Finding Aid for the W.W. Hodkinson Papers, 1881-1971

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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.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W.W. Hodkinson Papers (Collection 1171). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1720472 

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.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Original diaries (Boxes 1-4).
  2. Aviation (Boxes 5-8).
  3. Motion picture industry (Boxes 9-27).

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.

Container List

 

Original Diaries 1920s-1960s

Box 1

1928-early 1930s; 1950s-early 1960s.

Note

[D]
Box 2

1933-1942, 1954, 1956.

Note

[T]
Box 3

1943-1950s; 1961, 1965.

Note

[S]
Box 4

1950s-1960s.

Scope and Content Note

[Also], clippings.

Note

[K]
 

Material re WWH's Involvement in Aviation

Box 5

Correspondence re Hodkinson Aviation Corporation Limited. 1929-1940s

Note

[X]
Box 6

Correspondence and papers. 1920s-1930s

Scope and Content Note

Includes copy certificate of incorporation and Bylaws, 1929 for Hodkinson Aviation Corporation, and material re proposed aerial survey of Guatemala and other Latin American countries.

Note

[V]
Box 7

Correspondence and papers re Central American Aviation Corporation Limited. 1933-1935

Note

[F]
Box 7

Correspondence with William Vogel. 1939

Note

[F]
Box 7

Cassette tape recordings by WHH. 1966-1969

Scope and Content Note

For his autobiography[?].

Note

[F]
Box 8

Correspondence and papers. 1931-1935

Scope and Content Note

Including traffic reports and clippings re Central American Aviation Corporation Limited, and Companía Nacional de Aviación, Incorporated, in Guatemala.

Note

[P]
 

Material Mostly re Motion Picture Industry

Box 9

Correspondence, A - R. circa 1928-1969

Scope and Content Note

Includes some material re aviation.

Note

[R]
Box 10

Correspondence, S - Z and some miscellaneous. circa 1924-1966

Note

[A]
Box 11

Correspondence. circa 1914-1940

Scope and Content Note

Includes material re film marketing plans.

Note

[C]
Box 12

Correspondence. mostly 1930s-1940s, some 1960s

Scope and Content Note

Includes monthly statements and correspondence re airline company, 1935.

Note

[U]
Box 13

Correspondence. circa 1925-1940s

Scope and Content Note

Includes a few clippings.

Note

[W]
Box 14

Clippings, notes and reminiscences. 1930s-1960s

Scope and Content Note

Includes a few letters.

Note

[B]
Box 15

Correspondence and papers. 1925-1930s

Scope and Content Note

re films “The True Noth,” and “Alaskan Adventures.”
Includes some clippings and material re airline company.

Note

[AA]
Box 16

Correspondence, papers, clippings and notes, mostly re television. 1945-1960s

Note

[G]
Box 17

Correspondence, papers, clippings and notes. 1920s, 1950s-1960s

Scope and Content Note

Includes material re “Alaskan Adventures,” correspondence and report re airline company, and reminiscenes of WWH, 1960s.

Note

[Q]
Box 18

Clippings and notes. mostly 1947-1952

Note

[E]
Box 19

Correspondence, clippings and notes. 1920s-circa 1951

Scope and Content Note

Includes brochures.

Note

[BB]
Box 20

Clippings and notes. 1920s-1960s

Scope and Content Note

Includes a very few items of correspondence.

Note

[Y]
Box 21

Clippings and notes. 1920s-1950s

Scope and Content Note

Includes some correspondence and papers re WWH's real estate.

Note

[Z]
Box 22

Correspondence and legal papers re action involving real estate. 1942

Note

[M]
Box 22

Correspondence, clippings and notes. circa 1920s-1950s

Note

[M]
Box 23

Correspondence, clippings and ephemera. mostly circa 1914-1916

Note

[H “Pre-motion pic to Progressive and Paramount [1916]”]
Box 24

Government and other reports, and copy case papers. 1920s-1940s

Note

[J “Block booking law case, printed materials”]
Box 25

Correspondence and papers re WWH Corporation. 1924-circa 1940

Scope and Content Note

Includes annual report, 1924 and brochures.

Note

[T]
Box 26

Correspondence, clippings and papers. 1930s-1940s

Scope and Content Note

Includes material for WWH's distribution plan and exhibits for meetings.

Note

[N]
Box 27

Writings by WWH. 1920s-1940s

Note

[D]
Box 27

Issues of The Saturday Evening Post. 1938, 1949

Note

[D]