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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Marjorie Best papers
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1965
    Date (bulk): 1947-1965
    Collection number: 24
    Creator: Best, Marjorie
    Extent: 3.8 linear feet of papers.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    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

    Marjorie Best papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Marjorie Best, 1987; and bequest of the Marjorie Best estate, 1997


    Marjorie Best was an American costume designer active from the mid-1920s to mid-1960s. Best won an Academy Award for costume design (color) for THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN (1949). She also received nominations for GIANT (1956), SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO (1960), and THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Marjorie Best papers span the years 1934-1965 (bulk 1947-1965) and encompass 3.8 linear feet. The collection consists primarily of script material; wardrobe plots, many with fabric swatches attached; and costume design drawings.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Television files; 3. Subject files; 4. Oversize, subseries A-C as follows: A. Costume design drawings; B. Miscellaneous; C. Non-Marjorie Best costume designs

    Indexing Terms

    Best, Marjorie , 1903-1997--Archives.
    costume designers