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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Zoë Akins papers
    Creator: Akins, Zoë
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1088
    Physical Description: 2.0 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1958
    Abstract: Zoë Akins (1886-1958) was born in Missouri and relocated to California in 1928. A playwright, Akins plays enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s and 1930s on Broadway and in screen adaptations. The collection consists of Zoë Akins's literary manuscripts of plays, screenplays, and stories. Also includes bibliographical material and a report of the Zoë Akins Collection at the Huntington Library.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Zoë Akins Papers (Collection 1088). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Dorothy Arzner, 1970.

    Processing Information

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by PB, March 1970. Additions processed by Lilace Hatayama, January 2000.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 994621563606533  


    Akins was born on October 30, 1886 in Humansville, Missouri; early poetry published in the St. Louis Mirror; her first play produced in New York was The Magical City (1919); Akins was made famous by her theatrical piece, D?lass?, starring Ethel Barrymore; her plays enjoyed great popularity in the 1920s and 1930s; she moved to California in 1928; her Broadway hit, The Greeks Had a Word for It (1930) was filmed by Samuel Goldwyn in 1932; won the Pulitzer Prize with her 1935 stage adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel, The Old Maid; collaborated with George Cukor on film, Camille (1936), which starred Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor; died on October 29, 1958 in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of the literary manuscripts of Zoë Akins, including plays, screenplays, and stories. Also includes bibliographical material and a report of the Zoë Akins Collection at the Huntington Library (1951). Also contains one piece of correspondence.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Bibliographical material, 1 letter, report of Akins holding at the Huntington Library (Box 1).
    2. Literary manuscripts arranged alphabetically by title (Boxes 1-4).

    Related Material

    Zoë Akins Collection  . Available at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Screenwriters -- United States -- Archives.
    Dramatists, American -- 20th century -- Archives.
    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives.
    Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958--Archives.