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Collection of interviews by James D'Arc

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 9068

Scope and Contents

Audiocassette recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted by James D'Arc during his time as Arts and Communications curator for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Interviewees include people involved in the film-making industry in the Western United States, particularly southern Utah. Dated approximately 1975-2015.

Dates

  • approximately 1975-2015

Creator

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 Collection of interviews by James D'Arc must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials

English

Custodial History

These interviews were taken over a period of many years by James V. D'Arc. They were transcribed by Special Collections employees. They were donated by James V. D'Arc to the library upon his retirement.

Some interviews were donated by Fred Steiner in 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; James D'Arc; September 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1976; James V. D’Arc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1979; James V. D’Arc.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1978; George N. Fenin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Fred Steiner; 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; James V. D’Arc; 1982.

Appraisal

Arts and Communications Collection Development Policy.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of audiocassettes available for use in the Reading Room.

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Stanley, September 2017.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; May 2024. Combined with MSS 9067.

Title
Register of Collection of interviews by James D'Arc
Status
Completed
Author
Maddi Stanley
Date
2017 September 29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States