Elmo Williams papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Elmo Williams papers
Date (inclusive): 1960-1973
Date (bulk): 1966-1971
Collection number: 120
Creator: Williams, Elmo
Extent: 7.2 linear feet of papers. 6.3 linear feet of photographs. 16 artworks
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Elmo Williams papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Elmo Williams, 1980-1991


James Elmo Williams is an American executive, producer, director, and film editor. Williams coedited a feature documentary, DESIGN FOR DEATH (1948), which received an Academy Award for best feature documentary; he edited 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954), for which he received an Academy Award nomination; and he coedited HIGH NOON (1952), for which he received an Academy Award.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Elmo Williams papers span the years 1960-1973 (bulk 1966-1971) and encompass 7.2 linear feet of manuscripts, 6.3 linear feet of photographs and 16 artworks. The collection consists primarily consists of production material and photographs for some of the films Williams worked on while at 20th Century-Fox. The great majority of the material relates to TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970) and consists of treatments, scripts, script notes, correspondence, breakdowns, schedules, clippings, sketches, and a diary relating to this production. The photograph series consists of prints and negatives of motion picture production photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Books; 4. Scrapbooks; 5. Photographs; 6. Graphic Arts

Indexing Terms

Williams, Elmo , 1913---Archives
film editors