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Merian C. Cooper papers on motion picture industry, 1932-1966

Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 7

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, legal documents, photographs, and other material documenting Cooper's career as a film executive. Includes work with various studios, including RKO Radio Pictures and Argosy Pictures. Materials date from 1932 to 1962.


  • 1932-1966


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Open for public research.

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Biographical History

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

11 folders

Language of Materials



Series arranged in five subseries: 1. Merian C. Cooper papers on motion picture industry, 1932-1966. 2. Merian C. Cooper papers from RKO Radio Pictures, 1933-1934. 3. Merian C. Cooper papers from Pioneer Pictures, 1940. 4. Merian C. Cooper papers from Argosy Pictures, 1945-1965. 5. Merian C. Cooper papers from Cinerama Productions Corporation, 1952-1962.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States