Disney, Walt, 1901-1966

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Walt Disney (born Walter Elias Disney, December 5, 1901, Chicago, Illinois–d. December 15, 1966, Burbank, California), American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. He was a pioneer of the American animation industry, and 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, Walt Disney took art classes and got work as a commercial illustrator. He moved to California in the early 1920s and set up the Disney Brothers Studio with his brother Roy Disney. With Ub Iwerks, Walt developed the character Mickey Mouse in 1928, his first highly popular success. Disney also provided the voice for Mickey Mouse 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 New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Collection of Walt Disney Productions and Walt Disney ephemera, 1930s-1950s. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
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referencedIn Photographs of Characters and Scenes from Walt Disney Films, 1940 - 1942 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers, 1900-1950 (inclusive), 1920-1941 (bulk). Houghton Library
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referencedIn Martin, Pete, 1901-1980. Papers, 1929-1980. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn George and, Anne Millay, Collection, 1959-2006 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
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referencedIn Harrison "Buzz" Price, Papers, 1956-2006 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries,
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referencedIn Papers, 1931-2002 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Kenneth J. LaBudde Dept. of Special Collections. Baron Missakian Collection. University of Missouri-Kansas City, Miller Nichols Library; Health Sciences Library; Dental Library
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creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1911-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Photograph of Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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referencedIn Smith, Kate, 1907-1986. Kate Smith collection, 1930-1976. Boston University. School of Medicine
referencedIn Milton Caniff Collection, 1805-2007, 1910-1988 The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
referencedIn Disney, Walt, 1901-1966 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
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creatorOf Stone, Paula. Papers, 1920-1981. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Prominent Personalities: Disney, Walt United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Records of District Courts of the United States. 1685 - 2009. Bankruptcy Act of 1898 Case Files. 1898 - 1950. In the Matter of Laugh-O-Gram Films. 1898 - 1950. Chattel Mortgage
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 Hardie Gramatky papers, 1945-1972 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn John Canemaker Animation Collection, Bulk, 1970-2000, 1903-2012 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Charles G. Wright Collection of Big Little Books, 1933-1943 North Carolina State University. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn San Francisco Academy of Comic Art collection : Newspaper Comic Strips, 1893-1996 The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
referencedIn Katherine Mayo papers, 1835-1968, 1918-1940 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Hearst Metrotone News, Inc., Collection. 1937 - 1942. News of the Day Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1963 - 12/1967. News of the Day (Oct. 5)
referencedIn Moores, Richard Arnold, 1909-1986. Papers, 1937-1976. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Lewis Gannett correspondence, 1920-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Robert N. Giaimo Papers., undated, 1956-1981. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Pre-Presidential Papers of Richard M. Nixon. 1946 - 1963. General Correspondence. 1946 - 1963. Disney, Walt
referencedIn Charles G. Wright Collection of Big Little Books, 1933-1943 North Carolina State University. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn United Artists Corporation. Series 5B : Dr. A. H. Giannini file, 1935-1939. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
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associatedWith Hughes, Edith Wakeman. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Chicago IL US
Burbank CA US
Subject
Thank-you notes
Occupation
Entrepreneurs
Screenwriters
Artists
Directors
Voice actors and actresses
Animators
Entertainers
Film producers
Cartoonist
Activity

Person

Birth 1901-12-05

Death 1966-12-15

Americans

English

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