The collection of John Huston, the Academy Award-winning writer and director of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948), was donated to the Academy Film Archive in November 1981 by the John Huston Estate. Covering the breadth of his career as a writer and a director, the collection consists mostly of 16mm material, including more than 40 features from his personal film library. Color home movie footage, including a family vacation to the American Southwest that featured a visit to Howard Hawks’s Arizona set of “Red River” (1948), highlights the acquisition. The collection also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production of “The Misfits” (1961), the final film completed by both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, which was shot on location in Reno, Nevada.
The film material at the Academy Film Archive is complimented by production files, photographs, and personal correspondence found in the John Huston papers, 1932-1981, at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.