William H. Wright papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William H. Wright papers
Date (inclusive): 1927-1976
Date (bulk): 1933-1972
Collection number: 62
Creator: Wright, William H.
Extent: 9 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

William H. Wright papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William H. Wright and Mrs. William H. Wright, 1977-1981


William H. Wright was an American producer and writer active in Hollywood from 1927 to the mid-1960s. He joined the Paramount publicity department in 1927. In the 1930s Wright moved into production, serving at various times as an assistant to David O. Selznick, B. P. Schulberg, and Harry Cohn. In 1939 he pursued a career as a freelance writer that led to an MGM contract as a staff writer in 1941. He was soon promoted to the rank of producer, and over the next decade produced fifteen MGM pictures. Wright entered television as a writer-producer in the late 1950s.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The William H. Wright papers span the years 1927-1976 (bulk 1933-1972) and encompass 9 linear feet. The collection consists largely of script material for thirty feature films and twelve television series with which Wright was involved in various capacities. The collection also contains genealogical information on Wright's family, and a small amount of correspondence.


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

Indexing Terms

Wright, William H. , 1902-1980--Archives.