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Collection on W.K. Laurie Dickson and the Biograph Company
GC 1285  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Collection on W.K. Laurie Dickson and the Biograph Company
    Dates: 1889-1934
    Collection Number: GC 1285
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: (Boxes: ½ legal)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Abstract: Correspondence, drawings, photographs and a few celluloid film frames. 1889 - 1934, undated (bulk is 1932).
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Collection on W.K. Laurie Dickson and the Biograph Company. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    William Kennedy Laurie Dickson (1860 - 1935) was the English inventor of the kinetoscope (1889) during his employment with Thomas Edison in New Jersey, incorporating the use of 35 mm celluloid perforated film. This enabled the Edison Company to provide moving images for entertainment purposes. In 1895, Dickson, along with several other individuals, formed the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, which became successful in delivering to audiences the first moving pictures projected in theaters.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, drawings, photographs and a few celluloid film frames. 1889 - 1934, undated (bulk is 1932).

    Indexing Terms

    Camera, early photography & moving pictures
    Motion picture industry.
    Dickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935
    American Mutoscope & Biograph Company