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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Film Frame Collection
    Dates: 1889-1947
    Collection Number: P-074
    Creator/Collector: Theisen, Earl
    Extent: (Boxes: 1 ½ letter, 3-10 ½ x 9 inch boxes, 6-5 x 7 inch boxes, 2-8 ½ x 8 inch boxes, 2 card file boxes)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Abstract: Specimens of motion picture film compiled and catalogued by Earl Theisen (1903-1973). Collection reflects every technical process available (including color, sound, animation, television) ranging from an 1889 Eastman film to collodion experimental film pre-1900 to the latest samples collected by Theisen in 1932-1934, as well as some subsequent samples dated 1936, 1946 and 1947. 1889-1947, undated
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Film Frame Collection. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    Theisen was the Honorary Curator of Theatrical Arts at the museum for a few years following 1931. He was a technician at the Dunning Process Plant, a member of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers, and a member of the Society's Historical Committee.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Specimens of motion picture film compiled and catalogued by Earl Theisen (1903-1973). Collection reflects every technical process available (including color, sound, animation, television) ranging from an 1889 Eastman film to collodion experimental film pre-1900 to the latest samples collected by Theisen in 1932-1934, as well as some subsequent samples dated 1936, 1946 and 1947. Frames from identified fillms include Birth of a Nation and Picture of Dorian Grey; unidentified works are described in example "man in tattered clothing in jail cell" and "frontier woman tending sick man in bed". Examples of other frames include Charlie Chaplin; Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan. The collection comprises examples by early film studios: Biograph, Vitagraph, Bison, Nestor, Horsley, Selig, RKO, Fox, Universal, MGM, Paramount, Disney, and Warner Bros. and others; foreign companies include Pathe Freres and Gaumont. Samples attributed to the early film pioneers include Mack Sennett, E.H. Amet, Jean LeRoy, T.K. Peters, Walter Lantz, Thomas Edison, C. Francis Jenkins, T.L. Talley, the Lumiere brothers, Georges Melies, D.W. Griffith and others. Processing companies included Dufaycolor, Dunning, Technicolor, Dupont, Handschiegl, Kodachrome and others. A portion of the collection is derived from other motion picture history donations to the museum, but most of the items were collected by the donor. 1889-1947, undated. A card index is available

    Indexing Terms

    Camera, early photography & moving pictures
    Motion picture actors and actresses
    Silent films.
    Pioneers in motion pictures.
    Sound in motion pictures.
    Color motion pictures