MsC 635

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1950 -- 1958
4.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: January 1998

Acquisition Note: This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mr. Kantor over a period of years.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 4

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Table of Contents

Biographical note

Scope and contents

Box 1 Andersonville, correspondence -- third draft

Box 2 Andersonville, third draft -- notebook

Box 3 Andersonville, printer's proof -- newspaper clippings

Box 4 Author's Choice -- Signal Thirty-Two

Biographical Note

MacKinlay Kantor was born in Webster City, Iowa, on February 4, 1904. His mother, Effie McKinlay, was the editor of the Webster City Daily News. Kantor's writing career began on this newspaper when he was seventeen. His first novel, Diversey, was published in 1928 -- he was twenty four years old. The book was not a success and Kantor returned to writing for newspapers in Iowa. In 1934, he published Long Remember which became his first best seller. Hollywood bought the novel and Kantor moved to California to work as a screenwriter. World War II cut short his screenwriting career. As a war correspondent, he covered the air battles in Europe. In 1945, Kantor published Glory for Me, which became the film The Best Years of Our Lives. Ten years later, Andersonville was published. Kantor was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this Civil War novel. During the course of his career, MacKinlay Kantor published thirty-two books and hundreds of short stories, essays, poems, and articles. He died on October 11, 1977, at the age of seventy-three.

Scope and Contents

The papers of MacKinlay Kantor consist of four boxes of manuscripts, dating from 1950 to 1958. The vast majority of these papers relate to his Civil War novel, Andersonville. There are correspondence files, drafts in a variety of stages, printer's and foundry proofs, and Kantor's notes, all of which concern the writing of Andersonville. There are also drafts from some of his other books, including Author's Choice, God and My Country, and Don't Touch Me. The final folder of the collection is made up of correspondence, publicity photographs and biographical information promoting a lecture tour for his novel Signal Thirty-Two.

The Library of Congress is the primary repository for MacKinlay Kantor's papers.

Separately acquired, the Libraries holds a TLS 1p (MsL K167ro) to Edward G. Robinson (1893 -- 1973), Sarasota, Florida, 7 Dec. 1940, apologizing for having no ideas for a radio program; hoping Robinson can make a picture on General Grant; admitting he does have a screen treatment about Mosby.

Box 1


"The Writing of Andersonville," n.d., ca. January 1958.

Correspondence, 1954 -- 1958.

First draft, with revisions. (4 folders)

First draft, carbon. (3 folders)

First draft, with revisions. Duplicate chapters.

First draft, with revisions. Duplicate chapters. (2 folders)

Second draft, with revisions. (2 folders)

Second draft, with revisions.

Third draft. (3 folders)

Box 2

Andersonville (cont.)

Third draft. (3 folders)

Final draft.

Final draft. (4 folders)

Edited manuscript. (4 folders)

Edited manuscript. (2 folders)

Miscellaneous manuscripts.

Notebook in shorthand.

Box 3

Andersonville (cont.)

Printer's proofs (page proofs). (4 folders)

Foundry proofs.

Magazines and publishers' catalogs, 1955 -- 1957.

Newspaper clippings, 1954 -- 1957 and undated. (3 folders)


"Remarks on the Writing of Andersonville" by MacKinlay Kantor.

Box 4

Author's Choice (42 sketchs of stories; preface, closing sketch and "An Autobiographical Story" were not published)

Draft, with revisions.

Beauty Beast

Original typescript of the first draft, 3 pages combined typescript and holograph. Also includes the text of the blurb and author biography for the dust jacket in typescript and two envelopes printed with Kantor's return address at Shell Road in Sarasota.

Galley proofs

Biographical Information.

"The Bronze Box." Typescript of a short story

The Children Sing

Galley proof

Don't Touch Me

Second draft, with revisions.

"Duboko. An Essay." Signed typescript

"Galena." Short essay. Signed typescript

God and My Country (World Publishing, 1965). Missing

First draft, with revisions.

Printer's copy.

"The Man Who Stayed at Home." Saturday Evening Post, December 26, 1953. Condensation of God and My Country)

Magazine profiles, 1975 and 1976.

Newspaper clippings, 1937 -- 2000 and undated. Missing

"Papa Pierre's Pipe." Short story. Signed typescript

Photograph (negative), MacKinlay Kantor, undated.

"Remarks on the writing of Andersonville." Typescript, accompanied by a letter to Dale Bentz and a photograph of Kantor

Signal Thirty-Two

Correspondence, biographical material, and photographs for a promotional lecture tour.



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