John Paxton papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: John Paxton papers
Date (inclusive): 1941-1980
Date (bulk): 1942-1970
Collection number: 300
Creator: Paxton, John
Extent: 15 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

John Paxton papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sarah Jane Paxton, 1992-2011


John Paxton was an American screenwriter most active in film from 1943 to 1959. He was nominated for an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for CROSSFIRE (1947).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The John Paxton papers span the years 1941-1980 (bulk 1942-1970) and encompass 13 linear feet. The collection contains production material, scripts, correspondence, and clippings. In addition to the film scripts, there are also scripts for unproduced films and television programs, notably ?eneral Electric Theater.? There are also a handful of scripts for 20th Century-Fox productions from 1944 to 1948, which were obtained by Paxton? wife Sarah Jane in the course of her work in the publicity department at the studio.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Television files; 3. Subject files

Indexing Terms

Paxton, John , 1911-1985--Archives.