Papers. Series I. Correspondence, 1907-1983.

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Swanson, Gloria. Papers. Series I. Correspondence, 1907-1983.

Papers. Series I. Correspondence, 1907-1983.

Includes correspondence, with various enclosures (clippings, photographs, financial or legal documents, script proposals, etc.), from Miss Swanson's family, friends, business associates, acquaintances, and fans, spanning many notables from numerous fields of endeavor. As many relationships overlapped personal, career, business, and other interests, this series should by no means be regarded as purely personal correspondence. The earliest correspondence in the collection is from her family. Most 1920s and 1930s correspondence is film related and located in Series II., Career, especially in the United Artists subseries. The 1940s are most prominently represented in the Multiprises, Inc. subseries of Series III., Business Interests. Among the correspondents are: Roy E. Aitken, Michelle Farmer Amon, Kenneth Anger, Robert Balzer, Tallulah Bankhead, Richard Barthelmess, Earl Blackwell, Virginia Bowker, Charles Brackett, Lewis L. Bredin, Harry A. Bruno, Carol Burnett, George Bush, Francis X. Bushman, Richard E. Byrd, Walter Byron, James Cagney, Eddie Cantor, Carol Channing, Maurice Chevalier, Henri Coanda, Ronald Colman, Noel Coward, Fleur Cowles, Joan Crawford, George Cukor, Michael Curtiz, Gloria Daly, Raymond W. Daum, William M. Davey, Marion Davies, Cecil B. DeMille, Indira Devi, Thomas E. Dewey, Theodore Dreiser, William Dufty, Alan Dwan, Nelson Eddy, David Edstrom, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, Harlan Ellison, Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Michael Farmer, José Ferrer, Hy Gardner, George, Duke of Kent, George Gershwin, Margaret Ghika, Lillian Gish, Hubert de Givenchy, Elinor Glyn, Edmund Goulding, Gladys Griffith, Alec Guinness, Edmund Gwenn, Forrest Halsey, Oscar Hammerstein II, Helen Hayes, Edith Head, William Randolph Hearst, Ethel Helmsing, Katharine Hepburn, Conrad Hilton, Prince Franz Hohenlohe, Bob Hope, Hedda Hopper, Edward Everett Horton, L. Ron Hubbard, René Hubert, William Bradford Huie, George S. Kaufman, Edward Moore Kennedy, Harold J. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jean Kerr, Ed Koch, Kathryn Kuhlman, Michio Kushi, Henri de La Falaise, Henri Langlois, Beatrice LaPlante, Rod LaRocque, Jesse L. Lasky, Evelyn Laye, Vivien Leigh, Mervyn LeRoy, Clare Boothe Luce, Joel McCrea, Roddy McDowall, Frances Norton Manning, Arlette Marchal, Stanley Marcus, Frances Marion, Gene Markey, Herbert Marshall, James Michener, Marshall Neilan, David Niven, Richard M. Nixon, Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Louella Parsons, Mary Pickford, ZaSu Pitts, Rosa Ponselle, Harold Prince, Ram Gopal, Ronald Reagan, Ginger Rogers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adela Rogers St. Johns, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gustave Schirmer, David O. Selznick, Joseph Sharfshin, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, R. Lawrence Siegel, Herbert K. Somborn, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Steichen, Preston Sturges, Ed Sullivan, Joseph Patrick Swanson, Joseph Theodore Swanson, Bess Truman, Valentina, Erich Von Stroheim, Raoul Walsh, Barbara Walters, LeRoy P. ("Sport") Ward, Clifton Webb, Orson Welles, Dan Werlé, Billy Wilder, Lois Wilson, Walter Winchell, Sam Wood, Adelaide Woodruff, Florenz Ziegfeld, Adolph Zukor, and others. Among some of the more intriguing pieces of correspondence are: a letter from a twelve year old John F. Kennedy, thanking Miss Swanson for a Christmas present; a signed, self-caricature note from George Gershwin; René Hubert's voluminous, illustrated correspondence; early papers of Herbert K. Somborn's company, Equity Pictures; and a series of mail from Kenneth Anger, which arose from a lawsuit involving his book Hollywood Babylon. There is relatively little correspondence with Joseph P. Kennedy; most of it is found in Series II., Career, and it is generally characterized by business dealings. Also included is a large group of fan mail, and fans' addresses kept on index cards, with carbons of responses, or notations that photographs or letters were sent, or perhaps a phone call was made.

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McDowall, Roddy

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Welles, Orson, 1915-1985

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Orson Welles (1915-1985), was a director, actor, writer and producer. Oja Kodar (1941- ), a Croatian sculptor, actress, screenwriter and partner of Orson Welles from the 1960s through 1985. From the description of Orson Welles and Oja Kodar papers, 1910-1998 (bulk 1965-1985). (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 704433385 The novel by Sherwood King was the basis for this Orson Welles screenplay. The movie, starring Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles, produced by Columbi...

