Valentine Davies papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Valentine Davies papers
Date (inclusive): 1925-1960
Collection number: 45
Creator: Davies, Valentine
Extent: 15.5 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Valentine Davies papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Valentine Davies, 1980


Valentine Davies was an American screenwriter active in Hollywood from the early 1940s through 1961. He received an Academy Award for his original story for MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947), two nominations in the writing category, and one for the documentary short HOUSE WITHOUT A NAME (1956). He served on the Academy Board of Governors.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Valentine Davies papers span the years 1925-1960 and encompass 15.5 linear feet. The collection includes script material for nearly all of the films written by Davies, as well as material on his plays. Nine scrapbooks document Davies's career from 1931 to 1957.


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

Indexing Terms

Davies, Valentine , 1905-1961--Archives.