Akins-Jannay Collection and Addenda: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Gayle M. Richardson, May 27, 2009, revised July 23, 2013.
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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

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Administrative Information

Publication Rights

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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.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Manuscripts -- Akins, S. - Akins, Z. (Autograph-Papa). HM 71484-71489

 

Akins, Sarah Elizabeth. “Memoirs of Sarah Elizabeth Akins:” [later draft], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 21 p.), ([1931-1941]). HM 71484

With a few autograph corrections. Fragile -- please handle carefully.
 

[Akins, Sarah Elizabeth]. [American Civil War film scenario?: scene outline, two early drafts], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 88 p.), ([ca. 1935?]). HM 71485

With autograph corrections. Enclosed: scene outline (7 p.), early drafts (blue ink, 60 p., black ink, 21 p.); some of the pages are duplicates, both drafts are incomplete.
 

[Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958]. [Autograph notes for appraisal]?, A.MS. (2 p.), ([ca. 1932?]). HM 71486

 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “The Daughters of Mars:” [script for:] Ethel Barrymore Television Theater, mimeograph copy (MS., typewritten: 48 p.), ([ca. 1955?]). HM 71487

With a few autograph notes by Akins; with original paper covers, with the name Lewis Allen (the director). Also enclosed: carbon copy, typewritten early draft, incomplete (35 p.).
 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Others Than Myself: Some Memories:” [autobiography: later draft:] cover page-chapter V, carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 124 p.), ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488 (1)

With autograph corrections.
 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Others Than Myself: Some Memories:” [autobiography: later draft:] chapter VI-chapter XI, carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 124 p.), ([ca. 1953]). HM 71488 (2)

With autograph corrections.
 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Papa:” [play: script: later draft:] MS. (typewritten: 54 p.), ([ca. 1919?]). HM 71489

Box 2

Manuscripts -- Akins, Z. (Plans-Woman) - Prewitt, M. HM 71490-71497

 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Plans for Tomorrow:” [play: script: later alternative draft], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 123 p.), ([ca. 1950?]). HM 71490

With autograph corrections & additions; with original paper cover.
 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “The Singing Swans:” play: [script: early alternative draft], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 107 p.), ([ca. 1950?]). HM 71491

With autograph corrections.
 

[Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958]? “War Planes of Germany…” and “Word List,” MS. (typewritten: 2 p.), ([ca. 1930?]). HM 71492

Note: pages are numbered 17 & 18; slightly stained.
 

[Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958]. “Women ----? I Hate Them:” [essay], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 3 p.), ([ca. 1920?]). HM 71493

Fragile -- please handle carefully. With a duplicate page Three, signed by Marie Prewitt, Akins’ sister.
 

Fidelity Appraisal Co. Appraisal for 2041 Brigden Road, Altadena, Calif.: prepared for Miss Zoë Akins, bound volume (MS., typewritten: 90 p.), (1932, Apr. 27) [Los Angeles (Calif.)]. HM 71494

Some pages heavily annotated by Zoë Akins and others.
 

Metcalf, Laurie, 1955-. “Forever Young:” [essay], MS. (typewritten: 3 p.), (1972). HM 71495

Note: stained.
 

[Mielech, Ronald A.] [The Plays of Zoë Akins Rumbold: dissertation:] pages 24-41 only, phot. copy (MS., typewritten: 18 p.), ([1974]). HM 71496

Note: this dissertation is part of the Addenda material and cataloged as HM 80301 (1-4).
 

[Prewitt, Marie]. “Papa and Four:” [short story: various drafts], A.MS. and MS. (typewritten: 32 p.), ([1950-1953?]). HM 71497

Box 3

Manuscripts, Correspondence, Photograph Album, Drawings & Ephemera -- HM 71498-71509

 

[Prewitt, Thomas]? “The Chief Retires…:” [short story?], MS. (typewritten: 19 p.), ([1935?]). HM 71498

Incomplete. With extensive water and insect damage, with some loss of text; pages very fragile -- please handle carefully.
 

