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Descriptive inventory for the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company records, 1896-1960, bulk 1911-1942

Essanay Film Manufacturing Company records

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Descriptive inventory for the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company records, 1896-1960, bulk 1911-1942

Prepared by Dominique Tremblay, 2008
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Essanay Film Manufacturing Company records, 1896-1960 (inclusive), 1911-1942 (bulk)
Creators: Essanay Film Manufacturing Co.
Ade, George
Chatfield-Taylor, H. C. (Hobart Chatfield)
Peck, Charles Mortimer
Rinehart, Mary Mortimer
Spoor, George K
Dates: 1896-1960 (inclusive), 1911-1942 (bulk)
Accession numbers: 2007.0138.1
2008.0216.1
2009.0069.1
2010.0056.1
Bib number: 00209187
Call number: MSS Lot E
Size: 10 linear feet (24 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of William F. Grisham and Gertrude E. Grisham (accession# 2007.0138.1, 2008.0216.1, 2009.0069.1, and 2010.0056.1).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

Research use of this collection is governed by the standard rules and regulations of the Chicago History Museum Research Center.

Please cite this collection as:

Essanay Film Manufacturing Company records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the George Spoor and Essanay Film Manufacturing Company manuscript collection; the Essanay Film Studios advertisements collection (1980.0007); the Essanay Film Studios collection of visual materials (1981.0021); the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company photographs (2007.0138); the Charlie Chaplin coloring books (2016.0042); and the Essanay News and Princess Sayrane, by Edith Ogden Harrison (publications cataloged in the library).

Collection Summary +/-

Film scripts and title pages, patent documents, correspondence, contracts, receipts and cancelled checks, newspaper clippings, and other materials relating to the early production of motion pictures by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company and Essanay Studios of Chicago (1907-1917) and later disposition of assets, such as patents for camera equipment and processes, real estate, and contacts. Scripts in the collection were written by George Ade, Charles Mortimer Peck, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and many others in a variety of genres, including adventures; fables for married life, family, and children; mysteries; and Westerns.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, an early motion picture production company, was founded in Chicago (Ill.) by George K. Spoor and Bronco Billy Anderson in 1907. Their first film, An Awful Skate, or The Hobo on Rollers, starred Ben Turpin and earned the studio several thousand dollars. The studio went on to make hundreds of films that starred some of the most famous actors of the day, including Wallace Beery, Francis X. Bushman, Gloria Swanson, Tom Mix, Ann Little, Helen Dunbar, Lester Cuneo, Virginia Valli, Edward Arnold, and Rod La Rocque. In 1914, the studio hired Charlie Chaplin and entered into its most successful period. The company shot films in California and Colorado as well as in Chicago. In 1918, Essanay merged with three other film studios to create V-L-S-E, which was absorbed into Warner Brothers in 1925. The Essanay building, located at 1345 West Argyle Street in Chicago, later became the home of St. Augustine College. Bronco Billy Anderson was the stage name used by Gilbert M. Anderson (1882-1971) when he starred in many Westerns made by Essanay. He was born Max Aronson.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Action and adventure films -- United States -- 20th century
Detective and mystery films -- United States -- 20th century
Motion picture cameras -- Patents -- United States -- 20th century
Motion picture industry -- United States -- 20th century
Motion picture studios -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Motion pictures -- 20th century -- Biography
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- 20th century
Silent films -- Illinois -- Chicago
Silent films -- United States
Western films
Persons:
Ade, George, 1866-1944
Anderson, Gilbert M., 1882-1971
Spoor, George K., 1871-1953
Spoor, Harry A., 1873-1929
Organizations:
Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. -- Archives
Essanay Studios (Chicago, Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Adventure stories
Contracts
Correspondence
Detective and mystery stories
Fables
Fiction
Patents
Receipts (financial records)
Scripts
Western stories
Geographic:
1345 West Argyle Street (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago (Ill.) -- Commerce -- 20th century
Chicago (Ill.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Uptown (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in five series

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Film Scripts by Charles Mortimer Peck, George Ade, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and various other writers, 1912-1942 (boxes 1-10)
Series 2. Film Scripts, individual and series, by Charles Mortimer Peck and others; George Ade fables, 1913-1937 (boxes 11-12)
Series 3. George Ade fables, and film scripts by others, 1905-1939 (boxes 13-17)
Series 4. Scripts, title sheets, and administrative documents, 1896-1960 (boxes 18-20)
Series 5. Scripts, administrative documents, and patents, 1912-1958 (boxes 21-24)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Rachel Baldwin using Oxygen editor, 4/29/2016
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:William F. Grisham and Gertrude E. Grisham donated boxes 1-8 in 2007 (2007.0138.1), boxes 9-13 in 2008 (2008.0216.1), boxes 14-17 in 2009 (2009.0069.1), and boxes 18-24 in 2010 (2010.0056.1).
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