Edwin Bower Hesser (1893-1962) was a prominent photographer who worked in New York and Los Angeles during the golden age of
Hollywood and developed his own color photography system known as Hessercolor. The bulk of the collection consists of photographic
materials such as negatives, prints, transparencies, and periodicals featuring Hesser's work. The collection also includes
paper materials, such as miscellaneous manuscripts, business papers and journals.
Edwin Bower Hesser was born Karl Edwin Hesser on April 23, 1893 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Born into a theatrical family
with a theatrical company manager as a father and an art teacher as a mother, Hesser became involved in theatre, drawing,
sculpture, painting, and commercial photography at the age of 17. In 1914, he married Rhea May Reed in Aberdeen, South Dakota
while managing a theatrical troupe. In 1917, Hesser wrote the story for a theatrical film entitled For the Freedom of the World and wrote, produced, and directed The Triumph of Venus that same year.
28 boxes (14.25 linear ft.)
30 oversized boxes.
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are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of
the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC
Regents do not hold the copyright.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Box 55 is stored in the nitrate vault and may be inaccessible to researchers.
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