The Sam Peckinpah papers span the years 1936-1985 (bulk 1970s-1980s) and encompass 99.5 linear feet.
The collection contains production material, scripts, story files, correspondence, legal and financial
records, books and magazines, audiotapes and disc recordings, scrapbooks, and photographs. Personal
material includes address books; birth certificates; letters from his children, wives, and other family
members; and his USC master's thesis. The photograph series consists of 4,695 items, including prints,
contact sheets, snapshots, 35mm color slides, and color negatives and transparencies. Sixteen film titles
are represented by scene, off-camera, advertising art, general publicity, location research, set
reference, and wardrobe reference photographs. The subject photographs include biography, family,
friends, general, portraits, and travel.
David Samuel Peckinpah was an American director and screenwriter active in film from 1961 to 1983. He
was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay of THE WILD BUNCH (1969), which he also
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