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Series 1 Film Production Files 1964-1989

Physical Description: Cartons 1-4; Oversize Box 1, folders 1-7; Oversize Box 2

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of production. Divided into 7 sub-series, by title of film: Point Reyes; Maya; Movies Go West; First (Motion) Picture Show; Those Daring Young Film Makers by the Golden Gate; My Jack London: a Daughter Remembers; and Bret Harte: Chronicler of the West.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, synopsis, scripts, production notes, research files, publicity, clippings, and financial reports for each work. Some original programs and clippings from 1914-1916 are found among the research materials but have not been taken into account in the date span of the collection.
 

1.1 Point Reyes 1968-1970

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-6

Scope and Content Note

An interpretive documentary of one of the most beautiful areas of the Pacific Coast reflecting Japanese conservationists view of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Carton 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1969-1970

Carton 1, Folder 2

Receipts and cost statements 1968

Carton 1, Folder 3

Synopsis 1968 March 4

Carton 1, Folder 4

Script 1968 April 14

Carton 1, Folder 5

Program and description 1969 Sept. 15

Carton 1, Folder 6

Research poem undated

 

1.2 Maya 1969-1971

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 7-12

Scope and Content Note

An interpretive documentary about the Mayan civilization, showing their achievements and contributions to the cultural heritage of the American continent.
Carton 1, Folders 7-8

Correspondence 1969-1971

Carton 1, Folder 9

Essay drafts for RTVF 140 1969

Carton 1, Folder 10

Notes for essay in RTVF 140 undated

Carton 1, Folder 11

Post production and reviews 1969-1970

Carton 1, Folder 12

Color slides undated

 

1.3 Movies Go West 1972-1988

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 13-38; Oversize Box 2, folders 1-2

Scope and Content Note

Documents an important chapter in early film history of the San Francisco Bay Area through the reminiscences of Hal Angus, a member of the original Essanay Film Manufacturing Company. Angus revisits the site of the studio in Niles, near San Jose, where the original Essanay building-an old barn-still stands. He shows nearby locations where, between 1909 and 1916, Gilbert M. Anderson produced and starred in hundreds of "Bronco Billy" films, the first westerns to be filmed in authentic "Wild West" locales. Old photographs, graphics, and clips from the films, including an excerpt from Charlie Chaplin's first work in the western U.S. show how Anderson created the prototype of the cowboy movie hero and established the format of the classic American western.
 

Correspondence

Carton 1, Folder 13

Angus, Hal 1972-1974

Carton 1, Folder 14

Mortarotti, Robert 1973

Carton 1, Folder 15

Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) 1972-1973

Carton 1, Folder 16

National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center 1986-1987

Carton 1, Folder 17

Smith, Donna Lee 1974-1977

Carton 1, Folder 18

Western Heritage Committee, National Cowboy Hall of Fame 1986

Carton 1, Folders 19-22

Miscellaneous, A-Z undated

Carton 1, Folder 23

Consent-release forms 1973

Carton 1, Folder 24

Copyright certificates 1973-1974

Carton 1, Folder 25

Sound cues undated

Oversize Box 2, Folder 1

Title and credits transparencies undated

Carton 1, Folder 26

Production notes undated

Carton 1, Folder 27

Expense sheets/receipts 1972-1974

Carton 1, Folder 28

Media distribution agreement 1974

Carton 1, Folder 29

Post production and reviews 1973-1988

Carton 1, Folder 30

Storyboard 1973

Carton 1, Folder 31

Script drafts 1973

Carton 1, Folder 32

Research notes undated

Carton 1, Folder 33

Research articles (photocopies) undated

Carton 1, Folder 34

Movie stills (photocopies) undated

Carton 1, Folder 35

Location photographs undated

Oversize Box 2, Folder 2

Photographs of San Anselmo Station undated

Carton 1, Folders 36-38

Production photographs 1972-1973

 

1.4 First (Motion) Picture Show 1972-1981

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 39-59; Carton 2, folders 1-15; Oversize Box 1, folder 1; Oversize Box 2, folders 3-6

Scope and Content Note

Documents the world's first exhibition of motion pictures before public audiences, which took place at the San Francisco Art Association on May 4, 1880, using still photos, newspaper clips, and music from the day. Reporting by an eyewitness writer from the daily Alta California establishes the background of the story and introduces the characters: photographer, Eadweard Muybridge; industrialist, Leland Stanford, who supplied the funding; and electrical engineer, John J. Isaacs, who contributed the technology. The reporter reviews the three basic elements of the motion picture: projection, animation, and photography, and traces the history of the quest to depict life motion, which were finally synthesized and put into practical form by Stanford, Isaacs, and Muybridge between 1872 and 1880.
 