[Prewitt, Thomas]? “In the meantime Tony had put Peter in an old Ford…:” [short story?], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 1 p.), ([1935?]). HM 71499

Incomplete.
 

Prewitt, Thomas. “Unrecorded Notoriety:” [novel: later draft], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 37 p.), ([1935]). HM 71500

Incomplete; with autograph corrections by Zoë Akins (in pencil). With extensive water damage, with some loss of text; pages very fragile -- please handle carefully and do not remove from mylar.
 

Robinson, Dorothy. “The Lingerie Ball:” [poem], carbon copy (MS., typewritten: 1 p.), ([ca. 1940?]), Louisville (Ky.). HM 71501

Note: stained.
 

Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Goodrich. 1 letter to James Duff Akins, 1908-, L.S. (typewritten: 1 p.), (1961, June 21), Washington (D.C.). HM 71502

Signed by: Herbert A. Fierst. With extensive water damage, with some loss of text; pages very fragile -- please handle carefully and do not remove from mylar.
 

Guggenheimer, Untermyer & Goodrich. 2 letters to Hastings & Lasker, (1961), Washington (D.C.). HM 71503-71504

Addressed to: Ross R. Hastings; signed by: Herbert A. Fierst. With extensive water damage, with some loss of text; pages very fragile -- please handle carefully and do not remove from mylar.
 

-----, Dorothea. 1 letter to Thomas Prewitt, L.S. (typewritten: 1 p.), ([ca. 1943?]), [Calif.]. HM 71505

 

-----, John. 1 letter to Thomas Prewitt, L.S. (typewritten: 2 p.), (1941, Apr. 17), Los Angeles (Calif.). HM 71506

With autograph postscript.
 

-----. Family Photograph Album: with photos of Fred Maginty, Zoë K. Maginty, Zoë M. Maginty, Kathryn Maginty, Theron Mars, Mary E. Mars, John Mars and Libby Mars, album with wood covers, (12 p.), ([ca. 1945?, Dec.]). HM 71507

Pages are very brittle and coming loose -- please handle carefully; pages are the end of the album are blank. Cataloger’s Note: Zoë K. Maginty and Mary E. Mars were the nieces of Zoë Akins. Hyde. “Six gentlemen and I arrived,” 1 color pencil drawing, ([1933]). HM 71508. Note: stained and slightly damaged.
 

Hyde. “I met a young blond actress named Katherine,” 1 color pencil drawing, ([1933]). HM 71509

Note: stained.
 

-----. Ephemera: Lists of Manuscripts and Correspondence in the Zoë Akins Collection: photostats & photocopy, 3 pieces, (1958-1968). Box 3(13). Cataloger’s Note: please consult the Zoë Akins Papers Finding Aid for more information about this material.

 

-----. Ephemera: Bank statement, bridge score pad, printed pamphlets, 4 pieces, ([1950?]- 1992). Box 3(14).

Box 4

Manuscripts, Photograph & Ephemera -- HM 80300-80302

 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Dinner Party:” teleplay: [revised script], mimeograph copy (MS., typewritten: 34 p.), (1952, Mar. 18). HM 80300

With original paper covers.
 

Mielech, Ronald A. “The Plays of Zoë Akins Rumbold:” dissertation: Title page - Chap. One, mimeograph copy (MS., typewritten: 88 p.), (1974). HM 80301(1)

Note: incomplete, missing pages 24-41; these missing pages were part of the original collection and are cataloged as HM 71496.
 

