Harry and Roy Aitken Papers, 1909-1940

Summary Information

Title: Harry and Roy Aitken Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1909-1940

  • Aitken, Roy E., 1882-1978
  • Aitken, Harry, 1878-1956
Call Number: U.S. Mss 9AF; Micro 561; M95-169

Quantity: 18.0 cubic feet (45 archives boxes) and 51 reels of microfilm (35 mm); plus additions of 0.1 cubic feet

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Harry and Roy Aitken, two brothers who pioneered in the production and distribution of motion pictures beginning with the silent film era. The collection consists of scripts and scenarios for silent films, often with other production materials such as photographs, reviews, continuity, cutting sheets, copyright information, as well as an actor index; correspondence; and business records. Financial and legal records relate to many of the Aitkens' companies, particularly the Keystone, Majestic, and New York motion picture studios and the Triangle and Tri-Stone Pictures distribution companies. A large quantity of general correspondence relates to the various companies' histories from 1909 to 1925. Among the motion picture pioneers mentioned are Louis Mayer, Mack Sennett, and Jean Hersholt. Also included are records of other Aitken film companies.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-us0009af
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