Fred Sersen papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Fred Sersen papers
Date (inclusive): 1924-1956
Date (bulk): 1935-1949
Collection number: 411
Creator: Sersen, Fred
Extent: .4 linear foot of papers. 1.25 linear feet of photographs. 71 artworks.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Fred Sersen papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Leonard and Alice Maltin, 1998


Fred Sersen was a Czech-born visual effects artist and painter active in film from around 1918 to 1951. Born Ferdinand Metodej Sersen, he arrived in the U.S. in 1907 and had settled in Los Angeles by at least 1920. He spent his entire career with 20th Century-Fox, starting as a scenic artist. He founded and served as the head of Fox's special photographic effects department. Between 1939 and 1948, Sersen was nominated eight times in the special effects category and received Academy Awards for THE RAINS CAME (1939) and CRASH DIVE (1943).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Fred Sersen papers span the years 1924-1956 (bulk 1935-1949) and encompass .4 linear feet of manuscripts, 1.25 linear feet of photographs and 71 artworks. There are production design drawings for nine films released between 1935 and 1949, along with some production material and photographs. The photograph series consists of motion picture production photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Subject files; 3. Photographs; 4. Graphic Arts

Indexing Terms

Sersen, Fred , 1890-1962--Archives.
visual effects