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Biographies of related individuals and companies, approximately 1923-2014

 Series — Carton: 4
Identifier: MSS 5905 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Contains biographical information on individuals and corporations related to the Ten Commandments films as well as Peter Brosnan's Lost City excavation and film. Also contains transcripts of interviews conducted with several of these individuals. This information taken from various newspapers and websites, as well as the individuals themselves. Dated approximately 1923-2014.


  • approximately 1923-2014

Language of Materials

Materials in English with some press in French.

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 Peter Brosnan papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

From the Collection:

Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was a photographer.

Edward Sheriff Curtis was born February 16, 1868 in Whitewater, Wisconsin to Asahel Curtis and Ellen Sheriff. He was a photographer who focused mainly on Native Americans. In 1891 he moved to Seattle, Washington, and opened a photography studio with Rasmus Rothi. He was invited by Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 to be the White House photographer. Cecil B. DeMille hired Curtis in 1936 to be a second unit cameraman and photographer for his motion picture plains films. Edward S. Curtis died October 18, 1952 in Whittier, California.

Biographical history

From the Collection:

Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) was an 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.

Cecil B. DeMille was born on August 12, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts to Henry Churchill de Mille and Matilda Beatrice Samuel de Mille. DeMille started acting on Broadway in 1900 and by 1913 he joined a film studio partnership which would eventually become Paramount Pictures. DeMille had a long and storied career as a filmmaker and directed several epic films, such as the Ten Commandments (1956). DeMille died on January 21, 1959 in Hollywood, California.

Biographical history

From the Collection:

Peter Brosnan (b. 1952) is a writer and director.

Peter Brosnan was born July 6, 1952. He studied at the film school at New York University. He is known for his most recent documentary, The Lost City of Cecil B. Demille, as well as Perfect Target and Hit List.


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