Dwight Cleveland collection of posters

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Dwight Cleveland collection of posters
Date (inclusive): 1914-1953
Date (bulk): 1935-1943
Collection number: 1660
Creator: Cleveland, Dwight
Extent: 1088 posters
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Dwight Cleveland collection of posters, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dwight Cleveland, 2011


Dwight Cleveland is a real-estate developer in Chicago, Illinois. He began collecting posters in 1977 while in high school, inspired by film posters in an art teacher's classroom. After moving to Los Angeles, Cleveland continued to acquire posters from memorabilia dealers in Hollywood.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Dwight Cleveland collection of posters spans the years 1914-1953 (bulk 1935-1943) and contains more than 1,000 mostly one-sheet posters for films primarily produced in the United States. The collection documents B movies of the studio era and includes examples from Warner Bros., Fox, MGM, Paramount, and RKO. Genres represented document musicals, biblical tales, Westerns, war films, and films dealing with social problems.


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Indexing Terms

Cleveland, Dwight--Archives.