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American Literary Studies

Delmer Daves Papers

The Papers

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M0192

Size: 38.5 linear ft.

Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of Delmar Daves: Born in 1904, Delmar Daves graduated from Stanford University in 1927 and moved directly to Hollywood where he pursued a career as an actor, appearing in such films as The Bishop Murder Case (1930). In 1933, he became a scriptwriter and worked on a series of successful projects including The Petrified Forest (1936), The Go-Getter (1937), and Love Affair (1939). In 1943, he moved to Warner Brothers as a Producer/Director of his own scripts, making at least one film a year for the next twenty years. Among them are Dark Passage (1947), Broken Arrow (1950), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), A Summer Place (1960), and Youngblood Hawke (1964). He also worked at Twentieth Century Fox producing and directing films, including Demetrius and the Gladiators (1953) and writing scripts, including An Affair to Remember (1957).

Content: The archive includes correspondence, play and film scripts, treatments of novels, adaptations, drafts, lists, photographs, cartoons, diagrams, and working papers covering Daves' career in the motion picture industry in Hollywood from 1930 to1965. Correspondents include Anna Maria Alberghetti, Anne Bancroft, Julian Blaustein, Walter Brennan, Jeff Chandler, Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Trevor Howard, Jimmy Stewart, Hal Wallis, Jack Warner, and Daryl Zanuck.




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