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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: RKO Radio Pictures photographs
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1958
    Collection number: 1096
    Creator: RKO Radio Pictures
    Extent: 140 linear feet of photographs.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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    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

    RKO Radio Pictures photographs, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of RKO Radio Pictures, 1959


    RKO Radio Pictures was an American film production and distribution company founded in 1928. RKO actively produced films through 1958 and released films through 1960.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The RKO Radio Pictures photographs span the years 1929-1958 and encompass approximately 140 linear feet. The collection consists entirely of motion picture production photographs for 833 feature films distributed by RKO. Included are scenes, portraits of the players in character, and general publicity. Many titles include off-camera photographs taken on sets and on location, showing various aspects of the productions in progress. Nearly all of the films distributed by the company are represented, including the Katharine Hepburn features and the musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Motion picture production photographs

    Indexing Terms

    RKO Radio Pictures