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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cecil B. DeMille photographs
    Date (inclusive): 1890s-1959
    Date (bulk): 1914-1956
    Collection number: 1091
    Creator: DeMille, Cecil B.
    Extent: 64 linear feet of photographs.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Selected digitized items from this collection:
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Cecil B. DeMille photographs, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Cecilia DeMille Harper, 1977, with additions from the Cecil B. DeMille Trust, 1982-1991


    Cecil B. DeMille was an American director, producer, and screenwriter active in film between 1913 and 1958. In 1913 he formed a partnership with Jesse Lasky and Samuel Goldfish (later Goldwyn) called the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company. The company soon merged with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Film Company and ultimately became Paramount Pictures, where DeMille became a leading producer.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Cecil B. DeMille photographs span the 1890s-1959 (bulk 1914-1956) and encompass approximately 64 linear feet. Seventy productions, from 1914 to 1956, are represented. Films directed by DeMille are covered extensively, with scenes and off-camera photographs showing various aspects of productions in progress. Studios represented include Artcraft, Lasky, MGM, Paramount, and Path?There are general publicity and other photographs documenting DeMille's social activities and personal life. Categories include awards, testimonials and honorary degrees, biography, birthdays, family, general, portraits, and pre-cinema. There are six scrapbooks, each with photographs on a specific film.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Scrapbooks; 2. Photographs, subseries A-B as follows: A. Motion picture production; B. Subject

    Indexing Terms

    DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount) , 1881-1959--Archives