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Finding Aid for the Otis Ferguson papers, 1931-1986
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Otis Ferguson papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1931-1986
    Collection number: 260
    Creator: Ferguson, Otis 1907-1943
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection consists of scrapbooks, letters and ephemera related to the career of film critic Otis Ferguson.
    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.
    Audio and visual materials in this collection are restricted and require advance notice for use.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Otis Ferguson papers (Collection 260). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Otis Ferguson was born in Worcester, MA, Aug. 14, 1907. At the age of 17, Ferguson joined the Navy and served four years. After graduating from Clark University in 1933, where he was senior class poet and editor of the yearbook, Ferguson was hired at The New Republic. There he reviewed books, films, and sometimes theater and eventually became an assistant editor. In 1936 Ferguson started writing about music, particularly big swing bands and loaned his title to Dorothy Bakers novel, Young man with a Horn. He was later sent to Hollywood to write a series of articles about films and is best remembered as a film critic. Soon after Pearl Harbor, Ferguson joined the Merchant Marines and was killed during the war, ca. 1943.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scrapbooks, letters and ephemera related to the career of film critic Otis Ferguson. Also includes notes and correspondence related to Dorothy Chamberlain. The collection may have been assembled by Dorothy Chamberlain after Ferguson's death for her book project, The Otis Ferguson Reader, ca.1982.

    Organization and Arrangement

    There is no specific arrangement to the collection.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Ferguson, Otis, 1907-1943 -- Archives.
    Film critics -- Archival resources.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Chamberlain, Dorothy.