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Finding Aid for the Randolph Scott Papers, ca. 1890s-1997
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Randolph Scott Papers
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1890s-1997
    Collection number: 315
    Creator: Scott, Randolph, 1898-1987>
    Extent: 22 boxes (19.2 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The Randolph Scott Collection consists of 19.2 linear feet of photographs, film stills, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, sheet music, sound recordings, correspondence, scripts, financial records, architecture and design plans, and various entertainment publications.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Sandra Scott Tyler, 2007.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Randolph Scott Papers (Collection 315). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    George Randolph Scott (1898-1987), born in Orange County, Virginia and raised in North Carolina, began his film career in 1928 with an uncredited role as a foreign serviceman in the comedy Sharpshooters. Scott continued to work as an actor in small roles on both stage and screen, eventually being signed to a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures in 1932.
    With Paramount, Scott made a series of "B" Westerns ( Heritage of the Desert, 1932, The Thundering Herd, 1933, and Man of the Forest, 1933), non-westerns ( Go West, Young Man, 1936), and horror films such as Supernatural (1933.) Although a contract player with Paramount, Scott was permitted to work for other studios on occasion and made four films with RKO Radio Pictures during 1935-1936. These included two musicals which featured his close friend Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ( Roberta, 1935; Follow the Fleet, 1936.)
    Scott began freelancing in 1938 and made numerous films with 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia Pictures, and Warner Brothers. In 1943-1944, Scott was a member of the Hollywood Victory Committee, entertaining troops stationed in the Solomon Islands in addition to making war-themed films such as Gung Ho! (1943) and China Sky (1945). Throughout the 1940s through the early 1950s, Scott teamed up with producer Harry Joe Brown and made largely westerns, including Coroner Creek (1948). Other films include Man in the Saddle (1951), and Carson City (1951), both directed by Andre de Toth. Scott's final film appearance came in 1962 in the classic western, Ride the High Country, co-starring Joel McCrea and directed by Sam Peckinpah.
    Randolph Scott was married in 1936 to Marion Du Pont, the daughter of William Du Pont, Sr., but the marriage ended just three years later. In 1944, Scott married Patricia Stillman with whom he adopted two children. Patricia was had several, uncredited acting roles in films from 1939-1941. The couple was married for 43 years, until Randolph Scott's death in 1987.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, news clippings, sound recordings, motion picture posters, scripts, invoices, financial records, 35mm slides, publications, and awards.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1. Scrapbooks and Press clippings
    • Series 2. Photographs
    • Series 3. Correspondence
    • Series 4. World War II: Solomon Islands Tour
    • Series 5. Home Construction and Design
    • Series 6. Financial Records
    • Series 7. Sound Recordings
    • Series 8. Slides
    • Series 9. Scripts
    • Series 10. Awards
    • Series 11. Publications
    • Series 12. Motion picture posters

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Scott, Randolph, 1898-1987--Archives
    Motion picture actors and actresses-- Archival resources

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Motion picture posters.
    Publicity photographs.