Fay and Michael Kanin papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Fay and Michael Kanin papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-1984
Collection number: 170
Creator: Kanin, Fay Kanin, Michael
Extent: 2.8 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Fay and Michael Kanin papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Fay and Michael Kanin, 1986; and Fay Kanin, 2001


Fay Kanin was an American screenwriter and producer. She married screenwriter Michael Kanin in 1940. Michael Kanin earned an Academy Award for cowriting WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942). The Kanins received an Academy Award nomination in the writing category for TEACHER'S PET (1958).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Fay and Michael Kanin papers span the years 1941-1984 and encompass 2.8 linear feet. The collection includes scripts, miscellaneous photocopied correspondence, and photostats of storyboards for A DOUBLE LIFE (1947). There are also photocopies of correspondence for Kanin Productions from 1948 to 1952. Oversize material consists of set design drawings, scene sketches, several costume design drawings, and set plans and elevations for A DOUBLE LIFE, many by Harry Horner. There is no script material for their respective solo writing careers and no biographical material.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Stage files; 4. Subject files.

Indexing Terms

Kanin, Michael , 1910-1993--Archives.
Kanin, Fay , 1917---Archives.