Cooper family records, 1922-1972
Scope and Contents
Contains correspondence, clippings, and photographs related to Cooper's family. Includes genealogical information, as well as materials on his wife and children. Materials date from 1922 to 1972.
- Cooper, Merian C. (Person)
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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biographical / Historical
Merian Caldwell Cooper was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was a notable movie producer, starting with documentaries filmed with Ernest B. Schoedsack while traveling the world, most famously Grass and Chang. Cooper was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways. During his film career, he worked for several Hollywood studios. He is considered co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. Cooper's most famous film was the 1933 movie King Kong. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. Cooper married film actress Dorothy Jordan in 1933. They were married until his death on April 21, 1973.
2 oversize folders
Language of Materials
Arranged in three subseries: 1. Cooper family genealogy records, approximately 1944-1977. 2. Cooper family records, approximately 1922-1967. 3. Merian C. Cooper photographs, approximately 1922 to 1977.
- Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Cooper family
- Cooper, Merian C. -- Family
- Discoveries in geography
- Motion picture industry -- United States
- Motion picture producers and directors
- Motion pictures -- Production and direction
- Performing Arts
- Television programs -- Production and direction
- Woodson family
- World War, 1914-1918
- World War, 1939-1945
Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States