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Administrative Information

William S. Hart Collection--Folder List

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University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

William S. Hart:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection of Photographs at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Hart, William S., 1874-1946
Title: William S. Hart Collection of Photographs
Dates: 1917-1921
Abstract: The collection contains photographs documenting the career of this actor and director of silent films. The images included in the collection consist of portraits, production stills, credits, sketches, and background photos.
Extent: 9 boxes (1604 items)
Repository: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The William S. Hart Collection consists of 9 boxes of photographs documenting Hart's professional life as both actor and director in Hollywood from 1917 to 1921. The images include portraits, production stills, credits, sketches, and background photos. The collection was assembled by Le Roy Stone, who produced many of Hart's features. Arrangement is by accession number as assigned by the Ransom Center. The folders reflect Stone's organization of the items by portraits, individual and company production stills, and miscellaneous photos.

The photographs document Hart's personal and dramatic vision of the American West and reveal his stature as man and artist. During his brief, successful career in silent films (1914-1925), Hart made about 20 short films and nearly 50 feature films. The bulk of the collection provides stills for 22 of these features (see alphabetical list of film titles at the end of this inventory). The personal photos include candid shots taken of Hart speaking at a political rally in Brooklyn, N.Y., and 'civilization photos' depicting various unidentified urban scenes.

The studios backing the production of Hart's silent features include Triangle Film Corporation (which absorbed New York Motion Picture Company, Reliance-Majestic Company, and Keystone Comedies), under the direction of Thomas H. Ince; Paramount-Artcraft; and Willam S. Hart Productions. The production stills in the collection were photographed by Joe August (1890-1947).

The collection also contains production stills from films starring Hart's contemporaries, such as actor Charles Ray ( Claws of the Hun; His Mother's Boy; 9 0'Clock Town; Eaglet of White Wild), and actresses Enid Bennett and Dorothy Dalton. It is probable that these stills were included in the collection because Stone produced the films.

Also present are portraits of actresses in Hollywood during the 1910s and 1920s. The studio photographers represented are Evans and Witzel, both of Los Angeles, and Moody, of New York. Signed portraits of Gloria Swanson and Alma Hanlon are a highlight.

The William S. Hart manuscript collection at the Ransom Center consists of 35 film scripts.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 1973 (R5931)

Processed by:

Teresa J. Bogar, 1997

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William S. Hart Collection--Folder List

 
Box Folder
1 1 Women [973:0001:0001 - 973:0001:0030]

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Box Folder
1 2 William S. Hart Co. photographs [973:0001:0031 - 973:0001:0073]

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Box Folder
1 3 Guilty Man production stills [973:0001:0074 - 973:0001:0099]

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Box Folder
1 4 Burglar For a Night production stills [973:0001:0100 - 973:0001:0108]

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Box Folder
1 5 Civilization photographs [973:0001:0109 - 973:0001:0131]

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Box Folder
1 6 Portraits and miscellaneous stills [973:0001:0132 - 973:0001:0160]

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Box Folder
2 1 Sand production stills [973:0001:0161 - 973:0001:0204]

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Box Folder
2 2 Toll Gate production stills [973:0001:0205 - 973:0001:0252]

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Box Folder
2 3 Miscellaneous production stills [973:0001:0253 - 973:0001:0305]

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Box Folder
3 1 Sahara production stills [973:0001:0306 - 973:0001:0343]

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Box Folder
3 2 Chas. Ray production stills [973:0001:0344 - 973:0001:0423]

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Box Folder
3 3 Son of His Father production stills [973:0001:0424 - 973:0001:0439]

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Box Folder
3 4 Shark Monroe production stills [973:0001:0440 - 973:0001:0463]

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Box Folder
3 5 William S. Hart personal & production stills [973:0001:0464 - 973:0001:0525]

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Box Folder
3 6 Triangle production stills [973:0001:0526 - 973:0001:0564]

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Box Folder
4 1 Production stills ( The Cradle of Courage; The Testing Block; O'Malley of the Mounted; The Whistle - Dir. by Lambert Hillyer) [973:0001:0565 - 973:0001:0653]

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Box Folder
5 1 Blue Blazes Rawden production stills [973:0001:0654 - 973:0001:0689]

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Box Folder
5 2 The Narrow Trail production stills [973:0001:0690 - 973:0001:0712]

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Box Folder
5 3 Riddle Gawne production stills [973:0001:0713 - 973:0001:0733]

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Box Folder
5 4 The Tiger Man production stills [973:0001:0734 - 973:0001:0768]

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Box Folder
5 5 The Silent Man production stills [973:0001:0769 - 973:0001:0792]

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Box Folder
5 6 Wolves of the Rail production stills [973:0001:0793 - 973:0001:0809]

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Box Folder
5 7 The Border Wireless production stills [973:0001:0810 - 973:0001:0820]

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Box Folder
5 8 Branding Broadway production stills [973:0001:0821 - 973:0001:0862]

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Box Folder
6 1 Selfish Yates production stills [973:0001:0863 - 973:0001:0897]

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Box Folder
6 2 John Petticoats production stills [973:0001:0898 - 973:0001:0942]

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Box Folder
6 3 Square Deal Sanderson production stills [973:0001:0943 - 973:0001:1006]

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Box Folder
6 4 Wagon Tracks production stills [973:0001:1007 - 973:0001:1061]

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Box Folder
7 1 Breed of Men production stills [973:0001:1062 - 973:0001:1106]

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Box Folder
7 2 The Poppy Girl's Husband production stills [973:0001:1107 - 973:0001:1160]

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Box Folder
7 3 The Money Corral production stills [973:0001:1162 - 973:0001:1226]

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Box Folder
7 4 Miscellaneous Chas. Ray production stills [973:0001:1227 - 973:0001:1322]

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Box Folder
8 1 Ponjola production stills [973:0001:1323 - 973:0001:1349]

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Box Folder
8 2 Enid Bennett production stills [973:0001:1350 - 973:0001:1450]

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Box Folder
8 3 Miscellaneous photographs [973:0001:1451 - 973:0001:1486]

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Box Folder
9 1 Dorothy Dalton production stills ( Flare-up Sal; Kaiser's Shadow; Tyrant Fear; and miscellaneous) [973:0001:1487 - 973:0001:1604]

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 William S. Hart Collection--Index of Film Titles 

An asterisk below indicates a non-William S. Hart film

  • Blue Blazes Rawden--5.1
  • Border Wireless, The--5.7
  • Branding Broadway--5.8
  • Breed of Men--7.1
  • Burglar For a Night*--1.4
  • Cradle of Courage, The--4.1
  • Guilty Man*--1.3
  • John Petticoats--6.2
  • Money Corral, The--7.3
  • Narrow Trail, The--5.2
  • O'Malley of the Mounted--4.1
  • Ponjola*--8.1
  • Poppy Girl's Husband, The--7.2
  • Riddle Gawne--5.3
  • Sahara*--3.1
  • Sand--2.1
  • Selfish Yates--6.1
  • Shark Monroe--3.4
  • Silent Man, The--5.5
  • Son of His Father*--3.3
  • Square Deal Sanderson--6.3
  • Testing Block, The--4.1
  • Tiger Man, The--5.4
  • Toll Gate, The--2.2
  • Wagon Tracks--6.4
  • Whistle, The--4.1
  • Wolves of the Rail--5.6

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