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Ruth Lee Kennedy Papers, 1900-1988 (Bulk: 1930-1988)
4 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
The papers of Ruth Lee Kennedy contain papers related to her career at Smith College and the University of Arizona as Professor of Spanish Literature and her distinguished career as a scholar of Spanish literature's Golden Age (17th century), especially the works of Tirso de Molina.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Ruth Lee Kennedy was born on October 15, 1895 in Centerville, Texas, the daughter of Oliver William Kennedy and Carrie Lee McWaters Kennedy. Professor Kennedy did her undergraduate and masters level education at the University of Texas in Austin (B.A., 1916; M.A., 1917) in Spanish language and literature. She did further graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley (1924-1925) before completing her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1931.

Professor Kennedy began her teaching career as a teacher of Spanish in the San Benito, Texas (1917-1918) and Temple, Texas (1918-1919) high schools. She served as an instructor in the Oklahoma College for Women (1918-1919), at Sam Houston State Teacher's College (1920-1921), at the University of Puerto Rico (1921-1922), at Southwest Texas State Teacher's College (1922-1926) and at San Antonio Junior College (1926-1930). Professor Kennedy was appointed to the Spanish Department at Smith College in 1930 and taught there until her retirement in 1961. She was made full professor in 1944, served as chair of the department and as head of the Smith Junior Year in Spain (1956-1958) during her tenure at Smith College. Also during those years she also taught at various colleges and universities in the United States and lectured both here in the United States and in Spain, England and Germany. She was the first American woman to lecture at Oxford and Cambridge universities in England. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1951 that allowed her to further her studies in Spanish literature, as well as fellowships from the American Association of University Women and the Jusserant traveling fellowship of the University of Pennsylvania.

After her retirement from Smith College in 1961, Professor Kennedy moved to Tucson, Arizona and assumed a professorship at the University of Arizona from which she retired in 1970. In 1979 Professor Kennedy was admitted to the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Espanola, the American branch of the Real Academia Espanola. Among her other honors was the Festschrift published in 1977, Studies in Honor of Ruth Lee Kennedy edited by Vern G. Williamsen and A. F. Michael Atlee (Chapel Hill, N.C. and Madrid). In retirement, Professor Kennedy continued to do research and publish.

In her lifetime Professor Kennedy was generally regarded as the world's foremost scholar of the 17th century Spanish dramatist Tirso de Molina, who was the topic of one of her books, Studies in Tirso (1974), and of numerous articles. In addition to her book study of Tirso, Professor Kennedy also published the book The Dramatic Art of Moreto (1932); she published nearly 50 articles in her long career. She was a mentor to numerous younger scholars, a fact evident in the collected correspondence of these papers.

In retirement in Tucson, Professor Kennedy enjoyed gardening and was often cited for her gardens in Tucson publications. She died on February 4, 1988 at age 92 in Tucson. Her ashes were buried in the family plots in Houston, Texas.

The Ruth Lee Kennedy Fellowship at the University of Arizona and at Rice University is given to students of the Golden Age literature. At the University of Texas at Austin Professor Kennedy established two fellowships in honor of her parents: the Carrie Lee Kennedy Fellowship (for graduate students or undergraduate students of exceptionally outstanding ability who are studying Golden Age of Spanish Literature) and the Oliver William Kennedy Fellowship (for a graduate student or a faculty member for travel to Spain or other European countries to do research in the Golden Age of Spanish Literature). The Ruth Lee Kennedy/Fulbright travel grant is co-sponsored by the International Institute in Spain and the Commission of Cultural, Educative and Scientific Interchange between Spain and the United States is granted to Spanish women, lawyers or doctors who wish to carry out investigation projects or extended studies in a university in the United States.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ruth Lee Kennedy papers contain biographical materials, some items from her youth and early years as a teacher of Spanish literature and language and portraits and photographs of Kennedy and her family. There are extensive files of correspondence received by Professor Kennedy related to her professional activities among Spanish literature scholars in the United States and Europe as well as from other academicians. There are a few letters of Professor Kennedy's. Correspondents include, but are not limited to: Maria Araujo-Fernandez, Jamie Asensio, J. B. Avalle-Arce, Hannah E. Bergman, Alice H. Bushee, John Brooks, Courtney Bruerton, James A. Castaneda, Jill Ker Conway, J. P. Wickersham Crawford, William J. Entwistle, William L. Fichter, Robert A. Folchi, Otis H. Green, Guillermo Guastavino, John Hull, Lloyd Kasten, L. Klaiber, Irving A. Leonard, George E. McSpadden, G. Marañón, Thomas C. Mendenhall, Sylvanus Griswold Morley, Joaquina Navarro, Emilio Navarro Sanz, Tomas Navarro Tomas, Jack H. Parker, Manuel Penedo Rey, Agapito Rey, Miguel Romera Navarro, Nina Scott, Lesley B. Simpson, Gerald Wade, Bruce W. Wardropper, Margaret Wilson and Maria Eugenia Zornoga de Marques. The correspondence is arranged by date.

