Kennedy-Smith Collection, 1935-1944 | East Texas Research Center

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Collection Overview

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ID: A/290

Extent: 0.5

Subjects: College students' writings, American -- Texas -- Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches County (Tex.) -- Veterans, Stephen F. Austin State University, Veterans -- Texas, East, World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of class notes, written reports, and essays from English classes at Stephen F. Austin University as well as the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Collection Historical Note

Brigadier General Kenneth Wade Kennedy was born in Nacogdoches to Joseph and Maddie Kennedy on September 3, 1918. He is the brother of Joseph Kennedy, one of the co-discoverers of plutonium. Kenneth graduated as valedictorian from Nacogdoches High School in 1935, and attended Stephen F. Austin for a short time before being accepted into West Point. He graduated from there with a BS in Civil and Military Engineering, and Military History. In 1944 he went to the Army Command and General Staff College. He graduated from MIT in 1947 with a Masters in Civil Engineering. He then attended the Armed Forces Staff College in 1957 and the Army War College in 1962, where he became Director of the International Relations Course.  He fought during World War II and was Shore Party Commander in the invasion of North Africa in 1942. He also served as an engineer advisor during the Greek Insurgency of 1949, and was decorated by King Paul of Greece. He also fought in the Korean War, as well as spent a year in Vietnam. During peace time, Kenneth was involved in projects in Japan and Greece for the Army Corps of Engineers. He received many medals and awards throughout his 30 year military career. In 1983, after retiring from the United States Army, he became a city council member in Lakeway, Texas. He married Audrey Ruth Smith in the 1940s, and together they had children, including a daughter that died at age four. Kenneth Kennedy passed away on June 25, 2009.

Subject/Index Terms

College students' writings, American -- Texas -- Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches County (Tex.) -- Veterans
Stephen F. Austin State University
Veterans -- Texas, East
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans

Box and Folder Listing

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Folder 1: Notebook Outlines

                Item 1: English 231 Outline

                Item 2: English 232 Outline

Folder 2: English 231 Assignments List

Folder 3: English 231 Tests

                Item 1: Beowulf through Chaucer

                Item 2: Work of Alfred

                Item 3: Edmund Spenser

                Item 4: Plot of Ralph Roister Doister

Folder 4: English 231 Reports

                Item 1: Effect of the Norman Conquest on English Literature

                Item 2: History of the Ballad

                Item 3: Renaissance under Henry VIII

                Item 4: Greek and Roman Muses and Divinities

Folder 5: English 231 Notes

                Item 1: Anglo-Saxon Period

                Item 2: Norman-French Period

                Item 3: Age of Chaucer

                Item 4: Renaissance

                Item 5: Drama before Shakespeare

                Item 6: Shakespeare

                Item 7: Shakespeare’s Contemporaries

Folder 6: English 232 Assignments List

Folder 7: English 232 Tests

Folder 8: English 232 Reports

                Item 1: Party Patches

                Item 2: Ode

                Item 3: Pantheism

                Item 4: Prometheus Unbound

                Item 5: Alfred Edward Housman

Folder 9: English 232 Notes

                Item 1: Restoration

                Item 2: 18th Century: The Reign of Classicism

Item 3: 18th Century: Beginnings of Romanticism

Item 4: 18th Century: The Novel

                Item 5: 19th Century: Triumph of Romanticism

                Item 6: 19th Century: Victorian Era

Folder 10: West Point Appointment Request Letter

Folder 11: Miscellaneous Class Notes from United States Military Academy

Folder 12: “A Study of Prometheus Unbound

Folder 12: West Point Appointment Request Letter

Folder 13: English Assignments United States Military Academy, 1937

                Item 1: “Advantages of the British System of Broadcasting”

                Item 2: “Growth of the World’s Largest Oil Field”

                Item 3: “Machine Production of Texas Cans

                Item 4: “A Comparison of Customs and Manners as Revealed in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the             

Green Knight

                Item 5: “A Hot Springs Bath”

Folder 14: “Sir Tristram as a Literary Character”

Folder 15: English Assignments United States Military Academy 1938

                Item 1: “The Art of Being Lazy”

                Item 2: “Model Airplane Construction, a Worthwhile Hobby”

                Item 3: “Why American Radio Programs are Superior to British Programs”

                Item 4: “National Student Congress”

                Item 5: “The Ghost Oil Field of East Texas”

                Item 6: “Oil Gusher”

                Item 7: “Government Administration of Medical Care”

                Item 8: “Flying Model Airplanes”

                Item 9: “Fascist Government”

                Item 10: “Yearling Deadbeat”

                Item 11: “A Soda Dispenser in a Small Town”

Folder 16: English Assignments United States Military Academy 1939

                Item 1: “Eastern Railroads are Terrible”

                Item 2: “It Must be the Uniform”

                Item 3: “What I Think of John Brown’s Body

                Item 4: “’Swing’ and Symphony”

                Item 5: “Section Tenths”

Folder 17: French Assignments United States Military Academy 1939

                Item 1: “La Pensée Pendant les Différentes”

                Item 2: “L’Ecole à Travers les Siècles en France”

                Item 3: “L’Architecture al la Vie”

                Item 4: “La Vie de l’Indivisé Dans l’Ancienne France”

                Item 5: “Le Théâtre en France”

                Item 6: “Le Théâtre de l’Epoque Classique”

                Item 7: “Le Comique”

Subject/Index Terms:
College students' writings, American -- Texas -- Stephen F. Austin State University
Stephen F. Austin State University


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