Finding Aid for the Virginia Brown Faire papers, 1918-1977 (bulk 1918-1929)

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UCLA Library Special Collections
Performing Arts Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Virginia Brown Faire papers,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1977
Date (bulk): (bulk 1918-1929)
Collection number: 281
Creator: Faire, Virginia Brown 1904-1980
Extent: 1 boxes (.5 linear ft.)2 oversize flat (1.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Actress Virginia Brown Faire appeared in over forty silent film productions. The collection consists of photographs and scrapbooks related to her career.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Virginia Brown Faire papers (Collection 281). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Virginia LaBiuna was born June, 26 2004 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She used her stepfather's name of Brown when she entered and won the 1919 Motion Picture Classic "Fame and Fortune" contest. For a short time she used the name Virginia Faire, but later decided to reclaim the name Brown. She moved to California to begin her acting career at the age of sixteen. She appeared in over forty silent film productions such as Without Benefit of Clergy (1921), Monte Cristo (1922), Peter Pan (1924) and The Temptress (1926). She was married to Jack Dougherty, producer Duke Worne and businessman William Bayer. Although the transition to talking pictures was not easy, she continued to act through 1934. Her marriage to Bayer coincided with her retirement from the screen, although she appeared in industrial films and did some radio work in Chicago. Virginia Brown Faire died of cancer June, 30 1980 in Laguna Beach, CA.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographs and scrapbooks related to the career of actress Virginia Brown. The bulk of the collection dates between 1918-1929, but also includes a 1977 interview transcript with Faire. Photographs include portraits and movie stills from films including Omar the Tentmaker (1922), The Cricket on the Hearth (1923) and Chip of the Flying U (1926) among others. Scrapbooks include press clippings of reviews and publicity for Faire's motion picture projects. Also includes a small number of Faire's Engagement contracts.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Contracts
  2. Interviews
  3. Motion Picture Stills
  4. Photographs
  5. Scrapbooks
  6. Writings by Others

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Faire, Virginia Brown, 1904-1980 -- Archives.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material

Film stills.


Container List

 

Contracts

Box 2

Contracts (Engagement Agreements) for various projects and correspondence between Duke Worne, Alfred Mannon and Richmount Pictures 1921, 1924, 1931

Note

Correspondence regarding The Last Ride.
 

Interviews

Box 1

Virginia Faire Brown interview - transcript and cassette tape. 1977

Note

RESTRICTED: Use of audio materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
 

Motion Picture Stills

Box 1

Air Hawk - stills (3 items) released 1924

Box 1

Burning the Wind - stills (6 items) released 1929

Box 1

Calgary Stampede (The) - stills (1 item) released 1925

Box 1

Chip of the Flying U - stills (5 items) released 1926

Box 1

Cricket of the Hearth (The) - stills (16 items) released 1923

Box 1

Desert Valley - stills (3 items) released 1926

Box 1

Doubling for Romeo - stills (2 items) no date

Box 1

Monte Cristo - stills (2 items) released 1922

Box 1

Omar the Tentmaker - stills (38 items) released 1922

Note

With some photographs by Woodbury, John Ellis and Phil Berg.
Box 1

Recompense - stills (4 items) released 1925

Box 1

Temptress (The) - stills (2 items) released 1926

Box 1

Thundergate - stills (3 items) released 1923

Box 1

Tracked by the Police - stills (21items) no date

Box 1

White Flannels - stills (3 items) released 1927

Box 1

Wings of the Storm - stills (13 items) released 1926

 

Photographs

Box 1

Photograph of Duke Worne (1 item) no date

Box 1

Photographs from unidentified project (19 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of legs (2 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Hoover (1 item) no date

Box 1

Photographs of VBF for unidentified project by Evans (3 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of VBF for unidentified projects by Curtis (3 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown at Breezy Point Lodge, Minnesota no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown by the seashore (7items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Eugene Richee (1 item) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for identified project by [E. B. Woodfan?] (2 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Howletty? (1 item) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by [Freulich?] (11 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Bird (12 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Melbourne Spurr (6 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Rayhuff-Richter (5 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Witzel (7 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Woodbury (9 items) no date

Box 2

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project (7 oversize items) no date

Note

With some by Ruth Harriet Louise and Rayhuff-Richter.
Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project by Paul Grenbeaux (11 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified projects by Lansing Brown (8 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown with H. H. Van Loan (unidentified projects) (4 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown with Hoot Gibson (unidentified project) no date

Box 1

Photographs of Virginia Faire Brown with Mother (3 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of young Virginia Faire Brown by Apeda (4 items) no date

Box 1

Photographs of young Virginia Faire Brown (14 items) no date

Note

Some photographs by Marlborough N.Y. With one photograph of Virginia Faire Brown leaving for California after winning the 1919 Motion Picture Classic Fame and Fortune contest.
Box 1

Portraits of Virginia Faire Brown for unidentified project (11 items) no date

 

Scrapbooks

Box 2

Autograph book (I item) ca. 1917-1918

Box 2

Scrapbook clippings 1922, ca. 1924-1925

Box 3

Scrapbook clippings ca. 1921-1922

Box 3

Scrapbook page no date

Box 3

Scrapbook pages of clippings for film reviews and publicity ca. 1925-1926

Note

Films include Broadway Bill, The Calgary Stampede, Celinda, Chip of the Flying U, The Donovan Affair, The Dybbuk, His People, The Man in the Saddle, The Mile-a-Minute Man, The Temptress, White Flannel, The Wolf Hunters.
 

Writings by Others

Box 1

Captain Kidd, Jr. or A Pirate of To-day by Porter Emerson Browne - short story no date