Finding Aid for the Dorothy Arzner Papers PASC.0175

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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Dorothy Arzner papers
Creator: Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0175
Physical Description: 3.5 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Date (inclusive): circa 1920-1979
Abstract: Collection consists of clippings, sketches, photographs and motion picture stills, correspondence, scrapbooks, audio recordings, and ephemera related to Dorothy 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.
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: This collection contains processed audiovisual materials. All requests to access audiovisual materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dorothy Arzner papers (Collection PASC 175). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mildred Sumner, 1985.

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 462250 

Biography

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.

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.

Organization

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)

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

 

Audio recordings

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: This collection contains processed audiovisual materials. All requests to access audiovisual materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
box 2, case 1

DGA Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Reel 1 of 5 pasc_0175_002_001 1975 January 25

Creator: Ida Lupino, 1918-1995
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 1/4 inch audiotape; Duration: 0:14:14)7 inch

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Scope and Contents

Transcribed from container: Original; Voices of- Doug Morrison, Joelle Debrew, Ida Lupino

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 2

DGA Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Reel 2 of 5 pasc_0175_002_002 1975 January 25

Creator: McCall, Mary C., Jr., 1904-1986
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 1/4 inch audiotape; Duration: 0:16:17)7 inch

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Scope and Contents

Transcribed from container: Original

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 3

DGA Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Reel 3 of 5 pasc_0175_002_003 1975 January 25

Creator: Folsey, George J., 1898-1988
Creator: Wellman, William A., 1896-1975
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 1/4 inch audiotape; Duration: 0:14:15)7 inch

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Scope and Contents

Content note: Features the reading of telegrams from Mayor Tom Bradley, Joe Mankiewicz, Lucille Ball, and Katherine Hepburn, and Frank Capra.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 4

DGA Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Reel 4 of 5 pasc_0175_002_004 1975 January 25

Creator: O'Hara, Shirley
Creator: Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939-
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 1/4 inch audiotape; Duration: 0:16:19)7 inch

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Scope and Contents

Content note: Features the reading of a telegrams from CA Secretary of State March Fong Eu, Fay Wray, Louie Hayward, Fredrick March, Rosalind Russel, Joan Crawford,

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 5

DGA Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Reel 5 of 5 pasc_0175_002_005 1975 January 25

Creator: Ballard, Lucien, 1908-1988
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 1/4 inch audiotape; Duration: 0:11:04)7 inch

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 6

DGA Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Part 1 of 2 pasc_0175_002_006a undated

Creator: Ida Lupino, 1918-1995
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 audiocassette; Duration: 0:44:49)

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 6

DGA Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Part 2 of 2 / Fragment of King Vidor Talk pasc_0175_002_006b undated

Creator: Vidor, King, 1894-1982
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 audiocassette; Duration: 0:46:47)

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Scope and Contents

Content note: Recording transitions to "K. Vidor Talk" at 0:28:00

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 7

DGA Arzner Tribute, Reel 1 and Reel 2 pasc_0175_002_007a undated

Creator: Ida Lupino, 1918-1995
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 audiocassette; Duration: 0:30:33)

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 7

DGA Arzner Tribute, Reel 3 pasc_0175_002_007b undated

Creator: Ida Lupino, 1918-1995
Creator: Directors Guild of America
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 audiocassette; Duration: 0:14:40)

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
box 2, case 8

Dorothy Arzner At Diablo Valley College pasc_0175_002_008a 1976 October 13

Creator: Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
Creator: Diablo Valley College
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 audiocassette; Duration: 0:46:51)

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
box 2, case 8

Dorothy Arzner At Diablo Valley College pasc_0175_002_008b 1976 October 13

Creator: Arzner, Dorothy, 1900-1979
Creator: Diablo Valley College
Physical Description: 1 Sound Recordings(1 audiocassette; Duration: 0:02:55)

Conditions Governing Access

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials are available for access. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
 

Clippings

box 5, folder 2

Includes tributes to Dorothy Arzner, and commentary and announcements related to festivals featuring her films undated

box 5, folder 3

Includes articles pertaining to women filmmakers in general with mention of Dorothy Arzner undated

box 5, folder 4

Five (5) issues of "Camera: the Digest of the Motion Picture Industry" (fragile). Includes 1922, Vol. 5 no.'s 16, 24, 26, 28, 29 undated

 

