The Richard Morgan Kain Papers, 1937-1977, are professional in nature, documenting the development of his teaching and writing abilities and provide little information on Kain outside of his scholarly pursuits. The material is arranged topically, and arranged in series: personal papers, teaching papers, and administrative papers. The material includes teaching notes and lectures, professional and private correspondence, rough drafts of manuscripts, student papers, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and various academically related articles. Many documents in this collection are vague as to their original purpose, and may be either teaching notes or rough drafts.
The personal papers are divided into four groups: Kain's correspondence, his literary productions, his outside interests, and miscellaneous writings and articles. Kain's correspondence encompasses the years 1951-1977. They concern matters such as letters to the editor, contracts, literary advice, and personal mail. The second group contains rough drafts and notes from his various published essays and books, including The Workshop of Daedalus; Susan Mitchell; and Joyce, the Man, the Work, the Reputation. There are also extensive bibliographies on James Joyce and William Butler Yeats. The third group contains material illustrating his outside interests, including his interest in the library holdings and rare book collection at Ekstrom Library in Louisville and an extensive collection of materials concerning the Save the Parks drive from the early 1960's. The last group of material contains miscellaneous articles, letters and reprints.
The teaching papers are an accumulation of notes and lectures from 1937 up to 1972. The notes and lecture material are representative of topics included in literary survey courses, poetry, drama, writing and literature. Student papers, tests, and essays make up a second group of the teaching papers. The teaching notes, lectures and various student works document classes taught at the University of Louisville, and during his sundry visiting lectureships.
The administrative papers are divided into two categories. The first traces Dr. Kain's administrative duties during his tenure as chairman of the English department. It includes correspondence, minutes, graduate student recommendations, economic and academic reports and requests. The second group contains papers and documents on various university related administrative matters outside the english department.