Correspondence

Carton 1, Folder 39

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1974-1977

Carton 1, Folder 40

Extension Media Center, University of California, Berkeley 1975-1981

Carton 1, Folder 41

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge 1979-1980

Carton 1, Folder 42

Gillespie, Bunny 1977

Carton 1, Folder 43

Mozeley, Anita 1972-1976

Carton 1, Folder 44

University of Texas, Humanities Research Center 1974-1976

Carton 1, Folder 45

Winters, Joe 1974-1976

Carton 1, Folders 46-48

Miscellaneous, A-Z 1973-1980

Carton 1, Folder 49

Consent form 1974

Carton 1, Folder 50

Copyright certificate 1977

Carton 1, Folder 51

Expense sheets/receipts 1976

Carton 1, Folder 52

Income report on sales 1978

Carton 1, Folder 53

Production notes undated

Oversize Box 2, Folder 3

Production notes undated

Oversize Box 2, Folders 4-6

Production illustrations and transparencies undated

Carton 1, Folder 54

Post production and reviews 1976-1977

Carton 1, Folders 55-56

Script drafts and notes 1976-1977, undated

Carton 1, Folder 57

Research notes undated

Carton 1, Folder 58

Research articles (photocopies) 1878-1957

Carton 1, Folder 59

Research photographs and books (photocopies) undated

Carton 2, Folders 1-3

Research photographs and books (photocopies) undated

Carton 2, Folder 4

Eadweard Muybridge: The Stanford Years (annotated) 1972

Carton 2, Folder 5

Clippings 1972-1981

Carton 2, Folders 6-13

Research copy prints undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 1

Photograph of Eadweard Muybridge undated

Carton 2, Folder 14

Phenakistascope discs 1974

Carton 2, Folder 15

Mounted photographs undated

 

1.5 Those Daring Young Film Makers by the Golden Gate 1964-1984

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 16-43; Carton 3, folders 1-21; Oversize Box 1, folders 2-4; Oversize Box 2, folders 7-8

Scope and Content Note

Provides insight into the story of San Francisco and the early filmmakers of Northern California, specifically the California Motion Picture Co., and its productions from 1913 to 1917.
 

Correspondence

Carton 2, Folder 16

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1977-1979

Carton 2, Folder 17

Atkins, Alan 1977-1979

Carton 2, Folder 18

California Historical Society 1977-1979

Carton 2, Folder 19

Capra, Frank, 1897-1991 1968-1984

Carton 2, Folder 20

Film Daily 1966-1972

Carton 2, Folder 21

Gillespie, Bunny 1980

Carton 2, Folder 22

KQED 1978-1980

Carton 2, Folder 23

Lucasfilm, Ltd. (George Lucas) 1979-1981

Carton 2, Folder 24

Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) 1971-1980

Carton 2, Folder 25

University of Texas, Hoblitzelle Theatre Arts Collection 1977-1978

Carton 2, Folder 26

Wilson, Lois, 1895-1988 1965-1971

Carton 2, Folder 27

Winter, Frank 1972-1978

Carton 2, Folder 28

Winters, Rudolph 1964

Carton 2, Folders 29-34

Miscellaneous, A-Z 1968-1984

Carton 2, Folder 35

Consent forms 1977-1978

Carton 2, Folder 36

Copyright certificates 1978-1980

Carton 2, Folder 37

Programs and promotion 1977-1984

Carton 2, Folder 38

Award ceremony photograph 1980

Carton 2, Folder 39

Film production evaluation forms 1978-1979

Carton 2, Folder 40

Production notes 1978-1979

Oversize Box 2, Folders 7-8

Production illustrations and transparencies undated

Carton 2, Folder 41

Expense sheets 1978-1984

Carton 2, Folders 42-43

Script drafts 1978-1979

Carton 3, Folder 1

Research notes undated

Carton 3, Folder 2

Musical scores undated

Carton 3, Folder 3

Salomy Jane, America's Greatest Picture Play with Beatriz Michelena 1914

Carton 3, Folder 4

CMPC original clippings and programs 1914-1916

Carton 3, Folder 5

Clipping, San Rafael-Movie capital of old 1949

 

