Finding Aid for the Edward H. Griffith Papers, ca. 1910-1958

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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 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 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 Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

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Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1992.

Preferred Citation

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

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4962227 

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.


Container List

 

Scripts

Box 1, Folder 1

The Finish no date

Physical Description: Multiple incomplete copies
Box 1, Folder 2

Emotional insanity? no date

Box 1, Folder 3

The Second Heat ? no date

Box 1, Folder 4

The Final Clinch no date

Box 1, Folder 5

The Bum no date

Box 1, Folder 6

Fading-out on the General no date

Box 1, Folder 7

Steele Preferred no date

Box 1, Folder 8

Clean As A Hound's Tooth no date

Box 1, Folder 9

The Man Who Did Nothing no date

Box 1, Folder 10

Fifty-Fifty no date

Box 1, Folder 11

Chiaroscuro no date

Box 1, Folder 12

Guyed to Cleveland no date

Box 1, Folder 13

Adams and Eva no date

Box 1, Folder 14

The End of the Road no date

Box 1, Folder 15

Ten Thousand In Gold no date

Box 1, Folder 16

A Quay, The Sea, A Galleon 1919

Box 1, Folder 17

Twenty Years Later 1921

Box 2, Folder 1

The Barge 1919

Box 2, Folder 2

The Call 1919

Box 2, Folder 3

I Hate You no date

Box 2, Folder 4

Three In One no date

Box 2, Folder 5

The Shadow no date

Box 2, Folder 8

Unidentified scripts no date

Box 2, Folder 7

Bill Smith '85 - unfinished 1914

 

Scripts by others

Box 2, Folder 9

She Rode to Glory by Albert Shelby Levino and Mildred Gardner no date

Box 2, Folder 10

Satan and Mr. Smith by Lyle Thomas Feb. 16, 1958

Box 2, Folder 11

The Goldfin Duck by Mac Sheridan no date

Box 2, Folder 12

Nightmare by Jean Burrows 1921

Box 2, Folder 13

A Philosopher in the Attic by Eileen Erroll no date

Box 2, Folder 14

Moon Music by Marcella Burke and Gladys Unger no date

Box 2, Folder 6

Ramona, California and miscellaneous notes 1913

 

Writings

Box 3, Folder 1

Description of Camp Windemere - Unity, Maine no date

Physical Description: two copies
Box 3, Folder 2

Postcard of White Star Line - S.S. "Baltic" no date

Box 3, Folder 3

LASCA no date

Box 3, Folder 4

Joseph Bonaparte 1911

Box 3, Folder 5

Photoplay ideas no date

Box 3, Folder 6

Vocabulary, story ideas, addresses 1910

Box 3, Folder 7

Lines and ideas, material, notes no date

Box 3, Folder 8

Books consulted list no date

Box 3, Folder 9

Estimated costs for an unidentified production no date

 

Personal

Box 3, Folder 10

Self photo no date

Box 3, Folder 11

Data and policy - auto insurance 1919

Box 3, Folder 12

Family expense record 1919

Box 3, Folder 13

Expenses - check to IRS 1922

 

Clippings

Box 3, Folder 15

Newspaper clippings 1919

Box 3, Folder 16

Newspaper clippings 1921

Box 3, Folder 17

Newspaper clippings no date

Box 3, Folder 18

The American Architect - The Architectural Review, house and garden clippings 1921-1922

 

Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence 1917

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence 1918

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence 1919

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence 1920

Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence 1921

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence 1922

Box 4, Folder 7

Correspondence with S.A.F.F.I. 1921

Box 4, Folder 8

Miscellaneous correspondence no date

Box 4, Folder 9

E.H. Griffith correspondence A-C 1919-1921

Box 3, Folder 14

Scrapbook 1920-1921

Box 4, Folder 10

E.H. Griffith correspondence D-G 1918-1922

Box 4, Folder 11

E.H. Griffith correspondence H 1919-1922

Box 4, Folder 12

E.H. Griffith correspondence I 1918-1919

Box 4, Folder 13

E.H. Griffith correspondence J-K 1919

Box 4, Folder 14

E.H. Griffith correspondence L 1919

Box 4, Folder 15

E.H. Griffith correspondence M 1919-1922

Box 4, Folder 16

E.H. Griffith correspondence N-O 1917-1920

Box 4, Folder 17

E.H. Griffith correspondence P-R 1919-1922

Box 4, Folder 18

E.H. Griffith correspondence S 1918-1920

Box 4, Folder 19

E.H. Griffith correspondence T 1918-1922

Box 4, Folder 20

E.H. Griffith correspondence U-Z 1918-1921