The papers also include lecture and research notes. Professor Kennedy's notes are usually written in pencil in very small handwritten letters on small pieces of paper and assembled in small bundles-the back of an envelope, half sheets of letter sized paper or other small sheets. Often the content of a given group of papers is unclear; an anonymous individual has very helpfully identified many of the bundles of papers with precise notes as to the content of a particular bundle. The lecture and research notes are arranged in very broad subject topics that in no way limit the contents of the file.

The papers are arranged in the following series:
  • I. General Biographical
  • II. Photographs
  • III. Correspondence
  • IV. Publications


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Ruth Lee Kennedy Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The Ruth Lee Kennedy papers were created and/or assembled by Professor Kennedy, Professor of Spanish Literature at Smith College (1931-1961) and at the University of Arizona (1961-1970) and were donated to the College Archives.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Series I: General



Biographical materials


Box 1: folder 1
Curriculum vita, lists of RLK's publications, etc.


Box 1: folder 2
Guggenheim application
1951

Box 1: folder 3
Transcripts and certificates
1920s

Box 1: folder 4
Addresses, etc.


Box 1: folder 5
University of Pennsylvania items
1930s-1970s

Box 1: folder 6
Smith College appointment papers
1931-1959

Box 1: folder 6a
University of Arizona appointment papers
1961-1968

Box 1: folder 7
General miscellaneous
1930s-1980s

Box 1: folder 8
Valedictory address (high school), by RLK
1912

Box 1: folder 9
Poetry, by Steve
1920s

Box 1: folder 10
The Alamo (yearbook) - San Antonio Junior College
1928

Box 1: folder 11
Writings, by E. C. Kennedy (RLK's brother)
1970-1980s

Box 1: folder 12
Marta Antonio Estades Saez - Certificates
1940-1952

Box 1: folder 13
Passports and international certificates of vaccinations
1936-1966

Box 1: folder 14
European library cards, etc.
1937-1958

Box 1: folder 15
Award certificates, identifications, etc.
1940s-1980s

Box 1: folder 16
Grade book - San Benito High School, Texas
1917-1918

Box 1: folder 17
Series II: Photographs



Photographs of RLK
Late 1900s-early 1910s (?)

Box 1: folder 1
Portrait of RLK
1918 or 1919

Box 1: folder 2
Portrait of RLK
1925

Box 1: folder 3
Portrait of RLK
1932 or 1933

Box 1: folder 4
Portrait of RLK
1936

Box 1: folder 5
Portrait of RLK
1951

Box 1: folder 6
Portraits of RLK
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Photographs of Carrie Lee McWaters Kennedy and RLK


Box 1: folder 8
Photographs of RLK


Box 1: folder 9
Portrait of Ernest C. Kennedy and of RLK and her family


Box 1: folder 10
RLK at Smith College


Box 1: folder 11
San Jacinto Museum (Texas)


Box 1: folder 12
Photographs of friends


Box 1: folder 13
Photographs - Smith College in Spain


Box 1: folder 14
Photographs - Europe


Box 1: folder 15
Portraits - Unidentified individuals


Box 1: folder 16
Christmas greetings received (photographs) from various individuals


Box 1: folder 17
Photographs of RLK in formal dress (Kennedy Photo Service, Houston, Texas)



