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Mark Cotta Vaz papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8036

Scope and Contents

Collection contains research, notes, and drafts of Mark Cotta Vaz's biography of Merian C. Cooper, "Living Dangerously". There are also proof copies of the book, two paperback editions of "King Kong," and an audiobook of "Living Dangerously". Items were collected and/or created from approximately 2003-2010.


  • Approximately 2003-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Access Restricted; permission to access materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Mark Cotta Vaz papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Mark Cotta Vaz (1954-) is a film historian and author. Among his many books is "Living Dangerously," a biography of film producer Merian C. Cooper.

Mark Cotta Vaz (born September 16, 1954, in San Francisco, California) is an American author, editor and film historian. He has authored over thirty books, focusing on documenting film special effects and other behind-the-scenes aspects of visual presentation in motion pictures. He has written about these aspects for both Star Wars and Star Trek. He has also written many movie companion books, such as those for The Spirit, Beautiful Creatures and four for the Twilight series. His book "Living Dangerously" on Merian C. Cooper is highly acclaimed, and the drafts and research materials associated with this book are among BYU's special collections.


6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials gathered and created by Mark Cotta Vaz during the writing and publishing of his book "Living Dangerously". Vaz donated the materials to Brigham Young University in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mark Cotta Vaz; 2012.

Donated; Mark Cotta Vaz; 2017.


Arts and Communications.

Processing Information

Processed; John N. Gillespie; 2013.

Processed; Mary-Celeste Ricks; 2017.

Register of Mark Cotta Vaz papers
John N. Gillespie
2013 February 14
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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