Marshall Neilan papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Marshall Neilan papers
Date (inclusive): 1925-1958
Date (bulk): 1947-1958
Collection number: 391
Creator: Neilan, Marshall
Extent: 1.3 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Marshall Neilan papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles "Buddy" Rogers, 1983


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.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

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.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files (Unproduced); 2. Television files (Unproduced); 3. Subject files.

Indexing Terms

Neilan, Marshall , 1891-1958--Archives.