The Ann Savage Papers include film stills, posters, photographs, moving images, lobby
cards, screenplays, contracts, correspondence, clippings, bound volumes, magazines,
printed material, maps, itineraries, guidebooks, and tickets from the life and
career of the actress Ann Savage. Twelve boxes of material are arranged in two
series: I. Film and Television, 1943-1955; and II. Career and Personal Papers,
Series I: Film and Television materials are arranged alphabetically by title. These
materials span the most prolific time in Savage's career, from her first major
in a film (One Dangerous Night, 1943) through the
television roles she took later in life. The lobby cards, film stills, and posters
included in this series provide insight into how B-movies were advertised and
illustrate the variety of film genres that Savage encountered during her career.
This series contains posters, which were separated to an oversize file folder,
well as moving image materials, which were were moved to the Film Collection.
Series II: Career and Personal Papers makes up the bulk of the collection. It is
arranged into five subseries: A. Aviation Materials, 1970-1998, undated; B.
Correspondence, 1968-circa 2000s, undated; C. Photographs, 1943-2007, undated;
Publicity, 1944-2008, undated; and E. Travel, 1962-1966, undated.
Subseries A. Aviation Materials is arranged alphabetically by material type, and
documents Savage's interest in flying. Savage's participation in associated
organizations, such as the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots,
is also highlighted. Several VHS tapes on aviation were removed and transferred
the Film Department.
Documentation of Savage's interest in aviation continues in Subseries B:
Correspondence. When the Ninety-Nines began a fundraising campaign to construct
museum dedicated to the history of female pilots at their headquarters in Oklahoma
City, Savage gave generously and received frequent updates on planning and
The bulk of the correspondence in the papers is mail from Savage's fans, who wrote
from the United States and abroad to compliment her work and request signatures,
photographs, and other mementos. This material dates from much later in Savage's
career, and its bulk can perhaps be attributed to Detour's increased popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. Several items of fan
mail include Savage's photocopied responses.
The small amount of personal correspondence included in this subseries gives insight
into Savage's personal relationships with friends and family, and documents her
in both New York and Miami.
Subseries C. Photographs is arranged alphabetically by topic and includes work by
some of Hollywood's top entertainment photographers, including George Hurrell
A.L. "Whitey" Schafer. These photographs depict an
expansive range of characters, from seductive pin-up to polished fashion model.
contract-player for Columbia, Savage was an avid participant in several War Bonds
Tours and this subseries incudes promotional photography documenting her travels
across the United States.
Promotional and press materials, arranged alphabetically on an item level, can be
found in Subseries D: Publicity. Early publicity materials shed light on the way
Columbia marketed its young actresses. Included in the publicity materials are
several copies of a 2007 issue of Time magazine that
named Vera, Savage's character in Detour, one of the
"10 All-Time Best Movie Villains."
Subseries E: Travel documents various international trips that Savage took with her
husband, Bert D'Armand, to Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and Africa from 1962 to
1966. Arranged alphabetically by topic, this subseries includes hotel bills,
itineraries, guidebooks, maps, magazines, postcards, and tickets in a variety
languages from around the world.