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Frances Marion papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2198

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of American screenwriter and author Frances Marion (1888-1973). Materials include books; scrapbooks of clippings and correspondence pertaining to Marion’s book "Off With Their Heads" (1972); treatments and short stories written by Marion; photographs, stills, clippings, and programs relating to the acting careers of Marion and her husband Fred Thomson; newspaper and magazine articles; and plaques and awards.


  • circa 1914-1973


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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 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

Frances Marion (1888-1973) was an American screenwriter, director, journalist, and author. She is credited with writing over 100 films. Marion was the first writer to win two Academy Awards, one for writing for "The Big House" (1931) and another for best story for "The Champ" (1932). Marion published a memoir "Off With Their Heads: A Serio-Comic Tale of Hollywood" in 1972.


8.229 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

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This collection contains the papers of American screenwriter and author Frances Marion (1888-1973). Materials include books, scrapbooks, treatments and short stories, photographs, stills, clippings, and programs, newspaper and magazine articles, and plaques and awards.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Prof. & Mrs. Frederick Thompson, July 20, 1973.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Finding aid for the Frances Marion papers
Marissa Chavez for History Associates Incorporated
2022 February
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library G4
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0185 United States