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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George E. Turner collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1910-1950
    Collection number: 498
    Creator: Turner, George E.
    Extent: 30 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

    George E. Turner collection, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the George Turner Trust, 2002


    George E. Turner was a film historian and author of "The Making of King Kong." He came to Hollywood in the late 1970s following a near 30-year career as the editorial art director of a daily newspaper in Texas. In Hollywood he served as the historian for the American Society of Cinematographers and edited the Society's magazine, "The American Cinematographer." He also found work as a film and television storyboard artist.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The George E. Turner collection spans the years circa 1910-1950 and encompasses 30 linear feet. The collection consists of Turner's research files on nearly 1,000 individual films, with an emphasis on genres that include adventure, crime, horror, monsters, and terror. The files contain a wide variety of materials, often including pressbook items, clippings, ads, programs, and photographs. There is also title art for JOHNNY DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (1944) and production design drawings by David Hall for KEEPER OF THE FLAME (1943).


    Arranged in the following series: Not arranged in series.

    Indexing Terms

    Turner, George E. , 1925-1999--Archives.