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Finding Aid for the Edward H. Griffith Papers, ca. 1910-1958
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward H. Griffith Papers
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1910-1958
    Collection number: 446
    Creator: Griffith, Edward H., 1888-1975.
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Director, writer, and producer Lt. Edward Hilaire Griffith was born Aug. 23, 1875, in Lynchburg, Va. Educated in England and Europe, Griffith started out as a newspaper reporter and a magazine writer. He became an actor/writer for the Edison Company in 1915. After Edison folded in 1917, Griffith remained busy at most of the major studios throughout the silent era. He soon began directing two-reelers, graduating to features in 1917. Griffith was a director of motion pictures for the War Department in World War I. He was also responsible for the first film version of Philip Barry's Holiday (1930), was both producer and director of several Paramount productions of the early 1940s, and directed The Sky's the Limit (1943) featuring Fred Astaire. Griffith died March 3, 1975, in South Laguna, Calif. Collection consists of letters including correspondence with a French company interested in showcasing his films in France, carb! on copies of letters, scripts and play scenarios written by or handled by Griffith mostly from 1915-1922; a scrapbook with 3 photographs and about 150 printed movie and play programs, some with manuscripts notes by Griffith; and 2 notebooks with manuscripts notes for film ideas.
    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

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Purchase, 1992.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edward H. Griffith Papers (Collection Number 446). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Director, writer, and producer Lt. Edward Hilaire Griffith was born Aug. 23, 1875, in Lynchburg, Va. Educated in England and Europe, Griffith started out as a newspaper reporter and a magazine writer. He became an actor/writer for the Edison Company in 1915. After Edison folded in 1917, Griffith remained busy at most of the major studios throughout the silent era. He soon began directing two-reelers, graduating to features in 1917. Griffith was a director of motion pictures for the War Department in World War I. He was also responsible for the first film version of Philip Barry's Holiday (1930), was both producer and director of several Paramount productions of the early 1940s, and directed The Sky's the Limit (1943) featuring Fred Astaire. Griffith died March 3, 1975, in South Laguna, Calif.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of letters including correspondence with a French company interested in showcasing his films in France, carbon copies of letters, scripts and play scenarios written by or handled by Griffith mostly from 1915-1922; a scrapbook with 3 photographs and about 150 printed movie and play programs, some with manuscripts notes by Griffith; and 2 notebooks with manuscripts notes for film ideas.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Scripts
    2. Scripts by others
    3. Writings
    4. Personal
    5. Clippings
    6. Correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Griffith, Edward H.--1888-1975--Archives.
    Motion picture producers and directors--Archival resources.