Mielech, Ronald A. “The Plays of Zoë Akins Rumbold:” dissertation: Chap. Two, mimeograph copy (MS., typewritten: 71 p.), (1974). HM 80301(2)

 

Mielech, Ronald A. “The Plays of Zoë Akins Rumbold:” dissertation: Chap. Three, mimeograph copy (MS., typewritten: 73 p.), (1974). HM 80301(3)

 

Mielech, Ronald A. “The Plays of Zoë Akins Rumbold:” dissertation: Chap. Four - Sources Consulted, mimeograph copy (MS., typewritten: 78 p.), (1974). HM 80301(4)

 

Murrell. Zoë Akins, 1886-1958, 1 B&W photograph, ([ca. 1935]?). HM 80302

 

-----. Ephemera: Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “The Little Miracle:” A Play in One Act: [printed article from Ladies’ Home Journal], 4 pages, (1936, Apr.). Box 4(7). Note: incomplete; very fragile -- please handle carefully.

 

-----. Ephemera: “Zoë Akins:” The Revealing Eye: Personalities of the 1920s: Atheneum: [printed article & photo], 2 pieces (glued together), (1967), New York (N.Y.). Box 4(8). Also enclosed: A.N. on a post-it with title information.

Box 5

Printed Material & Addenda: Ephemera, Reel-to-Reel Tapes, Printed Books

Folder 1

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. Interpretations (poems), ([ca. 1912]).

Inscribed by Akins to Ray Prewitt, her brother-in-law. Very fragile -- loose pages, handle carefully.
Folder 2

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. The Old Maid (play), ([ca. 1951]).

Note: heavy water damage -- please handle carefully.
 

Addenda

Folder 3

Reel-to-Reel Tape. [Interview with Zoë Akins: Scott Fitzgerald - 1st Take]?, ([before 1958]).

With a few autograph notes by Akins.
Folder 4

Reel-to-Reel Tape. [Interview with Zoë Akins: Scott Fitzgerald - 1st half / Orrick Johns - 2nd half]?, ([before 1958]).

With a few autograph notes by Akins.
Folder 5

Reel-to-Reel Tape. [Interview with Zoë Akins: Orrick Johns]?, ([before 1958]).

With a few autograph notes by Akins.
Folder 6

Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958. “Cake Upon the Waters:” sample copy, ([ca. 1919]).

Pages are blank, with a few pencilled lists and drawings by Akins.
Folder 7

Cabell, James Branch. Chivalry (New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1909).

With Zoë Akins’ bookplate: “Ex Libris / Zoë Rumbold.”
Folder 8

Carstairs, Carroll. A Generation Missing (London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1930).

With inscription and signature by Carroll Carstairs: New York, January 7, 1935. Also: dust jacket in very poor condition; removed and placed in mylar.
Folder 9

Housman, A. E. Last Poems (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1937).

With dust jacket. Signed by Zoë Akins as “Z A Rumbold.”
Box 6

Addenda: Printed Books

Folder 1

Kipling, Rudyard. Poems, Ballads (New York and Boston: H. M. Caldwell Company, 1899).

With inscription and signature by John N. Edwards: Christmas 1907.
Folder 2

Lepper, John Heron (trans.). The Complete Poems of François Villon (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1924).

With dust jacket. With inscription and signature by Thomas Robert Smith.
Folder 3

Mann, Thomas. The Magic Mountain (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1928).

With Zoë Akins’ bookplate: “Ex Libris / Zoë Rumbold.”
Folder 4

O’Hara, John Myers. Embers (Portland, Maine: Smith & Sale, 1921).

Note: pages uncut. With inscription and signature by John Myers O’Hara: May 7, 1921.
Folder 5

O’Neil, George. Special Hunger: The Tragedy of Keats (New York: Horace Liveright, Inc., 1931).

With dust jacket, damaged. With Zoë Akins’ bookplate: “Ex Libris / Zoë Rumbold.” With inscription and signature by “Gige.”
Folder 6

Penzer, N. M. (ed.) Selected Papers on Anthropology, Travel & Exploration by Sir Richard Burton, K.C.M.G. (London: A. M. Philpot Ltd., 1924).

With Zoë Akins’ bookplate: “Ex Libris / Zoë Rumbold.”
Folder 7

Wagnalls, Mabel. The Mad-Song (New York and London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1926).

With Zoë Akins’ bookplate: “Ex Libris / Zoë Rumbold.”