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  • Hendricks, Gordon
  • Motion pictures -- History
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  • Edison, Thomas A.
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    Gordon Hendricks Motion Picture History Papers, ca. 1895-1970.
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    Hendricks, Gordon (collector, author).
    Gordon Hendricks Motion Picture History Papers, ca. 1895-1970.
    Phy. Description: 
    Approx. 27 cu. ft.: approx. 40 document boxes.
    Digital Reference: 
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    Bio / His Notes: 
    Hendricks was an art historian who wrote works on painters such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Eakins, as well as on early motion picture history, including analyses of inventors of apparatus and technology; in his book THE EDISON MOTION PICTURE MYTH he showed how Edison's assistant, W. K. L. Dickson, and other inventors actually were responsible for the development of cinematic technology for which Edison unfairly took credit. Hendricks apparently was born in 1917 and died in 1980.
    Contains Gordon Hendricks's collection of clippings, correspondence, and research notes, and other professional papers related to his books and articles on motion picture history. Includes files on Edison, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, and other pioneers in motion picture inventions.
    Photographs: Graphic materials included in the collection, such as photographs, frequently are not original but are copies of items from repositories in which Hendricks did research. However, there are a few noteworthy original items, such as examples of motion picture flip books (one partly intact, plus loose fragments from this flip book and others).
    Received through Guido Castelli.
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    Loc. of Assoc. Material: 
    Some materials from this collection, primarily photographs of apparatus, are in the NMAH Photographic History collection.
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    The Gordon Hendricks Motion Picture History Papers, 1895-1970, National Museum of American History.
    PARTIALLY PROCESSED COLLECTION. Photographs must be handled with white cotton gloves.
    No usage restrictions on this collection, but reproduction rights may need to be clarified. Reproduction fees for commercial use. Permission to reproduce photographic copies can be arranged through the Archives Center.
    Motion pictures -- History -- 1890-1930.
    Motion picture devices -- 1890-1930.
    Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931
    Dickson, William Kennedy Laurie
    Form / Genre: 
    Flip books
    Field notes
    Professional papers
    Correspondence -- 1930-1950
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
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