Performing Arts Archives


The Cinema Library‘s Archives of Performing Arts contains the studio collections of MGM, Universal Studios, Twentieth Century-Fox, Hal Roach, Republic Pictures and Carolco Pictures, and, in an affiliated collection, the complete Warner Bros. Archives. Additionally the archive contains the papers and materials of some 300 individual practitioners of the art of the motion picture. Included are such varied materials as scripts, production records, memos and correspondence, stills, scrapbooks, pressbooks, sketches and drawings, music scores, editing notes and much more, reflecting the diversity of artistry in the fields of film and television. Over the years, members of the Hollywood community, such as directors Robert Wise and George Cukor; agent Stanley Musgrove; composers Dimitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, and Maurice Jarre; and actors Clark Gable, Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster campaigned to enhance the library‘s collection of primary resource materials devoted to motion pictures and television.

Thirty-six of these collections are described and searchable on the Search Collections Web site.