The Edwin Holly collection of Desilu and First Artists reports span the years 1958-1982 and encompass
1.3 linear feet. The collection consists of corporate financial documents related to Desilu Productions
from 1958 to 1967 and First Artists Production Co. from 1972 to 1982, including quarterly and annual
reports to stockholders and filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The latter are
represented by the quarterly Form 10-Q and the annual Form 10-K, that include audited financial
Edwin Earl Holly was an American film and television production executive and certified public
accountant most active during the mid-1950s to mid-1980s. He worked as a staff auditor and corporate
controller at CBS in New York before joining Desilu Productions as treasurer in 1954. Desilu Productions
was a Los Angeles-based production company owned by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. Holly served as
secretary-treasurer at Desilu from 1958. He went on to serve as president of First Artists Production
Company. First Artists was organized by Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, and Barbra Streisand with Creative
Management Associates, an international theatrical agency. Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen joined First
Artists later. The company's purpose was to allow its participants greater creative control over their
individual film projects.
1.3 linear feet of papers.
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