Research materials

Carton 3, Folder 6

Articles (photocopies), 1913-1920 undated

Carton 3, Folder 7

Photographs (photocopies) undated

Carton 3, Folder 8

Movie stills (photocopies) undated

Carton 3, Folder 9

Faust undated

Carton 3, Folder 10

Ishi undated

Carton 3, Folder 11

Just Squaw, 1919 undated

Carton 3, Folder 12

The Lily of Poverty Flat, 1915 undated

Carton 3, Folder 13

Mignon, 1915 undated

Carton 3, Folder 14

Salomy Jane, 1914 undated

Carton 3, Folder 15

Salvation Nell, 1915 undated

Carton 3, Folder 16

The Unwritten Law, 1916 undated

Carton 3, Folder 17

The Woman Who Dared, 1916 undated

Carton 3, Folders 18-19

Copy prints undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 2

The City of the Pharaoh from Cecil B. DeMille's Ten Commandments undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 3

Mary Pickford, Salomy Jane undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 4

Theaters, New York and San Francisco undated

Carton 3, Folder 20

Location shoot prints 1977-1979

Carton 3, Folder 21

Mounted photographs undated

 

1.6 My Jack London: A Daughter Remembers 1981-1989

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 22-51

Scope and Content Note

Documentary about California author, Jack London, with reminiscences of his only surviving descendant, his daughter Becky London at age 81. Alternating with Ms. London's scenes are segments of historical photographs and prints with narration that amplifies and interprets her recollection by placing them in their social, cultural, and historic contexts.
 

Correspondence

Carton 3, Folder 22

California Council for the Humanities 1983-1984

Carton 3, Folder 23

California Historical Society 1982-1985

Carton 3, Folder 24

Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery 1982-1984

Carton 3, Folder 25

London, Becky (Mrs. Percy Fleming) 1982-1988

Carton 3, Folder 26

Porter, Alan B. 1982-1989

Carton 3, Folders 27-29

Miscellaneous, A-Z 1981-1985

Carton 3, Folders 30-31

CCH grant proposal, application, and in-kind contribution reports 1983-1984

Carton 3, Folders 32-33

Film Arts Foundation proposal, sponsorship agreement, and project status report 1983-1984

Carton 3, Folder 34

Production assistance, profiles and evaluations 1984

Carton 3, Folder 35

Consent forms 1983

Carton 3, Folder 36

Film project evaluation form 1982-1984

Carton 3, Folder 37

Copyright certificates 1983

Carton 3, Folder 38

Expense sheets 1982-1985

Carton 3, Folder 39

Production notes 1983

Carton 3, Folder 40

Script drafts 1983

Carton 3, Folder 41

Teacher's guide for in-class discussion 1984

Carton 3, Folder 42

Research articles (photocopies) undated

Carton 3, Folder 43

London Album; a California legend at work and play, by Carolyn Willson, California Historical Quarterly, v. LV, no. 3 1976 Fall

Carton 3, Folder 44

A Pictorial Life of Jack London by Russ Kingman 1979

Carton 3, Folder 45

Research photographs (photocopies) undated

Carton 3, Folder 46-47

Production contact sheets and copyprints 1983-1984

Carton 3, Folder 48

Location copyprints, Jack London Ranch 1983-1984

Carton 3, Folders 49-50

Color prints, Becky London and location 1983-1984

Carton 3, Folder 51

Mounted photograph undated

 

1.7 Bret Harte: Chronicler of the West 1985-1989

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 52-66; Carton 4; Oversize Box 1, folders 5-7

Scope and Content Note

The story of how Bret Harte became an important writer and why his writing has such an enduring impact in American literature.
 

