George E. Turner collection

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2013

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

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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.