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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 60 Collections and/or Records:

Argosy Pictures Corporation business records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1849
Scope and Contents The records provide insight into legal and tax aspects of film production, as well as documenting the search for suitable story material and researching aspects of a film before production. Includes correspondence; legal, financial, and personnel records; story ideas; a scrapbook; photographs; and other documentation.

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...

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 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 exploration papers, undated

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 4
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, photographs, and publications documenting the activities of Copper and partner Ernest B. Schoedsack. Includes information on Cooper's expeditions to the Far and Near East, Abyssinia, Arabia, and matters relating to the Varrick Frissell rescue expedition in 1931.

Merian C. Cooper family records, 1924-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, clippings, and photographs related to Cooper's family. Includes genealogical information, as well as materials on his wife and children. Materials date from 1924 to 1972.

Merian C. Cooper general papers on King Kong, 1933-1983

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains articles, pictorial works, and research related to the production of King Kong (1933). Includes historical accounts of the production of the film, as well as retrospective materials about its historical impact. Materials date from 1933 to 1983.

Merian C. Cooper military papers, 1916-1977

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, documents, publications, photographs, and memorabilia covering vitually all aspects of Cooper's military career including the Mexican border campaign, World War I, the American Relief Administration, the Russo-Polish War, World War II, post-retirement, and Cooper's own research materials on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Materials date from 1916 to 1977.

Merian C. Cooper obituary, funeral, and memorial service papers, 1973

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, obituaries, recordings, and photographs related to Cooper's death and burial. Materials date from 1973.