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Neil S. McCarthy records, 1912 to 1990

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Scope and Contents

The Neil S. McCarthy records (1912-1990) consist primarily of legal and business documents related to the Hughes-Franklin Midwest Theatre Company, the Hughes Tool Company, and film companies owned by Howard Hughes. Materials include employee contracts and agreements; legal documents related to actions filed by or against Hughes and his companies; and general correspondence sent and received by McCarthy in his role as lawyer and advisor to Hughes.


1912 to 1990


16.84 Cubic Feet (24 boxes and 1 oversized box)
14.88 Linear Feet

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Collection Number: MS-01036
Collection Name: Howard Hughes Film Production Records
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Biographical / Historical Note

Neil Steere McCarthy was a corporate and film industry lawyer in Los Angeles, California. Beginning in approximately 1928, he served as one of the directors in The Caddo Company owned by Howard Hughes, and as a vice-president of the Hughes Tool Company during World War II. A close confidant to Hughes, McCarthy acted as both his attorney and advisor for seventeen years, severing his professional relationship with Hughes in 1944. He was born May 6, 1888 in Phoenix, Arizona and died July 25, 1972 in Los Angeles.


Bartlett, Donald L., and James B. Steele. Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness. (Andre Deutsch, 2003). 688pp.

Johnson, Bernard. “Neil Steere McCarthy.” Find a Grave. September 18, 2013. Accessed September 17, 2020.


Materials are arranged chronologically.