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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Cinematic Arts Library
    Title: 20th Century-Fox set stills
    Creator: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
    Identifier/Call Number: 2431
    Identifier/Call Number: 782
    Physical Description: 16.9 Linear Feet 15 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1937-1954
    Abstract: This collection contains set still books for the 20th Century-Fox Corporation with photographs of movie sets for 229 films, dating from 1937 to 1954.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.


    Books are arranged alphabetically by film title.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation (or 20th Century-Fox) was created through the merging of Fox Film Corporation and Twentieth Century Pictures in 1935 in Los Angeles, California. In 1985, the studio was acquired by News Corporation and renamed Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (without the hyphen). In 2019, it was acquired by Disney and in 2020 began using the name 20th Century Studios, Inc.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Many of the photographs are warped/curling around the edges.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], 20th Century-Fox set stills, Collection no. 2431, Cinematic Arts Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Processed by USC students in 2019 as part of the "Piloting a Shared Practice for Accessible Archival Descriptions" Dean's Challenge Grant. Additional description by Diann Benti in 2021.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains movie set still books for the 20th Century-Fox Corporation with photographs taken during production of sets for 229 films, dating from 1937 to 1954. The black-and-white photographs are bound in boards with metal fasteners and labeled with the working movie title, director, and production number. Some are labeled "Office Copy," "Copy for Mr. Day's Files," or "Copy from Mr. Day's Files," and a few are stamped "Please return to art department," suggesting these books may have been used by 20th Century-Fox art department and supervising art director Richard Day.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Cinematic Arts Library at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Cinematic Arts Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Film sets -- Photographs
    Motion pictures -- Archival resources
    Motion pictures -- Photographs
    Motion pictures--Production and direction -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Film stills
    Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation -- Photographs
    Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation -- Archives