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The Archives Strike Back

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From the ArchivesGrid blog:

Thomas Smith, visual effect producer for “Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back,” and “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial,” donated his archive to the Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas. Smith was the first head of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and worked on the special effects for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”

Spanning 1979 to 2003, Smith’s archive contains 22 boxes of materials documenting his professional work, which will be processed and made available for research. Highlights include storyboards from “Return of the Jedi,” a copy of the “Dick Tracy” script with annotations by Warren Beatty, and sequential storyboards for “Raiders of the Lost Ark,”according to an article about the acquisition. Also in the collection are other storyboards and scripts, screenplay drafts, pre-production research, production materials, newspaper clippings, photographs, and published materials such as fan magazines and cinematography periodicals. The papers also contain material relating to Smith’s time at ILM and Lucasfilm.

Read the official University of Texas at Austin/ Harry Ransom Center post for more details associated with the collection,  it’s processing, and it’s future availability.