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About this collection

The finding aid contains a description of archival material held in the Canizaro Library at Ave Maria University.  Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally through the World Wide Web.

Overview of the Collection

Title: Sheila Kaye-Smith Collection
Dates: 1908-1963
Quantity: >2 shelves of 64 books and 1 album of correspondence, etc.
Summary: The Sheila Kaye-Smith Collection (comprising works of Kaye-Smith in 62 volumes (51 titles), together with 2 biographies of Kaye-Smith, a book of literary criticism which includes Kaye-Smith’s work, as well as a collection of signed correspondence and photographs. There are 5 signed books, of which 4 are limited editions.).
Repository: Ave Maria University – Canizaro Library Rare Books and Special Collections
5152 Donahue Street
Ave Maria, FL 34142
Phone (239) 280-2557
https://www.avemaria.edu/library/special-collections/
Director of Library Services
jennifer.nodes@avemaria.edu
Languages: Collection materials are in English [etc.]

Information for Users

Restrictions on Access

Ave Maria University Special Collections serves as the repository for unique and valuable materials requiring special protection. Materials are non-circulating and may be consulted only in the reading room. Patrons are required to register and present photo identification before using materials.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Sheila Kaye-Smith Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections, Canizaro Library, Ave Maria University.

Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected by federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations.  Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Ave Maria University assumes no responsibility.

Biographical Note 

Sheila Kaye-Smith (1887-1956) was born into a Low Church Anglican family in Hastings.  In her early years she was sympathetic to High Church Anglicanism, and even to Roman Catholicism.  In the year 1924 she married the Anglo-Catholic clergyman T. Penrose Fry.  In 1928 she and her husband traveled to Italy where they were jointly impressed by Catholicism.  In 1929, under religious instruction from Reverend C. C. Martindale, S.J., they were received into the Catholic Church.  Thereafter they settled in Sussex where a great many of Kaye-Smith’s novels were set.  She died in 1956 and was survived by her husband.  For more information on Kaye-Smith see: (Hoehn, Matthew, O.S.B Catholic Authors: Contemporary Biographical Sketches 1930-1947. pp.370-373).

Content Description 

The Sheila Kaye-Smith Collection (comprising works of Kaye-Smith in 62 volumes (51 titles), together with 2 biographies of Kaye-Smith, a book of literary criticism which includes Kaye-Smith’s work, as well as a collection of signed correspondence and photographs. There are 5 signed books, of which 4 are limited editions.).

Detailed Description of the Collection 

The collection consists of 64 books and 1 album of correspondence, etc.

Subjects

Family Names:

Sheila Kaye-Smith

Theodore Penrose Fry

C. C. Martindale

Rumer Godden 

Corporate Names:

Catholic Church

Geographical Names:

St. Leonards (East Sussex, England)

Northiam (England)

Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida          

Subject Terms:

Catholic Women Authors

Form or Genre Terms:

Correspondence

Biographies     

Photographs

 
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