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Arthur A. Ross Papers

Identifier: MsC0127

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Scope and Contents

The Arthur A. Ross Productions Archive consists of approximately twelve linear feet of archival boxes, nine notebooks and one oversized file drawer. The papers date from 1943-1965. The material is divided into three sections: slides and water color paintings associated with Ross productions and centering mainly on the movies "The Great Race" and "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy"; scripts written by Ross for motion pictures ("The Great Race", "A Fine Madness", "Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy"), television programs ("Kraft Mystery Theatre", "Peter Gunn", "Alfred Hitchcock Hour") and radio programs (Including three sound recordings of "Suspense" radio plays) as well as various produced and unproduced scripts and short stories and unpublished novels written by Ross; a large number of motion picture and miscellaneous photographs not associated with Ross Productions.


  • Creation: 1942-1965
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950-1965


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Kerry A. Shermer, February 1994


12.00 Linear Feet (Photographs: Boxes 10-22; Slides: Box 1; Audio: Box 24)

Language of Materials



Motion picture and television script writer. Slides, watercolor paintings, scripts, screenplays, short stories and novels by Ross; photographs, three recordings.

Method of Acquisition

This collection, along with three other private Hollywood memorabilia collections from the offices of Robert Blees, Albert J. Cohen and David Swift, was acquired largely through the efforts of University of Iowa associate professor Raymond Fielding in the mid 1960's. These papers were donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by Mr. Ross in 1966. Copyright remains with his heirs.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
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