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William Powell scripts

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2582

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of photographs and scripts belonging to American actor William Powell (1892-1984). Scripts for Life with Father (1947) and Mister Roberts (1954) are housed in personalized leather portfolios.

Originally part of the Ethel Barrymore Memorial Theatre Arts Collection at the University of Southern California Library 100 Series.


  • 1946 - 1954

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 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

William Powell (1892-1984) was an American actor and was a major player at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He was best known for his roles in The Thin Man (1934), and Life with Father (1947).


0.28 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of photographs and scripts belonging to American actor William Powell (1892-1984).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Powell’s sister-in-law, Maxine Lewis, by way of USC Associate Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts Marlene Loadvine in 2000.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed.

Finding aid for the William Powell scripts
Sarah Jardini for History Associates Incorporated
2022 July
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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