Laurel, StanAlternative names
Biography / Administrative History
Thomas W. Sefton (1917-2006) was president of a major San Diego, California, bank (San Diego Trust) and a leading San Diego philanthropist, who had a life-long devotion to Laurel and Hardy. This interest in Laurel and Hardy led to a friendship with Stan Laurel before the latter's death in 1965. Sefton developed a correlative relationship with Hal Roach, the great producer of the 1920s and 1930s of, among other movie properties, the Laurel and Hardy films. His friendship with Stan Laurel meant that Thomas W. Sefton was able to accumulate from Laurel himself invaluable materials related to the career of the comedian, and, to a lesser extent, that of Oliver Hardy.
From the guide to the Thomas W. Sefton Laurel and Hardy Collection, 1933-1994, (Loyola Marymount University. William H. Hannon Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.)
- Collectors and collecting
- Comedy films