The Keith Botsford collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, research material, diaries and journals, professional materials, photographs, legal material, financial material, memorabilia, printed material, audio material, and artwork.
Manuscripts in the collection include drafts and copies of assorted novels, short stories, plays, lectures, and manuscripts by others. Botsford’s development and tuition plans for various universities are present, as well as drafts and pieces of “Crookshank” and his translation of Michelet. Personal notes, drafts of poems, essays, and dialogues are included, as well as assorted screenplays and musical compositions. A series of short stories by others is also present.
Correspondence includes letters between Botsford and his family and friends from 1940 to 1989, as well as with various university colleagues, the most notable being John Silber of Boston University in 1977. Letters to and from Kolokol press from 1973 and 1974 are also present. Others include letters with his editors and agents from 1969 to 1980. Hundreds of personal letters are included, which are organized alphabetically. Also included are postcards, notes to and from book publishers in the 1980s, and information about the World Cup.
Research material includes various racing books and papers, with a focus on the British Grand Prix. Articles on the problem of developing countries, as well as general articles from 1962 to 1964 about various countries, are extensive. Much information is included regarding Kolokol Press, among other topics.
Diaries and journals in the collection include undated records of Botsford’s travel experiences, an undated personal notebook containing his complete book and record collection, and the diaries of Alda R. Lucci, among other items.
Professional materials include three datebooks from 1949, 1965, and 1968. Also included are minutes from the Kolokol newsletter meeting, travel itinerary, university staff directories and course materials, and an undated personal resume.
Photographs include a black and white photo of the 1981 London Times staff, negatives of a Martini race car, a collection of prints depicting modern art, and various prints of trophies and race cars from 1983, among other items. Many photos of unidentified race car drivers are also present.
Legal material includes a collection of Botsford’s passports, various shareholdings and contracts, divorce proceedings, the One Hundred Days book agreement, rental and lease information, and birth certificates. Also included are car registries, Boston University policies, court summons from 1970 to 1977, and hospital case notes.
Financial material includes a 1977 account invoice, books sales reports from 1972 and 1973, bank receipts, travel receipts, and sale information for Kolokol Press from 1973 to 1975. Phone bills and university budget transcripts are also included.
Memorabilia includes information on the 1982 LeMans race and 1977 British Grand Prix, school notes from his children, various textiles, library cards, airline tickets, report cards, and press passes, among other items.
Printed material includes course information from Boston University and University of Texas at Austin from the 1960s, various poems and writing pieces from unknown authors, and magazine clippings from Newsweek and Olympic Review, among others publications. Assorted essays of interest and books, most commonly in Italian, are included. Newsletters and informational pamphlets for various cars and races are also present. Other materials include various newspaper clippings in Spanish, photocopies of his Sunday Times articles, football club information, various sheet music and scores, periodicals from sporting events, theater programs, maps, and menus.
Audio material in the collection features various records from the 1960s to the 1980s, as well as assorted cassettes, microcassettes, and CDs.
Artwork in the collection includes 30 matted black and white drawings, watercolor pictures, children’s drawings, posters, and various doodles, among other artwork.