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James Stewart papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2157

Scope and Contents

Collection contains personal, historical, biographical, career and legal files of Stewart, including video and audio tapes. These materials document Stewart's activities as an actor and military pilot. Also includes information on his civic and philanthropic activities. Materials date from between 1906 and 1997. Accession added in 2016 consists of 13 digital audio tape recording transfers of various radio shows Stewart was involved with.


  • 1906-1997


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 the James Stewart papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart (May 20, 1908–July 2, 1997) was an American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics and was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. He was a major MGM contract star. He also had a noted military career, a World War II and Vietnam War veteran, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.


249 boxes (124.5 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains personal, historical, biographical, career and legal files of James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart, actor, including video and audio tapes.


Arranged in seventeen series: 1. Personal papers. 2. Military papers. 3. Motion pictures papers. 4. Television papers. 5. Stewart radio. 6. Phonograph record appearances. 7. Stage papers. 8. Unproduced/unfinished projects papers. 9. Correspondence. 10. Papers on Jimmy Stewart Museum. 11. Awards, tributes, festivals, and appearances. 12. Speeches. 13. Civic involvement papers. 14. Videotapes. 15. Audio recordings. 16. Scrapbooks. 17. Publications.

Collection is physically arranged in the way it was obtained, but the files are arranged in false series in the repository. These false series are listed below. The extent described is approximate and not chronological. Use the physical repository to locate the physical items.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition



Arts and Communications.

Existence and Location of Copies

DVD copies of miscellaneous film footage are located in folder 244.

Processing Information

Processed; James V. D'Arc, April 2007.

Register of the James Stewart papers
James D'Arc
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States