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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 correspondence on King Kong, 1931-1977

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence related to Cooper's production of King Kong (1933). Materials date from 1931 to 1977.

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 correspondence with production companies for Chennault of China, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, drafts, research, photographs, and other materials related to Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1935 and 1986.

Merian C. Cooper correspondence with writers for Chennault of China, 1958-1963

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence with various authors about Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1958 and 1963.

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.

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 correspondence, 1915-1973

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 13 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence between Cooper and his family, including his father, brother, wife, and children. Materials date from between 1915 and 1973.

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.