Hal Ashby papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Hal Ashby papers
Date (inclusive): 1940s-1980s
Date (bulk): 1960s-1980s
Collection number: 200
Creator: Ashby, Hal
Extent: 74 linear feet of papers. 7.4 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Hal Ashby papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Hal Ashby was an American director active in film from 1970 to 1988 and film editor active from around 1950 to 1969. He received an Academy Award for editing IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967) and was nominated for editing THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1966). Ashby was also nominated for directing COMING HOME (1978).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Hal Ashby papers span the years 1940s-1980s (bulk 1960s-1980s) and encompass approximately 81.4 linear feet. The collection contains production records, script and story material, correspondence, books, periodicals, and photographs. The photograph series consists primarily of prints, contact sheets, and slides of motion picture production photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Story files; 3. Videos; 4. Subject files; 5. Family and personal papers; 6. Legal papers; 7. Business and financial papers; 8. Books and periodicals; 9. Photographs

Indexing Terms

Ashby, Hal , 1929-1988--Archives
Film editors