Correspondence

Carton 3, Folder 52

Becker, Marvin 1987-1988

Carton 3, Folder 53

Brownlow, Kevin 1985-1988

Carton 3, Folder 54

Mariposa Museum and History Center 1988

Carton 3, Folder 55

Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) 1986-1987

Carton 3, Folder 56

Pailthorp, Charles 1987-1988

Carton 3, Folder 57

Porter, Alan B. 1986-1987

Carton 3, Folder 58

San Souci, Robert D. 1986-1987

Carton 3, Folder 59

Thomson, Sedgefield 1987-1988

Carton 3, Folder 60

Toll, Robert C. 1985-1989

Carton 3, Folders 61-66

Miscellaneous, A-Z 1985-1989

Carton 4, Folder 1

Production notes 1987

Carton 4, Folder 2

Expense sheets and receipts 1987-1988

Carton 4, Folder 3

Scene counts 1988

Carton 4, Folder 4

Soundtrack notes 1988

Carton 4, Folder 5

Credits 1988

Carton 4, Folder 6

Narrator publicity photographs undated

Carton 4, Folder 7

Script draft notes 1987

Carton 4, Folders 8-17

Script drafts 1986-1988

 

Research materials

Carton 4, Folder 18

Research notes 1986

Carton 4, Folder 19

Research articles (photocopies) 1979, undated

Carton 4, Folder 20

Line drawings from movie stills undated

Carton 4, Folders 21-22

Research illustrations (photocopies) undated

Carton 4, Folder 23

Research photographs (photocopies) undated

Oversize Box 1, Folders 5-6

Illustrations of early western and city life; stage coach hold-up undated

Oversize Box 1, Folder 7

Photographs for introduction and credits undated

Carton 4, Folder 24

Story titles (mounted) undated

Carton 4, Folder 25

Photocopied illustrations (mounted) undated

 

Research copy prints

Carton 4, Folder 26

Bret Harte undated

Carton 4, Folder 27

Frontier life undated

Carton 4, Folder 28

Literary men undated

Carton 4, Folder 29

Mining scenes undated

Carton 4, Folder 30

Early San Francisco undated

 

Series 2  Articles, Speeches, and Other Writings 1957-1989

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 1-45

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, drafts of published and unpublished articles, notes, speeches, and research files relating to several articles by Bell, and a book, Broncho Billy: The First Reel Cowboy (not published).
Carton 5, Folder 1

Miscellany undated

Carton 5, Folder 2

Film editing tool photographs undated

Carton 5, Folder 3

Project ideas undated

Carton 5, Folder 4

Publicity 1975-1985

Carton 5, Folder 5

California Motion Picture Corporation, article with serial rights (not published) undated

Carton 5, Folder 6

Correspondence regarding San Francisco magazine article , San Francisco's Early Film-makers 1964-1965

Carton 5, Folder 7

San Francisco (v. 7, no. 9) 1965 Sept.

Carton 5, Folder 8

AFI catalog 1970-1971

Carton 5, Folder 9

Correspondence regarding AFI Report article 1970-1972

Carton 5, Folder 10

AFI Report, No. 3, article and draft, Making Films in the Old West: The Adventures of Essanay and Broncho Billy 1973 Nov.

Carton 5, Folder 11

Correspondence regarding California Historical Quarterly article 1972-1974

Carton 5, Folder 12

California Historical Quarterly article and draft, The First Picture Show 1975 Summer

Carton 5, Folder 13

Correspondence regarding Films in Review article 1976-1978

Carton 5, Folder 14

Films in Review, unaccepted article, The California Motion Picture Corporation: Neglected movie pioneer 1976-1978

Carton 5, Folder 15

Class discussion with Charles Wollenberg at Laney College 1979

Carton 5, Folder 16

Correspondence regarding American Screen Classics article, The Rise and Fall of the California Motion Picture Company 1979-1981

Carton 5, Folder 17

American Screen Classics, v. 5, no. 3 [1981]

Carton 5, Folder 18

Correspondence regarding Pacific magazine article 1980-1981

Carton 5, Folder 19

Pacific magazine, unpublished article, Central California and the Cinematic Experience: Early Movie Making in the Bay Area, 1870-1920 1980-1981

Carton 5, Folder 20

Exhibit (not mounted) 1980

Carton 5, Folder 21

Correspondence regarding the deposition of original stills and research materials 1981-1987

