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Parrish, Robert mss., ca. 1943-1979

Finding aid prepared by Craig Simpson.

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Parrish, Robert

Parrish, Robert mss., ca. 1943-1979

Collection No.
LMC 2731

30 items

Materials are in English.

Contains correspondence, photographs, articles, and book-related notes.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Robert Parrish, 1916-1995, was an actor, editor, screenwriter and director who received an Academy Award for film editing in 1947 for Body and Soul. The son of Gordon and Laura Parrish, his family relocated from Georgia to Los Angeles in the mid-1920s. Parrish appeared as an actor in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and City Lights (1931), as well as various films for John Ford. Parrish became an assistant editor for Ford, first on Mary of Scotland (1936), and then a sound editor on Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). Parrish also worked with Ford on Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), and various documentary and training films during World War II, including The Battle of Midway (1942).

Parrish wrote two books about his life in Hollywood and the film industry, Growing Up in Hollywood (1976) and a sequel, Hollywood Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1988), which Kevin Brownlow notes produced "one of the most enchanting—and hilarious—books about the picture business ever written."

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, photographs, articles, and book-related notes. The correspondence contains letters from Robert Parrish, Barbara Ford, and John Ford, as well as a formal invitation from President Richard Nixon to the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony in honor of John Ford. Photographs includes images of John Ford, John Wayne, and the Ford family.

Related Material

Ford, J. mss.; also located at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2011
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Parrish, Robert mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Craig Simpson.

Completed in 2011.

Series: Box 1 Collection

Correspondence, 1973-1979

Photographs of John Ford, 1914-1969

Articles, undated

Book notes and other materials, undated