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L. Tom Perry Special Collections project records on Motion Picture Archives Film Series, 2002-2015

 Sub-Series — Box: 6
Identifier: UA 5589 Series 1 Sub-Series 2

Scope and Contents

Includes a collection of CDs and DVDs containing files pertaining to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections's Motion Picture Film Series. On these disks are movie poster backdrops, and recordings on discussions of important individuals pertaining to the series, including James Stewart, Cecil B. DeMille, and others. Materials dated 2002-2015.


  • 2002-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy.

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 / Historical

James Vincent D'Arc (1950-) was a professor in the Speech and Theatre Arts Department at BYU and is currently employed at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections department where he works as the curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive and contributor for the Motion Picture Archives Film Series.

James Vincent D'Arc was born in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 1950. D'Arc was accepted into Brigham Young University, where he majored in history. In 1973 while at school, he grew interested in a film appreciation class taught by Dr. Charles M. Metten, which motivated him to pursue a PhD in film history from Brigham Young University in 1986. During his time as a student, he also was hired in what was then called the "Archives and Manuscripts Division," where he began gathering film-related materials for archival purposes starting with items donated to the collection from Dean Jagger, an actor who played Brigham Young in the 1940 film "Brigham Young." From there the collection obtained items including those pertaining to Cecil B. DeMille, classic MGM musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," and many others - a good number of them which are shown in the Motion Picture Archives Film Series today in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

While at BYU, D'Arc eventually married Patricia Ann Morris in Salt Lake City on January 22, 1974. During their marriage, they had five children and seven grandchildren.

In 1990 D'Arc was employed as a professor of film in BYU's Theatre and Media Arts College. Although the college allowed him to split his time working as both a professor and a curator for the Special Collections department, by the end of the school year, he returned to being a full-time employee for the Special Collections.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

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