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Peter Brosnan papers

Identifier: MSS 5905

Scope and Contents

Contains papers and audiovisual materials collected by Peter Brosnan for his research on Cecil B. DeMille's 1923 and 1956 Ten Commandments films and for his documentary, "The Lost City of Cecile B. DeMille." The 1923 film was shot in the Guadalupe Dunes in California and excavated by Brosnan, resulting in the documentary. Includes audiotapes, videocassettes, film reels, digital files, interview transcripts, biographical research either typed or printed from the internet, press articles and clippings about the films, contracts and proposals for the excavation, photographs, negatives, and research notes. Interviews are mainly with those involved with the production of the films. Also includes nails from the making of the 1923 film excavated by Brosnan in Guadalupe. Materials dated approximately 1923 to 2022.


  • approximately 1923-2022


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

Biographical history

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


6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

10 film boxes (2 linear ft.)

19 online resource

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged into two series: 1. Peter Brosnan research on the Ten Commandments films, approximately 1923-2014. 2. Peter Brosnan materials on the film production of The lost city of Cecil B. DeMille and site excavation, approximately 1983-2014.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Peter Brosnan; 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Stanley; June 2017.

Processing Information

Processed; Ivy Griffiths and Karen Glenn; Audiovisual metadata added.

Register of Peter Brosnan papers
Under Revision
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