The William Selig papers span the years 1857-1979 (bulk 1900-1923) and encompass 21 linear feet. The
collection consists of production files (continuities and credit sheets for many of the Selig one- and
two-reel shorts from 1908 to 1917), scripts and story material, clippings, correspondence files, subject
files (primarily related to early film history patents and Selig Polyscope Company releases), books and
pamphlets, oversize material, scrapbooks, and photographs.
"Colonel" William N. Selig was an American producer active in film from 1896 to 1938. He founded the
Selig Polyscope Company and co-founded the Motion Pictures Patents Company. Selig shared a 1947 Special
Academy Award for being a pioneer in the developing art of motion pictures.
15 linear feet of papers.
6 linear feet of photographs.
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