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Lawrence H. Suid Collection

Identifier: GTM-770325

Scope and Contents

The collection documents cooperation between U.S. military officials and the film industry in the 20th century. It consists of oral history interviews (recordings and transcripts) conducted by Lawrence Suid with screenwriters, producers, directors, actors, military technical advisors, public relations officers, and others. It also includes subject files on over 700 films that were studied by Suid.

The collection is divided into three series:

1. Film Reference Files: Subject files on over 700 films that were studied by Suid.

2. Interview Recordings and Interview Files: Over 900 interviews conducted by Suid with members of the film industry. The interviews are stored on audio cassette tapes. In addition to the audio tapes, the series includes Interview Files. These contain correspondence, notes, and transcripts (or portions of transcripts) with individuals that were interviewed by Suid. Please note that not every file includes an interview transcript.

3. Suid Collection - Part 2: This set of materials was donated after the initial 1977 deposit of Suid’s collection. It includes manuscripts of "Sailing on Silver Screen,” drafts and proofs of "Guts and Glory," subject files (Air Force Radio and TV, Nuclear Power Book, Manhattan Project, other topics), and photographs.

Please see the External Documents section below for an inventory to series 1 and 2 of the collection.


  • 1945 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Access to interview transcripts and recordings can only be made by appointment in our reading room. No copies of the transcripts or recordings are allowed. Researchers may take notes while accessing interviews, but are not allowed to quote or transcribe directly from the interviews.

Access to the remainder of the collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Lawrence "Larry" H. Suid (born 1938) was a military historian, film biographer, television consultant, and academic.


48 Cubic Feet (67 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Interview recordings and related files were placed on deposit by Lawrence Suid in 1977. The ownership of these materials passed to Georgetown University in 1980.

Related Materials

The Brigham Young University Library Special Collections holds a collection of Suid's papers and interviews with advisors to films about the Vietnamese Conflict.

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
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