Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Legal Department collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Legal Department collection
Date (inclusive): 1917-1982
Date (bulk): 1930s-1940s; 1980s
Collection number: 13
Creator: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Extent: 14 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Legal Department collection, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Barbara Ahmadzadeh, Craig Holt, and Turner Entertainment (Roger Mayer and Wolfgang Schmitz), 1987


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was an American motion picture production company formed in 1924. The studio was located in Culver City, California.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Legal Department collection spans the years 1917-1982 (bulk 1930s-1940s; 1980s) and encompasses 14 linear feet. The collection contains departmental records, including contracts, scripts, story material, production records, correspondence, and final cast credit sheets. The collection does not contain the complete records of the Legal Department.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Television files; 3. Radio files; 4. Subject files; 5. Biography

Indexing Terms

legal records
studio records