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Betty Kirk Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: WHC-M-1964

Scope and Contents


Journalist. Manuscripts of articles, correspondence, research notes, and reprints (1934-1973) used by Elizabeth Kirk Boyer, who wrote under the pen name Betty Kirk, in researching her articles and books concerning Mexico, United States politics, and international relations. Betty Kirk Photograph Collection also in repository. Betty Kirk Photograph Collection also in repository.


  • 1934-1973


Restrictions on Access

Available for public access.

Biographical / Historical

Betty Kirk lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1928, majoring in English and journalism. Her career was varied in that she was an Oklahoma City news reporter, publicity director for the Oklahoma University Press, youngest newspaper woman in New York City and a Cosmopolitan contributor. She also wrote for Life, Variety, Chicago Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, and many other newspapers and magazines.
Betty Kirk moved to Mexico in 1936 and became one of the original founders of the Foreign Correspondence Association in Mexico. She published a book in 1942 titled, Covering the Mexican Front. Kirk was married in 1943 and moved to Philadelphia and did not publish for the next five years. She was divorced in 1948 and moved to Santa Fe. Kirk then started to write "Finding a Faith" in 1949. She moved back to Mexico in 1950 and there she started to work on various projects including those that are in this collection, which span from 1934 to 1973. Betty Kirk died March 6, 1984 in Mexico City, Mexico.


7.15 ft. (7.15 ft.)

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Ownership and Custodial History

Bequest of the Betty Kirk Estate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Betty Kirk Estate. Method of acquisition--Bequest; Date of acquisition--1984.

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Repository Details

Part of the Western History Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 300
Norman Oklahoma 73019 United States