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20th Century-Fox set stills

Identifier: 2431

Scope and Contents

This collection contains movie set still books for the 20th Century-Fox Corporation with photographs taken during production of sets for 229 films, dating from 1937 to 1954. The black-and-white photographs are bound in boards with metal fasteners and labeled with the working movie title, director, and production number. Some are labeled "Office Copy," "Copy for Mr. Day's Files," or "Copy from Mr. Day's Files," and a few are stamped "Please return to art department," suggesting these books may have been used by 20th Century-Fox art department and supervising art director Richard Day.


  • 1937 - 1954


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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

The Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (or 20th Century-Fox) was created through the merging of Fox Film Corporation and Twentieth Century Pictures in 1935 in Los Angeles, California. In 1985, the studio was acquired by News Corporation and renamed Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (without the hyphen). In 2019, it was acquired by Disney and in 2020 began using the name 20th Century Studios, Inc.


16.9 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains set still books for the 20th Century-Fox Corporation with photographs of movie sets for 229 films, dating from 1937 to 1954.


Books are arranged alphabetically by film title.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Many of the photographs are warped/curling around the edges.

Processing Information

Processed by USC students in 2019 as part of the "Piloting a Shared Practice for Accessible Archival Descriptions" Dean's Challenge Grant. Additional description by Diann Benti in 2021.

Finding aid for the 20th Century-Fox set stills
Diann Benti
2021 October
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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