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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Sources:

Description of Series

Series I. Films, 1941-1995, undated

Series II. Personal and Professional Papers, circa 1940s-1970s, undated

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Jack Harris:

An Inventory of His Papers at The Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Harris, Jack, 1914-1985
Title: Jack Harris Papers
Dates: 1941-1995, undated
Abstract: The Jack Harris Papers include screenplays, photographs, negatives, and contact sheets, as well as some personal papers of Jack Harris, one of Hollywood's most notable still photographers.
Call Number: Film Collection FI-013
Extent: 44 document boxes (18.48 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Jack Harris was born on July 16, 1914. His photography career started in the Air Force during World War II when he was assigned to the 18th AAFBU Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California. Harris also underwent aerial photography training in the 3415th Technical Training Group at Lowry Fields in Denver, Colorado. Much of his military career consisted of working on propaganda film sets in support of the U.S. war effort.

After the war, Harris worked freelance, photographing models and industrial scenes. His first film still production assignment came in 1947 with The Wild Harvest, followed by Tumbleweed Trail in 1948. From 1955 until the end of his career, Harris averaged two films per year, for a total of seventy-five known film still photography projects. He worked for numerous production companies; some of the notable include Paramount, United Artists, Universal, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, and Columbia Pictures. He completed his last film still project in 1982 with Hammet.

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Scope and Contents

The Jack Harris Papers span from approximately 1941 to 1995, and include screenplays, photographs, negatives, and contact sheets, as well as some personal papers. The papers are organized into two series: I. Films, 1941-1995, undated; and II. Personal and Professional Papers, circa 1940s-1970s, undated.

Series I. Films makes up the bulk of the papers and includes publicity stills, as well as "behind the scenes" shots taken by Harris. The films are arranged alphabetically by film title with a small segment of unidentified films. Of the seventy-five known films that Harris photographed, the papers include materials from fifty-nine of them. Most of the files include a film script, 8x10 or 11x14 photographs, and contact sheets which provide a more comprehensive look at all the photos he took on set. Some notable films represented in the collection include The Magnificent Seven (1960), Kid Galahad (1962), West Side Story (1961), The Great Escape (1963), Evel Knievel (1971), The Hallelujah Trail (1965), Thief (1981), and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).

The small amount of personal material present in the collection mostly pre-dates Harris's work in Hollywood and consists largely of material from his time in the military during World War II. Series II. Personal and Professional Papers is arranged into three subseries: A. Photography, circa 1940s-1970s, undated; B. Military, circa 1940s-1952; and C. Commercial, circa 1940s.

Subseries A. Photography includes assorted material associated with Harris's photography career and includes his 1978 resume, a photographic time interval calculator, and personal photographs in the forms of stills, slides, and negatives.

Subseries B. Military includes Air Force training and propaganda stills and negatives, photo scrapbooks, publicity stills, training manuals, and the Lowry Fields orders from Capt. Ronald W. Reagan.

Subseries C. Commercial includes items associated with Harris's commercial photography career. Included are postcards requesting information for the Foto-Sig unit, commercial photograph portfolio with rates, and stills and negatives of products, portraits, and female models.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research.

Most of the photographs and negatives in the collection have been sleeved, but patrons must use gloves when handling unsleeved photographic materials.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Stills (Motion Pictures)–United States.
Motion Pictures, American.
Photography, Artistic.
Document Types
Photographs.
Scripts.
Moving images.
Scrapbooks.

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Separated Material

A 16mm film titled Photography School Motion Picture completed at Lowry Field during World War II was transferred to the Ransom Center’s Moving Image Collection.

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Administrative Information

Processed by:

Jacqueline Muñoz and Amy Armstrong, 2012

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Sources:

In addition to material found within the Jack Harris Papers, the following sources were used:

Histopolis: Collaborative Genealogy & History, http://www.histopolis.com/Grave/Detail.aspx?GraveID=252171795 (accessed 13 July 2012).

Imdb. 1990-2012. An Amazon.com Company, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1220012/ (accessed 13 July 2012).

