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Finding Aid for the Kenneth Macgowan Papers, 1915-1970
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kenneth Macgowan Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1970
    Collection number: 887
    Creator: Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963
    Extent: 88 boxes (44 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Kenneth Macgowan (1888-1963) was a drama critic for newspapers and magazines, a publicity director, producer and director with the Actor's Theater (1927-29), and the first department chair at the UCLA Theater Arts Department (1946-58). He was also interested in the anthropological field of archaeology. His publications include The theater of tomorrow (1921), Footlights across America (1929), Early man in the new world (1950), and Behind the screen: the history and technique of the motion picture (1965). The collection consists of materials related to Macgowan's careers in theater, motion pictures, and academia as well as material related to his interest in anthropology.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of 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, Department of 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.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Kenneth Macgowan, 1965-71.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kenneth Macgowan Papers (Collection 887). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Macgowan was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, November 30, 1888; graduated Harvard, 1911; married Edna Behre, 1913; drama critic for Philadelphia evening ledger, the New York globe, Vogue, Theatre arts magazine, and Shadowland; publicity director for Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, 1918-19; formed an association with Eugene O'Neill and Robert Edmond Jones at the Provincetown Playhouse; producer and director with the Actor's Theater, 1927-29; worked at RKO Studios (early 1930s-35), 20th Century Fox (1935-41), and Paramount Studios (1944-46); among his many film credits is La Cucaracha, the first production in modern Technicolor; instructor and first department chair at the UCLA Theater Arts Department (1946-58); studied both anthropology and archaeology; publications include The theater of tomorrow (1921), Footlights across America (1929), Early man in the new world (1950), Behind the screen: the history and technique of the motion picture (1965); he died of cancer on August 27, 1963.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to Macgowan's careers in theater, motion pictures, and academia. Also includes material related to Macgowan's interest in anthropology and archaeology. Correspondents include Robert Edmond Jones and Lee Simonson. Includes items related to Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Playhouse.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Special projects (Boxes 1-12).
    2. Manuscripts (Boxes 13-22).
    3. Involvement with little theaters, ca. 1920-30 (Boxes 23-27).
    4. Motion picture production files (Boxes 28-39).
    5. Clippings from newspapers and periodicals, ephemera and other material (Boxes 37-53).
    6. Activities as an educator (Boxes 54-74).
    7. Additional material, June 1966 (Boxes 75-88).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963--Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Dept. of Theater Arts--Faculty--Archives.
    Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources.
    Theatrical producers and directors--Archival resources.
    Theater critics--Archival resources.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Drawing, De Emp'rer's Palace, by Cleon Throckmorton catalogued separately in the Original Works of Art on Paper (Collection 99). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.