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Sawyer (Preston) Film and Theater Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Preston Sawyer Film and Theater Collection
    creator: Sawyer, Preston, 1899-1968
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.404
    Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet 27 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1959
    Abstract: This collection contains photographs, lobby cards, correspondence, ephemera, and realia.
    Container: 1-27


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.

    Preferred Citation

    Preston Sawyer Film and Theater Collection. MS 404. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Sawyer family of Santa Cruz, California, were avid movie and theater aficionados. The materials in this collection were gathered mainly by Preston Sawyer, and contributed to by Ariel and Gertrude Sawyer. Ariel Sawyer spent time working in Hollywood from 1922-1925. He appeared in several minor rolls including a small (uncredited) part in The Courtship of Miles Standish, 1923. Preston, an amateur photographer, spent time with actors and production crews when they filmed in Santa Cruz County. He obtained work as an extra in a few films including, Maid of Salem, 1937.
    Preston Sawyer was employed as a proofreader and historian for the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper from 1935 to 1962, and collected Santa Cruz and California memorabilia over his entire lifetime. Ariel Sawyer ran the Sawyer Tile Company in Santa Cruz circa 1926-1966.
    Ariel Sawyer donated Preston’s memorabilia, which included the materials in this collection, to both the UCSC Library and the Santa Cruz Public Library upon Preston’s death in 1968.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains photographs of actors, entertainers, performers, theater scenes and movie sets during production. Photographs are often signed and dedicated to Preston or Ariel Sawyer. There is a substantial number of lobby cards, many from the silent film era spanning 1916-1922. In addition, the collection contains a small amount of correspondence related to Hollywood stars and movie production. Ephemera in the collection consists of brochures, playbills, press and promotional materials; realia consists of autograph books and a scrapbook.
    The collection is separated into four series: 1. Photographs 2. Lobby cards 3. Correspondence 4. Ephemera and Realia

    Related Materials

    MS 82 Preston Sawyer Collection; MS 427 Santa Cruz County Historic Photograph Collection, Series 10 - Entertainment: Film in Santa Cruz.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Motion pictures -- Collectibles