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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 papers on World War I, 1917-1919

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, articles, photographs, and other materials documenting Cooper's service in the First World War. Materials date from 1917 to 1973.

Merian C. Cooper papers on A Jungle Adventure, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series F
Scope and Contents note Contains a script for Cooper's unproduced film project A Jungle Tale.

Merian C. Cooper papers on A Thousand Springs, 1958-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series I
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence, script treatments, and other material related to Cooper's unproduced film project A Thousand Springs. Materials date from between 1958 and 1964.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Air Force Association testimonial dinner, 1966 June 17

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series F Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Subseries contains correspondence, programs, and other materials related to a testimonial dinner held for Cooper on June 17, 1966. Materials date from April to October 1966.

Merian C. Cooper papers on American Relief Administration, 1919

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 3 Sub-Series C
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, certificates, and photographs related to Cooper's work with the Americna Relief Administration. Materials date from 1916 to 1920.

Merian C. Cooper papers on aviation, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 11 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, photographs, and other material documenting Cooper's involvement in early passenger and commercial flight in the United States. Materials date from between 1927 and 1961.

Merian C. Cooper papers on aviation and aerospace, 1921-1924

 Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 11
Scope and Contents note Contains correspondence and photographs of Cooper's early interest and participation in the commercial aviation industry and space exploration, dating from between 1929 and 1969. Materials from the early 1930s documents his involvement in General Aviation Corp., National Aviation Corp., Western Air Express, and with his interest in space pioneer Robert Goddard.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Becky Sharp, 1935

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series J
Scope and Contents Contains tradepaper articles related to the film Becky Sharp (1935). Materials date from 1935.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Blossom Time, undated

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 6 Sub-Series A
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, reviews, and other materials related to Cooper's unproduced film project Blossom Time. Materials date from bewteen 1943 and 1967.

Merian C. Cooper papers on Chang, 1925-1964

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 5 Sub-Series B
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, artlices, photographs, and other material related to Cooper's production of Chang (1927). Materials date from 1925 to 1956.