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Finding Aid for the Jean Renoir Papers, 1915-1927
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jean Renoir Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1915-1927
    Collection number: 105
    Origination: Renoir, Jean
    Extent: 107 boxes (45.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Jean Renoir Papers, 1915-1927. (Collection 105). Performing Arts Special Collections, Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Renoir was born in Paris, France, Sept. 15, 1894; son of painter Auguste Renoir; became citizen of US, 1946, while retaining French citizenship; educated at Collége de Sainte-Croix, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Ecole Sainte-Marie de Monceau, Ecole Massina, Nice; graduated University of Aix-en-Provence with a degree in math and philosophy,1913; served in French cavalry, 1914-15; transferred to French Flying Corps, 1916; worked as potter and ceramicist, 1920-23; directed first film, La Fille de l_eau, 1924; Robert Flaherty arranged Renoir's passage to US, 1940, where he signed with 20th Century-Fox, 1941; singed with Universal, terminating contract, 1942; re-established residence in Paris, 1951, retaining his home in Beverly Hills; taught theatre at Univ. of CA, Berkeley. 1960; in addition to his film credits, he was author to numerous books and articles; Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Univ. of CA, Berkeley, 1963 and Royal College of Art, London, 1971; the recipient of numerous awards, received an Oscar for Career Accomplishment, 1975; died in Beverly Hills, CA, Feb. 12, 1979.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Motion picture productions
    2. Stage productions
    3. Radio productions
    4. Projects, including items not by Renoir
    5. Publications by Renoir
    6. Essays and articles by Jean Renoir
    7. Notebooks
    8. Writings about Renoir
    9. Interviews
    10. Photographs individuals
    11. Photographs personal
    12. Personal items
    13. Miscellaneous
    14. Correspondence

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of material related to Jean Renoir's career as director and screenwriter. Includes scripts, production material, photographs, personal and professional correspondence, and manuscript material. Photographs include film stills representing over 30 film titles released between 1926-69, photographs of Renoir's theater projects and productions, and personal photographs including family, friends, actors, and professional colleagues. Production material includes files for produced and unproduced projects from ca. 1930s-70s. Manuscript material includes novels and biographies.

    Access Points

    Renoir, Jean, 1894---Archives.
    Motion picture producers and directors --France --Archival resources.
    Motion picture producers and directors --United States --Archival resources.