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Container List

 

Series I. Films, 1941-1995, undated

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1975)
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1.1 Screenplay by Robert Getchell, 4 February 1974
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1.2 Stills (8x10), 1975
Americanization of Emily (1964)
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1.3 Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, 11 October 1963
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1.4-5 Contact sheets, 1964
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1.6 Stills (11x14), 1964
The Apartment (1960)
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1.7 Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, 1960
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2.1 Negatives, contact sheets, 1960
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2.2 Stills (5x7, 8x10, 11x14), 1960
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35.10 Benji (1974), press kit, 1974
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2.3 A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966), Screenplay by Sidney Carroll, script revisions, cast and crew list, July 1965
Billie (1965)
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2.4 Screenplay by Ronald Alexander, 10 May 1965
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2.5 Contact sheet, stills (3x5, 8x10), 1965
Comes a Horseman (1978)
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2.6 Screenplay by Dennis Lynton Clark, 24 May 1977
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2.7 Slides, 1978
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2.8 Reprint (11x14), 1995
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2.9 The Court Jester (1955), contact prints, backstage snapshots, 1955
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
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2.10 Screenplay by Buck Henry, 7 November 1972
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3.1 Negatives, contact sheets (8x10), 1973
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3.2 Stills (8x10), 1973
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3.3-4 Stills, mounted (10x7), 1973
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35.11 Day of the Outlaw (1958), stills (11x14), 1958
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3.5 The Delicate Delinquent (1956), stills (4x5, 11x14, 13x10, 8x10; one inscribed by Jerry Lewis), contact sheets, 1956
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3.6 Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? (1967), screenplay by John Fenton Murray, 10 April 1967
Evel Knievel (1971)
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3.7 Screenplay by John Milius, 9 February 1971
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4.1 Negative, 1971
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4.2 Collage (9x14), stills (9x16, 8x10), 1971
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4.3-6 Stills (8x10), 1971
The Facts of Life (1960)
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4.7 Screenplay by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, 20 April 1960
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4.8 Stills (11x14), 1960
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36.1 Slides, 1960
The Gong Show Movie (1980)
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4.9 Screenplay by Chuck Barris and Robert Downey, 7 August 1979, crew list, 1979
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4.10 Contact sheets, 1980
Gray Lady Down (1978)
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5.1 Screenplay by Jim Whittaker and Howard Sackler, 10 September 1976
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5.2 Screenplay by Jim Whittaker and Howard Sackler, 17 September 1976
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5.3 Slides, 1978
The Great Escape (1963)
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5.4 Screenplay by James Clavell, 26 April 1962
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5.5 Press book, 1963
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5.6-8, 6.1-6 Contact sheets, 1963
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7.1-2 Contact sheets (35mm), 1963
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7.3 Negative and contact sheet, 1963
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7.4 Slides, 1963
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7.5-9, 8.1-8 Stills (8x10), 1963
The Gypsy Moths (1969)
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8.9 Screenplay by William Hanley, August 1967; shooting schedule, June 1968
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9.1-8 Contact sheets (8x10), 1969
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9.9 Contact sheets, stills (11x14), 1969
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9.10 Stills (8x10), 1969
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9.11 Slides, 1969
The Hallelujah Trail (1965)
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10.1 Screenplay by John Gay, 18 March 1964
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10.2 Screenplay by John Gay with notes on the cover, 18 March 1964
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10.3 Screenplay by John Gay with crew list, housing list, and shooting schedule, 18 March 1964
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10.4 Press kits, 1965
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10.5 Negatives with contact sheet; negatives with reprint, 1965, 1995
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10.6-7, 11.1-3 Contact sheets (8x10), 1965
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11.4-7, 12.1-5 Contact sheets (11x14), 1965
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12.6 Stills (8x10), 1965
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12.7 Slides, 1965
Hammet (1982)
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12.8 Screenplay by Dennis O'Flaherty, early draft, undated
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12.9 Screenplay by Dennis O'Flaherty, 28 January 1980
The Hellfighters (1969)
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12.10 Screenplay by John Lee Mahin, 27 February 1968
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12.11, 13.1-5 Contact sheets, 1969
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13.6-7 Stills (8x10), 1969
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14.1 Stills (8x10, 11x14), 1969
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14.2 Slides, 1969
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14.3 Transparencies, 1969
