Studio archive, 1904-1980 (bulk 1936-1955)

Selznick, David O.,. 1902-1965


4657 boxes plus oversize (1940 linear feet).
Organized in 14 series: I. Administrative, 1915-1972 (1093 boxes); II. Casting, 1943-1949 (35 boxes); III. Distribution, 1936-1967 (247 boxes); IV. Financial, 1926-1969 (846 boxes); V. Legal, 1935-1966 (322 boxes); VI. Lewis J. Selznick, 1916-1923 (75 boxes); VII. London office, 1937-1967 (181 boxes); VIII. Music, 1934-1957 (96 boxes); IX. Production, 1920-1958 (213 boxes); X. Publicity, 1934-1957 (267 boxes); XI. Research, 1930-1954 (53 boxes); XII. Story, 1930-1965 (1012 boxes); XIII. Talent, 1945-1949 (18 boxes); XIV. Gifts, 1904-1980 (13 boxes).
Contains records documenting every aspect of David O. Selznick's Hollywood studio operations including script development, production, publicity, finances, and distribution. The records follow film's pioneer days in New York through the heyday of the studio system in Hollywood, to the rise of television. Besides Selznick's independent productions such as A Star is Born (1937), Gone with the Wind (1939), and Rebecca (1940), the archive documents his association with three major studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount, and RKO.
Arranged according to the departmental division of Selznick's studio, the archive traces the evolution of films from story purchase through script development, casting, design, production, exploitation, distribution, and reissue. Though most of the materials document Selznick's independent career, there are also records concerning his personal affairs, his father's career, as well as films Selznick developed but never produced. The archive touches on virtually every major Hollywood person, studio, and event of the early 20th century.
The archive is highlighted by David O. Selznick's personal files, found in Series I, and arranged in 28 sub-subseries. These records document Selznick's personal involvement in every aspect of his business and chronicle his life. Found in this subseries are clippings, confidential and personal files, coproduction and loanout files, correspondence, calendars, financial and legal files, interoffice files, MGM, Paramount, and RKO files, Myron Selznick estate files, photographs, safe deposit files, story files, talent files, and writers files.
American film producer.
Limited photocopies can be provided upon receipt of written authorization from the copyright holder.
Unpublished finding aid available in the repository. The archive can be searched at box and/or file level on The University of Texas at Austin's online library catalog.

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