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Rob Wagner papers, 1925-1942
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rob Wagner papers
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1942
    Collection number: 690
    Creator: Wagner, Rob, 1872-1942
    Extent: 33 boxes (16.5 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Robert Leicester Wagner (1872-1942) was a illustrator for newspapers and the Encyclopedia Britannica. He also wrote for the Saturday evening post, Collier's, and other magazines before moving to Southern California, where he directed films for Paramount and the Hal Roach studios, and made six films with Will Rogers. In 1929, he published Rob Wagner's Script. The collection consists of Wagner's correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, drawings, phonograph records, a file of Script magazine from 1929-41, ephemera, and miscellanea.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library 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 UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Les Wagner, 1960.
    • Gift of Florence Wagner Breese, 1963.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rob Wagner papers (Collection 690). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Robert Leicester Wagner was born on August 2, 1872 in Detroit, Michigan; attended University of Michigan and studied art at the Académie Julian (1903) in Paris; became an illustrator for the Detroit free press, Criterion (New York), and the Encyclopedia Britannica (London); also painted portraits; wrote for the Saturday evening post, Collier's, and other magazines; moved to Southern California, where he directed films for Paramount and the Hal Roach studios, and made six films with Will Rogers; published Rob Wagner's Script beginning in 1929; published books include Film folk (1918) and Tessie moves along (c. 1928); he died on July 20, 1942.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, drawings, phonograph records, a file of Script magazine from 1929-41, ephemera, and miscellanea of Rob Wagner. The manuscripts are primarily stories intended for film adaptation and are from Wagner and other writers including one manuscript each by William Saroyan and Peter Bernard Kyne. Many of the covers of Wagner's Script are illustrated by Leo Politi. Correspondents include William Saroyan, Theodore Dreiser, Upton Sinclair, Charles Chaplin, Bette Davis, Douglas Fairbanks, Tom Mix, Randolph Scott, Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Cecil B. DeMille, Walt Disney, Jean Harlow, Daryl Zanuck, Edward Everett Horton, Mary Pickford, and Spencer Tracy.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Script magazine (Boxes 1-13).
    2. Correspondence (Boxes 14-18).
    3. Manuscripts by Wagner (Boxes 19-22).
    4. Manuscripts by others (Box 23).
    5. Ephemera, miscellaneous (Box 24).
    6. Articles clipped from Script (Box 25).
    7. Original drawings by Wagner (Box 26).
    8. Records of Wagner's radio program of Script's birthday party (Box 27).
    9. Clippings and correspondence (Boxes 28-35).

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Wagner, Rob, 1872-1942--Archives.
    Script (Beverly Hills, Calif.).
    Publishers and publishing--California, Southern--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.