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Performing Arts Materials in Library Special Collections

This guide provides resources and general information about UCLA Library Special Collections Performing Arts.


film reelThe UCLA Library Special Collections holds a large amount of primary source materials pertaining to film. This guide is intended as a starting place to point researchers to these materials and also serves as a basic orientation on using Library Special Collections holdings. If you have questions or comments about the guide, please contact the Performing Arts Curator, Peggy Alexander.

television Click here for television related materials.

Film Titles Represented in Library Special Collections

The following is a list of film titles that are represented in Library Special Collections's holdings. The list is in process and will be updated periodically.

Once you have identified a title in this list, search for that title (in quotes) in the Online Archive of California to locate the specific collection holding those materials. The list indicates if multiple collections hold certain materials, for example, "scripts (2 collections)."

If you don't see the title you are looking for, don't hesitate to ask a Library Special Collections staff member.

Personal Papers

Library Special Collections holds collections pertaining to specific people who played a prominent role in film. An example would be the Jean Renoir Papers. You will also find materials pertaining to such individuals or film organizations in other collections, so be sure to use the keyword search function in the Online Archive of California, to find all available materials relating to those persons or organizations.

  Nick Smirnoff was a production manager, assistant director, producer and photographer who has worked primarily between the            1970’s-2000’s in Los Angeles. His work includes numerous projects in the television industry, in addition to motion pictures and            commercials. His most notable projects include Felicity, The Toolbox Murders, and Miami Vice. The collection is comprised of              production and industry materials such as scripts, production reports, crew and cast contact lists, and publications containing              industry guidelines and procedures.

Dan Curry, born Daniel F. Curry, is an Emmy Award-winning fine artist and filmmaker. He is best known --- and has won seven Emmy awards for --- his work as Visual Effects Producer of Star Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. This collection documents Curry’s work as visual effects producer of these series, as well as his work on other motion picture and television projects. The bulk of the collection dates from 1987 to 1992, and includes collected screenplays, montage storyboards, memos, recorded material, and Curry’s personal notes and hand-drawn illustrations.

Physical Type Specific Collections

Here you will find materials represented in a specific special format other than papers. Some of the formats included are set designs, posters, stills, and lobby cards.

Animation Collections

Here you will find collections of materials pertaining specifically to animators and animation.

Oral History Interviews

UCLA’s Center for Oral History Research collects oral history interviews related primarily to the history of Southern California and the Los Angeles metropolitan region.

Film Music Collections

Library Special Collections holds a large amount of film music archival materials including materials for silent and sound films. For a more complete listing of these holdings, consult the Online Archive of California, using the keyword search term, "film music."

Film Studios/Organizations

Film Producer's Collections

Collections listed here pertain to the papers of specific television producers