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Kenneth Utt Papers

Identifier: Mss.Coll. #055


Housed in this collection are paper records of many of the productions Kenneth Utt worked on throughout his career. Before starting a career in Los Angeles and New York City, Kenneth Utt received his undergraduate degree from Elon in the 1940's. His family donated this collection to Elon after his death in 1994.


  • 1947-1993, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth Utt (July 13th, 1921- January 19th, 1994) was a film producer born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Utt earned his Bachelor’s degree from Elon College in 1942, and then went on to study Opera at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, NY. After his time at Juilliard he served in the Army Air Corps in a play called Winged Victory, which was used to boost the morale of soldiers during World War II. After the end of the war Utt returned to Manhattan to work as an actor on Broadway, he played the role of Jigger in the musical, Carousel. He then began to work as a stage manager for many Broadway shows including, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Peter Pan. He did not begin working as a producer until the 1960’s when he began working on films such as, Midnight Cowboy (1969), and The French Connection (1971). In the 1990’s he began working on his most notable films including, Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Philadelphia (1993). Utt occasionally made acting appearances in the films he produced, most notably as Dr. Aiken in Silence of the Lambs. Utt died in 1994 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan at the age of 72, after fighting bone cancer.


7.5 Linear Feet (13 archival boxes.)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically by type of material and/or title of document.

Physical Location

The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift to the University.

Related Materials

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Processing Information

Processed by Juliana Siler.

Juliana Siler
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

Belk Library, Room 204
Campus Box 2550
Elon U.S.A. - North Carolina 27244