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Michael and Antoinette Kavanagh family papers

 Collection — Container: MS 2766
Call Number: MS 2766

Scope and Contents

The papers span the years 1933-1957 and include correspondence from Michael to Antoinette as well as producers and family members; photographs; financial statements; reviews and other magazine and newspaper clippings; play scripts and librettos; and theater playbills and programs.


  • 1933-1956


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The collection is open for research.

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Antoinette Walker Kavanagh (1874-1970)

Antoinette Walker Kavanagh was born in 1874 in Clinton, Indiana and was a stage and film actress and playwright. She was known for her role as Ruth Tyler in The Sting of Victory (1916) and appeared in several plays produced by David Belasco and Lee Shubert. She married a man with the last name Stewart, and they had a son, Walker Stewart. She later married Michael Kavanagh. Antoinette died in Topsfield, Massachusetts in 1970.

Michael Kavanagh (-1967)

Michael (Mike) Kavanagh was a theatre manager at the Shubert Theater in Boston and for Marcus Lowe. He also worked with the film producer Mike Todd on Around the World in 80 Days. During his career he had five films on Broadway, including Ben Hur, managed the Broadway theater where the play Fantasia had its long run, and booked road shows. He died in Topsfield, Massachusetts in 1967.


450 Items

Language of Materials



The papers are organized in six series:

I. Correspondence; II. Play scripts, librettos, and notes; III. Financial; IV. Playbills, magazines, and memorabilia; V. Photographs; VI. Clippings and other printed material

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Former Title

Collection formerly known as Michael and Antoinette Kavanagh Collection.
Guide to the Michael and Antoinette Kavanagh Family Papers
Rare Books and Manuscripts Staff and Kimberly Reynolds
Finding aid created and/or transcribed from legacy inventory prior to 2020.
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Revision Statements

  • 2014-12: Updated by Kimberly Reynolds.

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