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Peter Brosnan papers

Identifier: MSS 5905

Scope and Contents

Papers, VHS videotapes, DVD about motion picture filming at the Guadalupe Dunes, CA, with an emphasis on Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 version of The Ten Commandments and Brosnan's excavation of some of its original sets. Papers on Brosnan's excavation and the Lost City documentary. Dated 1923-2014.


  • 1923-2014


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

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

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

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.


2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)

9 cartons (9 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)




The collection is arranged into 4 series: 1) Materials related to the Ten Commandments films, approximately 1923-2012, 2) Materials related to the Lost City excavation and film, approximately 1983-2014, 3) Biographies of related individuals and companies, approximately 1923-2014 and 4) Media, approximately 1985-2014.

Custodial History

Donated by the creator, Peter Brosnan, in 2007 and May 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Peter Brosnan; 2007.

Donated; Peter Brosnan; May 2017.


DVD, open-reel audio tape, and digital audio tape (Brigham Young University Film Music Archives collecting policy, I, February 1999).

Processing Information

Processed; Norm Gillespie; April 2010.

Processed; Maddi Stanley; June 2017.


Register of Peter Brosnan papers
Norm Gillespie
2010 April 27
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States