Albert E. Smith (1875-1958) co-founded
the Vitagraph Company of America as the Reader, Smith, and Blackton Combination in 1894. He
invented the Vitagraph, one of the first successful motion picture projectors, in 1896. The
collection consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, albums, photographs, auditor's reports,
and trade agreements pertaining to the business of the Vitagraph Company of America, of
which Smith was co-founder.
Smith was born in 1875 in Faversham, England; co-founded the Vitagraph Company of America
as the Reader, Smith, and Blackton Combination in 1894; Vitagraph producer, writer, and
executive with actor and director J. Stuart Blackton until sale of the company to Warner
Brothers in 1925; invented the Vitagraph, one of the first successful motion picture
projectors, in 1896; had a wife, Lucile, and 6 children; died August 1, 1958 in Los
18 Linear Feet
(15 boxes, 6 oversize boxes)
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