Frank "Spig" Wead papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Frank "Spig" Wead papers
Date (inclusive): 1851-1994
Date (bulk): 1929-1947
Collection number: 480
Creator: Wead, Frank W.
Extent: 5.1 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Frank "Spig" Wead papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lila Berman, 2001


Frank Wilbur Wead was an American screenwriter active in film from 1929 to 1947. The basis for much of his writing came from his experience as a United States Navy pilot during World War I.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Frank ?pig?Wead papers span the years 1851-1994 (bulk 1929-1947) and encompass 5.1 linear feet. The collection consists of scripts, clippings, and reviews for films written and collaborated on by Wead. There is information about Wead? naval career and family genealogy, correspondence, and unpublished aviation-related manuscripts by Wead.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Stage files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 3. Subject files, subseries A-B as follows: A. General; B. Stories; 4. Scrapbooks

Indexing Terms

Wead, Frank W. (Frank Wilber) , 1895-1947--Archives.