Carton 5, Folder 22

Correspondence regarding California History magazine article 1983-1984

Carton 5, Folder 23

California History article and drafts, The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen 1984 Spring

Carton 5, Folder 24

Interview notes [1984]

Carton 5, Folder 25

Speech for Marin Heritage [1984]

Carton 5, Folder 26

Speech for Mill Valley Historical Society [1984]

Carton 5, Folders 27-28

Speeches for California Historical Society 1984

Carton 5, Folder 29

Review of The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen: San Francisco in the History of the Cinema in California History magazine 1985 Fall

Carton 5, Folder 30

Correspondence regarding The Californians advertising arrangements 1985-1986

Carton 5, Folder 31

The Californians, v. 4, no. 3, including The Adventures of Essanay & Broncho Billy 1986 May/June

Carton 5, Folder 32

Mill Valley Film Festival (trailer) 1986

Carton 5, Folder 33

Correspondence regarding Mill Valley Film Festival program article, The Birth of the Movies 1989

Carton 5, Folder 34

Mill Valley Film Festival program guide 1989

Carton 5, Folder 35

Radio appearance KNBR (unconfirmed) 1989

 

Broncho Billy: The First Reel Cowboy

 

Correspondence

Carton 5, Folder 36

Bullis, Douglas 1980-1981

Carton 5, Folders 37-39

Miscellaneous, A-Z 1972-1982

Carton 5, Folder 40

Proposal 1981

Carton 5, Folder 41

Production notes 1980-1981

Carton 5, Folder 42

Draft of introduction 1980-1981

Carton 5, Folder 43

Book mock-up undated

Carton 5, Folder 44

Research photographs with notes for the book (photocopies) undated

Carton 5, Folder 45

Copy print, photograph of George Walsh undated

 

Series 3 Book, The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen 1957-1989

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 46-59; Cartons 6-7; Carton 8, folders 1-5; Card File Boxes 1-2; Box 1; Oversize Box 1, folder 8

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, drafts, research and production files, and publicity relating to Bell's book on the history of film making in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes detailed card indices relating to the project, and a large quantity of copy prints collected by Bell in the course of his work.
 

