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William Dieterle papers

 Collection
Identifier: 2017

Scope and Contents

This collection contains production files for twelve American film projects of German director William Dieterle (1893-1972), dating from 1936 to 1950. The files chiefly include production and wardrobe stills, research files, and outlines. There are no personal papers in this collection. Among the stills are photographs of many actors including Henry Fonda (Blockade), Maureen O'Hara (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Edward G. Robinson (A Dispatch from Reuters), and Marlene Dietrich (Kismet). An outdated paper index and some biographical items on Dieterle are housed in Box 11.

Dates

  • 1923 - 1950

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 cin@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 Dieterle (1893-1972) was a German actor and director. Dieterle immigrated to the United States in 1930 and worked in Hollywood until returning to Germany in the late 1950s. His film The Life of Emile Zola received the Best Picture Academy Award in 1937.

Extent

5.75 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

German

Abstract

This collection contains production files for twelve American film projects of German director William Dieterle (1893-1972), dating from 1936 to 1950. The files chiefly include production and wardrobe stills, research files, and outlines.

Arrangement

Files are arranged chronologically by project production date with oversize materials in Box 11 at the end of the collection. Box 1: 1936 (The Story of Louis Pasteur; The White Angel)
Box 2: 1937 (The Life of Emile Zola)
Box 3-4: 1938 (Blockade; Juarez)
Box 5-6: 1939 (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Box 7-8: 1940 (The Story of Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet; A Dispatch from Reuters)
Box 9: 1940-1941 (A Dispatch from Reuters; All That Money Can Buy)
Box 10: 1942-1950 (Tennessee Johnson; Kismet; September Affair)
Box 11: Oversize materials and index

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Processing Information

Initially inventoried as part of the Ethel Barrymore Performing Arts Division, USC. Additional work 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.

Title
Finding aid for the William Dieterle papers
Status
Completed
Author
Diann Benti
Date
2021 October
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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Los Angeles California 90089-0185 United States