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Baine Kerr papers

Identifier: COU:4404

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Baine Kerr’s activities as an author and editor. It includes his correspondence with publishers, colleagues and fans, research for his literary works, unpublished novels and uncorrected proofs of two published novels.

Series I consists of materials relating to his two published novels Harmful Intent and Wrongful Death. Included are his awards, advertising information, agent and publisher correspondence, research materials and the uncorrected proofs of the two books.

Series II has materials relating to his short stories, nonfiction articles and unpublished novels. Related materials include correspondence, research, reviews and the manuscript of Islands of the Blest.


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Biographical / Historical

Baine Kerr (Baine Perkins Kerr, Jr.) was born on June 23, 1946 in Houston, Texas to Baine Perkin, Sr. and Mildred (Pickett) Kerr. He graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University in 1968, an M.A. from the University of Denver in 1976, and a J.D. from the University of Denver, School of Law in 1979. He joined Hutchinson, Black and Cook in Boulder, Colorado in the same year he got his J.D.

Mr. Kerr is a well-known attorney who has specialized in civil litigation. He has won several high profile cases against medical malpractice and civil rights for sexual assault victims. His Title IX cases against institutions such as Florida State University, University of Colorado Boulder and Arizona State University and his advocacy for rape and sexual assault victims have led to national athletic reforms. In addition to being a successful lawyer Mr. Kerr is an author of two novels and several short stories. He received the Missouri Review's Editor’s Award in 1992 and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1983. His best-selling novels, published by Scribner/Simon and Schuster, include Harmful Intent, 1999 and Wrongful Death, 2002. Both of these novels were influenced by his experiences as an elections supervisor in Bosnia, and a war crimes journalist in The Hague, The Netherlands, during 1997.

Mr. Kerr was the Editor-in-Chief of PLACE Magazine, Palo Alto, California from 1971-1974. He has made several appearances on television and radio and given lectures at several institutions on topics ranging from literary to legal issues.


2 linear feet

Language of Materials



The Baine Kerr Papers contain materials related to his published and unpublished works. This includes correspondence, fan mail, manuscripts, and uncorrected proofs.


The collection is divided into two series based on Kerr’s initial organization of his papers. Within each series, the folder sequence has been refined by the archivist. Series I is arranged in loose chronological order reflecting the inherent order of publishing a literary work. Series II is arranged alphabetically.

Processing Information

Kerr’s original folder titles were largely maintained while processing the collection.

Processed by Jennifer Sanchez, September 2015.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States