William Beaudine papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Beaudine papers
Date (inclusive): 1912-1973
Collection number: 167
Creator: Beaudine, William
Extent: 5.8 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

William Beaudine papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Beaudine Jr., and Lucille Beaudine Warden, 1992-2005


William Beaudine was an American director active in film from the 1910s to 1966. He appeared as an actor in Mack Sennett's Biograph films in 1912. After moving to California in 1914, he got his first chance to direct while working on the Kalem Company's Ham and Bud comedy series in 1915. He directed as many as 150 short comedies before graduating to feature film assignments in 1922. Beaudine directed two Mary Pickford vehicles, including SPARROWS (1926). He directed more than 150 feature films and more than 200 episodes for various television series.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The William Beaudine papers span the years 1912-1973 and encompass 5.8 linear feet. The collection consists of film and television scripts, correspondence, contracts, books and periodicals, scrapbooks and loose clippings, miscellaneous items, and photographs.


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

Indexing Terms

Beaudine, William , 1892-1970--Archives.