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David Swift Papers

Identifier: MsC0125

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Scope and Contents

The David Swift Productions Papers consist of approximately eight linear feet of archival boxes and four large file cabinet drawers. The papers date from 1951-1965. The material is divided into three major sections: Written Material, Miscellany, and Photographs. The written material consists of television scripts, arranged by production number, and motion picture scripts that Swift wrote, directed and/or produced as well as some peripheral scripts associated with Swift. The miscellaneous section is locationally divided between archival boxes, containing publicity, reviews, notes and memos, and four large file cabinet drawers, containing set designs, costume sketches and blueprints for final set construction. The photographic section includes location, cast and crew shots and publicity photos for various productions.


  • Creation: 1951-1965


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives as the source of the material. For further information, visit


8.00 Linear Feet (Photographs: Boxes 10, 10a, 11, 12)

Language of Materials



Television and motion picture writer, director and producer. Television and motion picture scripts, screenplays, publicity, reviews, notes and memos, set designs, and costume sketches.

Method of Acquisition

This collection, along with three other private Hollywood memorabilia collections from the offices of Robert Blees, Albert Cohen, and Arthur A. Ross, was acquired largely through the efforts of University of Iowa associate professor Raymond Fielding in the mid 1960's.

Kerry A. Shermer, November 1993 Carmela Furio, July 2023 (oversized materials)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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