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4.8 linear feet ((7+1/2 file boxes, 1 oversize box) plus 1 folio folder, 4 folio+ folders, 5 photograph folders)
Series I, Personal, 1973-1999 (#1.1-3.13), contains date books, journals, correspondence, clippings, etc. The date books and journals detail Kennedy's often tumultuous romantic relationships with other women and her troubled relationships with her family. There are also occasional references to her eating disorder, substance abuse, work as an AIDS buddy, and her feelings about Chicago Auto. Also included in this series is a small amount of correspondence and some of Kennedy's unpublished, often unfinished, fiction. Most of the materials, especially those relating to Kennedy's public speaking engagements and the clippings, focus on her role as a female auto mechanic.
Series II, Chicago Auto, 1984-1999 (#4.1-8.16, 9OD.1-9OD.5, FD.1, F+D.1-F+D.4), contains correspondence, clippings, personnel records, financial records, etc., relating to the running and promotion of Kennedy's garage. Chicago Auto opened in 1984 in Allston, Massachusetts. When the owners of the building decided to redevelop the property, Chicago Auto was forced to move, eventually settling at 24 Prospect Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Folders are arranged in two subseries.
Subseries A, General, 1984-1999 (#4.1-6.2), contains correspondence, newspaper advertisements, personnel records, etc., documenting the employees of Chicago Auto, management seminars/plans used by Kennedy, and the promotion of the business. In addition to newspaper advertisements, Chicago Auto attracted customers by offering car maintenance seminars to women which aimed to educate them about the upkeep of their cars and also to give them a basic understanding of repairs that might be needed. Folders are arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B, Financial, 1984-1999 (#6.3-8.16, 9OD.1-9OD.5, FD.1, F+D.1-F+D.4), contains ledgers, credit card statements, cash disbursement journals, etc., which document the income and expenditures of Chicago Auto. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Series III, Photographs, 1982-1990, n.d. (PD.1-PD.5), contains photographs of Boomer Kennedy at work and in casual settings, such as a gay pride parade. There are also photographs of the Chicago Auto garage and employees.
- Series I. Personal, 1973-1999 (#1.1-3.13)
- Series II. Chicago Auto, 1984-1999 (#4.1-8.16, 9OD.1-9OD.5, FD.1, F+D.1-F+D.4)
- ___Subseries A. General, 1984-1999 (#4.1-6.2)
- ___Subseries B. Financial, 1984-1999 (#6.3-8.16, 9OD.1-9OD.5, FD.1, F+D.1-F+D.4)
- Series III. Photographs, 1982-1990, n.d. (PD.1-PD.5)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Boomer Kennedy were given to the Schlesinger Library by Boomer Kennedy in October 2000 and January 2001.
By: Johanna Carll
- AIDS (Disease)--Patients
- Body image in women
- Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Child abuse
- Financial records
- Women automobile mechanics--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Women-owned business enterprises--Massachusetts--Cambridge
- Kennedy, Boomer, 1956- . Papers of Boomer Kennedy, 1973-1999: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by a gift from Mary and Michael Gellert.
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