University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Karen Kuykendall Papers, circa 1950s-2007



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kuykendall, Karen
Title: Karen Kuykendall Papers
Dates: circa 1950s-2007
Abstract: The Karen Kuykendall Papers contains scripts, scrapbooks, photographs, awards, correspondence, programs, posters, clippings and artifacts documenting her acting career and interest in the arts.
Accession No.: 2008-085; 2008-134
Extent: 8 feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Karen Kuykendall was born Mary Karen Kook on November 19, 1937, third of eight children of Chester Louis Koock and Mary Faulk. She was a fifth generation Austinite who was raised at the family’s south Austin antebellum mansion, which the family converted into the restaurant known as Green Pastures in 1946. Beginning at a very young age, Kuykendall demonstrated a talent and interest in acting and joined Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Children’s Theater of Austin troupe. She acted and sang in many performances and venues across Austin and the US, but some of her most memorable were at Austin’s Zachary Scott Theatre Center. In recognition of her talent and contribution to Austin theatre, Zachary Scott Theatre named their newest stage in her honor. In a 25-year artistic partnership with Sterling Price-McKinney, Austin composer and musician, Kuykendall performed cabaret under the name Café Manhattan. Kuykendall was involved with many Austin’s arts and civic organizations and received numerous awards for her work. In addition to her career in the arts, Kuykendall also had a very successful career in realty. Karen Kuykendall died on October 31, 2007 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006.

The following sources were consulted for the preparation of the biographical note: Karen Kuykendall Obituary, Austin-American Statesman, November 2-4, 2007.


Scope and Contents

The Karen Kuykendall Papers contains scripts, scrapbooks, photographs, awards, correspondence, programs, posters, and clippings documenting her career in the arts.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects
Theatre -- Texas -- Austin

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Karen Kuykendall Papers, circa 1950s-2007, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2008-085/1 Music and Lyrics:
Kurt Weil
Piano-Current Show
Nat “King” Cole
Irma La Douce
Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Originals
Extra Words
[Jerry Herman]
Movie Show, 1990
Noel & Cole
Productions & Scripts:
Written Word, 2005
I Am Not the Woman I Was (script and emails), 2004
Full Gallop (clippings, fan mail, programs, etc.), 1999
Z Cabaret, 2003
The Unforgettable Woman
Last Letters from Monk’s House, 1981
To the Year 3000, 1987
A Slight Ache
Cold Sassy Tree, 2001
The Gentleman Caller
The Necessary Luxury Company, 1979
Cabaret
In the West, 1995
Love Letters
Miss G
Mame
Romeo & Juliet, 2004
Dear George: letters to the president, 2004
The End of the Trail
A Christmas Memory
The Comeback
Big Love, 2001
The Rocky Horror Show
Moonya
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2008-085/2 Movie Show
A Little Night Music
Father’s Day
The Dinosaur Within, 2001-2002
Angels in America-Perestroika
I Never Sang for My Father
Electric Street, 1994
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Forward Lateral, 1986
Side by Side
First Act Texas, Second Act New York, 1988
The Boy Friend
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2008-085/3 Oral History Transcript - Joshua Logan, 1980
Letters & Email:
Merle [Debuskey], 1995-2006
Biographies/Head Shots, 2002-2005
Generic (assorted certificates, programs), 2003, 2006-2007
Programs & Promotional Material
Karen Kuykendall Theatre
Ann Richards
Assorted Faulk Family Papers
Clippings, 2000-2007
Production Scrapbooks
Appointment Calendar
Book: The Demilles
Artifact, whistle
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2008-085/4 Photographs
Family & Friends
Friends
Assorted Productions
Africa
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4N57c Framed Art, [Kuykendall in the Mona Lisa Style]
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4N57d Framed Award, Arts in ACTion, 2007
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4K721 Production Scrapbook (Anthony & Cleopatra)
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4K722 Production Scrapbook (autograph album)
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2.325/AA15a Clippings
Oversized Posters
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ARTIFACTS Hat
Awards
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[2008-134]:
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2008-134/1 Correspondence
Merle Debuskey, 1986-1996
Assorted, 1986-1992
Personal Friends & Family, 2007
Music, Lyrics, and Scripts:
Ballroom
Cole Porter
Moon
"Old Favs"
Sondheim
Noel Coward
Cy Coleman
Piano
Gershwin
Harold Arlen
Monologues
Dave Frishberg
“Best of Broadway” (for Friends of LBJ Library), 1992
Broadway--On & Off the Wall
CM Esther’s, 1991
Travel:
France, 2003
Africa, 2002
Curtain Call (newsletter of Austin Circle of Theatres), 1993
Theatre Notes (assorted clippings, programs, etc.)
Assorted (clippings, programs, scripts, etc.)
Photographs:
Africa
Family & Home
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2008-134/2 VHS Tapes (39):
Promotional Segments
Kuykendall Performances
Auditions
Faulk Family
Cabaret
Friends of the LBJ Library
Published
Assorted
Compact Discs/DVDs (10):
Tributes (Ann Richards)
Ceremonies
Music
Film
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2.325/C113c Notebooks & Address Book