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Description
The Marshall Neilan papers span the years 1925-1958 (bulk 1947-1958) and encompass 1.3 linear foot. The collection contains outlines and research for several unproduced film projects, material for two television series developed by Neilan, some correspondence, and extensive drafts of Neilan's memoirs. Of interest is correspondence with D. W. Griffith and his family and an excerpt of Griffith's autobiography. There is no information about any of the films Neilan directed or acted in. The collection consists of material that was willed by Neilan to Mary Pickford, whom he acted opposite and then directed in several films. Upon Pickford's death, the material was inherited by her husband, actor Charles "Buddy" Rogers.
Background
Marshall Neilan was an American director, screenwriter, and actor. He was active as a director from 1913 to 1937 and as most active as an actor from around 1911 to 1923. Neilan dabbled in television writing in the mid-1950s.
Extent
1.3 linear feet of papers.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.