William Wyler collection compiled by Jan Herman

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Wyler collection compiled by Jan Herman
Date (inclusive): circa 1920s-1940s
Collection number: 1289
Creator: Herman, Jan
Extent: 9 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

William Wyler collection compiled by Jan Herman, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jan Herman, 2006


William Wyler was a German-born director, producer, and screenwriter active in film from 1923 to 1970. He emigrated to the United States in the early 1920s. Wyler worked for Universal Pictures, first in New York, then in Hollywood from around 1922 to 1936. Wyler received Academy Awards for directing MRS. MINIVER (1942), THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946), and BEN-HUR (1959). His other nominations for directing include WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939) and THE HEIRESS (1949). For ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) and FRIENDLY PERSUASION (1956) he was nominated in both the directing and best picture categories. Wyler received the 1965 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The William Wyler collection compiled by Jan Herman spans the years circa 1920s-1940s and encompasses 9 linear feet. The collection consists of files accumulated by writer Jan Herman while researching his book, "A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director, William Wyler."


Arranged in the following series: Not arranged in series.

Indexing Terms

Herman, Jan , 1942---Archives.
Wyler, William , 1902-1981.