The correspondence documents DeMille's investments in real estate, agriculture, Paradise Ranch, mining, and oil-as well as his taxes, audits by the Internal Revenue Service, bank statements, matters relating to Mercury Aviation Company (1919-1921), film industry concerns, story suggestions, invitations, club memberships, his yacht Seward, television, the estate of Beatrice DeMillle, the estate of Julia Faye, William C. deMille Productions, Producers Distributing Corporation, Cinema Corporation of America, copyrights to Cecil B. DeMille-David Belasco plays, minutes of board meetings for DeMille Productions, speeches, and political activities. While the emphasis is on financial matters apart from motion pictures, there are files that relate to motion pictures produced during this period, especially The Ten Commandments (1923) and The King of Kings (1927).
Within this series is a folder of correspondence dealing with the formation of Cecil B. DeMille Pictures, as well as 6 boxes of cumulative financial statements on earnings of DeMille's films in the Joseph W. Harper Files and a section entitled Motion Pictures: Cumulative Earnings Statements. These files relate directly to Cecil B. DeMille Pictures/Motion Picture Associates, series XI.
Ann del Balle files relate to del Valle's function as coordinator of publicity for religious publication during the production and release of The Ten Commandments. There are also 2 boxes of Art Arthur's files of research on DeMille's autobiography that were hastily removed from the Paramount office , as were del Valle's, upon DeMille's death.
Three boxes of correspondence and investments material at the end of the series, entitled Motion Picture Associated, relate to another of DeMille's production and distribution-related companies. These files contain contracts for the following motion pictures: This Day and Age, Four Frightened People, Samson and Delilah, and The Greatest Show on Earth. They also include bound copies of fan letters for the 1923 version of The Ten Commandments. See also: Jesse Lasky Feature Play Company/Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, DeMille Studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, Personal, Cecil B. DeMille Pictures/Motion Picture Associates, and Scrapbooks.
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From the Collection: 1263 boxes (631.5 linear ft.)
From the Collection: 39 oversize boxes (51.6 linear ft.)
From the Collection: 275 v. (82.5 linear ft.)
From the Collection: 80 microfilm reels (16 linear ft.)
- DeMille family
- DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount), 1881-1959
- DeMille, Cecil B. (Cecil Blount), 1881-1959 -- Archives
- Feature films
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer -- History
- Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography
- Paramount Pictures Corporation -- History
- Photographic prints
- Souvenirs (Keepsakes)
- Speeches, addresses, etc., American