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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Howard Estabrook papers
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1977
    Date (bulk): 1927-1972
    Collection number: 11
    Creator: Estabrook, Howard
    Extent: 21.5 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

    Howard Estabrook papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Howard Estabrook, 1977

    Biography

    Howard Estabrook was an American screenwriter, director, and producer whose film career spanned 1914 to 1959. After some stage experience in Michigan, New York, and London, he became a film actor, writer, director, and producer. He is best remembered for his screenwriting, which included such films as THE VIRGINIAN (1929); HELL'S ANGELS (1930); A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT (1932); DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935); THE HUMAN COMEDY (1943); THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (1944); HEAVENLY DAYS (1944), which he also directed; and THE BIG FISHERMAN (1959). Estabrook served on the Academy Board of Governors. His screenplay for STREET OF CHANCE (1930) was nominated for an Academy Award, and he received the Academy Award for writing (adaptation) for CIMARRON (1931).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Howard Estabrook papers span the years 1885-1977 (bulk 1927-1972) and encompass 21.5 linear feet. The collection contains scripts, treatments, synopses, and story material; some production material; and biographical data, clippings, some correspondence, diaries, financial papers, contracts, personal and family papers, and manuscript material for articles and lectures. It is especially rich in material documenting the process of story development for scripts both produced and unproduced.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series: Organized into 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. Stage files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 4. Radio files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 5. Story files, subseries A-B as follows: A. General; B. Story material; 6. Subject files, subseries A-B as follows: A. General; B. Diaries

    Indexing Terms

    Estabrook, Howard , 1884-1978--Archives.
    directors
    producers
    screenwriters