Henry King papers

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Margaret Herrick Library © 2013

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry King papers
Date (inclusive): 1923-1981
Collection number: 7
Creator: King, Henry
Extent: 8 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Henry King papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Henry (Ida) King, 1984-1985; with additions from the Directors Guild of America, 1985- 1986


Henry King was an American director, producer, and actor whose film career spanned 1912 to 1962. Among his notable films are STELLA DALLAS (1926), JESSE JAMES (1939), THE SONG OF BERNADETTE (1943), THE GUNFIGHTER (1950), and TENDER IS THE NIGHT (1962). King served on the Academy Board of Governors and was a founder and life member of the Academy. He was twice nominated by the Academy in the directing category for THE SONG OF BERNADETTE (1943) and WILSON (1944).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Henry King papers span the years 1923-1981 and encompass 8 linear feet. The collection contains scripts and/or annotated copies of original source material; a small amount of production material; awards and certificates; biographical data; contracts; correspondence, the bulk of which dates from 1970 to 1981; memoranda from Darryl F. Zanuck and other executives from 20th Century-Fox; and books, many of which are inscribed to King by their authors.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Subject files

Indexing Terms

King, Henry , 1886-1982--Archives.