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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 185 Collections and/or Records:

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 book and script papers for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, scripts, and other material related to book and script treatments for A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1958 and 1964.

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, 1922-1985

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 13 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence with individuals and organizations from the film industry, military, politics, and other areas. Also includes some audio recordings of Cooper. Materials date from between 1922 and 1985.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence documenting Cooper's activities during the First World War, including training, combat, capture, and repatriation. Also includes letters from related veteran associations. Materials date from 1917 to 1973.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence, undated

 Sub-Series — Box: 3, Folder: 1-7
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains letters related to Cooper's service during the Russo-Polish War. Includes correspondence with family, as well as letter documenting his continuing involvement with associations and groups commemorating the conflict. Materials datef rom 1919 to 1980.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence related to Cooper's unproduced film project A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1962 and 1963.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence on Chennault of China, 1948-1986

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence related to Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1948 and 1986.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence on Cinerama Productions Corporation, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7 Sub-Series E Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence regarding Cinerama. Materials date from between 1952 and 1962.