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Finding Aid to the Cleve Boutell Papers, 1949-2008

Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Darwent, (c) 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Boutell, Cleve M., 1918-2011
Title
Cleve Boutell papers
Collection no.
Coll2013.114
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1956-2007
Date [inclusive]
1949-2008
Extent
7.3 linear feet., 4 archive boxes + 2 flat archive boxes + 1 archive binder.
Language
English
Abstract
Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, news clippings and other materials from lesbian writer Cleve Marie Boutell (1918-2011). The bulk of the collection is drafts of fictional works by Cleve Boutell. There is also correspondence with her lesbian sister Hortense "Bo" Boutell (1913-2006), a lieutenant colonel and the first female logistician in the United States Army.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Cleve Boutell Papers, Coll2013-114, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Cleve Marie Boutell was born in Minnesota on March 27, 1918. She was a lesbian writer who wrote fictional short stories and novels, including The Yellow Basket (1950),  Late in August (1956) and  A Certain Discontent (1992). She was an avid book collector, an active member of the Feminist Writers Guild, and served as art director for  Datamation Magazine. She lived most of her life in Pasadena, California and supported the Pasadena bookstore Page One--Books For and By Women. Cleve died on March 19, 2011 in South Pasadena, California.

Hortense "Bo" Boutell, Cleve's sister, was born on February 12, 1913 in Minnesota. Hortense was active in the United States Army and was the first woman to be accepted into the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She became a lieutenant colonel, the highest position a woman could obtain at the time, and worked as the Army's first female logistician. After retiring from the Army, Hortense received her MFA from George Washington University and worked as a stained glass artist. She also was a producer for the German film company Ariadne Films. Hortense died on July 15, 2006 in Washington D.C.

Sources:

Chiara, Adriana. "Martial Artist."  Crystal City etc. Summer 1993: 10-11, 13. Print.

Box 4, Folder 8, Cleve Boutell Papers, Coll2013-114, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, news clippings, correspondence, photographs and other materials from lesbian writer Cleve Boutell (1918-2011). The fictional writings series comprises drafts, revisions and final manuscripts of Late in August (1956),  A Certain Discontent (1992) and  Entrevue (1994-2007), as well as her short stories  The Yellow Basket (1950),  Eleanore's Story (1986-1991),  Rope Dancer (1987) and  Uncle Gibeau (1990). The personal papers series comprises correspondence with her lesbian sister Hortense "Bo" Boutell, personal journals, clippings, information regarding the now closed bookstore Page One, and travel photographs.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Writings

Series 2. Personal papers

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 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.

Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Cornelius on November 7, 2011.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Darwent, November 2013.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

The following materials were separated from the collection and catalogued in the ONE Archives periodicals collection:

Elysian Fields Booksellers catalogs (#36-40).

Lambda Book Report Vol. 3, No. 4 (May/June 1992).

New Women's Times (1979).

Sinister Wisdom #33 (Fall 1987).

Words to the Wise Firebrand catalog (1986).

Write On, Woman! (1979).

One book, Women's Army Corps 1945-1978 of the Army Historical Series, has been separated from the collection and cataloged in the ONE Archives library.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Boutell, Hortense, 1913-2006

Subject(s)

  • Lesbian authors
  • Lesbian writings

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Series 1. Writings 1949-2007 

Scope and Contents

The series comprises drafts, revisions and final manuscripts of Late in August (1956),  A Certain Discontent (1992) and  Entrevue (1994-2007), as well as her short stories  The Yellow Basket (1950),  Eleanore's Story (1986-1991),  Rope Dancer (1987),  Uncle Gibeau (1990), and others.  A Certain Discontent (1992) was Boutell's only published work.

Arrangement

Materials for A Certain Discontent are at the beginning of this series. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 A Certain Discontent 1981 

1 12
Box Folder

 Iowa Writer's Workshop 1981 

1 1

 A View from an Oriel Window 1981-1983   [4 folders]

1 2-5

 Drafts and revisions 1982-1992   [16 folders]

1 6-21

 Naiad Press manuscript circa 1992   [4 folders]

2 1-4

 Reviews 1992-1995 

2 5

 As to Polo circa 1981 

2 6

 Available Light 2004 

2 7

 Books reviews, unpublished circa 1989 

2 8

 "Camp Stories" for Sinister Wisdom 1987 

2 9

 A Death in Heidelberg 1989 

2 10

 Eleanore's Story 1986-1991 

2 11

 Entrevue 1994-2007 

2 12-24
Box Folder

 Drafts and notes 1994-2007   [11 folders]

