Argosy Pictures Corporation business records

Argosy Pictures Corporation business records

Dates: 1939-1958

The records provide insight into legal and tax aspects of film production, as well as documenting the search for suitable story material and researching aspects of a film before production. Includes correspondence; legal, financial, and personnel records; story ideas; a scrapbook; photographs; and other documentation.

  • Extent: 35 boxes (17.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Argosy Pictures Corporation
  • Call Number: MSS 1849
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Business records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1849; Argosy Pictures Corporation business records; Arts and Communications Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1849, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The material was acquired in 1986 from a mechanical engineer. He received the records as payment for work done for the niece of an unnamed Argosy board member. The niece inherited the papers upon the death of that board member.
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File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Argosy Pictures Corporation; Cooper, Merian C.; Ford, John, 1894-1973; Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967); Correspondence; Culver City (Calif.); Material Types; Monument Valley (Ariz. and Utah); Motion pictures--Production and direction; Tax returns
Genre / Form
Account books; Contracts; Letters; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Appraisal Information
Arts and Communications.
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Argosy Pictures Corporation business records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-09-11T14:59-0600
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Administrative History

Argosy pictures was an independent film company organized to give John Ford and Merian C. Cooper creative freedom for motion picture production. Working with Walter Wanger Productions, RKO, Republic, and MGM, Argosy produced ten films between 1940 and 1953: The Long Voyage Home, The Fugitive, Fort Apache, Three Godfathers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Mighty Joe Young, Wagon Master, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, and The Sun Shines Bright. Noted for collaborations with writers James Warner Bellah, Frank Nugent, and Dudley Nichols; cinematographer Winton Hoch; and effects animator Willis O'Brien.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts