United Artists Corporation records, 1919-1965

United Artists Corporation

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  • Restriction: Except for Warner Brothers scripts, dialogues, and continuities, photo duplication of the records of the United Artists Corp. is prohibited.


  • Records of United Artists Corporation (UA) and its subsidiaries Warner Bros. Pictures, Monogram Pictures, Ziv-TV, Eagle-Lion, Producers Releasing Corporation, and Wanger Productions as well as Vitaphone shorts. Contains corporate records, legal records, executive records, financial records, advertising files, sales records, and films. Corporate records, which include correspondence, reports, financial and legal records, and advertising materials, relate almost entirely to the first ownership and more particularly to operations during the 1930s and 1940s. Although few documents directly relate to the original partners, the collection offers excellent files on the legal, financial, sales, and advertising aspects of distribution. There are production files and scripts for only a few UA releases and no UA films in the collection, as these records belonged to their producers. Films, scripts, and related papers are present, however, in the extensive purchased film library which comprises the remainder of the collection.


  • All of the series within the United Artists Corporation records have been cataloged individually.
  • Portions Available only on microfilm.
  • United Artists Corporation was a privately-owned corporation formed in 1919 by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, and D.W. Griffith to distribute motion pictures made by them and other independent producers. After considerable financial and public success during the 1930s, UA declined until its sale to Arthur B. Krim and Robert S. Benjamin in 1951; in 1967 it became a subsidiary of Transamerica Corporation.
  • Presented by the United Artists Corporation via Robert Schwartz, New York, N.Y., 1968-1976.
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