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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer architectural set plans
    Creator: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0024
    Physical Description: 148.0 Linear Feet (354 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1917-1950
    Abstract: During its peak years Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM) lineup included many of the most creative artists, technicians, and stars in the film industry. The collection consists of original architectural designs, sketches, and blueprint set plans for MGM motion picture productions.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materias are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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], Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Architectural Set Plans (Collection PASC 24). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of MGM/UA Entertainment Co, 1986

    Processing Information

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by Arts Special Collections staff, pre-1999.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2221451 


    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the American film production company, was established in 1924 when Metro Picture Corporation (formed 1915), the Goldwyn Picture Corporation (formed 1917), and Louis B. Mayer Pictures (formed 1918) joined together under the corporate control of Loew's Inc. Louis B. Mayer was vice president and head of the studio and Irving Thalberg was vice president in charge of production. During the 1930s and 1940s, the studio was home to the finest creative talent, technicians, and stars in the motion picture industry and dominated Hollywood until the end of WWII. In 1952 the government forced Loew's, Inc. to divest itself from MGM. In the 1960s, MGM suffered huge declines and was taken over by Kirk Kerkorian (1970) with James T. Aubrey as president.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of original architectural designs, sketches, and blueprint set plans for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) motion picture projects. Included are drawings representing 600-plus titles including produced productions, unproduced and unreleased productions, and short subjects from Goldwyn Picture Corporation (1917-24), Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Company (1923-24), Metro-Goldwyn Corporation (1924-25), and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (1924-50).

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by project titles.

    Related Material

    Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Scripts and Story Synopsis (Collection 82). UCLA Library Special Collections.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Motion picture art directors -- Archives.
    Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Archives.
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer -- Archives
    Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
    Goldwyn-Cosmopolitan Company