date(s):
1911; 1958
creator(s):
Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958
subject(s):
Women; Women authors; Plays; Dramatists; Courtship; Theater
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0015 Akins, Zoe Papers Inventory of Zoe Akins Papers A0015 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2018 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:48:03 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Zoe Akins Papers Akins, Zoë, 1886-1958 Reedy, William Marion, 1862-1920 A0015 0.06 Cubic Feet (2 folders) 1911; 1958 Processing Information Finding aid by Jaime Bourassa, July 2018. Donor Information The two letters from William Marion Reedy were donated by Mrs. Zoe Akins Rumbold on April 4, 1951, with a stipulation that they remain sealed until after her death. "The Wandering Fairies" manuscript was donated by Mrs. George B. Wislocki on June 25, 1957 (accession no. 57-0074). "The Learned Lady" manuscript was transferred to the Archives from the Missouri Historical Society Library on May 14, 1991 (accession no. 91-0023). Biographical Sketch Zoe Akins was born in Humansville, Missouri, and moved to St. Louis where her father was postmaster and also a leader in the Republican party. She attended Hosmer Hall and then spent two years at Monticello Seminary in Godfrey, Illinois. At the age of 17, she played with the Odeon Stock Company of St. Louis. She then began writing articles for the St. Louis–based Mirror . Later she left for New York where she became a well-known playwright. Her best-known plays are "The Greeks Had a Word for It," "The Furies," and "The Old Maid," for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1935. In 1932, she married Hugo Rumbold, a British artist and army captain. In her last years she wrote for motion pictures. She died October 29, 1958. Scope and Contents The collection consists of undated love letters written by William Marion Reedy to Zoe Akins. Also includes an undated play titled "The Wandering Fairies—A Shakespearian Masque for Children" by Zoe Akins, and a typed copy of "The Learned Lady," by Zoe Akins, 1911, from which Act I and portions of Act II are missing. Collection also includes a newspaper article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describing the letters. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Zoe Akins Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Love-letters Plays Women dramatists, American -- 20th century Typed manuscript of play, "The Learned Lady" by Zoe Akins. Act I and portions of Act II are missing. 1911 1 1 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article regarding death of Zoe Akins and sealed love letters from William Marion Reedy at Missouri Historical Society. (photocopy) 1958 Nov 25 1 2 Two love letters to Zoe Akins from William Marion Reedy. No date 1 2 Letter signed Bully [William Marion Reedy] to Dearest Mine [Zoë Akins], ca. 1905 Typed manuscript of play, "The Wandering Fairies," a Shakespearean Masque for Children, by Zoe Akins. No date 1 2