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Argosy Pictures Corporation business records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1849

Scope and Contents

The records provide insight into legal and tax aspects of film production, as well as documenting the search for suitable story material and researching aspects of a film before production. Includes correspondence; legal, financial, and personnel records; story ideas; a scrapbook; photographs; and other documentation.


  • 1939-1958


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 Business records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Argosy pictures was an independent film company organized to give John Ford and Merian C. Cooper creative freedom for motion picture production. Working with Walter Wanger Productions, RKO, Republic, and MGM, Argosy produced ten films between 1940 and 1953: The Long Voyage Home, The Fugitive, Fort Apache, Three Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Mighty Joe Young, Wagon Master, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, and The Sun Shines Bright. Noted for collaborations with writers James Warner Bellah, Frank Nugent, and Dudley Nichols; cinematographer Winton Hoch; and effects animator Willis O'Brien.


35 boxes (17.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The material was acquired in 1986 from a mechanical engineer. He received the records as payment for work done for the niece of an unnamed Argosy board member. The niece inherited the papers upon the death of that board member.


Arts and Communications.

Register of Argosy Pictures Corporation business records
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 4
Description rules
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