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14.4 Hot Summer Week (1973), screenplay by Larry Bischof, David M. Kaufman, and Michel Levesque (2 copies), 21 October 1971
Hour of the Gun (1967)
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14.5 Screenplay by Edward Anhalt with shooting schedule, 15 August 1966
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14.6-7, 15.1-2 Contact sheets (8x10), 1967
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15.3-4 Contact sheets (11x14), 1967
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15.5-8 Stills (8x10), 1967
How Sweet It Is (1968)
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16.1 Screenplay by Gary Marshall and Jerry Belson, 6 November 1967
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16.2 Screenplay by Gary Marshall and Jerry Belson with revised pages, 6 November 1967
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16.3 Contact sheets, stills (8x10), 1968
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16.4-5 Contact sheets (11x14), 1967-1968
Irma La Douce (1963)
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16.6 Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, undated
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16.7 Contact sheets (8x10), 1963
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17.1-2 Contact sheets (11x14), 1963
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17.3 Stills (8x10, 11x14), lobby card, 1963
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17.4 Slides, 1963
Just You and Me, Kid (1979)
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17.5-6 Contact sheets (8x10), 1979
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17.7 Stills (8x10), 1979
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18.1-2 Stills (11x14, mounted), 1979
Kid Galahad (1962)
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18.3 Screenplay by William Fay, 4 October 1961
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18.4-5 Contact sheets (8x10), 1962
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18.6-7 Contact sheets (11x14), 1962
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18.8 Stills (8x10, 11x14), 1962
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
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19.1 Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond with revised pages, shooting schedule, staff and crew list, 2 March 1964
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19.2 Negatives and slides, 1964
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19.3-6 Contact sheets (8x10), 1964
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19.7, 20.1-5 Contact sheets (11x14), 1964
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20.6 Stills (8x10), 1964
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20.7 Stills (11x14), 1964
L'Histoire D'Aimer (1970)
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21.1 Screenplay by Pierre Uytterhoeven and Claude Lelouch, undated
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21.2 Contact sheets (8x10), 1970
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21.3-4 Contact sheets (11x14), 1970
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
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21.5 Screenplay by Walter Newman, 23 December 1959
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21.6 Screenplay by Walter Newman with shooting schedule, staff and crew list, 3 February 1960
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21.7-8, 22.1-9 Contact sheets (8x10), 1960
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23.1 Stills (8x10, 11x14), negatives and reprints, contact prints, 1960, 1995
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23.2 Slides, 1960
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35.12 The Man in the Net (1959), stills (8x10), 1959
Midway (1976)
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23.3 Screenplay by Donald S. Sanford, 12 March 1975
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23.4 Screenplay by Donald S. Sanford, 23 April 1975
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23.5-7 Stills (8x10), 1976
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23.8 Stills (11x14), 1976
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23.9 Slides, 1976
Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971)
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24.1 Screenplay by Rosalind Russell (as C.A. McKnight) with staff list, shooting schedule, 22 August 1969
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24.2 Revised shooting schedule, revised script pages, September 1969
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24.3-6 Contact sheets (8x10), 1969
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24.7-8, 25.1-2 Contact sheets (11x14), 1969
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25.3 Stills (8x10), 1969
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25.4 Slides and negative "kills," 1969
Mother, Jugs, and Speed (1976)
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25.5 Screenplay by Tom Mankiewicz, 22 September 1975
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25.6 Slides, 1976
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25.7 Still reprint (11x14), 1995
Munster, Go Home! (1966)
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25.8 Screenplay by George Tibbles, Joe Connelly, and Bob Mosher, 28 February 1966
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25.9 Screenplay by George Tibbles, Joe Connelly, and Bob Mosher with shooting schedule, 15 March 1966
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25.10 The Nickel Ride (1975), screenplay by Eric Roth, undated
One, Two, Three (1961)
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26.1 Screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, April 1961
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26.2 Contact sheets (8x10), stills (5x7, 8x10), 1961
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26.3 Stills (11x14), 1961
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26.4 Slides, 1961
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)
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26.5 Screenplay by Frank Tashlin, 27 March 1967
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26.6-8, 27.1-4 Contact sheets (8x10), 1967
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27.5 The Proud and the Profane (1956), contact sheets (8x10), slides, 1956
The Rainmaker (1956)
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27.6 Screenplay by N. Richard Nash, 12 June 1956, newspaper clipping, call sheet, 1956
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27.7 Contact sheets (8x10), stills (11x14), 1956
