Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963

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His "The living stage" was published in 1955.

From the description of Letter, 1951 Sep. 18, Los Angeles, to Maurice Browne, London. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34365417

Macgowan was born in Winthrop, MA, Nov. 30, 1888; graduated Harvard, 1911; married Edna Behre, 1913; drama critic for Philadelphia evening ledger, the New York globe, Vogue, Theatre arts magazine, and Shadowland; publicity director for Goldwyn Pictures Corp., 1918-19; formed an association with Eugene O'Neill and Robert Edmond Jones at the Provincetown Playhouse; producer and director with the Actor's Theater, 1927-29; worked at RKO Studios (early 1930s-35), 20th Century Fox (1935-41), and Paramount Studios (1944-46); among his many film credits is La Cucaracha, the first production in modern Technicolor; instructor and first dept. chair at the UCLA Theater Arts Dept. (1946-58); studied both anthropology and archaeology; publications include The theater of tomorrow (1921), Footlights across America (1929), Early man in the new world (1950), Behind the screen : the history and technique of the motion picture (1965); he died of cancer on August 27, 1963.

From the description of Papers, 1915-1970. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 38942505

Kenneth MacGowan collected African and Pre-Columbian art. He was a client of the Weyhe Gallery.

From the description of Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1938-1939, n.d. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155902096

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Macgowan was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, November 30, 1888; graduated Harvard, 1911; married Edna Behre, 1913; drama critic for Philadelphia evening ledger, the New York globe, Vogue, Theatre arts magazine, and Shadowland ; publicity director for Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, 1918-19; formed an association with Eugene O'Neill and Robert Edmond Jones at the Provincetown Playhouse; producer and director with the Actor's Theater, 1927-29; worked at RKO Studios (early 1930s-35), 20th Century Fox (1935-41), and Paramount Studios (1944-46); among his many film credits is La Cucaracha, the first production in modern Technicolor; instructor and first department chair at the UCLA Theater Arts Department (1946-58); studied both anthropology and archaeology; publications include The theater of tomorrow (1921), Footlights across America (1929), Early man in the new world (1950), Behind the screen: the history and technique of the motion picture (1965); he died of cancer on August 27, 1963.

From the guide to the Kenneth Macgowan Papers, 1915-1970, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Greenwich Village Theatre. Records of the Greenwich Village Theatre, 1925-1926 (inclusive). Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963. Papers, 1915-1970. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Eugene O'Neill papers, 1872-1970, 1930-1959 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947) Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Agee, James, 1909-1955. James Agee Collection, 1928-1969. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Papers of Eugene O'Neill [manuscript], 1915-1940. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill collection, 1912-1993. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963. Letter, 1951 Sep. 18, Los Angeles, to Maurice Browne, London. University of Michigan
creatorOf Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, 1937. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1938-1939, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Ellen Bartlett Ballow letters from various correspondents, 1926-1937. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Steele, Wilbur Daniel, 1886-1970. Daniel Wilbur Steele papers, 1907-1970. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Kenneth Macgowan Papers, 1915-1970 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill papers, 1872-1970 (bulk 1930-1959) Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stella Hanau Papers MS 73., 1904-1971 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Friedman, Philip Allan. Correspondence to Philip Allan Friedman, 1952-1953. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983. Papers, 1916-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Jones, Robert Edmond, 1887-1954. Drawing of The cherry orchard, [1922]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hanau, Stella, 1890-1972. Papers, 1904-1971. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
creatorOf Ballou, Ellen Bartlett, 1905-. Letters : from various correspondents, 1926-1927. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963. Letter, 1951 Sep. 3, Los Angeles, to [Maurice Browne, London?] University of Michigan
referencedIn James Agee Collection TXRC98-A10., 1928-1969 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
creatorOf Boys, Richard Charles, 1912-. Correspondence, 1949-1954. University of Michigan
referencedIn Chapman, Robert Harris. Papers of Robert H. Chapman, 1963-1974 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
referencedIn George Pierce Baker papers, 1878-1958 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill papers, 1872-1970 (bulk 1930-1959). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963. Letter, 1953 Sep. 30, London, to Maurice [Browne, London?] University of Michigan
referencedIn Samson Raphaelson Papers, 1916-1982 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963. Correspondence file, 1927-1930, from Boni & Liveright and Horace Liveright, Inc. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935. George Pierce Baker papers, 1878-1958 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. Eugene O'Neill collection, 1912-1993. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Macgowan, Kenneth, 1888-1963. Letter, 1951 Aug. 11, Los Angeles, to Maurice [Browne, n.p.]. University of Michigan
creatorOf Reber, J. Howard. Letter to Horace Howard Furness, Jr., 1929. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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associatedWith Agee, James, 1909-1955 person
associatedWith Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935. person
associatedWith Ballou, Ellen Bartlett, 1905- person
associatedWith Boys, Richard Charles, 1912- person
associatedWith Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Chapman, Robert Harris. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Friedman, Philip Allan. person
associatedWith Greenwich Village Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Hanau, Stella, 1890-1972 person
associatedWith Jones, Robert Edmond, 1887-1954. person
associatedWith Levin, Harry, 1912-1994 person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953. person
associatedWith Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983. person
associatedWith Reber, J. Howard. person
associatedWith Steele, Wilbur Daniel, 1886-1970. person
associatedWith Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Theater Arts corporateBody
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 person
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Theatrical producers and directors--Archival resources
Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources
Loyalty security program, 1947-
Theater critics--Archival resources
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Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources
Theatrical producers and directors--Archival resources
Theater critics--Archival resources
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Birth 1888-11-30

Death 1963-04-27

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