Ray June Papers,1915-1958.

Collection Number: 2588

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Ray June papers, 1915-1958.
Collection Number:
2588
Creator:
Ray June 1898-1958.
Quantity:
.4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Photographs of movie scenes, crews, casts, and directors of the many motion pictures June filmed for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and other companies.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Cinematographer, nicknamed “the ace cameraman of MGM,” and singled out in 1939 by pioneer film historian Lewis Jacobs as one of America's finest cinematographers. Born in Ithaca, N.Y., June attended Columbia University (evidently without graduating). He served as a cameraman in the US Army Signal Corps in World War I, and then moved to Hollywood after the war to embark on a career in cinematography. In the 1920s, he was the cameraman for a “Rin-Tin-Tin” film, and throughout the 1930s and 1940s, he continued to turn out works of distinction at both Goldwyn and MGM studios. He was nominated for an Academy Award three times, in 1932, 1935, and 1957.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Photographs of movie scenes, crews, casts, and directors of the many motion pictures June filmed for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and other companies; photos of June; three certificates (1932, 1935, 1957) of nominations for the cinematography award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and personal items. Included are photos of Myrna Loy, Esther Williams, Lana Turner, Jean Harlow, Robert Montgomery, William Powell, the Marx Brothers, Gloria Swanson, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Hedy Lamarr, Rosalind Russell, June Allyson, Dick Powell, Mary Pickford, Clark Gable, and other actors, actresses, and film makers.
SUBJECTS

Names:
June, Ray, 1898-1958.
Allyson, June, 1917-2006.
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960.
Garland, Judy.
Harlow, Jean, 1911-1937.
Hepburn, Audrey, 1929-1993.
Lamarr, Hedy, 1913-2000.
Loy, Myrna, 1905-1993.
Montgomery, Robert, 1904-1981.
Pickford, Mary, 1892-1979.
Powell, Dick.
Powell, William, 1892-1984.
Rin Tin Tin, (Dog)
Rooney, Mickey.
Russell, Rosalind.
Swanson, Gloria.
Turner, Lana, 1921-1995.
Williams, Esther.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Marx Brothers.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Subjects:
Cinematography.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- California -- Los Angeles.
Cinematographers -- United States.

Places:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Ray June papers, #2588. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
"Now or Never"
1938
Box 1 Folder 1
"Night Must Fall", Lew Ayers
1937
Box 1 Folder 1
"Gigi", Louis Jourdan
1958
Box 1 Folder 2
Jean Harlow and June
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 3
"Above and Beyond", cast and crew
1952
Box 1 Folder 4
Mary Pickford ("Secrets"?)
ca. 1933
Box 1 Folder 5
"Reformer and The Red Head", cast and crew
1949
Box 1 Folder 6
Rin Tin Tin ("The Phantom of The Forest"?)
ca. 1926
Box 1 Folder 7
"Sporting Age", train scene, June behind camera
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 8
"Strike Up The Band", Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney
1940
Box 1 Folder 9
"Ziegfeld Girl", Judy Garland
1941
Box 1 Folder 10
"Funny Face", photos of Paris set including Audrey Hepburn, Montmartre, entrence to Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Paris Opera House, Champs Elysses, Goose Bay, Labrador Airport
1956
Box 1 Folder 11
"Indiscreet", including Gloria Swanson with Leo McCarey, Adm. Byrd, Ben Lyon and June
1931
Box 1 Folder 12
"And One Was Beautiful"
1940
Box 1 Folder 12
Montage with Marx Brothers and others
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 13
Lana Turner and June
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 14
Photos from set of "Easy To Love", including Esther Williams, 100 female swimmers, and color picture of June in rowboat
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 15
Myrna Loy, William Powell, June and others with birthday cake
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 16
Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, June ("When Ladies Meet"?)
ca. 1933
Box 1 Folder 17
"Death In a Doll House"
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 17
"Callaway Went That Way"
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 17
"H.M. Pullman Esq."
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 18
Several unidentified photographs
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 19
Glossy and dull prints of June as a young, middle aged, and older man, both on and off sets, sometimes with other crewmen
n.d.
-includes 1 color photo and 1 photo of a young man dated 1915, which may not be June
Box 1 Folder 20
glossy and dull prints of animals: dogs, cats, foxes, raccoons
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 21
Boat set and crowd from "Showboat"
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 22
"China Sea", Clark Gable, Jean Harlow
1935
Box 1 Folder 23
Letter dated 1954
1954
Box 1 Folder 23
June's promotion to Sgt. 1st Class, Signal Corps
1981
Box 1 Folder 23
Clippings of advertisement for movie "Arrowsmith"
ca. 1932
Box 1 Folder 23
Galley proof for "Filmdom's Famous Five"
ca. 1957
Box 1 Folder 23
Brochure promoting Biblical film "The Day of Triumph", with accompany note
1958
Box 1
Certificate mounted on wooden plaques, including certificates of nomination for award from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1932, 1935, 1957), and certificate of membership in American Society of Cinematographers (1927)
1932-1957
Mapcase Folder 1
Matted portrait of Ray June
1940
Mapcase Folder 1
Portrait montage titled "Nancy Goes to Rio With 'Pop'", with photos of June, crewmen (?) and movie stars as the heads of the figures
n.d.
Mapcase Folder 1
Oversized photo mounted on cardboard showing Mary Pickford and other girls on balcony, camera and sound crew on left, Pickford superimposed on right (back of cardboard is labeled "Secrets")
n.d.
-also on back is a charcoal drawing of a man and woman in a study, possible story board?