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Phillip and Lillian Gerard papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3793

Scope and Contents

Collection of folders with scripts, programs, and various other theatre related materials. Also includes various photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and videocassettes. Materials from and information concerning the Paris Theatre and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is also included.


  • 1929-1982


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

Preliminarily processed; Access with permission from the curator of the Arts and Communications Archive of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Phillip and Lillian Gerard papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Lillian and Philip Gerard both had careers in the marketing, promotion, and exhibition of motion pictures.

Lillian was the managing director of the Paris Theatre in New York City from its inception in 1947 and later became vice president. She played an important role in foreign film exhibition in New York City. The Paris Theater was involved in the famous 1952 Supreme Court case Burstyn v. Wilson, which resulted in a reversal of the motion picture censorship laws.

Philip had a career in motion picture advertising, publicity, and production, primarily with Universal Pictures.


10 boxes (15 linear ft.)

Custodial History

These materials were donated to L. Tom Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gerard, Philip, and Lillian Gerard; 1985.


Arts and Communications.

Related Materials

These materials are part of the Arts and Communications Archive.

Register of Phillip and Lillian Gerard papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 May 3
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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