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Finding Aid for the W.W. Hodkinson Papers, 1881-1971
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: W.W. Hodkinson Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1881-1971
    Collection number: 1171
    Creator: Hodkinson, W.W. (William Wallace), 1881-1971
    Extent: 27 boxes (13.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: W.W. (William Wallace) Hodkinson (1881-19710) opened one of the nation's first movie theaters in Ogden, Utah in 1907. He became a leading West Coast film distributor, and founded Paramount company in 1914 for distributing films of Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Company. He left the motion picture business in 1929 to form Hodkinson Aviation Corporation, and later formed the Central American Aviation Corporation and Companía Nacional de Aviación in Guatemala. The collection consists of correspondence, financial records, diaries, reports, notes, photographs, tape recordings, clippings, and other printed material related to Hodkinson's involvement with the motion picture and aviation industries.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Biography

    Hodkinson was born in 1881 in Pueblo, Colorado; worked as railroad telegrapher and correspondence school salesman; opened one of the nation's first movie theaters in Ogden, Utah in 1907; became a leading West Coast film distributor; went to New York in 1914 to negotiate film contracts, remaining to become one of the leading East Coast distributors; founded Paramount company in 1914 for distributing films of Adolph Zukor's Famous Players Company; company name changed in 1918 to Paramount Pictures; left motion picture business in 1929 to form Hodkinson Aviation Corporation, and later formed the Central American Aviation Corporation and Companía Nacional de Aviación in Guatemala; he died in 1971.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, financial records, diaries, reports, notes, photographs, tape recordings, clippings, and other printed material related to the involvement of William Wallace Hodkinson with the motion picture and aviation industries.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Hodkinson, W.W. (William Wallace), 1881-1971--Archives.
    Paramount Pictures.
    Motion pictures--Distribution--Archival resources.
    Aeronautics, Commercial--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Diaries.

    Related Material

    Pioneer film distributor   [oral history transcript] / W.W. Hodkinson, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1966-67. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.