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Guide to the Delmer Daves Papers, 1930-1965
Special Collections M0192  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Delmer Daves Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1965
    Collection number: Special Collections M0192
    Creator: Daves, Delmer, 1904-1977.
    Extent: 38.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Delmer Daves, 1969, John Lea McDaniels, 1984, and the Associates of Stanford University Libraries, 1984.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Delmer Daves Papers, M0192, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence, play and film scripts, treatments of novels, adaptations, drafts, lists, photographs, diagrams and working papers of Mr. Daves' career in the motion picture industry in Hollywood from 1930 to 1965. Mr. Daves was a writer, director and producer. The collection contains correspondence with many of the industry's leading figures. The contents are important in relating the history, methods and trends of the industry as well as a biographical source on Mr. Daves.


    A cartoon collection is listod. Extent : 6 legal file drawers.


    1. All hand notations are Delmer Daves' unless otherwise specified.
    2. All sheets are quarto size, written on one side only unless otherwise specified.
    3. All sheets consist of one typed page unless otherwise specified.
    4. Descriptive symbols can be combined ad libitum, i.e. OPpNAD-Occasional Pen and pencil Notes, Additions, Deletions.
    • A Autograph
    • ALS Autograph Letter Signed
    • ANS Autograph Note Signed
    • BW Black and White
    • C Carbon
    • DD Delmer Daves
    • F Frequent
    • IOC Inter-office Communication
    • IOC-S Inter-office Communication, Signed
    • JB Julian Blaustein
    • JIB Joseph I. Breen
    • JLW Jack L. Warner
    • JSJ Col. Jason S. Joy
    • JW Jerry Wald
    • Legal 8 1/2" × 14"
    • LS Lew Schreiber
    • M Mimeographed
    • Misc. Miscellaneous
    • MM Molly Mandaville
    • N Notes
    • ND No Date
    • O Occassional
    • P Pen
    • P pencil
    • ph photocopy
    • PNAD Pen Notes, Additions, Deletions
    • pNAD pencil Notes, Additions, Deletions
    • PpNAD Pen and pencil Notes, Additions, Deletions
    • Prelim. Preliminary
    • RAK Ray A. Klune
    • Rev. Revised
    • Rev. Temp. Revised Temporary
    • RLHL. R. L. Hough
    • Size X 7 1/4" × 10 1/2"
    • SP Screenplay
    • ST Steve Trilling
    • T Typed
    • TLS Typed Letter Signed
    • TNS Typed Note Signed
    • vso. verso
    • WB Warner Brothers
    • 8vo. octavo size
    • 20CF 20th Century Fox
    • [] information not included but determined by reader


    The inventory to the Delmar Daves' cartoon collection is arranged exactly as the Files came to Stanford University. Mr. Daves had a broad subject arrangement subdivided by further subject classification within the broad areas. The classification does not follow an alphabetical arrangement and in some instances there is a repetition of subjects. However, no attempt to reorganize the collection has been made.
    The inventory is an exact duplication of the subject files and serves as a very general index. Under each subdivision the individual cartoons, often three or four to a page, are mounted on large legal sheets. The collection is contained in six legal file drawers.