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Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 6:38 am
by Andrew Sholl
Over 111 titles written, produced, directed or worked on during a thirty-five year Hollywood career from the 1920s to 1960s by Fred Guiol. Donated on November 6, 1970 by Mr. Guiol's daughter Mrs. Peggy Davis.


Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Tue May 25, 2010 12:39 pm
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Western Historical Manuscript Collection
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Scrapbooks collected and arranged by Albert Earl Robinson (1893-1964). They illustrate the professional lives of silent film actors and actresses chiefly with photographs clipped from movie magazines, newspaper articles, and oftentimes short, handwritten biographical notes. There are a small number of photographic prints, apparently promotional in nature. Each volume has an index listing the names of the actors and actresses represented in that particular volume. ca. 1912-1926.

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:22 am
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1917-1983, bulk 1945-1984
12 linear feet

Scope and Content

The William Hornbeck Papers span his professional and personal life from 1917 to 1983, with the bulk of the material falling into the post-World War II period. There is almost no information on Hornbeck’s tenure with the Keystone Film Company and Mack Sennett (1916-1933), although there are datebooks and some photographs from this period. Hornbeck’s work for Alexander Korda, first in England (1934-1940) then in the United States (1940-1942), is covered somewhat more completely.

Professional correspondence includes letters to and from the American Film Institute and Kevin Brownlow, both of whom were researching the silent periods of American film. The information contained within that correspondence concerning Hornbeck’s years with Mack Sennett helps redress the overall weakness of the collection in that area. The articles series contains interviews with Hornbeck and one article written by him. Numerous clippings detail Hornbeck’s professional chronology.

The autograph book of Ruth Hornbeck, William's mother, contains signatures of some of the most important figures from the late silent period.

The photographs are open, but not yet processed. They cover Hornbeck's entire personal and professional life and include many autographed celebrity photos. The realia series and 16mm film series are also open, but not yet processed.