Series III: Correspondence



Correspondence to and from RLK's mother
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Kennedy Chronicle - RLK's Christmas letters
1955-1988

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence
1930-1937

Box 1: folder 3
Correspondence
1938-1939

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence
1940-1941

Box 1: folder 5
Correspondence
1942-1944

Box 1: folder 6
Correspondence
1945

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence
1946-1947

Box 1: folder 8
Correspondence
1948

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence
1949

Box 1: folder 10
Correspondence
1950

Box 1: folder 11
Correspondence
1951

Box 1: folder 12
Correspondence
1952

Box 1: folder 13
Correspondence
1953-1955

Box 1: folder 14
Correspondence
1956-1958

Box 1: folder 15
Correspondence
1959

Box 1: folder 16
Correspondence
1960-1961

Box 2: folder 17
Correspondence
1962-1964

Box 2: folder 18
Correspondence
1965-1966

Box 2: folder 19
Correspondence
1967

Box 2: folder 20
Correspondence
1968-1969

Box 2: folder 21
Correspondence
1970-1971

Box 2: folder 22
Correspondence
1972

Box 2: folder 23
Correspondence
1973

Box 2: folder 24
Correspondence
1974

Box 2: folder 25
Correspondence
1975

Box 2: folder 26
Correspondence
1976

Box 2: folder 27
Correspondence
1977

Box 2: folder 28
Correspondence
1978

Box 2: folder 29
Correspondence
1979-1980

Box 2: folder 30
Correspondence
1981-1982

Box 2: folder 31
Correspondence
1983-1988

Box 2: folder 32
Correspondence - On Tirso manuscript
1972

Box 2: folder 33
Correspondence
n.d.

Box 2: folder 34-35
Retirement, University of Arizona - Program, speeches, letters of appreciation received
1970

Box 2: folder 36
Retirement, University of Arizona - Guest signature book
1970

Box 2: folder 37
Series IV: Publications



Attacks on Lope and His Theatre in 1617-1621


Box 2: folder 1
Certain Phases of the Sumptuary Decrees of 1623 and their Relation to Tirso's Theatre
1942

Box 2: folder 2
The Close Friendship of Gabriel Tellez and Perez de Montalvan: its Possible Significance for the "Segunda parte of Tirso -- and Addenda
1972-1975, (1975-1976)

Box 2: folder 3
"El condenado por desconfiado": 1st Ambient and its Date of Composition
1974

Box 2: folder 4
"El condenado por desconfiado": Various Reasons for Questioning its Authenticity in Tirso's Theatre
1976

Box 2: folder 5
"El condenado por desconfiado": Yet Further Reasons for Questioning its Authenticity in Tirso's Theatre
1976

Box 2: folder 6
Concerning Seven Manuscripts Linked with Moreto's Name
1935

Box 2: folder 7
Contemporary Satire Against Ruiz de Alarcon as Lover
1945

Box 2: folder 8
The Date, Significance and Organic Unity of Mira's Dyptich on Ruy de Avalos and Don Alvaro de Luna


Box 2: folder 9
The Date of El "Amor medico" and "Escarmientos para el cuerdo" : Tirso's supposed trip to Portugal in 1619


Box 2: folder 10
Did Tirso Send to Press a Primera parte of Madrid (1626) which Contained El condenado por desconfiado


Box 2: folder 11
Escarraman and Glimpses of the Spanish Court in 1637-38
1941

Box 2: folder 12
"La estrella de Sevilla", Reinterpreted


Box 2: folder 13
Estudios sobre Tirso, 1
1983

Box 2: folder 14
La gala del nadar-date and authorship


Box 3: folder 15
Has Tirso Satirized the Conde-Duque de Olivares in Nineucio of Tanto es lo de mas como lo de menos?
1980

Box 3: folder 16
Literary and Political Satire in Tirso's "La fingida Arcadia"
1964

Box 3: folder 17
The Madrid of 1617-25: Certain Aspects of Social, Moral, and Educational Reform


Box 3: folder 18
Las mangas cortas in Lope's Theatre (1611-1616): Their Importance as a Tentative Norm for Chronology
1962