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
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27.8 Screenplay by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum, 24 June 1966
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27.9 Stills (8x10), 1966
The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (1966)
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27.10 Screenplay by William Rose, 21 June 1965 with shooting schedule, June-August 1965
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28.1 Screenplay by William Rose, 21 June 1965 with shooting schedule, December 1965
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28.2-4 Contact sheets (8x10), 1966
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28.5-8 Contact sheets (11x14), 1966
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29.1-6 Stills (8x10), 1966
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29.7 Stills (11x14), 1966
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29.8 Sad Sack (1957), contact sheets (8x10), 1957
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29.9 Secret War of Harry Frigg (1967), screenplay by Peter Stone, 23 January 1967, slides, 1967
Separate Tables (1958)
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30.1 Screenplay by John Gay with shooting schedule, 16 November 1957
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30.2 Stills (11x14), 1958
Simon, King of Witches (1971)
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30.3 Screenplay by Robert Phippeny, October 1970
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30.4 Stills (11x14), 1971
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30.5 Some Like it Hot (1959), screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, 18 July 1958
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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30.6 Negatives (35mm, 120, 4x5), 1955
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30.7 Contact sheets (8x10), 1955
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30.8 Stills (4x5), reprint (8x10), 1955, 1995
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30.9 Reprint stills (11x14), 1995
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30.10 Slides, 1955
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30.11 Press kit, 1956
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30.12 Thief (1981), screenplay by Michael Mann, 1980
Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
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31.1 Screenplay by Alan R. Trustman, 21 April 1967, production notes, 1967
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31.2 Contact sheets, stills (8x10), 1968
The Todd Killings (1970)
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31.3 Screenplay by Dennis Murphy and Joel Oliansky, 14 April 1970
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31.4 Contact sheets, 1970
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31.5 Top of the Heap (1972), screenplay by Christopher St. John with shooting schedule, January 1972
Topaz (1969)
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31.6-7 Contact sheets (8x10), 1969
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31.8 Stills (8x10), 1969
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31.9 Stills (4x4), 1969
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32.1 Stills (10.5x10), 1969
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32.2 Slides, 1969
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32.3 Tumbleweed Trail (1948), stills (8x10), 1948
Two for the Seesaw (1962)
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32.4 Screenplay by Isobel Lennart, 13 December 1961
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32.5-6 Contact sheets, 1962
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32.7 Slides, 1962
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32.8 Two of a Kind (1978), screenplay by Tom Lazarus, Oliver Hailey, Leonard Stern, 16 August 1978
The Unforgiven (1960)
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32.9 Screenplay by Ben Maddow, 29 November 1958
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32.10 Stills (8x10), reprint still (11x14), 1960, 1995
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32.11 Slides, 1960
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32.12 Press kit, 1960
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32.13 Up from the Ape (variously titled The Animal Within) (1974), stills (8x10), 1973
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32.14 Viva Maria! (1965), screenplay by Louis Malle, Jean-Claude Carrière, undated
War Between Men and Women (1972)
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33.1 Screenplay by Melville Shavelson and Danny Arnold, 14 June 1971 with shooting schedule, June-August 1971
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33.2-3 Stills (8x10), 1972
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33.4 Stills (11x14), 1972
West Side Story (1961)
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33.5 Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, first draft, undated
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33.6 Screenplay by Ernest Lehman, 17 June 1960 with shooting schedule, cast list, crew list, June-August 1960
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33.7 Press kit, 1961
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33.8-10, 34.1-4 Contact sheets (8x10), 1961
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34.5-9, 35.1-3 Contact sheets (11x14), 1961
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35.4 Stills (4x5), 1961
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35.5 Stills (8x10), 1961
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35.6 Stills (11x14), 1961
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35.7 Slides and negatives, 1961
Wild Harvest (variously titled The Big Haircut) (1947)
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35.8 Stills (8x10), 1947
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35.9 Clippings, 1947
Unidentified films/film sets
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36.2 Cecil B. De Mille in Egypt during filming of The Ten Commandments [?] [1955], Jackie Coogan and others [1956], Richard Nixon actor, Robert Wise, John Frankenheimer [?], stills (8x10), circa 1950s-1970s
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36.3 Tobacco Road, negatives, stills (5x7, 8x10, 11x14), 1941
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36.4 Assorted, stills (11x14), circa 1950s-1960s
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44.1-8 Duplicate photographs, circa 1960s

