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D'Arc, James V. (1950-)



  • Existence: 1950-

Biographical History

James V. D'Arc (1950-) was a professor in the Speech and Theatre Arts Department at BYU and worked at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections department where he was the curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive and contributor for the Motion Picture Archives Film Series.

James Vincent D'Arc was born in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 1950. In the early 1970s, D'Arc was accepted into Brigham Young University, where he majored in history. In 1973 he was interested in a film appreciation class taught by Dr. Charles M. Metten, which motivated him to receive a PhD in film history from the University in 1986. During his time as a student, he also was hired in what was then called the "Archives and Manuscripts Division," where he began gathering film-related materials for the Archives starting with items donated to the collection from Dean Jagger, an actor who played Brigham Young in the 1940 film "Brigham Young." From there the collection obtained items including those pertaining to Cecil B. DeMille, classic MGM musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," and many others, a good number of them which are shown in the Motion Picture Archives Film Series today in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Aside from this, in 1990 D'Arc also was employed as a Professor of Film in BYU's Theatre and Media Arts College. Although the college allowed him to split his time working as both a professor and a curator for the Special Collections department, by the end of the school year, he returned to being a full-time employee for Special Collections.

While spending his time in BYU, D'Arc eventually married Patricia Ann Morris in Salt Lake City on January 22, 1974. During their marriage, they had five children and seven grandchildren. On April 20, 2005, Patricia passed away after 19 months of illness in Utah.

James D'Arc retired from the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in August 2017.

Citation:, May 15, 2017 (b. August 7, 1950 in Los Angeles; Married Patricia Ann Morris on January 22, 1974)

BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, May 15, 2017 (D'Arc served as a professor for the Theatre and Media Arts College in 1990, where he served for a year.)

"An Interview with James D'Arc," May 15, 2017 (D'Arc attended Brigham Young University, where he developed interest in film starting in 1972-1973; helped begin gathering sources for the Film collection in the Special Collections Department), May 15, 2017 (James D'Arc and Patricia had 5 children and 7 grandchildren; Patricia passed away in April 20, 2005.)

Found in 25 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University records on Alfred Newman concert

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 835
Scope and Contents

Concert sponsored by the Brigham Young University College of Fine Arts and Communications in memory of Alfred Newman and Ken Darby, film composer and film music arranger, respectively. Includes program; advertisement; article from "The Cue Sheet"; and twenty-eight photographs of Ken Darby, performers, guests, and recording equipment. Compiled in 1997 by James V. D'Arc, curator of Arts and Communication Archives at BYU.

Dates: 1987

Bryce and Hahn Chamberlain interview, 2015 July 21

 File — Carton 2: [Barcode: 31197239252890]
Identifier: MSS 9068 File AV020
Scope and Contents

In two parts.

Dates: 2015 July 21

Doug Fabrizio interview with James D'Arc and Mark Cotta Vaz

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225546875]
Identifier: MSS 3666
Scope and Contents Interview on compact disc about the 1933 film King Kong and its director and co-producer Merian C. Cooper. Released during the Great Depression and in the year of Franklin D. Roosevelt's election, this film explored the theme of civilization vs. nature. D'Arc and Vaz accredit Cooper for much of the motion industries success and for building the bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries. They discuss parallels between Cooper and the film's star Carl Denham. They point out the influences in...
Dates: 2006 April 7

Recordings of interviews by James D'Arc

Identifier: MSS 9067
Scope and Contents 19 cassette tapes and one floppy disc -- Mark Rydell, 3 Sept. 1975; Annick Smith, 18 April 1996; Andrew V. McLaglen, 12 March 1999; Michael Burrows, 29 May 1998; Zoe Porter, July 1991; Bryce and Hahn Chamberlain, 21 July 2015; Michael J. Lewis; Danny Gould; Dan Carlquist; Tony Thomas; Jackie Rife, Karl Malden, 14 July 1987; The Chinese Theater. Interviews conducted by James D'Arc during his time as Arts and Communications curator for L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Interviews largely based...
Dates: 1975-2015

James V. D'Arc photographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233624557]
Identifier: MSS 2160
Scope and Contents

3 color photographs of artist Dean Fausett at his home in Dorset, VT. Negatives accompany the photographs.

Dates: 1996

James V. D'Arc speech

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230315175]
Identifier: MSS SC 1716
Scope and Contents

Cassette audiotape and typewritten transcript of speech. D'Arc talks about art and motion pictures and their meaning to humanity from a Mormon perspective.

Dates: 1977

Photographs of Cecil B. DeMille childhood home

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233624565]
Identifier: MSS 2161
Scope and Contents

8 color photographs of childhood home of Cecil B. DeMille and its environs, Pompton, NJ. Negatives accompany the photographs.

Dates: 1996

Scott Faulring research collection on Jerald and Sandra Tanner

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1580

In addition to extensive oral history interviews, Scott Faulring compiled a comprehensive bibliography of the Tanners' works; collected other known interviews with the Tanners, including those conducted by James D'Arc and Roger Flick; and also helped organize a photographic record of the Tanners and their place of business.

Dates: 1959-1984

Patrick Ford interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230315795]
Identifier: MSS SC 1765
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview with Patrick Ford by Jim D'Arc. Patrick describes his own and his father's experiences in making such movies as "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "Wagon Master" and Rio grande" in southeastern Utah.

Dates: 1979

Additional filters:

Collection 13
Archival Object 12
Audiocassettes 9
Interviews 8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 7
Latter Day Saint churches -- Controversial literature 7
Oral histories 7
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Religion 7
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 5
Photographs 4
Transcripts 3
Colleges and Universities 2
Drafts (Documents) 2
Education 2
Fine Arts 2
Performing Arts 2
Agendas 1
Archival materials -- Digitization -- Utah -- Provo 1
Archivists -- Interviews 1
Arrangers (Musicians) 1
Art -- United States 1
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Interviews 1
Authors, American -- Interviews 1
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 1
Compact discs 1
Composers -- United States 1
Conference materials 1
Echo Lake (N.J.) 1
Home and Family 1
Hook (Motion picture) 1
Journalism 1
Jurassic Park (Motion picture) 1
King Kong (Motion picture : 1933) 1
Letters 1
Library exhibits -- Utah -- Provo 1
Material Types 1
Memorandums 1
Moab (Utah) -- History 1
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Utah 1
Motion picture industry -- United States 1
Motion picture music 1
Motion picture producers and directors -- Photographs 1
Motion pictures -- History 1
Motion pictures -- Production and direction 1
Motion pictures -- Setting and scenery 1
Music 1
Musicians -- United States 1
Negatives 1
Notes 1
Oral Histories 1
Pompton (N.J.) 1
Programs 1
Proposals 1
RadioWest (Radio program) 1
Railroads -- Utah -- Orem -- History 1
Records and briefs 1
Research (Documents) 1
Schindler's list (Motion picture) 1
Scripts (Documents) 1
Social Life and Customs 1
Sound recordings 1
Speeches, addresses, etc., American 1
Transportation 1
Videocassettes 1
Western films -- Utah -- History and criticism -- Sources 1
Workflow management systems -- Utah -- Provo 1
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