The W. C. Fields papers span the years 1898-1978 (bulk 1898-1946) and encompass approximately 85
linear feet. The collection includes scripts and production material, contracts, correspondence,
scrapbooks, artifacts, posters, and photographs.
W. C. Fields was an actor, comedian, and screenwriter most active in film from the mid-1920s to mid-
1940s. From his humble beginnings as a juggler, he embarked on a career as a vaudeville comedian and
stage actor. Fields appeared in a number of silent films and early sound films before finding his place
as a comedy writer and actor portraying memorable screen curmudgeons.
85 linear feet of papers.
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