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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 6 Collections and/or Records:

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 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 papers from Lawrenceville School, 1980-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 2 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, publications, and photographs documenting Cooper's education at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. Materials date from 1908 to 1972.

Merian C. Cooper papers from the United States Naval Academy, 1914-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 2 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, publications, and photographs documenting Cooper's education at the United States Naval Academy. Materials date from 1914 to 1972.

Merian C. Cooper personal papers, 1921-1977

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, photographs, sound recordings, and publications from 1921 to 1977 about Cooper's family and that of his wife, Dorothy Jordan. There are also biographical sketches and articles about Cooper and about his funeral. Various personal records such as passports, club memberships, and obituaries are also found here.