Kaye, M. M. (1908-2004)

The M. M. Kaye collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, diaries and journals, professional material, printed material, legal material, financial material, artwork, photographs, and other items.

Manuscripts by Kaye in the collection include Death Walked in Kashmir (Staples Press, 1953);Death Walked in Berlin (Staples Press, 1955); Death Walked in Cyprus (Staples Press, 1956);Later Than You Think, writing as Mollie Hamilton (Coward, McCann, 1959); The Far Pavilions (St. Martin’s Press, 1978); The Far Pavilions Picture Book (Bantam, 1979); The Ordinary Princess, writing as Mollie Kaye (Kestrel, 1980); Trade Wind (St. Martin’s Press, 1981); Thistledown, writing as Mollie Kaye (Quartet, 1982); Death in the Andamans (St. Martin’s Press, 1985); Moon of Other Days: M. M. Kaye’s Kipling: Favorite Verses, edited by Kaye (Hodder and Stoughton, 1988); the foreword to Rudyard Kipling: The Complete Verse (Kyle Cathie, 1990); The Sun in the Morning: My Early Years in India and England (St. Martin’s Press, 1990); Golden Afternoon (Viking, 1997);Enchanted Evening (Viking, 1999); and Strange Island (Thacker). Also present are several notebooks containing manuscript drafts and other writings. Manuscripts by other writers include the teleplay version of The Far Pavilions by Julian Bond and other items.

Correspondence in the collection is extensive. Personal and professional letters to and from Kaye date from the 1930s to 1999. Also included are several letters to and from Sir Cecil Kaye and Lady Daisy Kaye; these date from 1931 to 1982. Many letters are between Sir Cecil Kaye and the Indian Army, dating from the 1930s.

Diaries and journals in the collection include Kaye’s diary of a trip from Delhi to Ceylon (1941); a diary dated ca. 1972; a diary kept in South Africa (1979); and a short description of a trip from New York to Bedford, Pennsylvania. Her notebooks also contain some journal entries. Some diaries in the collection belong to Sir Cecil Kaye; these consist of three items dating form 1886 to 1897.

Professional material in the collection includes items regarding the filming of The Far Pavilionstelevision miniseries for Home Box Office (1984), including call sheets, shooting schedule, contact list, and letters. Also present are several press releases, publicity schedules, travel itineraries, and promotional material, as well as two daily planners from 1940 and 1957.

Printed material in the collection primarily consists of numerous newspaper and magazine articles regarding Kaye and her writings (1920s-2000). Also included are book jackets, programs, pamphlets, booklets, several maps, and some research material.

Legal material in the collection includes several memoranda of agreement between Kaye and her publishers (1950s-1980s), as well as documents regarding Sir Cecil Kaye and passports for Kaye and her family.

Financial material includes various receipts, invoices, royalty statements, check stubs, some currency, and other items. Also present is an account book belonging to Sir Cecil Kaye, as well as some other account books.

Artwork in the collection primarily consists of pencil sketches, ink sketches, and paintings by Kaye. Several items are present, with various subjects.

Photographs in the collection are mainly images of Kaye and her family and friends. Several hundred prints (black and white and color) and negatives are present in the collection. There are many photos from the 19th and early 20th century regarding India. Also present are photographs of portraits and other paintings by Kaye.

Other items in the collection include several items of personal memorabilia and miscellany, including several items regarding Sir Cecil Kaye and other members of the Kaye family; and a reel of 8mm film, dated Feb. 1943.

Notable Figures
1. Kaye, M. M. (Mary Margaret), 1908-2004
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi Collections Subject Guide