Academy Library Celebrates New Collections

Beverly Hills, CA (May 20, 2010) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library celebrated the acquisition of 12 unique and outstanding collections on Wednesday, May 19. Academy officers and governors joined donors and others affiliated with the materials at an evening reception at the Library, where selected items from each collection were on display.

“The Academy’s Herrick Library is home to an undeniably unique and important treasure trove of materials,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “The collections being celebrated at this event are fascinating and valuable additions to the Library, each exceptional in its own way.”

“I’m delighted to be able to formally thank the donors who have generously provided the Herrick with these one-of-a-kind materials,” said Library Director Linda Mehr. “These collections are all very special, and are terrific enhancements to the vast resources the Academy makes available to students, filmmakers, scholars and others with a serious interest in motion pictures.”

The recent acquisitions are:

  • Gene Allen Papers
  • Art Directors Guild Collection
  • James L. Brooks Papers
  • Richard Koszarski Polish Poster Collection
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz Papers
  • Alan J. Pakula Papers
  • Sydney Pollack Papers
  • Jane Powell Papers
  • Edward R. Pressman Papers
  • May Routh Costume Design Drawings
  • Norma Talmadge Photographs
  • Albert Wolsky Costume Design Drawings

The Margaret Herrick Library, located in Beverly Hills, is the world’s preeminent cinema research facility. Holdings include more than 10 million photographs, 300,000 clipping files, 80,000 screenplays, 35,000 movie posters and 32,000 books. Devoted to the history and development of the motion picture both as an art form and as an industry, the holdings also include more than 1,000 special collections representing a wide range of giants and legends of moviemaking. The Herrick is open to the public four days a week; it is a non-circulating research facility housed in what was once a water treatment facility in Beverly Hills.


Magnificent Collections

Outstanding acquisitions by the Margaret Herrick Library, celebrated on May 19, 2010

Gene Allen Papers – The career papers of this production designer and past Academy President include extensive documentation on his work with director George Cukor for such films as “A Star Is Born” and “My Fair Lady.”

Art Directors Guild Collection – The Guild has donated hundreds of beautiful production design drawings covering multiple decades of film history from such artists as Albert Brenner, Richard Day, Ernst Fegte, Alexander Golitzen, William Horning, Boris Leven and Lyle Wheeler, to name a few.

James L. Brooks Papers– The collection from the multiple Academy Award recipient and nominee writer/director/producer includes production and script files for films such as “As Good As It Gets,” “Broadcast News,” “Terms of Endearment,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Spanglish.”

Richard Koszarski Polish Poster Collection – This collection of truly stunning graphic poster design spans the 1950s to 1980s and contains nearly 1700 Polish posters for films produced in the United States, Poland, Russia, France, Italy and Japan.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz Papers – The papers include the comprehensive script and production files for the post-1949 career of this multiple Academy Award honored writer/director/producer. Coverage includes such films as “A Letter to Three Wives,” “No Way Out,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Barefoot Contessa,” “The Quiet American,” “Cleopatra” and “Sleuth.”

Alan J. Pakula Papers  – This collection spans almost fifty years of the career of this acclaimed producer and director, and includes production material and Pakula’s personal notes on such films as “Inside Daisy Clover,” “Love with the Proper Stranger,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Up the Down Staircase,” “The Sterile Cuckoo,” “All the President’s Men” and “Sophie’s Choice.”

Sydney Pollack Papers – The Pollack papers include scripts, correspondence, production documents, posters and photographs from the career of this outstanding director/producer/actor, a multiple Academy Award nominee and recipient. Among the films covered are “Out of Africa,” “The Slender Thread,” “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” “The Way We Were,” “Absence of Malice” and “Tootsie.”

Jane Powell Papers – The MGM musical star of forties and fifties films donated material documenting her career, including photographs, scripts and home movies. There is coverage on such films as “Holiday in Mexico,” “A Date with Judy,” “Nancy Goes to Rio,” “Royal Wedding” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

Edward R. Pressman Papers – This extensive collection covers the career of this noted producer who has been active since the 1960s. Among the documentation is coverage on a vast number of diverse films such as “Badlands,” “Blue Steel,” “Wall Street,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “To Sleep with Anger,” “Bad Lieutenant,” “Talk Radio,” “Plenty” and “Reversal of Fortune.”

May Routh Costume Design Drawings – The collection includes beautiful costume drawings for such films as “The Last Remake of Beau Geste,” “Being There,” “My Favorite Year,” “Ronin,” “ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Ghost Story.”

Norma Talmadge Photographs – This collection includes a large quantity of extremely rare photographs covering the career of one of the leading silent stars from 1913 to 1930.

Albert Wolsky Costume Design Drawings – The collection of multiple Academy Award nominee and recipient covers multiple decades and includes drawings for  “Grease,” “All That Jazz,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “ Toys,” “Across the Universe,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Bugsy,” “Road to Perdition” and “The Turning Point.”

Film historian Richard Koszarski poses with his Polish poster collection

Film historian Richard Koszarski poses with his Polish poster collection.

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