MGM/UA archives to Academy

Classic photos, publicity materials bound for collection

MGM is presenting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with much of United Artists/MGM's storied archives.

MGM chairman and CEO Harry Sloan said Wednesday that MGM will pass along to the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library reams of classic photos, publicity materials and other documents for a new MGM/UA Collection.

The restored photo collection, which will be the Herrick's most extensive, will be displayed and available to scholars at the 80-year-old library. Sloan and Academy president Sid Ganis held a signing ceremony cementing the arrangement.

UA's library contains almost 1,000 movies, including the James Bond franchise and such classic films as "The Apartment," "Annie Hall," "The African Queen," "Rocky," "A Hard Day's Night," "Some Like It Hot," "Raging Bull," "In the Heat of the Night" and "Midnight Cowboy."

Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Mary Pickford founded the artist-run studio in 1919, and over the years iconic stars and filmmakers like Sam Spiegel, John Huston, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, the Beatles, Blake Edwards, Clint Eastwood, Robert Altman, Woody Allen and Brian De Palma have contributed to UA's legacy.

"The Academy's Margaret Herrick Library has done a superb job of cataloging, restoring, protecting and exhibiting a number of valuable collections, preserving Hollywood's history for future generations," Sloan said. "By making available these photos and documents to the care of the Academy's Library, we're ensuring that the vital role of United Artists, its films and its filmmakers will be part of the remarkable and continuing Hollywood story."

"The MGM/United Artists collection of photos, documents and marketing and publicity materials covers an incredibly vibrant era of Hollywood filmmaking history," Ganis said. "We greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with MGM on preserving these important archives and we look forward to sharing it with future generations of filmmakers and historians."