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Miscellaneous materials, 1983

 Series — Carton: 1, Folder: 20-21
Identifier: MSS 9055 Series 9

Scope and Contents

Contains script for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and two mini-cassettes of interviews conducted by James D'Arc.


  • 1983


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 the Gerald R. Molen papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

James Vincent D'Arc (1950 - present) was a professor in the Speech and Theatre Arts Department at BYU and worked at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections department where he was 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, CA on August 7, 1950. After growing up, in the early 1970s, D'Arc was accepted into Brigham Young University, where he majored in history. During this time, in 1973 he also grew interested in a film appreciation class taught by Dr. Charles M. Metten, which motivated him to receive a PhD in film history from the 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 the Archives 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. Aside from this, in 1990 D'Arc also 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 Special Collections. While spending his time in 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. On April 20, 2005, Patricia passed away after 19 months of illness in Utah.


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