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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 insignia, awards, and other material from the United States military, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 17 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Includes military insignia, medals, ribbons, and other awards received during Cooper's military service for the United States.

Merian C. Cooper legal correspondence for Chennault of China, 1958

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series B Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence with legal firms regarding Cooper's unproduced film project Chennault of China. Materials date from between 1958 and 1960.

Merian C. Cooper legal papers for A Thousand Springs, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains legal correspondence and contracts related to Cooper's unproduced film project A Thousand Springs. Materials date from 1963.

Merian C. Cooper legal papers for Children of the Sea, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series C Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence and other material related to securing legal rights for Cooper's unproduced film project Children of the Sea. Materials date from 1957.

Merian C. Cooper legal papers for Food of the Gods, 1948-1949

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series D Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence and other legal documents related to Cooper's unproduced film project Food of the Gods. Materials date from between 1948 and 1949.

Merian C. Cooper marriage records, 1933-1934

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 1 Sub-Series A Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Subseries contains newspaper clippings related to Cooper's marriage. Articles date from 1933 to 1934.

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

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 17 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains military insignia, awards, and decorations awared to Cooper during his military service for the United States, Poland, and China.

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 motion pictures, 1929-1976

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains motion picture prints and videorecordings of a selection of American motion pictures. Many of the titles were produced or directed by Cooper. Materials date from 1929 to 1976.

Merian C. Cooper motion pictures and videotapes, 1934-1963

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 18
Scope and Contents note Contains prints and videotapes of feature motion pictures associated with Cooper. Prints are in 16 mm and 35 mm formats, while the videorecordings are VHS. Also includes nearly two hours of 16 mm black-and-white and color home movies taken by Cooper from 1934 to 1963.