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Papers of Philip Kimball

Call Number: MS 243


This collection consists of papers of fiction writer and poet Philip Kimball (1941-2014), best known for his novels Harvesting Ballads (1984) and Liar’s Moon (1999). The papers contain correspondence with fellow writers, critics, and translators, such as Roberta Bienvenu, George Garrett, Hortense Spillers, and Breon Mitchell, as well as with family members and friends. Also present are drafts and typescripts for Harvesting Ballads, Liar’s Moon, The Dirt of Other Dogs, the garbage sonnets, and other works.


  • Creation: 1956 - 2001


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Philip Kimball

Philip Kimball was born in Piedmont, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1963. He continued his education as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Heidelberg, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, and a graduate student at Stanford University. After teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and the University of Bonn in Germany, he left the academic world to engage in a series of jobs while writing his first novel, Harvesting Ballads, which was published in 1984 to great acclaim. His second novel, Liar's Moon, was published in 1999 and was nominated by the New York City Public Library for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Kimball was also a published poet, and several of his poems are included in the anthology, Phoenix Papers: 26 Lawrence Poets (1993).

In 1982, Kimball married Jennifer Brown in Boston, MA. The couple had two daughters, Corinna and Lauren. The family later relocated to Lawrence, Kansas, where Kimball lived until his death in September of 2014.


12.5 Linear Feet (25 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Philip Kimball's papers are arranged into two major series, A. Correspondence and B. Literary manuscripts.

The correspondence series consists of two sub-series, General, 1957-1999, with correspondence organized by date; and Major, 1956-2000, which is organized alphabetically by correspondent.

The Literary manuscripts series, 1981-2001, consists of drafts and typescripts for The Dirt of Other Dogs, the garbage sonnets, Harvesting Ballads, K, Liar's Moon, as well as additional shorter manuscripts.

Physical Location

MS 243

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Breon and Lynda Mitchell, 2000.

Gift, Philip Kimball, 2002.

Guide to the Philip Kimball Collection
Papers of Philip Kimball
Finding aid prepared by ea, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Philip Kimball Papers, MS 243, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States