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Akins-Jannay Collection and Addenda: Finding Aid
mssHM 71484-71509, mssHM 80300-80302  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing: Added Entries
  • Indexing: Subjects
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Akins-Jannay Collection and Addenda
    Dates (inclusive): 1920-1992
    Collection Number: mssHM 71484-71509, mssHM 80300-80302
    Creator: Akins family.
    Extent: 28 pieces + ephemera and printed books in 6 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of manuscripts by dramatist, novelist, poet and screenwriter Zoë Akins (1886-1958), and other Akins family members, a few pieces of correspondence, a photographic album, drawings, reel-to-reel tapes, printed books, and ephemera.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Akins-Jannay Collection and Addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    The collection was acquired by the Huntington from Carla Jannay in April 2009. James Nigra and Carla Jannay-Nigra, inherited the estate of Zoë Akins' nephew, Thomas Prewitt (Tommy's mother, Marie Prewitt, was Zoë Akins' sister). The estate included many papers, books, and furniture which originally belonged to Zoë Akins. Addenda purchased from Carla Jannay, May 2010.

    Removed or Separated Material

    The collection originally included five printed works; three of these volumes were transferred to the Rare Books Department: The remaining two volumes can be found in Box 5.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    • Zoë Akins Papers   (Call number: mssZA 1-7330) (includes various people as author, addressee or subject who are in the Akins-Jannay Collection; also, several of the manuscripts, “Plans for Tomorrow,” “Others Than Myself,” and “Unrecorded Notoriety”)
    • Sonya Levien Papers   (Call number: mssHM 55683-56785, HM 74388)

    Biographical Note

    Zoë Akins (1886-1958) was a dramatist, novelist, poet and screenwriter. In 1935, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her dramatization of Edith Wharton’s story, “The Old Maid.” In addition to many screenplays and plays, Akins also authored two volumes of poetry, criticism, two novels, teleplays, magazine and newspaper articles.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of the following material:
    1. Manuscripts (Boxes 1-3) are arranged alphabetically by author and title. Included in this series are manuscripts by Zoë Akins, including: “The Daughter of Mars,” “Others Than Myself,” (her unpublished memoir), “Papa,” “Plans for Tomorrow,” and “The Singing Swans.” This series also includes manuscripts by Akins’ family members: Sarah Elizabeth Akins (mother), Laurie Metcalf (great-niece), Marie Prewitt (sister), and Thomas Akins (nephew); also, an extensive appraisal for Akins’ Brigden Road home, and a poem by Dorothy Robinson.
    2. Correspondence, Photograph Album, Drawings and Ephemera (Box 3) is arranged alphabetically by author and subject. This series includes three business letters concerning “The Old Maid,” by Edith Wharton, and two personal letters to Thomas Prewitt. Also included are a family photograph album of the Maginty and Mars families (relatives of Zoë Akins), two pencil drawings and two folders of Ephemera.
    3. Addenda - Manuscripts, Photograph and Ephemera (Box 4) is arranged alphabetically by author and subject. This series includes the teleplay “Dinner Party,” a dissertation by Ronald Mielech, a photograph of Zoë Akins, and printed material.
    4. Addenda - Printed Material, Ephemera, Reel-to-Reel Tapes and Printed Books (Boxes 5-6) is arranged alphabetically by author and format. This series includes printed material, tapes of interviews, and books inscribed by and to Zoë Akins.

    Arrangement

    Organized in the following manner:
    • Box 1: Manuscripts (Akins) (HM 71484-71489)
    • Box 2: Manuscripts (Akins cont. - Prewitt) (HM 71490-71497)
    • Box 3: Manuscripts (Prewitt cont. - Robinson), Correspondence, Photograph Album, Drawings and Ephemera HM 71498-71509)
    • Box 4: Manuscripts, Photograph & Ephemera (HM 80300-80302)
    • Box 5: Printed Material & Addenda: Ephemera, Reel-to-Reel Tapes, Printed Books
    • Box 6: Addenda: Printed Books
    Arranged alphabetically within item types.

    Indexing: Added Entries

    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. Autograph corrections on short story, [Marie Prewitt], “Papa and Four,” ([1950-1953]). HM 71497.
    Akins, James Duff, 1908-. Addressee for Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Goodrich, (1961, June 21). HM 71502.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Akins, Sarah Elizabeth. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Akins, Thomas Jasper. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. In Fidelity Appraisal Co., “Appraisal for 2041 Brigden Road…,” MS., (1932, Apr. 27). HM 71494.
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. In Laurie Metcalf, 1955-, “Forever Young,” MS., (1972). HM 71495.
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. In Ronald A. Mielech, “The Plays of Zoë Akins Rumbold…,” MS., (1974). HM 71496, 80301 (1-4).
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. In Ephemera: Lists of Manuscripts and Correspondence…, (1958- 1968). Box 3(13).
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Déclassé.” In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “The Magical City.” In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “The Old Maid” (play). In Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Goodrich, letter to James Duff Akins, 1908-, (1961, June 21). HM 71502.
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “The Old Maid” (play). In Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Goodrich, letter to Hastings & Lasker, (1961, Aug. 7). HM 71503.
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Papa.” In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Barnsdall, Aline, 1882-1946. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Barrymore, Ethel, 1879-1959. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “The Daughters of Mars…,” MS., ([ca. 1955?]). HM 71487.
    Barrymore, Ethel, 1879-1959. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Bromfield, Louis, 1896-1956. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “The Daughters of Mars…,” MS., ([ca. 1955?]). HM 71487.
    Bernhardt, Sarah, 1844-1923. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Broadway (New York, N.Y.). In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1-2).
    Campbell, Patrick, Mrs., 1865-1940. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Guinness, Bridget Henrietta, d. 1931. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Johns, Orrick, 1887-1946. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Kahn, Otto Herman, 1867-1934. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Kauser, Alice, ca. 1872-1945. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Kennerley, Mitchell, 1878-1950. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Levien, Sonya, 1898-1960. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Marlowe, Julia, 1865-1950. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1-2).
    Reedy, William Marion, 1862-1920. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Teasdale, Sara, 1884-1933. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(1).
    Vollmöller, Karl, 1878-1948. In Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, “Others Than Myself…,” MS., ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488(2).
    Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937. In Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Goodrich, letter to James Duff Akins, 1908-, (1961, June 21). HM 71502.
    Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937. In Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Goodrich, letter to Hastings & Lasker, (1961, Aug. 7). HM 71503.
    World War, 1939-1945. In John -----, letter to Thomas Prewitt, (1941, Apr. 17). HM 71506.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958 -- Archives.
    Women dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Archives.

    Forms/Genres

    Drawings -- United States -- 20th century.
    Ephemera -- United States -- 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.
    Manuscripts -- United States -- 20th century.
    Photographs -- United States -- 20th century.
    Plays -- United States -- 20th century.
    Poems -- United States -- 20th century.