Negatives

 

Sixty-nine (69) negatives of clippings in scrapbooks and photographs in this collection. Negs are numbered DA1-DA69. Availablity is marked on verso of photographs or on the page of scrapbooks. STORED IN Performing Arts Special Collections - NEGATIVE FILES undated

box 6, folder 26

One (1) 8x10 negative of Dorothy Arzner with film strip, two (2) strips of La Quinta home, four (4) strips Morgan Dancers, one (1) strip of young Dorothy Arzner. six(6) contact strips of outings with friends undated

 

Personal sketches

box 5, folder 5

Nine (9) pencil sketches, one (1) ink sketch (all unsigned). Orignal envelope labeled "Sketches by Dorothy Arzner and Marion Morgan" undated

box 5, folder 6

Eight (8) items including seven (7) pencil sketches and one (1) pastel. Four (4) items signed D. Arzner undated

 

Personal photographs

box 5, folder 1

Oversized portraits of Dorothy Arzner. Seven (7) items, (2) inscribed by Dorothy Arzner undated

box 5, folder 7

One (1) oversize photograph labeled "Entrance Atrium 2249 Mountain Oak Dr. Home of Marion Morgan and Dorothy Arzner 1930 - 1951" undated

box 6, folder 1

Forty (40) items including small snap shots of Dorothy Arzner and friends. Includes snap shot of Marlene Dietrich holding Dorothy Arzner's Siamese cat undated

box 6, folder 2

Fifty-seven (57) items. Includes small photos of young Dorothy Arzner, family, and friends undated

box 6, folder 3

Twenty (20) items. Includes photographs of Dorothy Arzner and family from childhood to adolesence undated

box 6, folder 4

Twenty-one (21) items. Includes (1) portrait of a young Dorothy Arzner and Marion Morgan, two (2) snap shots of Dorothy Arzner bust by Alice Bush Lewis, and photos of older Dorothy Arzner at Diablo College undated

box 6, folder 5

Fifteen (15) items including portraits of Dorothy Arzner early in her career undated

box 6, folder 6

Twenty (20) items including photographs of Dorothy Arzner at work on various projects undated

box 6, folder 24

Fifty-six (56) items. Includes several photographs sent to Dorothy Arzner by Marion Morgan from [Europe]. [Items are undated, possible date 1920's or 1930's].

box 7, folder 1

(Dates unknown) Seventeen items including cards, letters and postcards. Includes (8) postcards from Aunt Emma addressed to Emma [Dorothy's middle name] and Dave undated

box 7, folder 2

(1930'S - 1940's) Twenty-three items including postcards and letters to Dorothy Arzner undated

box 7, folder 3

(1970'S) Forty-three letters, cards, and post cards to Dorothy Arzner undated

Scope and Contents

Includes personal and professional work related correspondence. One Christmas card from Marion Morgan dated Christmas 1969.
box 7, folder 4

Forty-four postcards from Marion Morgan to Dorothy Arzner dates spanning circa 1920s - 1940s

box 7, folder 5

Forty-three postcards from Marion Morgan to Dorothy Arzner circa 1930s

box 7, folder 6

Ten (10) assorted letters, cards, and postcards to Marion Morgan mostly from 1971

box 7, folder 7

Fifty-three (53) postcards, letters, cards, and telegrams. Condolences to Dorothy Arzner concerning the death of Marion Morgan undated

box 7, folder 8

Seven (7) items including (2) coat of arms for Arzner, (1) Westlake School for Girls Record, death certificates for Dorothy Arzner, David Arzner, Mabel Arzner, and Lois Arzner undated

 

Scrapbooks

box 1

One (1) red scrapbook (fragile). Includes photos of young Dorothy Arzner, family, and friends undated

box 3

Three (3) items (fragile). One "Presented to Dorothy Arner from Joe Dill" includes small snap shots from "Old Ironsides". Two remaining include photos of Dorothy Arzner, family, and friends undated

box 4

"Dorothy Arzner Press Book", hand made (fragile), clippings 1926 - 1980

 

