Finding Aid for the Charles Boyer papers, 1935-1961

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Boyer papers
Date (inclusive): 1935-1961
Collection number: 323
Creator: Boyer, Charles, 1899-1978
Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.) 7 oversize boxes 1 oversize folder
Abstract: Charles Boyer (1899-1978) was born in Figeac, France. He developed an acting career in films produced in France and Hollywood. The collection consists of approximately 200 photographs and publicity stills, souvenir programs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera from Boyer's career in motion picture as well as an index to the Boyer Collection of French plays that is now dispersed throughout the UCLA Libraries.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are 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.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Boyer papers (Collection Number 323). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

Boyer was born August 28, 1899 in Figeac, France; studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and drama at the Paris Conservatory; after his stage and film debuts in 1920, he became a matinee idol on stage; moved between Hollywood, France, and Germany from 1929-1934, and permanently moved to Los Angeles in 1934; developed career as a great lover and lead actor in films produced in France and Hollywood; married English actress Pat Paterson; active during World War II in cementing Franco-American relations and heading French war relief efforts; established French Research Foundation in Los Angeles; appeared with Charles Laughton on stage in Don Juan in Hell (1951); co-founded Four Star Television with Dick Powell and David Niven in 1951 and subsequently starred in company's television productions in 1950s and 1960s; committed suicide on August 26, 1978, two days after his wife's death in 1978.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of approximately 200 photographs and publicity stills, souvenir programs, scrapbooks, and other ephemera from Boyer's career in motion pictures. Includes portraits of Boyer and Charles De Gaulle, a collection of French autographs, and screenplays for Arch of Triumph and Garden of Allah. Also includes an index to the Boyer Collection of French plays that is now dispersed throughout the UCLA Libraries.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Photographs and sketches.
  2. Scrapbooks.
  3. Screenplays.
  4. Collection of French autographs.
  5. Index to Boyer Collection of French plays in UCLA library holdings.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Boyer, Charles, 1899-1978--Archives.
Actors--United States--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Autographs.

Related Material

Charles Boyer French Research Foundation Collection (Collection 1132)  . Available at Library Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

 

Primarily Photo Stills, Some Souvenir Programs, Misc.

Box 1, Folder 1

All This and Heaven Too Warner Brothers 1940

Box 1, Folder 2

Arch of Triumph Enterprise Studios 1946

Box 1, Folder 3

Cluny Brown 20th Century-Fox 1946

Box 1, Folder 3a

Conquest MGM 1937

Box 1, Folder 4

The Constant Nymph Warner Brothers 1943

Box 1, Folder 5

Don Juan in Hell, Theatrical production 1952

Box 1, Folder 6

The First Legion United Artists 1951

Box 1, Folder 7

Gaslight MGM 1944

Box 1, Folder 8

Kind Sir Produced on Broadway 1953

Box 1, Folder 7

Gaslight MGM 1944

Box 1, Folder 9

Madame de... Paris 1953

Box 1, Folder 10

Red Gloves Produced on Broadway 1948

Box 1, Folder 11

The Scarlet Pen 20th Century-Fox.

Box 1, Folder 12

When Tomorrow Comes Universal Pictures Company 1939

Box 1, Folder 13

French Research Foundation.

Box 1, Folder 14

Graumans Chinese Theater.

Box 1, Folder 15

Hollywood stars honored by French Motion Picture Press.

Box 1, Folder 16

Miscellaneous photographs of Charles Boyer.

Box 1, Folder 17

Reprint of assorted newspaper reviews of Lord Pengo, produced on Broadway.

 

Screenplays, Scripts

Box 2

Arch of Triumph.

Box 2

Garden of Allah.

Box 5

Miscellaneous scripts, treatments, and storylines sent to Charles Boyer for his comments as to their possible future use in the motion picture industry.

Box 5

2 scripts and miscellaneous ephemera and photographs unrelated (?) to Charles Boyer's film career.

 

Scrapbooks, Photographs, Clippings, Stills, etc.

Box 2

World premiere of Back Street, Miami Beach February 4, 1941

Physical Description: Photocopied album of newspaper clippings and photographs.
Box 2

Arch of Triumph.

Scope and Contents note

(album of set stills)
Box 2

Arch of Triumph.

Scope and Contents note

(album of location stills, chiefly Paris restaurants)
Box 3

2 scrapbooks.

Box 3

When Tomorrow Comes. 1939

Physical Description: (7 photos)
Box 3

Garden of Allah. 1935

Physical Description: 2 photos
Box 3

French Research Foundation. 1944

Physical Description: (18 photos)
Box 3

Kind Sir. 1953

Physical Description: (1 photo)
Box 3

Cluny Brown. 1946

Physical Description: (1 photo)
Box 3

Don Juan in Hell. 1951

Physical Description: (3 photos)
Box 3

Miscellaneous photos.

General Physical Description note: (12 photos)
Box 3

Conquest. 1937

General Physical Description note: (11 photos)
Box 4

2 scrapbooks.

Box 3

Arch of Triumph - location and set stills for the film. Views of Paris and cafés.

Box 4

1 scrapbook.

Box 3

Collection of reproductions of news clippings concerning the premiere and background of the film Back Street.

Box 7

Fanny , Warner Brothers. 1961

Physical Description: (13 photos)
Box 7

All This and Heaven Too. 1937

Physical Description: (1 photo)
Box 7

The Buccaneer , Paramount. 1958

General Physical Description note: (1 photo)
Box 7

Publicity still and portraits (62)

Scope and Contents note

Including photos with Bette Davis and Gary Cooler.
Box 7

2 unidentified inscribed photos.

Box 14

Scrapbook for Charles Boyer's Victory Loan Hour tour, Toronto. Box 13 is an oversize flat box 15" x 19" x 3." 1943

 

Autographs, Sketches, Index, Ephemera

Boxes 8-9

Collection of French autographs.

Box 10

Index to Charles Boyer collection of French plays, now dispersed throughout UCLA Library holdings.

Box 11

Sketch of De Gaulle by Antoinette Mayer June 1941

Box 12

Pastel sketch of Charles Boyer by Xavier Collet 1948

Box 13

Theatre Royal Playbill. Man and Boy.

Physical Description: 1 item. (oversize folder).