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The Wayne Collection — Film History on View
The Wayne Collection is a dedicated den-like setting situated within the USC School of Cinematic Arts where students and the public can relax and enjoy an impressive collection of memorabilia from the films of motion picture star John Wayne. Fondly known as “Duke,” John Wayne made 152 films during a career spanning 50 years.

Original film posters will be on exhibit, and rotated periodically in groups of 25. Costumes and other personal items will be housed in display cases, while film clips and photos can be viewed on television monitors.

History of the Collection
John Wayne’s eldest son, Michael Wayne, began acquiring memorabilia from his father’s films in 1976 when he realized his father had not saved anything from his many years in motion pictures. For the next 18 years, Michael collected both foreign and domestic film posters, advertising materials, costumes and promotional items until his death in 2003.

“Dad was always looking ahead, and he didn’t bother to save things,” Wayne explained in a 1995 interview for the Franklin Mint Almanac. “It wasn’t until 1976 that it occurred to me that we had nothing — no posters, no lobby cards, none of the paper that’s usually associated with a movie. And that’s when I started collecting.”

Why USC?
John Wayne loved USC and the years he spent there as a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Today the university is regarded as one of the finest in the country and its School of Cinematic Arts is renowned thanks in no small part to the leadership of Dean Elizabeth M. Daley and the support of film visionaries George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. They have succeeded in creating the world’s most prestigious film school, and it is only fitting that an important part of Duke’s legacy has found a home in this venerable institution.