Zoetrope buys library

Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope announced Monday it has acquired the RKO Research Library, which will be incorporated into the Northern California research facility.

Started at the RKO studios in the 1920s, the collection includes more than 15 ,000 books and magazines and thousands of photographs and clipping files, designed for use by production art and costume departments.

It was used for making such RKO films as “Citizen Kane,””King Kong, “”Cimarron” and “The Informer.”

The library passed from RKO in the 1950s to Desilu and then to DeForest Research before landing to Zoetrope.

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