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Series II. Personal and Professional Papers, circa 1940s-1970s, undated

Subseries A. Photography, circa 1940s-1970s, undated
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36.5 Article about aerial photography (photocopy), undated
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36.6 Clippings, Desilu publicity, 1958-1959
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36.5 Photographic time interval calculator, undated
Resume, 1978
Photographs
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36.7 Negatives, unidentified people, trains, airplanes, buildings, fields, Billy Wilder's father, Ronald McDonald characters, circa 1940s-1970s
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36.8 Stills, 34th Academy Awards, unidentified people (8x10), circa 1950s-1960s
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36.9 Stills, unidentified dog show, space, circa 1960s
Subseries B. Military, circa 1940s-1952
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36.11 Military orders, 1945
Manuals
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39 50 Steps to Making a Training Film, USAF Motion Picture Unit (2 copies), circa 1940s
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40 Operation, Service and Overhaul Instructions with Parts Catalog for Motion Picture Camera Type A-5 (Cineflex), 7 November 1945
Operation, Service and Overhaul Instructions with Parts Catalog for Aircraft Camera Type K-20, 30 April 1943
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41 Photo and Laboratory Technician course book, 1952
Photograph albums
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42 Album 1, contains military training films on-set stills, military personnel, Clark Gable, circa 1940s
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42.1 Album 2, contains military training films on-set stills, military personnel, circa 1940s
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42.2 Album 3, contains General Hap Arnold, military training films on-set stills, military personnel, circa 1940s
Photograph stills
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36.12 Air Force training films production stills, circa 1940s
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36.13 Air Force training films animation stills, circa 1940s
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36.14 Air Force training films production stills, air planes, military personnel, circa 1940s
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37.1-3 Air Force training films production stills, circa 1940s
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37.4 Air Force personnel, Harry S. Truman, circa 1940s
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37.5 Military publicity tour, circa 1940s
Photograph negatives
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37.6 Air Force training film stills, air planes, Jack Harris military portrait (8x10), circa 1940s
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37.7 Air Force training film stills, military personnel (4x5, color), circa 1940s
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37.8-9, 38.1-5 Air Force training film stills, military personnel, Attu (Alaska), Alaska (4x5, black-and-white), circa 1940s
Subseries C. Commercial, circa 1940s
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43.1 Business postcards sent to Parker Company requesting information on Foto-Sig Unit, 1949
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43.2 Commercial photograph portfolio with rates, photo album, circa 1946-1949
Photographs
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43.3 Female models, Eileen Howe, Jo Caruso, unidentified women, stills (8x10) and negatives (4x5 and 8x10), model release form, circa 1946-1949
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43.4 'Industrial,' cosmetics, shoe window, furniture, fur models, circa 1940s
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43.5 John Danyo, negatives (4x5) and stills (4x5), circa 1940s
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43.6 Winckler & Smith Citrus Products, California Fruit Growers Exchange, Sunkist, fruit packing plants, fruit fields, (negatives, 4x5), circa 1942-1949
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43.7 Winckler & Smith Citrus Products, photo album, circa 1946-1949

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