Correspondence

Carton 5, Folder 46

A-Z miscellaneous 1981-1985

Carton 5, Folder 47

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1965-1985

Carton 5, Folder 48

American Film Institute 1970-1985

Carton 5, Folder 49

Associated University Presses 1981-1987

Carton 5, Folder 50

Bell & Howell Co. 1967

Carton 5, Folder 51

Boardman, True 1972-1974

Carton 5, Folder 52

Brownlow, Kevin 1967-1986

Carton 5, Folder 53

Bullis, Douglas 1980

Carton 5, Folder 54

California Historical Society 1980-1986

Carton 5, Folder 55

California State Library 1964-1986

Carton 5, Folder 56

Cornwall Books 1982-1984

Carton 5, Folder 57

Flick, Wilson 1977-1987

Carton 5, Folder 58

Gillespie, Bunny 1978-1985

Carton 5, Folder 59

Gillespie, Ken 1980-1982

Carton 6, Folder 1

Lesser, Julian, 1915-2005 1987

Carton 6, Folder 2

Lesser, Sol, 1890-1980 1964-1972

Carton 6, Folder 3

Lopez, Sally 1975-1986

Carton 6, Folder 4

Lucasfilm, Ltd. 1979-1989

Carton 6, Folder 5

Mozeley, Anita 1973-1987

Carton 6, Folder 6

Musser, Charles 1981-1982

Carton 6, Folder 7

Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) 1957-1981

Carton 6, Folder 8

Oakland Museum 1977-1986

Carton 6, Folder 9

Porter, Alan B. 1981-1987

Carton 6, Folder 10

San Mateo County Historical Association 1964-1973

Carton 6, Folder 11

San Mateo Times 1972

Carton 6, Folder 12

San Souci, Robert D. 1983-1987

Carton 6, Folder 13

Schreiber, Ron 1984

Carton 6, Folder 14

Smithsonian Institution 1974-1981

Carton 6, Folder 15

Society of California Pioneers 1980-1984

Carton 6, Folder 16

Spehr, Paul C. 1986-1987

Carton 6, Folder 17

Starr, Kevin 1984

Carton 6, Folder 18

Stone, Andrew L., 1902-1999 1967-1968

Carton 6, Folder 19

Von Sternberg, Josef, 1894-1969 1965-1966

Carton 6, Folder 20

Warner, John L. 1972

Carton 6, Folder 21

Wilde, Jim 1989

Carton 6, Folder 22

Yoseloff, Thomas (Consolidated Publishing Corporation, N.J.) 1981

Carton 6, Folders 23-30

Miscellaneous, A-Z 1964-1987

Carton 6, Folder 31

Royalty statements 1983-1984

Carton 6, Folder 32

Expense sheets and receipts 1971-1985

Carton 6, Folder 33

Publicity 1983-1985

Oversize Box 1, Folder 8

Reproductions for flyer undated

Carton 6, Folder 34

Account of plagarism 1987

Carton 6, Folder 35

Notes for production assistance 1980-1985

Carton 6, Folder 36

Research agenda 1963-1981

Carton 6, Folder 37

Draft list of illustrations undated

Carton 6, Folder 38

Drafts undated

Carton 6, Folder 39

Drafts/edits: prologue, epilogue, addenda undated

Carton 6, Folder 40

Notes for afterword undated

Carton 6, Folder 41

Drafts/edits: postscript undated

Carton 6, Folder 42

Drafts/edits: appendices B, F undated

 

Research Notes

Carton 6, Folder 43

Typed list of features made in or about San Francisco up to 1984 [1984?]

Carton 6, Folder 44

Movie lists undated

Carton 6, Folder 45

Exactus Photo-Film Corp. collection guide (Stanford University Library, Special Collections) 1963

Carton 6, Folder 46

Flyer for Muybridge film by Tom Anderson 1975

Carton 6, Folder 47

Pacific Studios capitalization, 1920 (reproduction) undated

Carton 6, Folders 48-51

Library notes undated-1989

 

Data sheets

Carton 6, Folder 52

Studio unverified and small studio features and shorts undated

Carton 6, Folder 53

Location films undated

Carton 6, Folder 54

California Motion Picture Corporation undated

Carton 7, Folder 1

Pacific Studios, Peninsula Studios undated

Carton 7, Folder 2

Sacramento undated

Carton 7, Folder 3

San Francisco, early notes undated

Carton 7, Folders 4-5

San Francisco, 1920-1927 undated

Carton 7, Folder 6

San Mateo undated

 

Project indices

Card File Box 1

Locations; Cinematographers; Directors; CMPC Cast and Crew; Essanay Cast and Crew; Small and Independent Studio Cast and Crew; Movie Titles; Information File ca. 1970s-1984

Card File Box 2

Bibliographic notes; Notes for index of The Golden Gate and The Silver Screen; Promotional notes; Research Institutions; Contacts for film and movie stills ca. 1970s-1984

Carton 7, Folder 7

Advertisements, 1914-1924 undated

Carton 7, Folder 8

James Broughton undated

Carton 7, Folder 9

Leon F. Douglass undated

Carton 7, Folder 10

Magazine articles 1967-1986

Carton 7, Folder 11

Magazine articles 1969-1973

Carton 7, Folders 12-15

Articles (photocopies), 1917-1981 undated

Carton 7, Folder 16

Newspaper clippings (photocopies), 1914-1958 undated

Carton 7, Folders 17-19

Clippings 1968-1982

Carton 8, Folder 1

Movie stills (photocopies) undated

Carton 8, Folder 2

Essanay (photocopies) undated

Carton 8, Folder 3

San Francisco views (photocopies) undated

Carton 8, Folder 4

Non-San Francisco Bay Area views (photocopies) undated

Carton 8, Folder 5

Theatre views (photocopies) undated

 

Copy prints undated

Box 1, Folders 1-2

California Motion Picture Corporation undated

Box 1, Folders 3-4

Essanay undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Actors undated

Box 1, Folder 6

"Show people," Mr. Keene, Charlotta DeFelice, Sol Lesser undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Camera men from Brownlow's undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Studio executives undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Hollywood movies undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Location, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [?], (color prints) 1986

Box 1, Folder 11

San Francisco views undated

Box 1, Folder 12

Bay Area views undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Non-San Francisco Bay Area views undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Modern cinema undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Unidentified undated