Box 3: folder 19
Moretiana: A Source for El caballero
1939

Box 3: folder 20
El mundo literario de Madrid, en una comedia de Tirso
1979-1980

Box 3: folder 21
Notes on Two Interrelated Plays of Tirso: El amor y el amistad and Ventura te de Dios, hijo
1960

Box 3: folder 22
On the Draft of Five Plays by Tirso de Molina
1942

Box 3: folder 23
Pantaleon de Ribera, "Sirene," Castillo y Solorzano, and the Academia de Madrid in Early 1625


Box 3: folder 24
La perspectiva politica de Tirso en "Privar contra su gusto", de 1621, y la de sus comedias politicas posteriors
1981

Box 3: folder 25
Philip IV's Advocacy of San Blas on February 3, 1623: Its Reflection in the Blas-Menga "Romancero" and the Works of Gabriel Tellez
1976-1977, (1978)

Box 3: folder 26
"La prudencia en la jujer" y el ambiente quella produjo
1949

Box 3: folder 27
A Reappraisal of Tirso's Relations to Lope and his Theatre
1965-1966

Box 3: folder 28
La renegada de Valladolid
1937

Box 3: folder 29
Sin honra no hay valentina
1939-1940

Box 3: folder 30
Sobre la relacion de Tirso con Cervantes
1979

Box 3: folder 31
The Sources of La fuerza del natural
1936

Box 3: folder 32
Studies for the Chronology of Tirso's Theatre
1943

Box 3: folder 33
The Theme of "Stratonice" in the Drama of the Spanish Peninsula
1940

Box 3: folder 34
Tirso's Desde Toledo a Madrid: its Date and Place of Composition
1971

Box 3: folder 35
Tirso's "El mayor desengano": Its Date of Composition, Its Ambient, and Its Interpretation
1976

Box 3: folder 36
Tirso's No hay peor sordo: Its Date and Place of Composition


Box 3: folder 37
Tirso's "La republica al reves" Its Debt to Mira's "La rueda de la fortuna": Its Date of Composition, and Its Importance
1973

Box 3: folder 38
Tirso's "La venturea con el nombre": Its Source and Date of Composition
1969

Box 3: folder 39
Tirso's La vida y muerte de Herodes: Its Date, Its Importance, and Its Debt to Mira's Theatre


Box 3: folder 40
Tirso's Satire of Ruiz de Alarcon
1964

Box 3: folder 41
Varia: Moreto's Span of Dramatic Activity


Box 3: folder 42
RLK's book reviews on other writers


Box 3: folder 43
Book reviews on RLK's publications


Box 3: folder 44
Series V: Lecture and Research Notes, including related teaching activities



Smith College Junior Year in Spain and other Spanish language and literature activities at Smith College
1950s-1960

Box 3: folder 1
University of Arizona Ph.D. requirements in Spanish
1960s

Box 3: folder 2
Grade books - University of Arizona
1961-1970

Box 3: folder 3
Course introduction


Box 3: folder 4
Introductory notes, course assignments, test questions


Box 3: folder 5
Introductory materials on Spanish literature - Research notes, lectures and bibliographies


Box 3: folder 6
Spanish literature through the 15th century - Lecture notes and course outline


Box 3: folder 7
Smith College - Spanish language and literature - Miscellaneous


Box 3: folder 8
Drama of the Golden Age of Spanish literature - lecture notes for professionals and a slide presentation (no slides)


Box 3: folder 9
Lecture notes - Various topics


Box 3: folder 10
Notes to "Majiganga"


Box 3: folder 11
Cervantes - Don Quixote - research and lecture notes


Box 3: folder 12
Cervantes - general research notes and lectures


Box 3: folder 13
Course notes and exams for University of Arizona Spanish 399 - Drama of the "Siglo del Oro" - Lope de Vega


Box 3: folder 14
Research notes on Lope de Vega - life and works


Box 3: folder 15
Research and lecture notes on Tirso de Molina - life and works


Box 3: folder 16
Research notes for and drafts of RLK's article - "La prudencia en la jujer" y el ambiente quella produjo
1940s

Box 3: folder 17
Research notes - various topics


Box 3: folder 18-19
Miscellaneous items


Box 3: folder 20

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