The Geoffrey Bell papers contain materials relating to his career as a film historian and film producer, chiefly about early
film-making in the San Francisco Bay Area. The bulk of the collection, which has been arranged in six series, consists of
correspondence, synopsis, scripts, drafts, research and production files, notes, publicity, reviews, clippings, and financial
reports for Bell's films, books, articles, and speeches. The collection contains material both created and collected by Bell
in the course of his work, and includes some original programs and clippings from the 1910s that are not reflected in the
date span of the collection.
Mr. Bell, after retiring from a career in the U.S. Coast Guard, studied film at San Francisco State University. He has produced
and directed several award-winning documentary films and published a number of articles and a book on film history, The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen.
Number of containers: 8 cartons, 1 box, 2 card file boxes, 2 oversize boxes
Linear feet: 12.4
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft
Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
Collection is open for research.