William Collier Sr. papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Collier Sr. papers
Date (inclusive): 1897-1961
Date (bulk): 1900s-1920s
Collection number: 152
Creator: Collier, William, Sr.
Extent: 3 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Chatty Collier Eliason, 1988


William Collier Sr. was an American actor. From the 1890s through the late 1920s Collier starred in numerous plays. Collier appeared in films as early as 1915 with Mack Sennett. A noted character actor, often in filmed versions of plays, he appeared in dozens of films in the 1930s.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The William Collier Sr. papers span the years 1897-1961 (bulk 1900s-1920s) and encompass 3 linear feet. The collection contains script material, clippings, programs, correspondence, some drawings, Friars Club dinner programs, flyers and souvenir books for Friars Club Frolic, miscellaneous legal material, several pieces of short verse by Collier, and scrapbooks.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files (Unproduced); 2. Stage files; 3. Subject files; 4. Scrapbooks.

Indexing Terms

Collier, William, Sr. , 1864-1944--Archives.