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Charles G. Clarke collection
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The collection includes both items collected by Clarke and material relating to his career, including scripts, production material, correspondence, writings, and an American Film Institute oral history transcript. Scrapbooks compiled by Clarke contain correspondence addressed to William Selig or the Selig Polyscope Company.
Charles Galloway Clarke (1899-1983) was born in Potter Valley, California. He entered the film industry as an assistant cameraman at Universal in 1915. Following active service during World War I, he was made first cameraman at the National Film Company, where he photographed the serial SON OF TARZAN. His work as a prominent first cameraman and director of photography began in 1922 with THE HALF BREED. Other films in the 1920s and 1930s include FOUR SONS (1928), WORDS AND MUSIC (1929), TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932), VIVA VILLA! (1934), and THE CASINO MURDER CASE (1935). Clarke joined 20th Century-Fox in 1938 and remained under contract there until his retirement in 1962. Among his Fox features are MARGIE (1946), MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947), THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (1952), CAROUSEL (1956), and RETURN TO PETYON PLACE (1961). His writings include "Early Film Making in Los Angeles" (1976). Clarke served on the Academy Board of Governors from October 1945-May 1951 (assistant treasurer, 1948-1949), from June 1960-May 1962, and from July 1970-May 1975. Clarke received Academy Award nominations for cinematography for four Fox films: MOONTIDE (1942), HELLO FRISCO HELLO (1943), GREEN GRASS OF WYOMING (1948), and SAND (1949). In addition, he was presented with a Scientific or Technical Achievement citation (1943) and an Honorary medal of commendation (1979) from the Academy.
2 linear ft. of papers
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