Stills

box 6, folder 7

"ANYBODY'S WOMAN (1930, Paramount). Six (6) items including photographs of Dorothy Arzner at work undated

box 6, folder 8

"BEHIND THE MAKE UP" (1930, Paramount). One (1) photograph of Fay Wray and William Powell undated

box 6, folder 9

"THE BRIDE WORE RED" (1937, MGM). Twelve (12) photographs including Dorothy Arzner at work, Joan Crawford, and Franchot Tone undated

box 6, folder 10

"THE COVERED WAGON" (1923, Paramount). Three (3) photographs undated

box 6, folder 11

"CRAIG'S WIFE" (1936, Columbia). Nine (9) photographs including Dorothy Arzner at work, John Boles, Rosalind Russell, Billie Burke, and Mary McCall undated

box 6, folder 12

"DANCE GIRL DANCE" (1940, RKO). Eleven (11) photographs including Dorothy Arzner at work and home, Lucille Ball, and one inscribed photograph from James Anderson undated

box 6, folder 13

"FASHION FOR WOMEN" (1927, Famous Players Lasky/Paramount). Three (3) photographs including Dorothy Arzner at work undated

box 6, folder 14

"FIRST COMES COURAGE" (1943, Columbia). One (1) photograph of Carl Esmond, Merle Oberon, and Brian Aherne undated

box 6, folder 15

"GET YOUR MAN" (1934, Paramount). Eleven (11) photographs including shots of various scenes undated

box 6, folder 16

"MANHATTAN COCKTAIL" (1928, Famous Players Lasky/Paramount). Six (6) photographs including Dorothy Arzner at work undated

box 6, folder 17

"MERRILY WE GO TO HELL" (1932, Paramount). Four (4) photographs including Dorothy Arzner at work undated

box 6, folder 18

"NANA" (1934, United Artists). One (1) photograph labeled "Anna Sten in the Samuel Goldwyn Production of NANA". Shows Dorothy Arzner at work undated

box 6, folder 19

"OLD IRONSIDES" (1926, Paramount). Fifty-six (56) photographs including Dorothy Arzner working, Esther Ralston, Wallace Berry, George Bancroft, George Godfrey, and Charles Farrell undated

box 6, folder 20

"TEN MODERN COMMANDMENTS" (1927, Paramount). Four (4) photographs including Dorothy Arzner at work undated

box 6, folder 21

WAC'S TRAINING FILM (1944). Two (2) publicity stills of Dorothy Arzner with WACS World War II undated

box 6, folder 22

WORKING GIRLS (1931, Paramount). Two (2) photographs including Dorothy Arzner with telephone operators, and Dorothy Hall and Judith Wood undated

box 6, folder 25

Five (5) miscellaneous photographs. Includes (2) photographs of Billie Burke, (1) photograph of drapes in a hotel suite, (1) photograph of Charles the Second, and (1) unidentified group of actors undated

 

Tributes

box 6, folder 23

Five (5) photographs from the Director's Guild Tribute to Dorothy Arzner. Includes Dorothy Arnzer, William Wellman, Fay Wray, Robert Wise, Daisy Gerber, Francis Ford Coppola, Lucien Ballard, Mary McCall, Jr., Margaret Lindsay, and Francine Parker undated

box 7, folder 14

Two (2) programs: "Director's Guild of America A Tribute to Dorothy Arzner Pioneer Director". One with picture of Dorothy Arzner undated

box 7, folder 15

Twenty-six (26) items. Correspondence to Dorothy Arzner about the Director's Guild Tribute. Includes telegrams and letters from Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Robert Young, Rosalind Russell, Fredric March, Lucille Ball, Frank Capra, and others undated

box 7, folder 16

Fourteen programs for film festivals. (4) programs featuring Dorothy Arzner's work specifically. (10) programs featuring women film makers in general including Dorothy Arzner undated

 

Writings by Dorothy Arzner

box 7, folder 9

"Starlight", [n.d.], 3 page writing philosophy on the influence of movies on people's lives undated

box 7, folder 10

Four (4) studio biographies. (1) untitled, (1) Director's file Publicity, (1) M.G.M. Director's file, (3) M.G.M. Publicity Director's file - (1) annotated undated

box 7, folder 11

Senior thesis, 91 pages. "What Is This We Hear - A Broad Is Gonna Direct?" by Deborah Derow May, 1976

box 7, folder 12

"The Work of Dorothy Arzner: Towards a Feminist Cinema" edited by Claire Johnston. Published by the British Film Institute 1975

box 7, folder 13

"Approaching the Art of Arzner" by Francine Parker, [n.d.], 14 pages undated