Archival Research

The Cineamtic Arts Library contains a variety of film and television collections. These collections contain production materials, publicity stills, original scripts, memorandums, personal correspondences, and other diverse archival materials.

The reading room for viewing and researching is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm, by appointment only.

To look at an archival collection, contact us at ctlibarc@usc.edu. Please begin correspondences at least 3-4 weeks before your intended visit, since the majority of our collections are housed off-site. 

Our Collections include:

Brian Aherne

Philip Ahn

Steve Allen

Edward Anhalt

John J Anthony

The Arends Collection

Fred Astaire (drafts of his autobiography)

Jim and Henny Backus

Fay Bainter

Mischa Bakaleinikoff

The Barnett Collection

Albet K. Bender

Richard Bendix

Edgar Bergen

Charles Bickford

The Biltmore Theatre Collection

The Bob Banner Collection

Elmer Bernstein

Ray Bolger

James Boyle

Scott Bradley

John Braham

Irving Brecher

Billie Burke

George Burns and Gracie Allen

Jay Burton

Marvin and Mary Carlock

Pat Carroll

Johnny Carson Tonight Show Sketch Collection

Rick Carter

Saul Chaplin

Samuel Colt

Leland H. and Renie Conley

Chuck Conners

Gladys Cooper

Joseph Cotton

George Cukor

John Dapper

Justin Dart

Mack David

Luther Davis

Albert Dekker

Don Defore

Cecil B. DeMille

William C. DeMille

Glen Demots

Andy Devine

Billy DeWolfe

William Dieterle

Walter Doniger

James A. Doolittle

The Dorr Historical Society Collection

George Duning

Irene Dunne

Philip Dunne

Jimmy Durante

Dan Duryea

Nelson Eddy

Maximilian Edel

Roger Edens

George Eells

Sally Eilers

Carli Elinor

William Farnum

Morton Fine

Alan E. Fisch

Richard Fleischer

Theodore J. Flicker

Robert Florey

helen Ford

Hugh Fordin

John Frankenheimer

Arthur Freed

Frank Y. Freeman

Fred Freiberger

Phil M. Friedman

Clark Gable

Tay Garnett

Ben Gershman

Michael Gleason

Ernest D. Glucksman

Hal Goodman and Larry Klein

Stephen Goosson

Al Gordon

Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll

Walter Grauman

Charlotte Greenwood

Greg Garrison Productions

Milton Gunzburg

Mrs. Otto Haebel

Karl Hajos

The Hal Roach Collection and The Hollywood Museum Hal Roach Collection

Robert Hamner

Joe Harnell

Betty Harte

Edith Head

Mark Hellinger

Walter Hiers and Gloria Williams

Charles Higham

The Hollywood Museum Collection

George James Hopkins

Hal Humphrey

Roger Imhoff

Arthur P. Jacobs

Maurice Jarre

Newton J. Jones

Mac Julien

Roscoe Karns

Millard Kaufman

Randal Kleiser

Arthur Knight

Ernie Kovacs

Sergei Krizman

Gary Kurtz

Richard Lamparski

Fritz Lang

Joe Laurie Jr.

Lawrence Productions

Pinky Lee

Ernest Lehman

Irving Lerner

Sol Lesser

Oscar Levant

Boris Leven

Albert Lewin

Albert Lewis

Arthur Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Louis Lipstone

Constance Littlefield

Jack Lord

Abby Mann

Frances Marion

Ross Martin

Virginia Mayo

Jimmy McHugh

Adolph Menjou

John Milius

Cyril Mockridge

Rusty Morris

Stanley Musgrove

Alfred Newman

Lester Norvros

Jack Oakie

Ole Olson

Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters

Parker Advertising Inc.

Louella Parsons

Joe Pasternack

Alice Pearce

Eleanor Peters

Hal Polaire

Eleanor Powell

Sally Powers

Fred Price

Robert Radnitz

David Raksin

Ruby Raksin

Tony Randall

Neil Reagan

Martin Retting

Adeline DeWalt Reynolds

Dyer M. Reynolds

Larry Rhine

Hugo Riesenfeld

Johnny Rivers

Jess Robbins

Edward G. Robinson

Howard Rodman

Cesar Romero

Elizabeth Leslie Roos

David Rose

E.J. Rosenberg

Richard Ross

Benny Rubin

Harry Ruby

Herman Rush

Richard Sale

William and Margaret Schaefer

Stanley K. Scheuer

Joseph Schildkraut

Walter Seltzer

Anne Seymour

Steve Shagan

Norma Shearer

Sidney Sheldon

David Shepard

Richmond Shepard

George Sidney

Robert Sisk

Anthony Slide

Edward Small

Aubrey Solomon

Sons of the Desert

Ann Sothern

Leonard Spigelgass

John Stahl

Stewart Stern

Andrew L. Stone

Herbert Stothart

Dimitri Tiomkin

Norman Tokar

David Victor

Jerry Wald

Charles Walters

Jack L. Warner

Harry Warren

John Wayne

Lawrence Weingarten

David Weisbart

Paul Whitman

Crane Wilbur

Claire Windsor

Robert Wise

David Wolper

Fay Wray

Ed Wynn

John Zamecnik

Studio Collections:

MGM Music

MGM Script Collection

MGM TV Script Collection

20th Century-Fox Script Collection

Universal Pictures (sporadic and incomplete)