Loy, Myrna (1905-1993)
Scope:
The Myrna Loy collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, memorabilia, video recordings, and audio recordings.  The collection is primarily professional, with little regarding Loy’s personal life.  For additional material pertaining to Loy, consult the James Kotsilibas-Davis collection.

Much of the manuscript material in the Loy collection is directly related to her autobiography,Being and Becoming (1987), written by Loy with James Kotsilibas-Davis.  There are several variant drafts, some with alternate titles.  Along with these drafts, there are also a number of research files with items related to the book.  These items include holograph notebooks and note cards, as well as transcripts of taped interviews.  Other manuscripts include several screenplays; a script for “This is Your Life,” from the 1950s; and several stage plays, including Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon (1964).

Much of the correspondence in the collection is professional/business related: information regarding royalties from the autobiography; correspondence from her agents; and similar items.   The personal correspondence includes letters and telegrams from Ed Koch, John F. Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, George Cukor, and Roddy McDowall, and other notable individuals.  

Printed material in the collection includes a large amount of political items, including UNESCO documents; transcripts of speeches and radio broadcasts Loy made on behalf of the United Nations; and Eugene McCarthy presidential campaign material.  There are also many clippings, reviews, programs, and articles spanning Loy’s entire career, beginning in the 1920s.  Some are tear sheets in file folders, some are entire magazines.  Also present is material related to various European trips: brochures, post cards, maps, etc, as well as material related to Loy’s funeral service and obituaries.

Photographs in the collection include a large number of publicity stills from Loy’s film career, beginning in the 1920s and continuing up through the 1980s.  There are also a number of “glamor” shots unrelated to specific film work.  Other photographs in the collection show Loy at a variety of celebrity events, award ceremonies, and parties.

Memorabilia in the collection includes a number of awards and honors, ranging from the keys to various cities across the country to the Kennedy Center Honors Award, presented to Loy in 1988.

Video recordings in the collection consist of 21 video cassettes, including a recording of the 1988 Kennedy Center Honors.  Also present are 17 audio tapes, including an interview with Loy at Town Hall, New York, on March 18, 1973.

Loy is represented in the book collection with several editions of her autobiography, Being and Becoming, written with James Kotsilibas-Davis, as well as books about Loy and other film and theatre personalities from her personal library.  Many are inscribed to Loy. They include: Tynan Right and Left (1967), Charles Chaplin: My Autobiography (1964), From Scarface to Scarlett(1981), Case History of a Movie (1950), Pictures Will Talk: the Life and Films of Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1978), William Wyler (1973), The Lion’s Share (1957), Conversations in the Raw(1969), Great Times Good Times: the Odyssey of Maurice Barrymore (1977), The Barrymores(1964), Conversations with Joan Crawford (1980), Fonda: My Life (1981), Gentleman: the William Powell Story (1985), Long Live the King: A Biography of Clark Gable (1976), Myrna Loy: a Pyramid Illustrated History of the Movies (1977), Jose Quintero: If You Don’t Dance They Beat You(1974), The Moon’s A Balloon: the Autobiography of David Niven (1972), Laurence Olivier (1975), Dorothy Parker (1944), Heyday: the Autobiography of Dore Schary (1979), “Our Town” Remembered (1982), Myrna Loy and Don Ameche in the Motion Picture “So Goes My Love” (1936), Central City Festival Celebrity Cook Book (1967), White and Black: Test of a Nation (1964), and 57th Street, a novel (1971).        
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Notable Figures
1. Loy, Myrna, 1905-1993
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
3. Helen Deutsch Research Section
4. Motion picture industry
5. Acting
6. Actresses -- United States
7. Scripts
8. Theater
9. Photographs
10. Diaries
11. Motion pictures