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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Buster Keaton papers
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1999
    Date (bulk): 1924-1966
    Collection number: 181
    Creator: Keaton, Buster
    Extent: 0.4 linear feet of papers. 2 linear feet of photographs.
    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

    Buster Keaton papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Eleanor Keaton, 1998-2001, with additions from Kevin Brownlow, 2000, and Jeffrey Vance, 2001


    Buster Keaton was an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter active in film from 1917 to the mid-1960s. The Academy presented him with a 1959 Honorary Award.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Buster Keaton papers span the years 1900-1999 (bulk 1924-1966) and encompass 2.4 linear foot. The collection consists of an assortment of material relating to Keaton, including scripts, music, autograph books, a vaudeville scrapbook, clippings, date books, and photographs. The photograph series document Keaton's last three decades, with many personal photographs, candids, and snapshots, as well as material related to his film, stage, and television work. There are also some vintage photographs from Keaton's infancy, childhood, and vaudeville days, as well as a Keaton family photograph album of snapshots dating from 1909-1917. Photographs from the collection were published in ?uster Keaton Remembered?(2001) by Eleanor Keaton and Jeffrey Vance, with an afterword by Kevin Brownlow.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Subject files; 3. Scrapbooks; 4. Photographs, subseries A-F as follows: A. Motion picture production; B. Television production; C. Stage production; D. Biography; E. Subject; F. Photograph albums

    Indexing Terms

    Keaton, Buster , 1895-1966--Archives.