Visual materials pertaining to John Freuler, the American Film Manufacturing Company, the Mutual Film Corporation, and other Freuler companies based in Chicago, Illinois, with production studios in Chicago and later in Santa Barbara, California. Primarily still images relating to 339 motion picture films. Most images are believed to be movie stills (copies of frames from the moving picture films) but may include some photographs shot on the sets during production. Especially well represented in the collection are the actresses Margarita Fisher and Mary Miles Minter, and the films: The Blue Moon, Easy Millions, Fighting Gentlemen, A Light Woman, Love Past Thirty, and Payment Guaranteed. Other image materials include promotional materials such as color lobby cards, marketing booklets, and advertising broadsides. Also included are several drawings, including a pen and ink cartoon drawing of John Freuler, and copies of silent film title cards and typewritten pages detailing a portion of the collection's contents.
5550 photographic prints : b&w ; 14 x 22 in. and smaller. 26 photomechanical prints : col. ; 11 x 14 in. and smaller. 2 photomechanical prints : b&w ; various sizes. 6 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 20 negatives : nitrate ; 8 x 10 in.