The George Stevens papers span the years 1925-1976 (bulk 1940s-1960s) and encompass 228 linear feet. The collection contains production files, story files, subject and personal files, and scrapbooks. The production files contain material on more than 100 features and short films. Virtually every feature directed by Stevens is represented, as are most of the short films he photographed. The 17-odd features range from "The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble" to "The Only Game in Town." There are voluminous script and production files for "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1959), "Giant" (1956), "A Place in the Sun" (1951), and "Shane." In addition to numerous script drafts, these files often contain in-depth coverage of accounting, casting, correspondence, locations, previews, production, publicity, and research. The nearly 2,000 files for "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) document that production and include more than 100 files relating to script and story development. The files of executive producer Frank Davis account for more than 300 files. Less voluminous files exist for the 1930 RKO features, such as "Alice Adams" and "Gunga Din." More material exists for the 1940s features from "Penny Serenade" to "I Remember Mama." More than 100 short films are represented by script or continuity material. These include films photographed by Stevens in the late 1920s and early 1930s for Pathé, MGM, Universal, and RKO. Of particular interest is the screenplay for "Grin and Bear It" (1933), co-scripted by Stevens. The story files contain a variety of material, including original stories, screenplays, play scripts, synopses, summaries, story ideas, lists of stories, reviews, clippings, correspondence, and memos. The subject and personal files contain biographical material, contracts, correspondence, daily record books, financial records, material on film festivals, and real estate documents. Of interest is a small amount of material on Carl Sandburg collected by Stevens. Also included are files on organizations to which Stevens belonged, among them the Academy, American Film Institute, Motion Picture Industry Council, National Council on the Arts, and Screen Directors Guild. More than two dozen scrapbooks document Stevens's films and career.
Gift of George Stevens Jr., 1980-2006.