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Lillian Gish letters and ephemera

Title
Lillian Gish letters and ephemera, 1936-1991.
Author
Belden, James Orson, 1914-1998.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1998-043 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Additional Authors
Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993.
Description
.42 linear feet (1 box)
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Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Mrs. Thomas Francis
Biography (note)
  • James Orson Belden, born in Rochester, New York on August 4, 1914, was a long time fan and friend of Lillian Gish.
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  • Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Call Number
*T-Mss 1998-043
Author
Belden, James Orson, 1914-1998.
Title
Lillian Gish letters and ephemera, 1936-1991.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The collection documents both the long-time correspondence between James Belden and Lillian Gish and his admiration for her which is illustrated in his documentation of her career. The correspondence spans the years 1936 to 1991 and contains many of Gish's opinions and insights into the world of the theater and her tastes in literature. The clippings and articles document primarily her earlier career, becoming sketchy during Ms. Gish's middle age.
Biography
James Orson Belden, born in Rochester, New York on August 4, 1914, was a long time fan and friend of Lillian Gish. The friendship started when he wrote to her enclosing a copy of The Duchess of Malfi. This began a long-time friendly correspondence discussing the theater, film and literature. Belden's interests included silent film, literature, art, music and theater. He was mostly self-taught having attended Aquinas High School in Rochester, New York. During World War II, he worked as a clerk in the Ordinance section of the War Department and was stationed in England during that time. After the war, Belden applied for work in the Foreign Service. He was sent to Belgium in 1947 where he held the position of visa specialist. Throughout most of his career he was stationed in Western Europe having assignments in England (1953-1963) and in France (1963-1967). James Orson Belden retired to the United States and lived in Wilmington, Delaware where he died on August 12, 1998.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1998-043
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