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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Niven papers
    Date (inclusive): 1841-1985
    Date (bulk): 1952-1983
    Collection number: 137
    Creator: Niven, David
    Extent: 7 linear feet of papers. 3 linear feet of photographs.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    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

    David Niven papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of David Niven Jr., and James Niven, 1994-1995


    David Niven was a British actor active in film from 1932 to 1983. Niven arrived in Hollywood in 1934. He earned an Academy Award in the acting category for SEPARATE TABLES (1958).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The David Niven papers span the years 1841-1985 (bulk 1952-1983) and encompass 10 linear feet. The papers consist of scripts, correspondence, books, pamphlets, awards, memorabilia, family history documents, manuscript material for books written by Niven, and photographs. The photograph series consists of 5,576 items, including black-and-white and color prints, negatives, and transparencies.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files (Unproduced); 2. Correspondence; 3. Subject files, subseries A-C as follows: A. General; B. Awards and memorabilia; C. Books; 4. Writings; 5. Scrapbooks; 6. Photographs, subseries A-C as follows: A. Motion picture production; B. Biography; C. Subject

    Indexing Terms

    Niven, David , 1910-1983--Archives.