Francisco (Chico) Day papers

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Francisco (Chico) Day papers

Dates: 1907-1995

Papers include awards given to Day during his career, records created by Day as production manager of numerous motion pictures, including "The Ten Commandments" (1956), "The Buccaneer" (1958), and "Patton" (1970). The papers also include personal correspondence, photographs, magazine and newpaper articles relating to Day and his work, and two scrapbooks compiled by Day.

  • Extent: 3 oversize boxes (10 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Day, Francisco, 1907-1995
  • Call Number: MSS 2154
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Arts & Communications Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Francisco (Chico) Day papers must be obtained from theSupervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2154; Francisco (Chico) Day papers; Arts and Communications Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2154, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials gathered by Day in the course of his career and passed to his widow, Mary.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mary Day.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Performing Arts
Genre / Form
Awards; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters; Motion picture plays; Periodicals; Photographs; Scrapbooks; Videotapes
Buccaneer (Motion picture : 1958); Patton (Motion picture : 1970); Ten commandments (Motion picture : 1956)
Processing Information
Processed; James V. D'Arc (Curator, Arts & Communications Archives) and John N. Gillespie (Manuscripts Processor); September 1997.
Appraisal Information
Arts and Communications. Collection deals with motion pictures.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Day (Francisco) (Chico) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by James V. D'Arc and John N. Gillespie
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T13:12-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Francisco Day (1907-1995) was the first Mexican-American to become a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Francisco Day was born on 16 September 1907 in Mexico. Known as "Chico" Day, he was the first Mexican-American to become a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and was honored as such in 1995 by the DGA Latino Committee. Being bilingual, he was often the First Assistant Director or Production Manager of choice for big Hollywood studio films shooting on location in Mexico such as One-Eyed Jacks (1961) and Major Dundee (1965), but also worked on many other major productions outside of Mexico, for directors such as Cecil B. De Mille and John Frankenheimer. In 1981, shortly after his retirement, he was awarded the DGA's Frank Capra award in recognition of his achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

Day passed away on 4 November 1995 in Los Angeles, CA.

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