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Finding Aid for the Zoë Akins Papers, 1915-1958
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Zoë Akins Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1958
    Collection number: 1088
    Creator: Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Zoë Akins (1886-1958) was born in Missouri and relocated to California in 1928. A playwright, Akins plays enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s and 1930s on Broadway and in screen adaptations. The collection consists of Zoë Akins's literary manuscripts of plays, screenplays, and stories. Also includes bibliographical material and a report of the Zoë Akins Collection at the Huntington Library.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Dorothy Arzner, 1970.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Zoë Akins Papers (Collection 1088). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462156 


    Akins was born on October 30, 1886 in Humansville, Missouri; early poetry published in the St. Louis Mirror; her first play produced in New York was The Magical City (1919); Akins was made famous by her theatrical piece, D?lass?, starring Ethel Barrymore; her plays enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s and 1930s; she moved to California in 1928; her Broadway hit, The Greeks Had a Word for It (1930) was filmed by Samuel Goldwyn in 1932; won the Pulitzer Prize with her 1935 stage adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel, The Old Maid; collaborated with George Cukor on film, Camille (1936), which starred Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor; died on October 29, 1958 in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of the literary manuscripts of Zoë Akins, including plays, screenplays, and stories. Also includes bibliographical material and a report of the Zoë Akins Collection at the Huntington Library (1951). Also contains one piece of correspondence.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Bibliographical material, 1 letter, report of Akins holding at the Huntington Library (Box 1).
    2. Literary manuscripts arranged alphabetically by title (Boxes 1-4).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958--Archives.
    Screenwriters--United States--Archival resources.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Dramatists, American--20th century--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Zoë Akins Collection  . Available at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.