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William C. DeMille papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2008

Scope and Contents

Collection consists primarily of scripts and essays written by director, writer, producer William C. DeMille (1878-1955) and his wife, writer Clara Beranger (1886-1956). Also includes clippings, playbills, correspondence, and miscellaneous production materials covering the years 1896-1953. Includes approximately 60 screenplays; 17 play scripts (1903-1940); drama and cinema articles written by Demille between 1909-1940; clippings, playbills, correspondence, and miscellaneous production materials; approximately 34 albums containing photographs of silent films produced or directed by DeMille. Among the screenplays are The Explorer (1915), Common Ground (1916), Craig's Wife (1928), Mad Love (1935), Smilin' Through (1941), Unconquered (1947), and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).

Dates

  • circa 1896-1953

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

William C. DeMille (1878-1955) was an American film director and producer. He began his career writing plays and began working in film during the silent film era. He focused his film career on adapting stage plays to silent films. He was the elder brother to Cecil B. DeMille.

Extent

27.375 Linear Feet (30 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Collection consists of scripts and essays written by director, writer, producer William C. DeMille (1878-1955) and his wife writer Clara Beranger (1886-1956). Also includes clippings, playbills, correspondence, and miscellaneous production materials covering the years 1896-1953.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, July 28, 1969.

Processing Information

Collection is unprocessed.

Title
Finding Aid for the William C. DeMille papers
Status
Unprocessed
Author
Marissa Chavez & Sarah Jardini 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

Contact:
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