Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Research Department Files 1930s-1940s
323  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (151.43 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Research Department Files,
    Date (inclusive): 1930s-1940s
    Collection number: 323
    Creator: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1930-1949
    Extent: 60 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. University of California, Library Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The collection consists of historical production research materials compiled by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Research Department for selected motion picture projects produced during the 1930s-1940. Included are loose-bound binders of research that may include text and/or photographic research.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Research Department files, Collection number 323, University of California, Library Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Historical Note

    MGM and its legendary roaring lion logo was formed in April 1924, by theater magnate Marcus Lowe, who orchestrated the merger of Metro Pictures Corp., Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions. With visionary Louis B. Mayer and production genius Irving Thalberg at the helm, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer was a powerhouse of prolific artistry and filmmaking expertise that the studio famously said attracted "more stars than are in the heavens." During a golden three decades from 1924 to 1954, the Culver City-based studio dominated the movie business, creating a Best Picture nominee every year for two straight decades. Note courtesy of MGM.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of historical production research materials compiled by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Research Department for selected motion picture projects produced during the 1930s-1940. The bulk of the collection consists of loose bound binders that may include text and/or photographic research. The binders are titled by project title or broad subject headings.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Research Dept. --Archives.
    Motion picture studios --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.