Frances Angevine Gray Keef Papers

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Frances Angevine Gray Keef papers
Creator: Keef, Frances Angevine Gray, 1888-1965
Call Number: D.428
Dates: 1879-1968
Physical Description: 2.13 linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Revision Information
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Personal papers
Series II: Writings
Collection Overview
Title: Frances Angevine Gray Keef papers
Creator: Keef, Frances Angevine Gray, 1888-1965
Call Number: D.428
Dates: 1879-1968
Physical Description: 2.13 linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Frances Allen Angevine was born in 1888. Angevine attended the University of Rochester and following her graduation in 1909, completed an English Masters Degree at the University in 1923. Angevine continued to study English through Cornell University's summer program in 1924, 1926 and 1933. She then taught English and Latin in the Rochester public school system. Angevine met and married Mason DeWitt Gray in 1910, a University of Rochester alumnus. Gray worked as a Latin teacher and scholar in at East High School in Rochester. The couple had one child, Noel W. Gray in 1927. Mason Gray died in 1929. In 1935, Angevine married Henry H. Keef, also a University of Rochester alumnus.

Keef continued to teach from the 1930s until her retirement from West High in 1953. While teaching, Keef wrote and published under her first married name, Gray, three volumes of poetry including Fragile Armor, 1942, Winged Passage, 1951, and Signature of Time 1968. In addition to her volumes of poetry, Gray also published individual poems in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, the Herald Tribune. She also wrote travel essays. Beginning in 1962, Keef became the editor of "Poetry Corner" a weekly column featuring selected poetry that was published in the Democrat and Chronicle. Gray was a member of the Poetry Society of America and served as president of the Rochester Poetry Society.

Frances Angevine Gray Keef died ca. 1965

Scope and Content
The Frances Angevine Gray Keef Papers consist of two series: Personal Papers and Writings. Personal Papers includes correspondence between Keef and her family as well as several pieces of professional correspondence related to her career as a teacher and writer. This series also includes family photographs, of Keef as well as her immediate family between the late nineteenth century through the mid- twentieth century. The second series, Writings includes several examples of Keef's poetry, as well as essays and articles. This series also contains newspaper reviews and articles about Keef and her work.

Arrangement
Series List

Series I. Personal Papers

Series II. Writings

Subject(s):
Photographs
Poetry
Newspaper clippings
Essays
Keef, Frances Angevine Gray, 1888-1965
Poets, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Frances Angevine Gray Keef Papers were made a gift by Mrs. Noel Lawson on August 17, 1973.Access
The Frances Angevine Gray Keef papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Frances Angevine Gray Keef papers, D.428, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Revision Information
June 2018: Revised after rehousing.

Content List
Series I: Personal papers
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1888-1968, undated
Box 1, Folder 2Diaries, 1914, 1931-1935
Box 1, Folder 3Family photographs, 1879-1892
Box 1, Folder 4Family photographs, 1893-1901
Box 1, Folder 5Family photographs, 1904, 1940s, 1950s
Box 1, Folder 6Family photographs, undated
Box 3, Folder 1Photograph of Keef as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Box 3, Folder 2Photograph of the Croceus board
Shows Keef and other members of the group that produced the women's yearbook, Croceus, at the University of Rochester. Appeared in Class of 1910 Croceus (page 142).

Box 1, Folder 7Descendants of Samuel Parker: Revolutionary soldier of Coventry, Connecticut, and Byron, New York
Box 1, Folder 8University of Rochester commencement schedule (1915) and program (1927)
Box 1, Folder 9Phi Beta Kappa Iota of New York initiation program, 1958
Program lists Keef as member of Phi Beta Kappa Iota of New York Executive Board.

Box 1, Folder 10Publications: University of Rochester Library Bulletin (Autumn 1949) and Rochester History (April 1957)
Box 1, Folder 11Materials related to Mason Gray
Box 1, Folder 12Materials related to Anne St. Helens Angevine
Series II: Writings
Box 1, Folder 13Graduate work: Cornell University
Box 1, Folder 14Graduate work: University of Rochester
Box 1, Folder 15"Ailinn and the Fading Rose"
Box 1, Folder 16"Christmas Prayer"
Box 2, Folder 1Essay: "The Early History of Genesee County"
Box 2, Folder 2"In Cave Men Days", 1941
Box 2, Folder 3"O Mystic Purpose"
Box 2, Folder 4"Taking the Baby to Europe" and related materials
Box 2, Folder 5Travelers' Club papers: Arabic poetry
Box 2, Folder 6Travelers' Club papers: Chinese poetry
Box 2, Folder 7Essay: "Women in Rome"
Box 2, Folder 8Community Players: Newspaper clippings
Box 2, Folder 9Newspaper clippings, circa 1940s
Box 2, Folder 10Materials related to other authors
Box 2, Folder 11Volumes: Signature of Time (1968); Touchstone, Anthology of the Rochester Poetry Society (1969-1970)


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