2 12-22

 Entrevue: Je m'entends bien 2006-2007   [2 folders]

2 23-24

 Fair Tower Sufficiently Defended (alternate title,  The Near Edge) 1950-1953 

2 25

 I Hold Here in My Hand 1987 

2 26

 Late in August circa 1953-1956   [2 folders]

2 27-28

 Late in August 1953-1957   [3 folders]

3 1-3

 Makes One Shudder Even Though Dead undated 

3 4

 The Making of a Six Year Old Autodidact undated 

3 5

 Manifestations in Rock Island, Illinois 1983, 1988 

3 6

 An Odyssey of Love undated 

3 7

 The Ordeal of Kimberly Laing undated 

3 8

 "Reader's Diary" circa 1980-1982 

3 9

 Rope Dancer 1987 

3 10

 Royale: a play in three acts 1976 

3 11

 Small Press clippings 1992-1994 

3 12

 Uncle Gibeau 1990 

3 13

 University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, Writing for Pleasure 1989 

3 18

 Untitled fiction 2007 

3 14

 Untitled manuscripts and poems, miscellaneous circa 1952-2000   [3 folders]

3 15-17

 Writing notebooks 1981-1998   [4 folders]

Scope and Contents

Some notebooks contain clippings and other related material.

3 19-22

 The Yellow Basket 1949-1952 

3 23

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Series 2:  Series 2. Personal papers 1946-2006 

Scope and Contents

The series comprises correspondence with her lesbian sister Hortense "Bo" Boutell and others, memorial service materials for Hortense, personal journals, photographs, news clippings, and information regarding the now closed bookstore Page One located in Pasadena, California. There are three Datamation Magazine covers which were designed by Cleve Boutell while she was the art director for the magazine. The bulk of the photographs document Cleve Boutell's trips abroad with Mavis Blake.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder

 The Author of the Analytic Engine 1966 

3 24

 Book inventory, lists, and notes circa 1980-2000   [2 folders]

3 25-26
Box

 Boutell, Hortense "Bo," burial flag 2006 

7
Box Folder

 Boutell, Hortense "Bo," obituary and memorial service records 2006   [2 folders] Includes 1 DVD.

4 1-2
Box

 Calendar 1967 

5
Box Folder

 Clippings 1956-2008   [2 folders]

4 3-4

 Correspondence 1964-1994 

4 5-9
Box Folder

 Boutell, Hortense "Bo" 1964-1994   [4 folders]

Scope and Contents

Includes 3 color photographs of Cleve at Pearl's house, 1 color photograph of a stained glass design by Hortense, 1 b&w photograph of a horse, and 1 b&w photograph of Hortense on the East Coast.

4 5-8

 Muff, Jean, and others 1974-1986 

Scope and Contents

Includes 3 color photographs of Cleve with unidentified friends.

4 9
Box

 Datamation covers, mounted circa 1975 

5
Box Folder

 Datamation merit awards 1971, 1976 

4 10

 Feminist Writers Guild newsletters and directories 1981-1987 

4 11

 Journals and calendars 1975-1985   [3 folders]

4 12-14

 Novembermond film memorabilia circa 1975 

4 15

 Page One--Books For and By Women 1991-1994 

4 16
Box

 Photographs circa 1989-1995   Negatives, 16 b&w photographs, and 341 color photographs.

Scope and Contents

The images document Cleve Boutell's trips to Leningrad and Moscow in 1990 with Mavis Blake, London and Paris in 1989, and Berlin in 1993 for Hortense Boutell's 80th birthday. There are photographs Cleve took of Pasadena in 1992. Other photographs that are undated include images of trips to Middlebury and Washington D.C., Pasadena Lakeview, the "D.D. Parade" with Hortense and her partner Evie, and the Pasadena bookstore Page One.

6
Box Folder

 Poetry booklets 1975-1976 

Scope and Contents

Includes "Laughing Bear" (Number 1, Summer 1976), "Seven Sections from the Dreams of Jesse Bowman" (Joseph Bruchac, 1976), and "Morituri Don Dorrance" (Kathy Dorrance, 1975).

4 17

 Wallace, Henry A., presidential campaign memorabilia 1946-1948 

4 18

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