women's Press Club.
    San Diego (Calif.)
    The Feather Flute The Twilight Trail