David Niven papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: David Niven papers
Date (inclusive): 1841-1985
Date (bulk): 1952-1983
Collection number: 137
Creator: Niven, David
Extent: 7 linear feet of papers. 3 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

David Niven papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Niven Jr., and James Niven, 1994-1995


David Niven was a British actor active in film from 1932 to 1983. Niven arrived in Hollywood in 1934. He earned an Academy Award in the acting category for SEPARATE TABLES (1958).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The David Niven papers span the years 1841-1985 (bulk 1952-1983) and encompass 10 linear feet. The papers consist of scripts, correspondence, books, pamphlets, awards, memorabilia, family history documents, manuscript material for books written by Niven, and photographs. The photograph series consists of 5,576 items, including black-and-white and color prints, negatives, and transparencies.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files (Unproduced); 2. Correspondence; 3. Subject files, subseries A-C as follows: A. General; B. Awards and memorabilia; C. Books; 4. Writings; 5. Scrapbooks; 6. Photographs, subseries A-C as follows: A. Motion picture production; B. Biography; C. Subject

Indexing Terms

Niven, David , 1910-1983--Archives.