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Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Film Stills Collection
Manuscripts Division
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176 boxes, 5514 items, and 73.9 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-176


The Film Stills Collection consists of stills and publicity portraits of actors and actresses in the American film industry.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of approximately 20,000 stills and publicity portraits of actors and actresses in the American film industry covering almost eighty years, including autographed pictures.

Photographers include but are not limited to: Man Ray, Jack Freulich, George Hurrell, Alexander Kahle, Eric Carpenter, Gene Robert Richee, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Otto Dyar, Sergis Alberts Hoover, W. J. Gray, Robert W. Coburn, Chris Marie Meeker, Jack Shalitt, Don English, Ernest A. Bachrach, William E. Thomas, Walter Frederick Seely, Gaston Longet, Scotty Welbourne, G. E. Richardson, Bert Stern, Ned Scott, C. Heighton Monroe, Elwood Bredell, Fred Hendrickson, James Hargis Connelly, Schellenberg, C. Kenneth Lobben, and Albert Witzel.


The collection has been organized alphabetically by actor or film title; general "actors" folders (for example, "Ti-Tz") have been interfiled alphabetically.

Note: Photographs of actors with "See" references have not been filed under their names; the photos have been filed where indicated. Photographs of those with "See also" references have been filed under their names as well as where indicated. Be sure to also check the general "actors" folders (such as "A-Az") for specific actors who were not foldered separately.

Collection History


Much of the collection was put together by O. R. Tillinghast, who was associated with the movie industry from about 1918 to 1955, most of the time as a publicity agent. This part was purchased from a California dealer in 1970.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jim Flannery, Karla J. Vecchia and Rachel Jordan in 2004. Finding aid written by Jim Flannery, Karla J. Vecchia and Rachel Jordan in 2004. Photographer identifications were made in 2010 by Valerie Addonizio and Lisa Yankowitz ('13).

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Film Stills Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-176