William "Billy" Gordon papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William "Billy" Gordon papers
Date (inclusive): 1947-1970
Collection number: 106
Creator: Gordon, William "Billy"
Extent: 5.2 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

William "Billy" Gordon papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William L. Gordon, 1979


William L. Gordon was an American casting director employed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 20th Century-Fox, and Columbia from the 1930s to 1970. After his retirement, he worked as a commissioner for the California Motion Picture Council.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The William "Billy" Gordon papers span the years 1947-1970 and encompass 5.2 linear feet. The collection consists of casting records, including casting suggestions, salary and/or billing summaries, cast lists, cast production budgets, memos regarding casting, and contract information. Other material includes agency client lists, talent lists organized by specialty, contract summaries, and theater reports by Irene Selznick.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Subject files

Indexing Terms

Gordon, William "Billy" , d. 1986--Archives.
casting directors