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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Elmo Williams papers
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1973
    Date (bulk): 1966-1971
    Collection number: 120
    Creator: Williams, Elmo
    Extent: 7.2 linear feet of papers. 6.3 linear feet of photographs. 16 artworks
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    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

    Elmo Williams papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Elmo Williams, 1980-1991


    James Elmo Williams is an American executive, producer, director, and film editor. Williams coedited a feature documentary, DESIGN FOR DEATH (1948), which received an Academy Award for best feature documentary; he edited 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954), for which he received an Academy Award nomination; and he coedited HIGH NOON (1952), for which he received an Academy Award.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Elmo Williams papers span the years 1960-1973 (bulk 1966-1971) and encompass 7.2 linear feet of manuscripts, 6.3 linear feet of photographs and 16 artworks. The collection consists primarily consists of production material and photographs for some of the films Williams worked on while at 20th Century-Fox. The great majority of the material relates to TORA! TORA! TORA! (1970) and consists of treatments, scripts, script notes, correspondence, breakdowns, schedules, clippings, sketches, and a diary relating to this production. The photograph series consists of prints and negatives of motion picture production photographs.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Books; 4. Scrapbooks; 5. Photographs; 6. Graphic Arts

    Indexing Terms

    Williams, Elmo , 1913---Archives
    film editors