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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 family records, circa 1922-1967

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, articles, and an obituary related to the Cooper family. Materials date from 1922 to 1967.

Merian C. Cooper financial papers, 1933-1983

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series D
Scope and Contents Contains a ledger, correspondence, and other records documenting Cooper's and his family's finances. Materials date from 1948 to 1983.

Merian C. Cooper genealogy records, 1944-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains genealogical information about the Cooper and Woodson families, including correspondence and lists. Materials date from approximately 1944 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 home movies, circa 1934-1963

 Sub-Series — Folder: 72
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains home movies from the Cooper family, including footage of holidays, vacations, and other events. Films are in the original motion picture film as well as derivative videotape copies. Footage dates from between 1934 and approximately 1963.

Merian C. Cooper honorary awards, circa 1952-1972

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 8 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains sound recordings, awards, and other materials relating to Cooper's achievements. Materials date from between approximately 1952 to 1972.

Merian C. Cooper honors and awards, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries includes correspondence, certificates, and awards from the Polish military related to Cooper's service during the Russo-Polish War. Materials date from 1919 to 1966.

Merian C. Cooper insignia, awards, and other material from the Chinese military, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 17 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries includes military insignia and medals received during Cooper's military service for China.

Merian C. Cooper insignia, awards, and other material from the Polish military, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 17 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Includes military insignia, medals, and other material received during Cooper's military service for Poland.