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Cecil B. DeMille Productions, 1857-1978

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1400 Series 12
Found in ths series of 261 boxes are files relating to the activities of DeMille Productions, beginning in 1916. They include financial records and ledgers from 1916 to 1952. The extensive correspondence fields (1922-1959) are arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically within each year. The original order maintained in these files often includes years other than those indicated by the file heading. Files from preceding years were occasionally brought froward for reference or for special needs of DeMille's staff. As in the Personal series, certain correspondence file s are identified as "General" and "Miscellaneous." General files are those that deal with individuals, groups, or activities of particular interest to DeMille, while Miscellaneous on a file denotes unsolicited correspondence and requests for employment. There are also certain files designated "Front Files." Apparently, these were maintained at DeMille 2010 DeMille Drive office at home.

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.

Dates

  • 1857-1978

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Cecil B. DeMille papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

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.)

Biographical History

American motion picture producer and director, considered the archetype of the American film mogul. His 70 films reflect changing American tastes and values, and he was particularly noted for his multimillion-dollar spectacles.

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available in repository.
Other Finding Aids File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1400.xml
Other Finding Aids Item-level inventory of microfilms available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS1400mf.xml

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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