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Finding Aid for the King Vidor Papers, 1920-1965
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: King Vidor Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1965
    Collection number: 934
    Creator: Vidor, King, 1894-1982
    Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: King Wallis Vidor (1894-1982) made over fifty feature films and received five Academy Award nominations before retiring from films in the late 1950s. His directorial debut was The turn in the road (1919), but he is best known for The big parade (1925), The champ (1931), and Duel in the sun (1947). The collection contains annotated scripts, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera for 22 films Vidor produced or directed including The big parade, Duel in the sun, Northwest passage, and Stella dallas.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of King Vidor, 1966.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], King Vidor Papers (Collection 934). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    King Wallis Vidor was born February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas; made fifty-six feature films in forty years; married Florence Arto, 1915 (divorced 1925); married Eleanor Boardman, 1926 (later divorced); married Elizabeth Hill; his directorial debut was The turn in the road (1919); made Hallelujah! (1929), the first sound picture with an all black cast; best known for The big parade (1925), The crowd (1928), The champ (1931), Stella Dallas (1937), and Duel in the sun (1947); wrote an autobiography, A tree is a tree (1953); retired from films in the late 1950s; taught a graduate cinema class during the 1960s at UCLA; received Edinburgh Film Festival award for career achievements, 1964; after receiving five Academy Award nominations during the course of his career, he was granted a special award for his innovations in cinema, 1979; died of congestive heart failure, Paso Robles, California, on November 1, 1982.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to Vidor's career as a motion picture director and producer. Contains annotated scripts, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera for 22 films including The big parade, Duel in the sun, Northwest passage, and Stella dallas.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Vidor, King, 1894-1982--Archives.
    Motion picture producers and directors--United States--Archival resources.
    Silent films--Production and direction--United States--Archival resources.
    Film scripts.

    Related Material

    Filming of Duel in the sun [oral history transcript] / Ray Rennahan, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1969. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.