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Charles Higham collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2165

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Charles Higham's (1931-2012) research and papers for his biographies and investigative journalism. Higham was an English journalist and biographer who moved to the United States in 1969. He wrote biographies of celebrities as well as books about Nazis in the United States. This collection includes research he did for his books, including: "Trading with the Enemy: The Nazi American Money Plot 1933-1949" (1983), "Errol Flynn: The Untold Story" (1980), "Orson Welles: The Rise and Fall of An American Genius" (1985), "Princess Merle: The Romantic Life of Merle Oberon" (1983) with Roy Moseley, and "Lucy: The Life of Lucille Ball" (1986). Within the research files, there are many photocopies of archival documents collected by Higham during his research.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1920s-1990s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Higham (1931-2012) was an English journalist and biographer. He wrote biographies about Katharine Hepburn, Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, Wallis Simpson (Duchess of Windsor), Cary Grant, and many more. He also wrote investigative journalism books about Nazis in the United States. Higham moved to Australia in 1954 and worked in journalism before moving to the United States in 1969 where he started publishing books.

Extent

106.85 Linear Feet (89 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection consists of Charles Higham's (1931-2012) research and papers for his biographies and investigative journalism. Higham was an English journalist and biographer who moved to the United States in 1969. He wrote biographies of celebrities as well as books about Nazis in the United States. This collection includes research he did for his books, including: "Trading with the Enemy: The Nazi American Money Plot 1933-1949" (1983), "Errol Flynn: The Untold Story" (1980), "Orson Welles: The Rise and Fall of An American Genius" (1985), "Princess Merle: The Romantic Life of Merle Oberon" (1983) with Roy Moseley, and "Lucy: The Life of Lucille Ball" (1986).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Higham, July 23, 1982-August 27, 2010.

Related Materials

See also: Charles Higham collection (Coll. No. 2165-2)

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. Box 56 not on shelf as of February 2022. The inventory is based on box labels and may not fully represent the contents within.

Title
Finding aid for the Charles Higham collection
Status
Unprocessed
Author
Marissa Chavez for History Associates Incorporated
Date
2022 February
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

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