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Cleve Boutell papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-114

Scope and Contents

The collection contains manuscripts, news clippings, correspondence, photographs and other materials from lesbian writer Cleve Boutell (1918-2011). The fictional writings series comprises drafts, revisions and final manuscripts of Late in August (1956), A Certain Discontent (1992) and Entrevue (1994-2007), as well as her short stories The Yellow Basket (1950), Eleanore's Story (1986-1991), Rope Dancer (1987) and Uncle Gibeau (1990). The personal papers series comprises correspondence with her lesbian sister Hortense "Bo" Boutell, personal journals, clippings, information regarding the now closed bookstore Page One, and travel photographs.


  • 1949 - 2008
  • Majority of material found within 1956 - 2007


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Cleve Marie Boutell was born in Minnesota on March 27, 1918. She was a lesbian writer who wrote fictional short stories and novels, including The Yellow Basket (1950), Late in August (1956) and A Certain Discontent (1992). She was an avid book collector, an active member of the Feminist Writers Guild, and served as art director for Datamation Magazine. She lived most of her life in Pasadena, California and supported the Pasadena bookstore Page One--Books For and By Women. Cleve died on March 19, 2011 in South Pasadena, California.

Hortense "Bo" Boutell, Cleve's sister, was born on February 12, 1913 in Minnesota. Hortense was active in the United States Army and was the first woman to be accepted into the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She became a lieutenant colonel, the highest position a woman could obtain at the time, and worked as the Army's first female logistician. After retiring from the Army, Hortense received her MFA from George Washington University and worked as a stained glass artist. She also was a producer for the German film company Ariadne Films. Hortense died on July 15, 2006 in Washington D.C.


Chiara, Adriana. Martial Artist. Crystal City etc. Summer 1993: 10-11, 13. Print.

Box 4, Folder 8, Cleve Boutell Papers, Coll2013-114, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.


7.3 Linear Feet (4 archive boxes + 2 flat archive boxes + 1 archive binder.)

Language of Materials



Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, news clippings and other materials from lesbian writer Cleve Marie Boutell (1918-2011). The bulk of the collection is drafts of fictional works by Cleve Boutell. There is also correspondence with her lesbian sister Hortense "Bo" Boutell (1913-2006), a lieutenant colonel and the first female logistician in the United States Army.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Writings

Series 2. Personal papers


Gift of Patricia Cornelius on November 7, 2011.

Separated Materials

The following materials were separated from the collection and catalogued in the ONE Archives periodicals collection:

Elysian Fields Booksellers catalogs (#36-40).

Lambda Book Report Vol. 3, No. 4 (May/June 1992).

New Women's Times (1979).

Sinister Wisdom #33 (Fall 1987).

Words to the Wise Firebrand catalog (1986).

Write On, Woman! (1979).

One book, Women's Army Corps 1945-1978 of the Army Historical Series, has been separated from the collection and cataloged in the ONE Archives library.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Jennifer Darwent, November 2013.

Finding Aid to the Cleve Boutell Papers, 1949-2008
Jennifer Darwent
(c) 2013
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Description is in English.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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