MacKinlay Kantor papers, 1885-1998 (bulk 1920-1982)
Correspondence; diaries; drafts and galleys of playscripts for screen and stage, poems, songs, and fiction and nonfiction articles and books; dictation and interview transcripts; notes; research materials; book illustrations; publicity and promotional records; inventories prepared by Kantor describing the materials in the collection; printed matter; maps; photographs; and other papers relating chiefly to Kantor's literary career. Includes material concerning his early writing as a newspaper reporter in Iowa. Subjects in the Kantor and McKinlay family papers include Kantor's youth in Iowa, literary celebrity, and involvement as an author with the military and police. Family members represented by correspondence and other papers include his mother Effie McKinlay Kantor and his wife Irene Layne Kantor
Archival Material, English,
52,000 items. 180 containers plus 3 oversize. 73.8 linear feet.
Includes correspondence with members of the U.S. Air Force, Kantor's writings as a war correspondent in World War II and his official reports focusing on the air war in Europe, and drafts, interviews, and related materials for General Curtis E. LeMay's memoir titled Mission With LeMay: My Story (1965) written by Kantor with LeMay
Includes correspondence with his editor Tim McCann and Coward-McCann Publishers, Kantor's literary agent and editor Donald Friede at the firm World Publishing Company, and Kantor's other literary agents Ned Brown, Paul Revere Reynolds, Sydney A. Sanders, and H.N. Swanson. Other correspondents include Franklin P. Adams, Sherwood Anderson, Stephen Vincent Benét, James Cagney, Bennett Cerf, Stuart Cloete, Saxe Commins, Joseph Cotten, Will Crawford, Walter Damrosch, Paul Engle, José Ferrer, M.F.K. Fisher, Paul T. Gilbert, Lillian Gish, Richard Glendenning, David Gray, Charles Grayson, Alden Hatch, Joseph Hayes, Ernest Hemingway, Ben Hibbs, Burl Ives, Alfred A. Knopf, Margaret Leech, Curtis E. LeMay, Daniel Longwell, Myrna Loy, John D. MacDonald, John P. Marquand, Herbert R. Mayes, Clark R. Mollenhoff, Frank Luther Mott, Richard M. Nixon, Gregory Peck, Samson Raphaelson, Charles Robbins, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandburg, Ben Stahl, Rex Stout, H.N. Swanson, Daniel Taradash, Rudy Vallée, Frederic Franklyn Van de Water, Henry Agard Wallace, Richard Whiteman, Grant Wood, and members of the U.S. Air Force
Collection material in English