Guide to the Anita Loos Collection, 1915 - 1979Manuscript MS-1092

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Guide to the Anita Loos Collection, 1915 - 1979

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1092

Collection Dates:

1915 - 1979

Size of Collection:

1 box (.5 linear feet)


Anita Loos (1888-1981,) playwright. Contains playscripts for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Gentleman Marry Brunettes". Also includes letters from H.L. Mencken and loos.

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Use & Access

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Contains two lightly annotated typed playscripts for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes." Also includes a group of 28 letters from Loos' friend H.L. Mencken to her and seven letters from Loos to various people. Additionally, a US passport for Anita Loos from 1929 and a theatre program for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" from the Times Square Theatre, 1927 are included.

Of note is the change in title in Loos' hand from "Social Register" to "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" on the cover of the script. The letters from Mencken address their friendship and attempts at establishing social meetings.


Anita Loos (1888-1981). Author of multiple stage and screenplays including "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes." Wife of screenwriter John Emerson.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1926-1929

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters from Loos, 1926-1979
  • Folder: 2, Letters from H.L. Mencken to Loos, circa 1924-1946
  • Folder: 3, Passport and theatre program , 1929
  • Folder: 4, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," typescript. Stage adaptation., 1926
  • Folder: 5, "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes," typescript. Stage adaptation., 1932

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