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Merian C. Cooper correspondence with John C. Cooper, Sr. and John C. Cooper, Jr., 1915-1933, 1961-1967

Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 13 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains personal correspondence between Cooper and his father, John C. Cooper, Sr., and his brother, John C. Cooper, Jr. Also includes envelopes from the letters. Materials date from between 1915 and 1967.


  • 1915-1933
  • 1961-1967


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Open for public research.

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Biographical History

From the Sub-Series:

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.

Biographical History

From the Sub-Series:

Dorothy Jordan was born August 9, 1906, in Clarksville, Tennessee, to Theresa Harrison and Edward Peter Jordan. After starting in Broadway, Dorothy became a film actress in Hollywood, beginning with “Taming of the Shrew” in 1929. In 1933, Dorothy married film director and producer Merian C. Cooper, and they were married until his death in 1973. Dorothy retired from acting in 1956. She died in Los Angeles on December 7, 1988.


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