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Personal papers of Richard Dyer MacCann

Call Number: PP 601


This collection contains three manuscripts from Richard Dyer MacCann, describing MacCann's thoughts on the decline in the American motion picture industry, his proposals on the values and essential aspects of film, and his life at the University of Kansas as a student.


  • May 1999


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Biography of Richard Dyer MacCann

Richard Dyer MacCann was born to Horace Shores MacCann and Marion (Dyer) MacCann on August 20, 1920, in Wichita, Kansas. He was a student at the University of Kansas where he was highly involved in journalism activities, such as radio dramas on the university's radio station, editor of the Jayhawker yearbook, and writer for the University Daily Kansan newspaper.

MacCann went on to earn a Ph.D in Political Science and become a screenwriter for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-television and John Houseman Productions. In 1957 he married Donnarae Charlotte Thompson. He published many books and worked on many film projects until his death on June 28, 2001.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Physical Location

PP 601

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Richard Dyer MacCann, 1999.



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Personal papers of Richard Dyer MacCann, PP 601, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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