 

Series 4 Correspondence Files 1964-1989

Physical Description: Carton 8, folders 6-23

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Chiefly correspondence with personal friends, acquaintances, and others interested in Bell and his work on film history.
Carton 8, Folder 6

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1978

Carton 8, Folder 7

Atkins, Alan 1979-1982

Carton 8, Folder 8

Chlebowski, Ruth 1984-1986

Carton 8, Folder 9

Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993 1975-1983

Carton 8, Folder 10

Hard, Iain 1987-1989

Carton 8, Folder 11

Lesser, Julian, 1915-2005 1987-1988

Carton 8, Folder 12

London, Becky 1984-1986

Carton 8, Folder 13

McKellen, Ian 1987

Carton 8, Folder 14

Moore, Colleen, 1902- 1969

Carton 8, Folder 15

Reveaux, Anthony 1978-1980

Carton 8, Folder 16

San Souci, Robert D. 1985-1989

Carton 8, Folder 17

Tory, Alan 1981

Carton 8, Folder 18

The Welcome Stranger, Ltd. 1985-1989

Carton 8, Folders 19-20

Correspondence, A-Z 1977-1989

Carton 8, Folder 21

Research queries, A-Z 1964-1989

Carton 8, Folder 22

Professional queries regarding equipment 1965-1988

Carton 8, Folder 23

Commendations and criticism, A-Z 1964-1988

 

Series 5 General Research Files 1959-1989

Physical Description: Carton 8, folders 24-40

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of miscellaneous materials gathered by Bell in the course of his research, and throughout his life.
Carton 8, Folder 24

Ross Valley Players programs 1931-1936

Carton 8, Folder 25

Theatre Arts clippings 1977-1989

Carton 8, Folder 26

Theatre postcards undated

Carton 8, Folder 27

Theatre and museum programs 1929-1967

Carton 8, Folder 28

The Miracle 1926-1927

Physical Description: San Francisco Civic Auditorium, January 6, 1926 [1927], staged by Max Reinhardt, designed by Norman-Bel Geddes, and produced by Morris Gest

Scope and Content Note

Souvenir program, flyer and clipping
Carton 8, Folder 29

Materials on theatre arts 1934-1941

Carton 8, Folder 30

Scenes from the Ninteenth Century Stage in Advertising Woodcuts, edited by Stanley Appelbaum (Dover publication) 1977

Carton 8, Folder 31

The San Francisco Stage, a history; based on annals compiled by the Research Department of the San Francisco Federal Theatre, by Edmond M. Gagey (New York: Columbia University Press) 1950

Carton 8, Folder 32

Cinema clippings 1969-1989

Carton 8, Folder 33

American Cinematographer 1969 Jan.

Carton 8, Folder 34

American Cinematographer, Historic Hollywood Movie Studios special issues 1976 March-May

Carton 8, Folder 35

l'uomo oggetto nel mondo a spirali di 'venus', by Gaetano Messina 1971

Physical Description: Inscribed to Monsieur Geoffrey Bell by Messina, 21 October 1971
Carton 8, Folder 36

Notes on literature 1959-1979

Carton 8, Folder 37

Foundations and corporations 1979-1986

Carton 8, Folder 38

Politics 1964-1988

Carton 8, Folder 39

Materials relating to religion 1959-1972

Carton 8, Folder 40

How to be Successfully Interviewed by the Press by Pat Kite 1983

 

Series 6 Personal Papers 1953-1989

Physical Description: Carton 8, folders 41-47; Oversize Box 2, folders 9-10

Arrangement

Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

Contains miscellaneous items belonging to Geoffrey Bell or the Bell family.
Carton 8, Folder 41

Photographs of Geoffrey Bell undated

Carton 8, Folder 42

Vacation diary [1971]

Carton 8, Folder 43

Travel itinerary 1986-1988

Carton 8, Folder 44

Appointment calendar 1989

Carton 8, Folder 45

Navy time / Coast Guard duty 1953

Carton 8, Folder 46

Correspondence concerning estates of family members 1956-1989

Carton 8, Folder 47

Miscellaneous financial papers 1976-1982

Oversize Box 2, Folder 9

Print of a Japanese character undated

Oversize Box 2, Folder 10

Bell family tree undated