Above from l-r: George Stevens, Jr., Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and George Stevens in Marfa, Texas on the set of "Giant."
In celebration of a gift to the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive from George Stevens, Jr., award-winning filmmaker and founder of the American Film Institute. The acquisition of papers and films documenting his creative career and public service extends the coverage of the Stevens Family collection, which now spans five generations and is one of the most comprehensive family collections in the Academy’s holdings.
This donation joins Stevens Jr.’s earlier donations beginning with his gift of the George Stevens collection to the Margaret Herrick Library in 1980. This collection provides a comprehensive record of his father’s long and distinguished career, beginning as a cameraman on Laurel and Hardy shorts and continuing with his direction of such classic films as “Swing Time,” “Gunga Din,” “Woman of the Year,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Shane” and “Giant.” The library’s collection contains scripts, production files, correspondence, scrapbooks and photographs. The Academy Film Archive’s Stevens collection currently contains about 600 items, including unique behind-the-scenes home movies.
George Stevens, Jr. is also donating papers, films, photographs, playscripts and scrapbooks from the other four generations of his family.