The Selznick collections make up the core of the Ransom Center's film holdings. These vast archives document the life and career of legendary producer David O. Selznick (Gone With The Wind, Rebecca, Duel in the Sun), his brother, Myron, the quintessential Hollywood agent, and their father, early film pioneer Lewis J. Selznick. The Selznick collections are supported by the papers of Jock Whitney, David Selznick's friend and financial partner.
This collection consists of the archive of Myron Selznick's Hollywood talent agency. His clients included Vivien Leigh, Alfred Hitchcock, Rosalind Russell, William Powell, and George Cukor. Files from various companies formed by Lewis J. Selznick, one of the early pioneers in the film industry, are also included. This collection has not yet been cataloged but is accessible to researchers.
This collection consists of papers from the New York office of Selznick International Pictures. Jock Whitney was David O. Selznick's longtime friend and financier. A preliminary finding aid is available to researchers.
This archive follows the career of this legendary actress in the motion picture industry through production papers, correspondence, materials for her autobiography Swanson on Swanson, over 500 books and film scripts, and 20,000 photographs. The finding aid for the Swanson collection is available online.
Over 2,000 items from the personal and professional files of Ernest Lehman, prominent screenwriter, producer, director, novelist, short story writer, and journalist, make up this collection. Original manuscripts include West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and North by Northwest. This collection has not yet been cataloged, but an extensive inventory is available to researchers.
Robert De Niro
The archive of actor-producer-director Robert De Niro includes a wide variety of materials from all phases of his career. The collection includes his research materials, heavily annotated scripts, correspondence, costumes, production materials, photographs, props, and videotapes.
This unique collection contains more than 50 16mm original kinescopes of interviews Wallace conducted. Interview subjects include such notables as Eleanor Roosevelt, Kirk Douglas, Margaret Sanger, and Salvador Dali. Videotape transfers of many of the interviews are available for viewing onsite. A complete inventory of the interviews is available online.
This collection chronicles the career of one of Hollywood's most important script doctors (Batman, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II) and the founder of the Texas Film Commission. A finding aid for the Skaaren collection is available online.
Jay Presson Allen
The archive of one of Hollywood's most important screenwriters, Jay Presson Allen, includes drafts of many of her screenplays and her work for the stage. The collection includes material from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, her first major success, and for Cabaret, Marnie, Funny Lady, Prince of the City, and Travels With My Aunt. The collection is complemented by the archive of her husband, noted film and theater producer Lewis Allen. An inventory of the collection is available to researchers.
The archive of prominent film and theater producer Lewis Allen includes scripts, correspondence, business records, and promotional materials for many of his productions. Of particular note are his films The Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, Swimming to Cambodia, and The Queen. His stage work is well represented and includes material on Annie, A Lie of the Mind, Ballad of the Sad Café, A Few Good Men, and Master Class. The collection is complemented by the archive of his wife, screenwriter and playwright Jay Presson Allen. An inventory of the collection is available to researchers.
This collection includes the Interstate Theatre Circuit's business records, financial and legal files, and publicity correspondence from the years the company exhibited films in movie houses across Texas and Arkansas. It consists of over one million cinema artifacts, including publicity stills, movie posters, press kits, lobby cards, and an extensive collection of popular sheet music for silent films. A detailed inventory is available to researchers.
Norman O. Dawn
Introducing the career of this early special effects cinematographer, inventor, artist, and motion picture director, writer, and producer, this collection consists of 126 display cards that illustrate the special effects Dawn created in more than 80 movies. An inventory of the collection is available to researchers.
This extensive archive documents the actor's career through scripts, files, notes, correspondence, and memorabilia. A preliminary inventory is available.
E. V. Richards
The records of the early film exhibitor E. V. Richards include photographs, business files, and publications that document the theater business in the silent and early sound eras. A preliminary inventory is available.
This collection includes photographs and papers from one of Hollywood's greatest "still men," photographers who document the making of films. Films Harris photographed include The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, and The Apartment. A preliminary inventory is available.
With over 1,400 original designs, approximately one-third by Carrick himself, this archive showcases the work of prominent designers from the British film industry (1930-1950). A preliminary inventory is available.
This collection consists of photographs and drawings from the career of this prominent British art director. A preliminary inventory is available.
This popular culture gold-mine contains research material and drafts for biographies of John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. A preliminary inventory is available.
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