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Dwain Esper papers, 1928-1984
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Series 1. Film-related papers. 1930-1984.

Scope and Content

Series includes copyright paperwork, legal agreements, publicity material, correspondence, ratings paperwork, and a script (Maniac) related to specific films produced by Esper or of interest to him. Also present is a small amount of financial records, primarily invoices for film prints, as well as correspondence regarding theatrical releases and M.J.W. Theatrical Enterprises, Inc. Advertisements for Esper's films are located in Series 5.
Box 1, Folder 1

"Egyptian Picture." undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

French Peep Show. 1972-1977.

Box 1, Folder 3

Halfway to Hell. 1962.

Box 1, Folder 4

Hitler's Strange Love Life. 1973.

Scope and Content

Alternative titles include Will It Happen Again? and Conform or Die.
Box 1, Folder 5

How to Undress in Front of Your Husband. 1935, undated .

Box 1, Folder 6

Ingagi. 1930, 1950, 1978.

Box 1, Folder 7

Maniac. undated .

Box 1, Folder 8

Will It Happen Again?. 1948, 1975.

Scope and Content

Alternative title for Hitler's Strange Love Life.
Box 1, Folder 9

Legal/copyright records. 1950-1984.

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence. 1950, 1971-1976.

Box 1, Folder 11

Financial records. 1972-1973.


Series 2. Business records. 1957-1970.

Scope and Content

Includes financial records, correspondence, and reports relating to other business or real estate dealings of Dwain and Hildagarde Esper.
Box 1, Folder 12

Tempest Mining Corporation. 1970.

Box 1, Folder 13

Warm Springs Lead-Zinc Prospect. 1957.

Box 1, Folder 14

Financial records. 1957-1964.


Series 3. Personal material. 1942-[1984].

Scope and Content

Series includes Esper's membership cards, notes. clippings, entertainment magazines, and ephemera. Also present are photographs (box 1), clippings, and posters related to cult film star and burlesque performer Liz Renay (1926-2007).
Box 1, Folder 15

Notes. 1982, undated .

Box 1, Folder 16

Membership cards. 1942-1969.

Box 1, Folder 17

Clippings. 1945-[1984].

Box 2, Folder 1

Magazines and ephemera. 1945-1979, undated.

Box 1, Folder 18, Box 2, Folder 2

Liz Renay material. 1970s.


Series 4. Photographs. [1900s]-1960.

Scope and Content

Series contains primarily reprints of historic photographs of 20th century figures and events, including Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Benito Mussolini, and Vladimir Lenin, as well as Nazi concentration camps. Also present are film stills from Forbidden Adventure, images of marquees of theaters screening Esper's films, and family photographs.
Box 1, Folder 19

Hitler/Nazi Germany. undated.

Box 1, Folder 20

Buchenwald/concentration camps. undated.

Box 1, Folder 21

Eva Braun. undated.

Box 1, Folder 22

Mussolini/Italy. undated.

Box 1, Folder 23

Lenin/USSR. undated.

Box 1, Folder 24

Other historical figures. undated.

Box 1, Folder 25

Forbidden Adventure stills. undated.

Box 1, Folder 26

Theater marquees. undated.

Box 1, Folder 27

Film stills (non-Esper). undated .

Box 1, Folder 28

Family photographs. [1900s]-1960.


Series 5. Advertisements. Undated.

Scope and Content Note

Series consists of lobby cards for Forbidden Adventure and mock-ups of advertisements for other Esper films, as well as some promotional material for a few non-Esper films.
Box 2, Folder 3

Forbidden Adventure. undated.

Box 2, Folder 4

Narcotic. undated.

Box 2, Folder 5

Hitler's Strange Love Life. undated.

Scope and Content

Includes one full-size poster.
Box 2, Folder 6

Other films. undated.

Box 1, Folder 29

Ads (relief mats). undated.

Box 3

Series 6. Books. 1934-1948.

Scope and Content

Contains two sex education booklets by Hildagarde Esper: Your Sex Questions Answered... What Every Modern Mother and Father Should Know (1934), and Facts of Life: What Every Adult Should Know about Sex and Its Relation to Human Happiness (1948). Also present is The Book of Poe: Tales, Criticism, Poems (1934).