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Merian C. Cooper scrapbooks, 1917-1933

Identifier: MSS 2008 Series 15

Scope and Contents

Contains scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about Cooper's early life and career. His military career through the Russo-Polish War and the films Grass, Chang, The Four Feathers, The Most Dangerous Game, King Kong, She, and The Last Days of Pompeii are represented. Clippings date from 1917 to 1933.


  • 1917-1933


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Open for public research.

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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

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.


7 oversize boxes

1 oversize folder

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