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Finding Aid for the Charles Boyer papers, 1935-1961
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles Boyer papers
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1961
    Collection number: 323
    Creator: Boyer, Charles, 1899-1978
    Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.) 7 oversize boxes 1 oversize folder
    Abstract: Charles Boyer (1899-1978) was born in Figeac, France. He developed an acting career in films produced in France and Hollywood. The collection consists of approximately 200 photographs and publicity stills, souvenir programs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera from Boyer's career in motion picture as well as an index to the Boyer Collection of French plays that is now dispersed throughout the UCLA Libraries.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Charles Boyer papers (Collection Number 323). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Boyer was born August 28, 1899 in Figeac, France; studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and drama at the Paris Conservatory; after his stage and film debuts in 1920, he became a matinee idol on stage; moved between Hollywood, France, and Germany from 1929-1934, and permanently moved to Los Angeles in 1934; developed career as a great lover and lead actor in films produced in France and Hollywood; married English actress Pat Paterson; active during World War II in cementing Franco-American relations and heading French war relief efforts; established French Research Foundation in Los Angeles; appeared with Charles Laughton on stage in Don Juan in Hell (1951); co-founded Four Star Television with Dick Powell and David Niven in 1951 and subsequently starred in company's television productions in 1950s and 1960s; committed suicide on August 26, 1978, two days after his wife's death in 1978.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of approximately 200 photographs and publicity stills, souvenir programs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera from Boyer's career in motion pictures. Includes portraits of Boyer and Charles De Gaulle, a collection of French autographs, and screenplays for Arch of Triumph and Garden of Allah. Also includes an index to the Boyer Collection of French plays that is now dispersed throughout the UCLA Libraries.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Photographs and sketches.
    2. Scrapbooks.
    3. Screenplays.
    4. Collection of French autographs.
    5. Index to Boyer Collection of French plays in UCLA library holdings.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Boyer, Charles, 1899-1978--Archives.
    Actors--United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Autographs.

    Related Material

    Charles Boyer French Research Foundation Collection (Collection 1132)  . Available at Library Special Collections, UCLA.