Jesse L. Lasky papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Jesse L. Lasky papers
Date (inclusive): 1906-1975
Date (bulk): 1930s-1950s
Collection number: 153
Creator: Lasky, Jesse L.
Extent: 3.8 linear feet of papers. 0.4 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Jesse L. Lasky papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Betty Lasky, 1976-2007


Jesse L. Lasky was an American film producer and executive active in film in many capacities from 1913 to 1951. Lasky received an Academy Award nomination for outstanding production for THE WHITE PARADE (1934). His memoirs, "I Blow My Own Horn" (1957), were published shortly before his death.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Jesse L. Lasky papers span the years 1906-1975 (bulk 1930s-1950s) and encompass 4.2 linear feet. The collection contains a variety of material relating to Lasky's career in film, television, and radio. There is correspondence, scripts, financial records, photograph albums, and miscellaneous writings by Lasky, including the original manuscript for his autobiography which is more personal and contains more family information than the published version. The photograph series consists of three albums of biography photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Television files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 3. Radio files; 4. Correspondence; 5. Subject files; 6. Oversize; 7. Photographs.

Indexing Terms

Lasky, Jesse L. , 1880-1958--Archives.