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Finding Aid for the Dorothy Arzner Papers, ca. 1920-1979
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dorothy Arzner Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1920-1979
    Collection number: 175
    Origination: Arzner, Dorothy
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Performing Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts Special Collections 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Dorothy Arzner Papers (Collection 175). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Arzner was born Jan. 3, 1900; studied medicine at Univ. of So. CA; ambulance driver in WWI (1917-18); in 1919, she was hired by William C. De Mille as a stenographer in the script dept. at Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount), and was later promoted to script clerk, film cutter, and film editor; editor for Realart, a subsidiary of Paramount, 1922; wrote and edited "Old Ironsides," 1925; met Marion Morgan, choreographer and dancer, in the early 1930s and the two remained companions until Morgan's death in 1971; retired from directing in 1943; produced WAC training films during WWII; taught at UCLA and made commercials for Pepsi-Cola; her credits include, "Christopher Strong" (1933), "Nana" (1934), and "Craig's Wife" (1936); honored at the 1st International Festival of Women's Films, NY, 1972, and by Director's Guild of America, 1975; died Oct. 1, 1979 in La Quinta, CA.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Audio recordings (box 2)
    2. Clippings (box 5)
    3. Negatives (box 6)
    4. Personal sketches (box 5)
    5. Personal photographs (boxes 5-6)
    6. Personal correspondence (box 7)
    7. Scrapbooks (boxes 1,3,4)
    8. Stills (box 6)
    9. Tributes (boxes 6-7)
    10. Writings by and about Arzner (box 7)

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of clippings, sketches, photographs and motion picture stills, correspondence, scrapbooks, audio recordings, and ephemera related to Arzner's personal life and career as filmmaker. Includes stills the films Anybody's Woman, The Bride Wore Red, The Covered Wagon, Craig's Wife, Dance Girl Dance, Fashion for Women, First Comes Courage, Get Your Man, Manhattan Cocktail, Merrily We Go To Hell, Nana, Old Ironsides, Ten Modern Commandments, and Working Girls.

    Access Points

    Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979--Archives.
    Women motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources.