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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Curtis Harrington papers
    Date (inclusive): 1875-2008
    Date (bulk): 1945-2006
    Collection number: 287
    Creator: Harrington, Curtis
    Extent: 30 linear feet of papers.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection

    Access

    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Curtis Harrington papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Curtis Harrington, 1991-1998; bequest of Curtis Harrington estate, 2007

    Biography

    Curtis Harrington was an American experimental filmmaker, director, producer, and screenwriter. In the 1940s and 1950s, he emerged as a filmmaker when he wrote and directed several experimental avante garde shorts. He served as the executive assistant to Jerry Wald from 1956 to 1961 and as an associate producer at 20th Century-Fox. Curtis largely discarded the "experimental" tradition in his feature work which specialized in low-budget horror pictures.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Curtis Harrington papers span the years 1875-2008 (bulk 1945-2006) and encompass 30 linear feet. There are scripts, correspondence, clippings, reviews, and production material for Harrington? experimental films from the 1940s through mid-1950s, work he did as Jerry Wald? assistant from 1956 to 1963, and his own films from 1963 to 2002. There is correspondence related to his work in television, story files comprised of scripts, correspondence with experimental filmmakers, and drafts of an incomplete autobiography. The subject files include correspondence with Harrington? experimental film distributor Brandon Films, genealogical and personal material on Harrington? family, interviews, a journal, notebooks, and drafts of Harrington? oral history conducted here at the Academy. Finally, there are writings, books on film and filmmaking, periodicals, and three scrapbooks.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Television files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 3. Story files; 4. Correspondence; 5. Subject files; 6. Writings; 7. Books; 8. Periodicals; 9. Oversize; 10. Scrapbooks

    Indexing Terms

    Harrington, Curtis , 1926-2007--Archives
    directors
    producers
    screenwriters