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Description
The W. C. Fields papers span the years 1898-1978 (bulk 1898-1946) and encompass approximately 85 linear feet. The collection includes scripts and production material, contracts, correspondence, scrapbooks, artifacts, posters, and photographs.
Background
W. C. Fields was an actor, comedian, and screenwriter most active in film from the mid-1920s to mid- 1940s. From his humble beginnings as a juggler, he embarked on a career as a vaudeville comedian and stage actor. Fields appeared in a number of silent films and early sound films before finding his place as a comedy writer and actor portraying memorable screen curmudgeons.
Extent
85 linear feet of papers.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.