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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Kay Van Riper papers
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1948
    Collection number: 75
    Creator: Van Riper, Kay
    Extent: 4 linear feet of papers.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Kay Van Riper papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


    Kay Van Riper was an American screenwriter active in film from around 1937 to the mid-1940s. She moved to Los Angeles in 1929 and pursued a career as a writer for local radio. Her first major writing success came in the mid-1930s with the airing of ENGLISH CORONETS, in which she also played Anne Boleyn. Van Riper worked on the Andy Hardy films, beginning with A FAMILY AFFAIR (1937).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Kay Van Riper papers span the years 1924-1948 and encompass 4 linear feet. The collection concentrates on Van Riper's radio career, particularly the ENGLISH CORONETS series from 1935 to 1937. There is a considerable amount of unproduced play and film scripts, but only minimal material on her produced screen work. That material includes story outlines for the Andy Hardy films; rehearsal scene and miscellaneous script pages for BABES IN ARMS (1939); and scripts for THE CONSTANT NYMPH (1943), KATHLEEN (1941), and MRS. MIKE (1950).


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Radio files; 3. Story files; 4. Subject files; 5. Scrapbooks.

    Indexing Terms

    Van Riper, Kay , 1908-1948--Archives.