Disney, Walt, 1901-1966

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Walt Disney (b. December 5, 1901, Chicago, IL–d. December 15, 1966, Burbank, CA) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual.

As a boy in Chicago, Disney took art classes as a boy and got a job as a commercial illustrator. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy. With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success; he also provided the voice for his creation in the early years. In the 1950s, Disney expanded into the amusement park industry, and in 1955 he opened Disneyland. Disney died of lung cancer in December 1966.

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referencedIn Photograph of Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn Charles G. Wright Collection of Big Little Books, 1933-1943 Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Papers, 1931-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Records of District Courts of the United States. 1685 - 2009. Civil Case Files. 1938 - 1987. Case #127 - Disney v. Hamilton. 1938 - 1987. Affidavit of Walter E. Disney
referencedIn Crisler, Herb. Herb Crisler correspondence, 1952-1984. Jefferson County Historical Society
referencedIn Rosengren, Roswell P., 1902-1988. Papers, 1921-1966. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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referencedIn Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection. Walt Disney : clipping file. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
referencedIn Photographs of Characters and Scenes from Walt Disney Films, 1940 - 1942 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn Collection of Walt Disney Productions and Walt Disney ephemera, 1930s-1950s USC Libraries Special Collections
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referencedIn Norman "Buddy" Baker Collection, ca. 1958-1998 Fales Library & Special Collections
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referencedIn Norman "Buddy" Baker Collection, ca. 1958-1998 Fales Library & Special Collections
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creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1885-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Lodwick, Stephen Danks. Stephen Danks Lodwick collection, 1964-2002. University of Central Florida, UCF
referencedIn 2201689 - Art of Animation - Walt Disney United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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referencedIn Marmaduke, Virginia L. (Virginia Lee), 1908-. Papers, 1962-1965 (bulk 1964-1965). Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn San Francisco Academy of Comic Art collection : Newspaper Comic Strips, 1893-1996 The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
referencedIn Biography: Melvyn Douglas, 1972-1980 Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memoryhttp://www.indiana.edu/~cshm
referencedIn Charles G. Wright Collection of Big Little Books, 1933-1943 Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Martin, Pete, 1901-1980. Papers, 1929-1980. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Roberts, Charles,. Charles Roberts autograph collection, 1773-1938. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Smith, Kate, 1907-1986. Kate Smith collection, 1930-1976. Boston University, School of Medical
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
referencedIn Disney, Walt Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
referencedIn Parsons, Louella O. (Louella Oettinger), 1881-1972. Letter, 1944 Feb. 22, Los Angeles, to Daniel L. Quirk, Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich. University of Michigan
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Walt Disney 1901-1966 biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Huemer, Dick,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel and Don Ott, Nov. 10, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Disney, Walt, 1901-1966 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Automobile Club of Southern California Collection of Photographs and Negatives, 1898-1982, bulk 1920s-1930s The Huntington Library
creatorOf Baker, George, 1915-1975. Bernard Meeks Cartoon Collection [manuscript] 1860-1945. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Katherine Mayo papers, 1835-1968, 1918-1940 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Information Agency. 1900 - 2003. Sound Recordings Relating to "Studio One" Broadcasts. 1955 - 2003. A Mouse for All Seasons
referencedIn Collection of Walt Disney Productions and Walt Disney ephemera, 1930s-1950s. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
referencedIn Automobile Club of Southern California,. Automobile Club of Southern California Collection of Photographs and Negatives, 1898-1982 (bulk 1920s-1930s) Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Meier, Nellie Simmons, d. 1939. Nellie Simmons Meier papers, 1898-1938. Library of Congress
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referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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referencedIn George and, Anne Millay, Collection, 1959-2006 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1911-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Nellie Simmons Meier Papers, 1898-1938 Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Prominent Personalities: Disney, Walt United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Wanger, Walter F., 1894-1968. Papers, 1908-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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correspondedWith Crisler, Herb. person
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associatedWith Dawson, Agnes Balloch Bready. person
associatedWith Disney Enterprises (1996- ) corporateBody
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associatedWith Feild, Robert Durant, 1893-1979. person
associatedWith Ford, John, 1895-1973 person
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Photographic Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Foster, George Harding, 1912-1959. person
associatedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. person
associatedWith Gramatky, Hardie, 1907-1979 person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Huemer, Dick, person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
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associatedWith Lodwick, Stephen Danks. person
associatedWith Loring, Rosamund B. (Rosamond Bowditch), 1889-1950 person
associatedWith Marmaduke, Virginia L. (Virginia Lee), 1908- person
associatedWith Martin, Pete, 1901-1980. person
associatedWith Mayne, Lewis H., Mrs. person
associatedWith Mayo, Katherine, 1868?-1940. person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Meier, Nellie Simmons, d. 1939. person
associatedWith Moores, Richard Arnold, 1909-1986. person
associatedWith Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971 person
associatedWith New York Times Company corporateBody
associatedWith Parsons, Louella O. (Louella Oettinger), 1881-1972. person
associatedWith Pleasants, Henry, person
associatedWith Robert C. Vose Galleries. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
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associatedWith San Francisco Academy of Comic Art. Bill Blackbeard, Director corporateBody
associatedWith Schickel, Richard. person
correspondedWith Smith, Kate, 1907-1986. person
associatedWith Stephen Danks Lodwick person
associatedWith Stone, Paula. person
associatedWith United Artists Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Wallgren, Abian A. person
associatedWith Wanger, Walter F., 1894-1968. person
correspondedWith Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943 person
associatedWith Wright, Charles G. (Charles Gerald), 1930- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Burbank CA US
Chicago IL US
Subject
Thank-you notes
Occupation
Animators
Entertainers
Screenwriters
Artists
Film producers
Voice actors and actresses
Entrepreneurs
Directors
Function

Person

Birth 1901-12-05

Death 1966-12-15

Male

Americans

English

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