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Cecil B. DeMille papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1400
Personal and business papers generated by DeMille (1881-1959), his family, and his motion picture and other activities from 1863 to 1983 including correspondence, audio and videotape recordings, financial ledgers, and memorabilia. Also with the collection are more than 6,500 pieces of production-related art work, more than 37,869 motion picture still photographs, 275 volumes of scrapbooks (1919-1962), sound recordings, and video tapes of 36 motion pictures from DeMille's personal film collection.


  • 1863-1983


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.


1263 boxes (631.5 linear ft.)

39 oversize boxes (51.6 linear ft.)

275 v. (82.5 linear ft.)

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.
Other Finding Aids Item-level inventory of microfilms available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Cecelia DeMille Harper; 1977.


Arts and Communications.


Series 7, Jesse L. Laskey (silent film materials), series 8, DeMille Studio, and series 18, scrapbooks, may be viewed on microfilm.
Register of Cecil B. DeMille papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 May 12
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States