Boxes of scripts, research documents, correspondence, costumes, props, models and film equipment will be put on display at the University of the Arts' London College of Communication for public viewing and student research. Kubrick's archives "have a depth and breadth that we wanted to make available so that future generations have an understanding of the way that Stanley worked," Kubrick's widow, Christiane Kubrick, said in a statement. The archives are one of the most comprehensive collections of film production materials in the world.
The family chose the London school because Kubrick, who died in 1999, spent most of his life in Britain, his wife said. She is a painter and an alumna of a branch of the university, St. Martin's School of Art.
"We are very happy that the archives will be located in London at a university that values, promotes and reflects the diversity of (Kubrick's) interests," Kubrick's widow said. The university has trained well-known British actors Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Ralph Fiennes and several respected artists and designers.
The university will construct a center for archives and special collections on the LCC campus in south London to house Kubrick's material. The university will be responsible for the upkeep of the archives, which will still be owned by the Kubrick family. The university has started an international campaign to raise funds to maintain and promote the archive and will be seeking an endowment to support it indefinitely.
Kubrick is best known for films such as "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" (1964), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), "A Clockwork Orange" (1971), "The Shining" (1980) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999).
Spielberg directed "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001), a film created by Kubrick, after the director's death.
Born in New York in 1928, Kubrick moved to England in 1961 and stayed in Britain until his death at age 70. A.M.