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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982

King W. Vidor papers, 1936-1982

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 4 series. Digital photographs of original film containers are filed in Series 4.

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1941-1982
1 folder
Box 1

Correspondence is mainly from galleries and artists whose works Vidor collected. Notable correspondents include single letters from the artists Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and Andrew Wyeth. A lengthy correspondence is found with Associated American Artists; other galleries and dealers represented in the correspondence include Frank K.N. Rehn, inc., the Principia Corporation, James Maroney incorporated, and Biltmore Galleries. Also found are loan requests from museums borrowing from Vidor’s painting collection, image requests for reproduction rights for paintings owned by Vidor from various publishers, and a few sheets of notes related to valuation of paintings.
Arrangement is chronological.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1941-1982
1
1

Series 2: Printed Material, 1936-1980
3 folders
Box 1

Printed material includes exhibition catalogs for Millard Sheets and Diego Rivera, clippings on a variety of subjects, including a long article about his film project
Metaphor
published in the
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
, and periodicals with stories about the artist Grant Wood.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition Catalogs, 1936-1949, 1972
1
2
News Clippings, circa 1946-1980
1
3
Periodicals, 1944-1947
1
4

Series 3: Slides, 1964
1 folder
Box 1

Slides consist of four slides of unidentified paintings, and one slide of an unidentified couple.
DescriptionContainer
Slides, 1964
1
5

Series 4: Metaphor: King Vidor Meets Andrew Wyeth (1980), circa 1978-1982
1.9 linear feet
Box 1, FC 1-17

Series includes production notes, photographs, and motion picture film related to the documentary
Metaphor: King Vidor Meets Andrew Wyeth
(1980) written and directed by Vidor. The film's subject concerns the influence of Vidor's 1925 film,
The Big Parade
, on Wyeth's paintings and features a lengthy interview of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth by Vidor.
Photographic material related to Vidor’s film project with Andrew Wyeth include photographs of Wyeth and Vidor in Pennsylvania, stills from Vidor's 1925 film
The Big Parade
, and a still from
Metaphor
. Production notes include detailed footage and edit notes as well as typescripts of draft narration. Production notes, film strips, and timing cards found in original containers are arranged with the printed digital photographs of the original containers.
Motion picture film found in the collection includes a print of the final version of the film, edit master film material in the form of A and B roll separated into 2 reels, outtakes of separate picture and soundtrack, and trims.
See also Correspondence, Series 1, for a letter from Andrew Wyeth describing the influence of Vidor's 1925 film,
The Big Parade
, on his paintings, a subject which figures largely in the film. See also Printed Material, Series 2, for a clipping of a lengthy article about the film production from the Los Angeles Herald
A video copy of a selection of outtakes from the film is available for reference use.
DescriptionContainer
Production Notes, circa 1976-1979
1
6
Photographic Materials, King Vidor and Andrew Wyeth in Pennsylvania, circa 1978
1
7
Photographic Materials, Stills from
The Big Parade
, circa 1979
1
8
Photographic Materials, Still from
Metaphor
, circa 1980
1
9
Film Titles, circa 1978
Transparencies
1
10
Original Film Container Documentation, Film Print and Edit Master, circa 1980
Contains notes, original timing cards for edit masters, and film strips
1
11
Original Film Container Documentation, Outtakes and Trims, circa 1980
Contains production notes and film strips found in original film containers
1
12-14
Metaphor
, Film Print of Completed Documentary, 1980
1 film reel
color, sound
16mm, 1,285 feet
FC 1
Edit Master, Reels 1 and 2, A and B rolls, 1980
4 film reels
16mm
FC 2-5
Outtakes, Picture, Interview with Andrew Wyeth, circa 1980
26 film reels
housed in 4 film cans
color, silent, includes 2 negatives
16mm
FC 6-9
Outtakes, Picture, Clips from
The Big Parade
(1925), circa 1980
13 film reels
housed in 2 film cans
black and white, 2 reels have soundtrack, 11 silent
16 mm
FC 10-11
Outtakes, Soundtrack, Interview with Andrew Wyeth, circa 1980
19 film reels
housed in 3 film cans
fullcoat magnetic soundtrack
16mm
See Box 1, folder 15 for video reference copy
FC 12-14
Outtakes, circa 1980
1 videocassette (vhs)
Duplicate of film outtakes
1
15
Trims, circa 1980
63 film reels
housed in 3 film cans
picture and soundtrack
16mm
FC 15-17

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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