Von Stroheim, Erich, 1885-1957

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Balzer, Robert Lawrence

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Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960

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Lyricist. From the description of Reminiscences of Oscar Hammerstein : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122565446 Librettist, lyricist, producer, and publisher. From the description of Typewritten letter signed : Boston, to James J. Fuld, 1955 Nov. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270923808 ...

Werlé, Dan.

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LaRocque, Rod.

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Daum, Raymond W.

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Davies, Marion, 1897-1961

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Motion picture actress. From the description of Scrapbooks, 1925-1928. (Natural History Museum Foundation, Los Angeles County). WorldCat record id: 18056499 ...

Ellison, Harlan

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Givenchy, Hubert ˜deœ 1927-

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Eddy, Nelson, 1901-1967

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Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973

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Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was a photographer from New York, N.Y. From the description of Oral history interview with Edward Steichen, 1970 June 5 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 495596733 Photographer; New York, N.Y. From the description of Edward Steichen interviews, 1970 June 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220190470 Edward Steichen was born in 1879 in Luxembourg and immigrated to the United States in 1882, settling in Michigan wi...

Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971

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Former Governor of New York. From the description of Reminiscences of Thomas Dewey : oral history, 1966. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 269255106 American politician. From the description of Typewritten letter signed : [n.p.], to F.B. Adams, Jr., 1964 Jan. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270539338 From the description of Typed letter signed : Albany, New York, to Mrs. Robert M. Littlejohn, 1944 July 11. (Unknown). W...

Farmer, Michael T.

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Selznick, David O., 1902-1965

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Selznick was an American film producer. Chapman was an American playwright, theatrical consultant, professor of English literature, and Director of the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University. From the description of Letters to Robert Harris Chapman, 1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79662527 From the guide to the Letters to Robert Harris Chapman, 1956., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) The power companie...

Swanson, Gloria

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Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Gloria Swanson : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122620278 American actress, motion-picture producer, and author. From the description of Papers. Series II. Career, ca. 1914-1983. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122419032 From the description of Papers. Series VI. After Death, 1983-19...

Dwan, Allan, 1885-1981

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Allan Dwan was a film director. He was born in Toronto, Canada on April 3, 1885. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in electrical engineering. Allan worked for Essanay as a scenario editor, later moving to the American Film Company. He married Betty Marie Shelton and had no children. He directed more than 400 films from 1909 until his death. His pictures included "Hold Back the Night", "Restless Breed", and "Rivers Edge." Allan Dwan died of heart failure on December 21,...

Cukor, George, 1899-1983.

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Film director. From the description of Reminiscences of George Dewey Cukor : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122569616 Cukor was born and raised in New York City and became a director of stage and screen, working primarily at MGM. He died in 1983. From the description of George Cukor Christmas card : print, 1967. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754872715 ...

Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967

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English actress. From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Denys [Blakelock], [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871310 Actress Vivien Leigh was born in Darjeeling, India, and returned to England with her parents after World War I. While attending a convent school, her mother took her to see a play, where she determined to become an actress. She had little experience before creating a sensation in the role of Scarlett O'Hara in the movie Gone With t...

Brackett, Charles, 1892-1969

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Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Charles Brackett : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597155 ...

Glyn, Elinor, 1864-1943

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English author of sensational and romantic novels. From the description of Elinor Glyn letters to Will Orton Tewson [manuscript], 1913 October 23, 28. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 613612651 Elinor Glyn was born October 17, 1864 in Jersey, Channel Islands, the daughter of Douglas and Elinor Saunders Sutherland. She was raised by her mother after her father died of typhoid fever when Glyn was only a few months old, received only the minimal education available...

Huie, William Bradford, 1910-1986

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Author, journalist and literary editor. Author of The Americanization of Emily, The execution of Private Slovik, The Klansmen and many other popular fiction and non-fiction books on American social history, some of which were adapted for screenplays. Huie's books and writings often dealt with controversial racial, social and political issues. He was an outspoken opponent of racial injustice in his native Alabama and authored a series of books about violence in the South during the civil rights m...

Kuhlman, Kathryn

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Head, Edith

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Edith Head was a hollywood costume designer. From the description of Ten Commandments costume continuity book, 1954-4956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367827687 According to the donor, the sketches are executed by various studio artists, following the design ideas of Edith Head, and approved by Head. From the description of Design illustrations for Western films [graphic]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81150916 ...

Blackwell, Earl

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Marcus, Stanley, 1905-

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Gershwin, George, 1898-1937

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George Gershwin (1898-1973) was an American pianist and composer well-known for his collaborations with older brother Ira Gershwin. George Gershwin's work included musical theater, opera, most notably Porgy and Bess, and other classical compositions. From the guide to the George Gershwin sheet music, 1918-1946., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University) George Gershwin, composer. Ira Gershwin, lyricist. Ken Ludwig, librettist...

Lasky, Jesse L., 1880-1958

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Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-2009

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Edward Moore Kennedy (b. Feb. 22, 1932, Boston, Mass.-d. Aug. 25, 2009), graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in government in 1956, and received his LL.B. from the University of Virginia in 1959. He served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. He was elected democratic senator from Massachusetts in 1962, served until his death in August 2009. He was the Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County from 1961 to 1962, and sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1980....

