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Jack Polito correspondence with Merian C. Cooper

Jack Polito correspondence with Merian C. Cooper

Dates: 1966

Photocopies of three holographic letters from film producer and director Merian C. Cooper to Jack Polito, 1966.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Cooper, Merian C.. -- Polito, Jack
  • Call Number: MSS 5904
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Arts & Communications Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 the Jack Polito correspondence with Merian C. Cooper 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 5904; Jack Polito correspondence with Merian C. Cooper; Arts and Communications Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 5904, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was donated by Jack Polito in 2006.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Jack Polito; 2006.
Subject Terms
Cooper, Merian C.--Correspondence; Polito, Jack--Correspondence
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Processing Information
Processed; Norm Gillespie; August 2007.
Appraisal Information
Arts & Communications Archives.
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Finding Aid Title
Polito (Jack) correspondence with Merian C. Cooper
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Norm Gillespie
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-06T04:28-0600
Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

Merian C. Cooper b. Oct 24, 1893 was an American film director and producer. He was also a prisoner of war while serving as a volunteer in the American Kosciuszko Squadron. He died April 21, 1973.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on October 24, 1893, Merian Coldwell Cooper was an American film dierector and producer, most iconic of which is King Kong. In 1920 Cooper joined the American Kosciuszko Squadron fighting with the Polish Army against Soviet Russia. July 26, 1973 his plane was shot down and he was taken as a prisoner-of-war for almost nine months. He escaped shortly before the end of the war and recieve high military decorations from the Polish government. He married Dorothy Jordan on May 27, 1933 and they had three children. He died April 21, 1973 of cancer.

Kozlinski, Marcin, "Biograpghy of Merian C. Cooper", International Movie Database, accessed March 21, 2012, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0178260/bio.

Biographical/Historical note

Jack Polito is one of the East Coast's foremost character animators, with over 40 years experience in the industry. A childhood protégé of the late great Merian C. Cooper (creator of the original King Kong), and a special effects technician under L.B. Abbot at 20th Century Fox, Jack went on to serve as head of the art and animation departments for DeFrenes Studios and Animation Arts Associates, overseeing all phases of production. For the past two decades, Jack has headed Cinemotion in Philadelphia, PA, providing quality 2D and 3D character animation for a myriad of clients, ranging from large corporations to prominent advertising agencies, TV networks, and entertainment production companies. Jack and Cinemotion have been the recipients of numerous industry awards, including an Oscar nomination.

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