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Finding Aid for the Charles Rann Kennedy papers, 1887-1947
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Rann Kennedy papers
    Date (inclusive): 1887-1947
    Collection number: 607
    Creator: Kennedy, Charles Rann, 1871-
    Extent: 62 boxes (31 linear ft.) 5 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Charles Rann Kennedy (1871-1950) wrote short stories, articles and poems, was an actor, a press agent, and a theatrical business manager. He also taught for several years at the dramatic department of Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, New York. The collection consists of manuscripts, pamphlets, scrapbooks of press clippings and dramatic notices, and copies of published works by Charles Rann Kennedy.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Edith Wynne Matthison, 1952.
    • Gift of Margaret M. Gage, 1959-82.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles Rann Kennedy papers (Collection Number 607). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Kennedy was born on February 14, 1871 in Derby, England; worked as an office boy and clerk from ages 13-16; began writing and lecturing; married actress Edith Wynne Matthison in 1898; wrote short stories, articles and poems, while also acting and serving as a press agent and theatrical business manager; made his first appearance on the stage in 1897 as a starving citizen in The seats of the mighty, at Her Majesty's Theatre, London; made his first appearance in New York in 1903 as the doctor and the messenger in Everyman; after 1905, devoted his time mainly to dramatic writing; with his wife, taught for several years at the dramatic department of Bennett Junior College in Millbrook, New York; published plays include The Servant in the House (1908), The Terrible Meek (1911), and The Idol Breaker (1914); retired to Los Angeles; he died on February 16, 1950.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of manuscripts, pamphlets, scrapbooks of press clippings and dramatic notices, and copies of published works by Charles Rann Kennedy. Includes copies of letters written by Kennedy and his wife, actress Edith Wynne Matthison, and incoming letters from correspondents, including George Bernard Shaw, G.K. Chesterton, Hall Caine and Edna Lyndell. Also contains galley proofs of Edna St. Vincent Millay's Renascence, with holograph corrections by the author.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Kennedy, Charles Rann--Archives.
    Matthison, Edith Wynne--Archives.
    Dramatists, English--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950-- Renascence.