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:32 am
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University of Wyoming
Al Christie Papers, 1924-1936
4.05 cubic ft. (9 boxes)
Mostly scripts, story outlines, publicity materials and synopses for motion pictures produced by Christie, including “Divorce Made Easy,” “Charley's Aunt,” “College Cuties,” “Loose Relations,” and others (1924-1936); photographs; newspaper clippings; and miscellaneous other materials related to his career as a motion picture producer.
Lon and Debra Davis papers, (bulk 1912-1960)
3.2 cubic ft. (4 boxes + 2 folders)
Contains copies of vintage motion picture films and early television shows, and photographs of
silent film stars, particularly Francis X. Bushman. the films include several by Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, and Laurel and Hardy, and heavily represent the Hal Roach and Essanay studios. Other featured film performers
include Beverly Bayne, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Lon Chaney, and Buster Keaton; Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello, and the Marx Brothers are featured on television.
Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. Motion Pictures, 1909-1917
1 cubic ft. (1 box)
Contains seven 16 mm silent motion picture titles, dating from ca. 1909. These titles are: "Cracked Ice" (1 reel), "How to Wrestle" (2 reels), "Fable of the Honeymoon that Tried to Come Back" (1 reel), "My Wife's Gone to the Country" (1 reel), "Sin Unpardonable" (1 reel), and "Tell Tale Blotter" (1 reel). The seventh title is "He Stubs His Toe" (1 reel), which contains the following short clips: Man carrying packages for a woman; Women exercising on rooftop; "Fable of a Triangle;" Excerpt from "Fable of the Honeymoon that Tried to Come Back;" Cowboys and horses (possibly from "Judgment" or "Tales of the West"); Newsreel of President Taft; Excerpt from "Tell Tale Blotter;" Couple dancing; and Dr. Mary Walker, Civil War surgeon, receiving medal.
Clarence Hennecke papers, ca. 1913-2000
1.7 cubic ft. (2 box)
Contains story ideas from the 1930s, clippings and photographs from Hennecke's silent film work, movie stills of Hennecke's acting roles, autographed and inscribed portraits of other actors and actresses, and photographs of Hennecke during WWI. Also included is a videotape featuring a compilation of silent films directed by Stan Laurel.
Edward Everett Horton papers, 1900-1970
55 cubic ft. and 27 cubic ft. printed materials
Material relating to Horton's acting career including mainly scripts for plays, motion pictures, radio shows, and television commercials and shows. There are also related photographs, programs, correspondence,
broadsides and other promotional materials, personal account books, contracts, scrapbooks and other memorabilia. Also included are audiotape recordings of two interviews of Horton (1969, 1970) and many phonograph records of performances and interviews.
Harold Lloyd papers, 1916-1936
1.25 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Contains correspondence, photographs of Lloyd, and photographs of scenes of his movies and other
movie stars. Also contains business cards, a pair of horn-rimmed glasses and a small painting of Lloyd.
Jean London papers, ca. 1870-1979 (bulk 1920-1979)
9.3 cubic ft. (15 boxes) and 75 paintings
Correspondence (1940-1979) includes 32 letters from convicted murderer John "Jack" A. Kramer written while he was awaiting execution in Nevada (1940-1942). Also 75 oil paintings by London including portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Harry Langdon, Chester Conklin, Laurel and Hardy, Fatty Arbuckle, and Buster Keaton; 18 8mm and 16mm films including several of her comedy features and a personal film of London and Stan Laurel made shortly before his death. Also includes audio-tapes of London and Phil Boutelje; photographs and negatives of London, the Glover family, and numerous actors and actresses; photograph albums; scrapbooks; artefacts including reel-to-reel and cassette tape players and a stereo slide viewer; posters; manuscripts; newspaper and magazine clippings; personal memorabilia; and miscellaneous other materials.
Jack Oakie papers, 1880-1997, (bulk 1930-1978)
26.39 cubic ft. (47 boxes + artwork + film canisters)
Perhaps best known for the role he played in the “Great Dictator,” the bulk of the Jack Oakie Papers relates to his movie acting career, and much of the material covers the 1930s-1950s. The majority of the collection consists of scrapbooks that highlight and span his acting career. Included in the scrapbooks as well as in alphabetical files are photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, movie posters, and awards and memorabilia that relate to his movie career. There is a small amount of material that relates to Oakie's personal life including photographs of Oakie when he was a child, biographical information about his family including his wife Victoria Horne Oakie, and material about his death in 1978.
Mack Sennett papers, 1923-1940
.45 cubic ft. (1 box)
Contains scripts for seven motion pictures written or directed by Sennett, including "Suzanna" and "The Pharmacist"; and miscellaneous other materials.
Daniel Taradash papers, 1907-1987
52.33 cubic ft. (97 boxes)
Screenwriter and playwright. Inc. files pertaining to his service with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including plans for Academy Award shows and many photographs of the events connected with the honorary award given to Charlie Chaplin in 1972.

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:57 am
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Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
University of Texas at Austin

Subseries A1. Essanay Studios, ca. 1914-192- (3 folders)
Consists of a still from one film ( His New Job, starring Charlie Chaplin, with Swanson in a bit part), a group of publicity photographs (including Swanson among the players), and another larger group of company photographs, which probably predate Swanson's tenure at Essanay.
Accompanying this larger group of photographs is correspondence from Ruth Cahill, who sent the photographs to Swanson after reading Swanson on Swanson. She had worked in the Chicago building formerly occupied by Essanay, where she found some old negatives. The photographs printed from these negatives yielded Essanay group portraits, stills, and shots of sets, as well as pictures of company stars such as Beverly Bayne, Wallace Beery, and Rod LaRocque.

Subseries A2. Sennett-Keystone Studios, ca. 1916-1930 (16 folders)
Includes stills, publicity and other photographs, a poster reproduction, a program, scrapbooks, and a title card, which represent ten of Swanson's Sennett-Keystone features, the best represented of which is Teddy at the Throttle.

