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Finding Aid to the Geoffrey Bell Papers, 1953-1989, bulk 1964-1989
BANC MSS 90/130 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Geoffrey Bell papers
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1989,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1964-1989
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 90/130 c
    Creators : Bell, Geoffrey, 1909-
    Extent: Number of containers: 8 cartons, 1 box, 2 card file boxes, 2 oversize boxes Linear feet: 12.4
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: 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.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Geoffrey Bell Papers, BANC MSS 90/130 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Motion picture industry--California--San Francisco Bay Area--History
    Motion pictures--History
    Anderson, Gilbert M., 1882-1971
    Essanay Film Manufacturing Co.--History
    Western films--United States--History and criticism
    Muybridge, Eadweard, 1830-1904
    London, Jack, 1876-1916.--Biography
    Harte, Bret, 1836-1902--Biography
    Manuscripts for publication
    Scripts (documents)
    Photographs

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Geoffrey Bell Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Geoffrey Bell in February 1990.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Iris Donovan and Lisa de Larios in 1998.

    Biographical Information

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Geoffrey Bell papers contain materials relating to his career as a film historian and film producer, chiefly concerning early film-making in the San Francisco Bay Area. The collection includes files relating to Bell's best known films, Movies Go West, First (Motion) Picture Show, and Those Daring Young Film Makers by the Golden Gate, among others, and for his book, The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen. There is material both created and collected by Bell in the course of his work, including some original programs and clippings from the 1910s. His papers conclude with a small amount of correspondence with personal friends, acquaintances, and others interested in Bell and his work on film history, as well as a few miscellaneous items concerning Geoffrey Bell and the Bell family.
    Bell's two films about California authors: My Jack London: a Daughter Remembers, and Bret Harte: Chronicler of the West, are well represented in the collection, which also includes materials relating to his two early films, Point Reyes and Maya. Files for his book, The Golden Gate and the Silver Screen, include detailed card indices created during the project, plus a large quantity of copy prints he gathered in the course of his work. There are also drafts and research materials for an unpublished book, Broncho Billy: The First Reel Cowboy.
    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.