Zukor, Adolph, 1873-1976

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Film producer, executive. From the description of Reminiscences of Adolph Zukor : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131591 ...

Marshall, Herbert, 1890-1966

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Epithet: Dr; of Sloane MS 1326 British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001192.0x0003b5 Herbert Marshall was a monoglot Englishman who came to work at the Aluminium Works (Laboratory Department) at Dolgarrog, Caernarfonshire. He learnt Welsh and could speak it exceptionally well. Later, he emigrated to Canada. He studied the mid-Conwy Valley extensively, consulting manuscripts and examining the ...

Gardner, Hy.

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Helmsing, Ethel.

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Rogers, Ginger, 1911-1995

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Performer and trick roper who used various surnames. Not to be confused with the film actress. From the description of Collection. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 166508253 Actress. From the description of Reminiscences of Ginger Rogers : oral history, 1980. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309724057 ...

Shriver, Eunice Kennedy

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LeRoy, Mervyn, 1900-1987

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Moving-picture producer and director. From the description of Reminiscences of Mervyn LeRoy : oral history, 1971. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122419897 ...

Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997

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Author; d. 1997. From the description of James A. Michener Chesapeake collection, 1975-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70973705 Author. From the description of James A. Michener papers, 1906-1992 (bulk 1945-1992). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71063535 James Albert Michener was born in 1907 to unknown parents and raised as an orphan in the care of widow Mabel Michener of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. By the time he graduated from high school in 1925, h...

Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003

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Katharine Hepburn (b. May 12, 1907, Hartford, Conn.-d. June 29, 2003, Old Saybrook, Conn.), American actress. From the description of Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10580735 American actress. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Beverly Hills], to Edward Wagenknecht, 1949 May 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270864087 Although she was best known as a star of the screen,...

Valentina

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Koch, Ed, 1924-2013

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Politician, congressman. From the description of Reminiscences of Edward I. Koch : oral history, 1975-1976. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 298686772 ...

Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994

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Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States, was born on his family''s farm on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. His family moved to Whittier, California in 1922, and his father operated a grocery store there. His mother''s family were Quakers, and Nixon attended Whittier College, a Quaker institution. He graduated from Whittier in 1934, and won a scholarship to Duke University Law School. After graduating from Duke, he returned to Whittier, California and joined the la...

Eisenhower, Mamie Doud, 1896-1979

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Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (Nov. 14, 1896 - Nov. 1, 1979), wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Boone, Iowa, one of four daughters of John Sheldon Doud and Elivera Mathilda Carlson. John Doud had made a modest fortune in a meat-packing business begun by his father; he retired and moved the family to Denver when Mamie was nine years old. She had a privileged childhood, reared in an elegant Victorian house that was built for Doud and his family. Mamie attended public schools in Den...

Kennedy, Harold J.

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Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of Harold J. Kennedy : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122376744 ...

Amon, Michelle Farmer.

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Laplante, Béatrice

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Pitts, ZaSu, 1898-1963

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Webb, Clifton.

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Daly, Gloria.

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Marion, Frances, 1888-1973

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Screenwriter. From the description of Reminiscences of Frances Marion : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122528565 ...

Bowker, Virginia.

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Laye, Evelyne 1967-

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Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951

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Epithet: American newspaper proprietor British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000303.0x000339 American journalist, publisher, and politician. From the description of William Randolph Hearst papers, 1874-1951 (bulk 1927-1947). (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 26643556 American newspaper publisher. From the description of Letters : of William Randolph Hearst, 191...

Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002

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Billy Wilder, 1906-2002, filmmaker and art collector of Beverly Hills, Calif. From the description of Oral history interview with Billy Wilder, 1995 Feb. 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83334927 Billy Wilder, screenwriter and director; I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter. From the description of Love in the afternoon : screenplay, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122608348 Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriters; Sir Arthur Conan Do...

Bredin, Lewis L.

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Byron, Walter, 1901-1972

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Bruno, H. A. (Harry Augustine), 1893- .

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Somborn, Herbert K.

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Cagney, James, 1899-1986

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Actor. From the description of Reminiscences of James Cagney : oral history, 1958. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122573987 Harlan Ware (1902-1967) (whose full name was William Harlan Ware) was born in Lakota, North Dakota, and educated in the public schools of Winnetka, Illinois. He was a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago. He wrote novels, plays, and radio scripts. His best-known scripts are for the radio programs "The B...

Hubert, René 1895-1976

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Sturges, Preston, Jr.

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Born Aug. 29, 1898 in Chicago as Edmond Preston Biden; inventor of kissproof lipstick for mother's cosmetic company; wrote hit Broadway play, Strictly dishonorable, 1929; moved to Hollywood, 1933; worked as screenwriter, and beginning in 1940 as a writer-director of satiric comedies; Academy Award for screenplay The great McGinty, 1940; left Paramount Pictures in 1944, and had a short business association with Howard Hughes, founding California Pictures in mid-1940s; lived in Europe for a period...

Aitken, Roy E.

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La Falaise, Henry de

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