Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Renoir mss., ca. 1913-1968, consists primarily of the correspondence and papers of Claude Renoir, 1901-1969, film producer, together with some papers of his better-known filmmaker brother, Jean Renoir, 1894-1979. The correspondence includes letters between the brothers regarding both family and film matters, as well as other business correspondence relating to the various film projects in which Claude and Jean were involved from Nana in 1926 to Opera-Musette in 1942. There are also film scripts and synopses by Claude and by Jean Renoir, financial documents, a film distribution notebook, a notebook of Claude's notes for "Cezanne," and photographs of Claude and Jean Renoir from 1914-1968.

Claude Renoir, also known as "Coco," was the youngest son of the French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir and brother to the French character actor, Pierre, and filmmaker, Jean. He married Paulette Dupre in 1923 and they had one son, Paul, born in 1924. From 1933 through 1939, Claude was involved in film productions. He served valiantly in the Second World War winning many decorations including the Croix de Guerre. After the war he returned to film work, and then moved into television where he directed several dramatic works. He retired in 1950 and then turned to making ceramics with his son, Paul. Claude Renoir died at Antibes, France, October 19, 1969.

Correspondents in the collection include Pierre Braunberger, Pierre Champagne, Andre Chauvin, John Corfield, Minoru Kano, Claude Renoir, Jean Renoir, Pierre Renoir, and John Sutro.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Films; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Financial; V. Photographs; VI. Printed. An inventory of the collection is available. A finding aid is also available.

Purchase. 2003

Collection size: 460 items

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