Collection Dates: 1950 -- 1958
4.5 linear ft.
This document describes a collection of materials held
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
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.
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collection is open for research.
This collection is open for research.
Photographs: Box 4
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Table of Contents
Scope and contents
Box 1 Andersonville, correspondence -- third draft
Box 2 Andersonville, third draft -- notebook
Box 3 Andersonville, printer's proof -- newspaper clippings
4 Author's Choice -- Signal Thirty-Two
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.
"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)
Third draft. (3 folders)
Final draft. (4 folders)
Edited manuscript. (4 folders)
Edited manuscript. (2 folders)
Notebook in shorthand.
Printer's proofs (page proofs). (4 folders)
Magazines and publishers' catalogs, 1955 -- 1957.
Newspaper clippings, 1954 -- 1957 and undated. (3 folders)
"Remarks on the Writing of Andersonville" by MacKinlay Kantor.
Author's Choice (42 sketchs of stories; preface, closing sketch and "An Autobiographical Story" were not published)
Draft, with revisions.
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.
"The Bronze Box." Typescript of a short story
The Children Sing
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.
"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
Correspondence, biographical material, and photographs for a promotional lecture tour.