Cedric Gibbons and Hazel Brooks papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Cedric Gibbons and Hazel Brooks papers
Date (inclusive): 1918-1972
Date (bulk): 1940-1960
Collection number: 512
Creator: Gibbons, Cedric Brooks, Hazel
Extent: 14.5 linear feet of papers. 0.8 linear feet of photographs.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Cedric Gibbons and Hazel Brooks papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Bequest of the Hazel Ross estate, 2002-2003


Cedric Gibbons was an American art director who oversaw Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's art department from 1924 to 1956. Credited as the designer of the Oscar statuette, he was nominated thirty-nine times and received eleven statuettes. Gibbons was married to actress Dolores Del Rio from 1930 to 1941 and actress Hazel Brooks from 1944 until his death in 1960.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Cedric Gibbons and Hazel Brooks papers span the years 1918-1972 (bulk 1940-1960) and encompass approximately 15.3 linear feet. The collection consists of Cedric Gibbons's office files from the MGM Art Department, as well as clippings, personal files, correspondence, financial files, periodicals, scrapbooks, and photographs. For Hazel Brooks there are numerous clippings and some other material, including shared financial records. There is little material related to Dolores Del Rio. The photograph series consists of biography and motion picture production photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Subject files, subseries A-H as follows: A. General; B. Artifacts; C. Books; D. Correspondence; E. Financial; F. Office files; G. Periodicals; H. Publications; 3. Biography; 4. Scrapbooks; 5. Photographs

Indexing Terms

Brooks, Hazel--Archives.
Gibbons, Cedric , 1895-1960--Archives.
art directors