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Finding Aid for the Preston Sturges papers, 1920-1959
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Preston Sturges papers
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1959
    Collection number: 1114
    Creator: Sturges, Preston
    Extent: 101 boxes (50.5 linear ft.) 7 cartons (7 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Abstract: Preston Sturges (1898-1959) was a inventor, playwright and motion picture writer and director. He wrote the hit Broadway play, Strictly dishonorable (1929), and received a Academy Award for his screenplay, The great McGinty (1940). He lived in Europe for a period of time during the 1950s, and wrote and directed his last film in France in 1955. The collection consists of film scripts, production material, and correspondence related to Sturges' career.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library 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 UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.
    Reproduction restricted except with permission of Sandy Sturges.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. Preston Sturges, 1975.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Preston Sturges papers (Collection Number 1114). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Born August 29, 1898 in Chicago as Edmond Preston Biden; inventor of kissproof lipstick for mother's cosmetic company; wrote hit Broadway play, Strictly dishonorable, 1929; moved to Hollywood, 1933; worked as screenwriter, and beginning in 1940 as a writer-director of satiric comedies; Academy Award for screenplay The great McGinty, 1940; left Paramount Pictures in 1944, and had a short business association with Howard Hughes, founding California Pictures in mid-1940s; lived in Europe for a period of time during the 1950s, writing and directing his last film in France in 1955; died in New York of heart attack on August 6, 1959.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of film scripts, production material, and correspondence related to Sturges' career as a playwright and motion picture writer and director.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Film productions.
    2. Production material.
    3. Business and personal material.
    4. Correspondence.
    5. Production scrapbooks.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Sturges, Preston--Archives.
    Motion picture producers and directors--United States--Archival resources.
    Screenwriters--United States--Archival resources.
    Dramatists, American--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Film scripts.
    Scrapbooks.