Raymond W. Daum collection

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2014

Descriptive Summary

Title: Raymond W. Daum collection
Date (inclusive): circa 1960s-1990s
Collection number: 514
Creator: Daum, Raymond W.
Extent: 3 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Raymond W. Daum collection, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Raymond Daum, 2003


Raymond Witham Daum was a media specialist active from the 1950s to 1980s. He attended the University of Southern California film school before joining the U.S. Army. During World War II, he served as a cameraman in the Army? Combat Photography Unit. Daum worked in New York throughout the 1960s and 1970s and conducted oral history interviews for Columbia University from 1977 to 1983. He served as Gloria Swanson's personal archivist from 1980 and left New York for Texas after her collection was acquired by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas. He worked at the Center from 1983 to 1991. His friendship with actress Greta Garbo was documented in his book, "Walking with Garbo," published in 1991.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Raymond W. Daum collection spans the years circa 1960s-1990s and encompasses 3 linear feet. The collection consists of Daum's personal files which document his friendships with Gloria Swanson and others. There are clippings, correspondence, books, periodicals, audio recordings, and photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Subject files; 2. Additions.

Indexing Terms

Daum, Raymond W. , 1923-2003--Archives.