Finding Aid for the Dorothy Davenport and the Wallace Reid Foundation Sanatorium photographs Biomed.0253

Finding aid prepared by Kelly Besser, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 December 2.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Dorothy Davenport and the Wallace Reid Foundation Sanatorium photographs
Source: Lock, William R.
Identifier/Call Number: Biomed.0253
Physical Description: 1 unknown (6 prints)
Date (inclusive): 1924-1925
Language of Material: English .

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4962163 

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 6 black and white photographs of screen actress Mrs. Wallace Reid (i.e., Dorothy Davenport) and others in front of buildings at the Wallace Reid Foundation Sanatoriuum for drug addiction in Los Angeles. Identification in typescript captions pasted on photograph versos. Dates supplied in pencil annotations by collector William R. Lock who, at age 10, amassed photographs of silent film stars in 1924-1925.
Dorothy Davenport was born in 1895 in Boston. In 1913 she married co-star and actor Wallace Reid, whom she met while filming His Only Son in 1912. In 1919, Reid was injured in a train wreck while on location, after which he became addicted to morphine. Following her husband's death at age 30 in 1923, Davenport became a crusader against drug addiction. Proceeds from the film Human Wreckage, which portrayed drug addiction realistically, allowed her to finance her own film production company and to found in Los Angeles the Wallace Reid Foundation Sanatorium for the treatment of substance-related disorders. Reid continued acting, directing, and writing, including co-writing the Francis the Talking Mule film series from 1950-1956. She died in 1977.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Lock, William R.