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Cooper, Merian C.

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1893-1973

Biographical History

Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) was an aviator, air force officer, screenwriter, film director, and producer in the United States. He is best known for writing and directing King Kong.

Merian Caldwell Cooper was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was a notable movie producer, and got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries, most famously Grass and Chang, together with Ernest B. Schoedsack. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but focused on film. During his film career, he worked for several Hollywood studios. He is considered co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. Cooper's most famous film was the 1933 movie King Kong. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Citation

Wikipedia, Nov. 16, 2010 (Merian C. Cooper; Merian Caldwell Cooper; b. Oct. 24, 1893 in Jacksonville, Fla.; d. Apr. 21, 1973 in San Diego, Calif.; director of King Kong). Mar. 21, 2017 (aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director; notable movie producer; got his start with film traveling the world and working on documentaries Grass and Chang together with Ernest B. Schoedsack; member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways; co-inventor of Cinerama; most famous film King Kong (1933); honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 1952, Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1960.)

Kozlinski, Marcin, "Biography of Merian C. Cooper", International Movie Database, accessed March 21, 2012, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178260/bio

Found in 42 Collections and/or Records:

Merian C. Cooper papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2008
Overview The Merian C. Cooper papers cover virtually every aspect of Cooper's life and his varied careers. The papers provide valuable information on documentary and feature motion picture production in the United States from the mid-1920s through the early 1950s, as well as information on world exploration, the United States Air Force (particularly during World War II), and early television. Several Cooper projects that never came to fruition are also documented, especially his unproduced film...

Collection of Merian C. Cooper scripts

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5790
Scope and Contents Collection includes photocopies of cutting continuity scripts from six films produced by Merian C. Cooper.

Merian C. Cooper art, undated

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 16
Scope and Contents note Contains pieces of art owned by Cooper.

Merian C. Cooper certificates, passports, and other material, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series E
Scope and Contents Contains certificates, passports, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper dating from 1921 to 1980. Includes original documents and photocopies.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence, 1915-1973

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 13
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence between Cooper and his father and brother, John C. Cooper Senior and Junior, mostly between the years 1915 and 1933; from Cooper to wife Dorothy and son Richard and daughter Theresa during World War II. The other seven boxes include letter to, from, or regarding: Ray Bradbury, Kevin Brownlow, Douglas Burden, Anna Chennault, Walt Disney, Ira C. Eaker, John Farrow, Anthony Fokker, James Forrestal, Senator Barry Goldwater, Ron Haver, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Hincha,...

Merian C. Cooper correspondence with Dorothy Jordan and family, 1939-1973

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 13 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence between Cooper and his wife, Dorothy Jordan, and children. Includes letters documenting his military service during the Second World War. Materials date from between 1939 and 1973.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence with John C. Cooper, Sr. and John C. Cooper, Jr., 1915-1933

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 13 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains personal correspondence between Cooper and his father, John C. Cooper, Sr., and his brother, John C. Cooper, Jr. Also includes envelopes from the letters. Materials date from between 1915 and 1967.

Merian C. Cooper education papers, 1908-1972

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 2
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, publications, and photographs regarding Cooper's attendance at the Lawrenceville preparatory school in New Jersey and at the United States Naval Academy. Materials date from 1908 to 1972.

Merian C. Cooper etchings, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 16 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Subseries contains etchings owned by Cooper.