Subseries A3. Triangle Company, ca. 1918 (2 folders)
This is the least well represented period of Swanson's career in this collection, with only two publicity photographs and one keyplate (showing 19 stills) from the feature Shifting Sands. A few scrapbooks also contain clippings concerning her Triangle features.

The collection also includes correspondence from the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Edward Everett Horton, Buster Keaton & Joseph M. Schenck.

Extent: 620 boxes plus art, audio discs, bound volumes, film, galleys, microfilm, posters, and realia (292.5 linear feet)

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:51 am
by Andrew Sholl
From Luke Mckernan's Bioscope blog ( ... n-britain/):

In the UK there are five major newsreel libraries and a great deal of what they hold has been made available online, either available to all or free at point of use for educational users. They are:

British Pathé
Pathé operated a newsreel in Britain between 1910-1970. Its entire archive (3,500 hours) is freely available online, albeit with low resolution copies

ITN Source
ITN holds the British Gaumont (1910-1959), Paramount (1929-1957) and Universal (1930-1956) newsreel libraries. A substantial amount of this is available on its site, included among other footage managed by ITN – go to the advanced search option and select ‘New Classics’ to narrow searches down to newsreels. The entire Gaumont collection is available in download form for UK higher and further education users only via Newsfilm Online

British Movietone
The entire British Movietone News collection 1929-1979 is available for free, alongside non-Movietone silent material going back to the 1890s

BFI National Archive
The BFI owns the Topical Budget (1911-1931) newsreel, examples of which are available on its Screenonline site (accessible to UK educational and library users only) and on its YouTube channel ... &q=archive

Imperial War Museum
The IWM holds service newsreels from the First and Second World Wars, a number of which are available through Film and Sound Online (UK higher and further educational users only)

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:01 am
by Andrew Sholl
Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Currently 25 cubic feet of files focus upon Slide's own publications, projects, consultation work, activities at the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences, editing others' manuscripts and assisting writers of various entertainment and motion picture topics to get published.

Correspondence, manuscripts, and research files predominate in the collection, reflecting the full spectrum of Anthony Slide's activities as writer, historian, documentary maker, consultant to various groups and organizations, and mentor to other writers.

Dr. Slide retains copyright to unpublished works contained within his papers. The collection was inventoried by BPCL staff. It was processed and the finding aid prepared at Bowling Green State University by Eric Honneffer, Center for Archival Collections , 5 April2004. The collection was reorganized in July 2008. ... nlois.html
Department of Special Collections and Archives , Kent State University Libraries, OH

Includes correspondence (from the likes of Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Doug Fairbanks, etc.), photographs of her performances in silent screen, sound movies and plays, and programs from her career as a silent screen star and stage performer.
Scope and Content: 8 record storage boxes, 3 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize folder, 11 cubic feet
Prepared for by Barbara Bass, July 12, 2002; Updated August 2006
Library of Congress

Records of the publishing firm Doubleday and Company, Inc., selected for preservation by Ken McCormick, editor and administrative officer, include correspondence, memoranda, notes, drafts and manuscripts of writings, galley proofs, contracts, publicity material, book jackets, notes, financial papers, photographs, clippings, and other records comprising chiefly editorial and author files. McCormick's cover notes describe each author and editorial file.

Box 118 Sennett, Mack, and Cameron Shipp, _King of Comedy_, 1953-54, 1987, n.d.

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:01 am
by Andrew Sholl
The most complete runs extant of Quigley publications: Motion Picture Herald and its antecedents (1915-1972); Motion Picture Daily (1930-1972); International Motion Picture (Television) Almanac (1930 to date); and Fame (1937-1970). Allied to these are a partial rough subject index to Motion Picture Herald; a complete card file index to film reviews published in Motion Picture Daily; and a card file containing mounted copies of reviews of features and shorts from Motion Picture Herald from about 1920 to 1972. The deposit collection is backed up by complete microfilm versions of the major publications.

