Creator: Chapman, John, 1900-1972
Abstract: John Chapman, nicknamed ''Old Frostface'' by the press and ''The Curmudgeon'' by affectionate colleagues, was a drama critic for the New York Daily News in the 1930s through the 1950s. Chapman spent some time reviewing movies in Hollywood, but his base was always in Manhattan. He and his wife Georgia also maintained a home in Westport, Connecticut. He was the son of Arthur Chapman, a Denver, Colorado newspaperman best known for his poem ''Out Where the West Begins.'' The bulk of the collection dates from Chapman's rise in popularity in the late twenties, and includes photographs of Chapman with various movie stars, articles, speeches, typescripts and newspaper clippings of Chapman's reviews, reviews of plays, awards, inviations, cartoons, scrapbooks and other writings, biographical material, publicity material he received from movie production companies, and correspondence with publishers. Though most of the collection pertains to his professional life, some personal photographs and correspondence are also included. The collections also includes grade school and high school papers, poems, an interview, correspondence, obituaries, posters, and audio cassette tapes.
Abstract: Willis (Willie) Marks was a screen actor in silent films and a stage actor. He directed his first plays in his hometown of Rochester, Minn. and by the 1888/1889 season he worked in St. Paul, Minn. During the early 1900's he moved to Los Angeles, Calif. and in 1910 played a minor part in the silent film, Over the Garden Wall. He was a member of the cast in the silent films: Mysterious Mrs. M (1917); The Unknown soldier (1917); The Jack-knife man (1920); Traveling on (1922); and Abraham Lincoln (1924). He worked in films from 1916-1926. He and his wife Carroll Marshall produced plays for the Burbank Theater. The collection consists of promptbooks, property plots, property lists, music plots, scene (set) plots, light plots, and sides that belonged to screen and stage actor Willis Marks along with scripts for late 19th century and early 20th century stock theater plays.