55,000 photographs and 3500 negatives ranging in date from about 1906 to 1972 collected since 1915 by Quigley Publications. Primarily an assemblage of publicity photos, the archive is a unique national resource for photographs of motion picture industry people: producers, directors, animators, and their colleagues. Actors and actresses figure less prominently, but are well represented.

The papers of the long-time (1931-1949) editor of Motion Picture Herald include correspondence, manuscripts, and information files covering virtually all aspects of the American motion picture industry from its beginnings to 1950. Assembled in part to document Ramsaye's A Million and One Nights (1926) and his unpublished Shadow Play - The Pictures at Mid-Century, the files contain letters by Thomas Armat, Billy Bitzer (D. W. Griffith's cameraman), Will Hays, and many others, as well as important original photographic materials such as clips from early films (1895-1897) and portraits of cinema pioneers and early movie houses.
Gift of Helene Ramsaye
1895-1986 * 5.00 linear feet ... l/cl94.htm
Even though the group of Armat papers at Georgetown is little more than a fragment, Armat's place in cinematographic history (as the inventor of the motion picture projector) makes them worthy of mention. Besides printed items and non-print memorabilia, the collection includes important letters to Armat from Thomas Edison and Orville Wright, among others.
Gift of Mrs. C. Brooke Armat
ca. 1911-1928 * 0.25 linear foot ... /cl142.htm
1917-1970 * 4.50 linear feet

The Quigley Papers document in some detail the creation and later history of the Production Code adopted in 1930 by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America as well as the formation and activities of the Legion of Decency, the Catholic Church's organization that sought to exercise moral restraints on Hollywood productions. Among the more important correspondents are Joseph Breen, Will Hays, Howard Hughes, Eric Johnston, Stanley Kubrick, Archbishop John T. McNicholas, and Francis Cardinal Spellman. ... 8%7d31.htm
The papers of Graham Greene’s mistress and muse between 1946 and 1957. Includes photographs of Greene and Charlie Chaplin dated July 1959. ... 59%7d2.htm
Box: 2 Fold: 18 Lasky, Victor
DATE SPAN: 02/28/1985 - 04/24/1987
Includes photocopy TLS from Graham Greene to conservative columnist Victor Lasky regarding Charlie Chaplin and McCarthyism.

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:20 am
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Smithsonian Institution

The collection is especially strong for the silent movie era, 1893-1927. 2 cubic feet: 6 DB, 10 O/S Fldrs. Divided into seven series:

Series 1: Motion Pictures Companies, 1903-1963 contains promotional materials, correspondence and full-size posters. Arranged alphabetically by company name and then by motion picture title as it occurs in the folder arrangement. Inc. Eight issues of the Essanay News, Jun-Dec 1915 & Jan + Nov 1916

Series 2: Movie Houses/Theatres, 1896-1963 contains some correspondence but mostly promotional materials for the motion pictures listed as playing at those theatres. Series arranged alphabetically by theatre name and then alphabetically by feature title. The address or location of the theatre is included where known. Programs may also include references to films other than the film featured.

Series 3: Manufacturers & Distributors, 1893-1952 contains correspondence and product catalogues. Series arranged alphabetically by company name. Most companies are represented by one item per folder.

Series 4: Images of Personalities, 1914-1946 contains mostly undated chromo-lithograph and photographic postcards and photographic images of film celebrities, production/location stills, cigarette and trade cards. Series arranged alphabetically by the personality's last name.

Series 5: Related Materials, ca. 1900-1960 contains a variety of materials, correspondence relating to acting and scriptwriting, press releases, promotional materials, commercially produced "albums" of star portraits, postcards of star's homes, and "pin-up" postcards. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series 6: Publications, 1911-1953 contains a range of publications relating to the motion picture industry, specific stars or motion pictures. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series 7: Slides, 1931 contains slides used in movie houses.

Re: Silent Comedy Mafia Library: Special Collections

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:01 am
by Andrew Sholl
Univesity of Exeter Library

Museum and research centre housing one of Britain’s largest public collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera relating to the history and prehistory of cinema. Images of many of the items can be found via the search function: