|The William S. Hart Collection consists of nine boxes of photographs documenting Hart's
professional life as both an actor and a director in Hollywood from 1917 to 1921.
include portraits, production stills, credits, sketches, and background photos. The
collection was assembled by LeRoy Stone, who produced many of Hart's features. Arrangement
is by accession number as assigned by the Ransom Center. The folders reflect Stone's
organization of the items by portraits, individual and company production stills,
|The photographs document Hart's personal and dramatic vision of the American West
reveal his stature as man and artist. During his brief, successful career in silent
(1914-1925), Hart made about 20 short films and nearly 50 feature films. The bulk
collection provides stills for 22 of these features (see alphabetical list of film
the end of this inventory). The personal photos include candid shots taken of Hart
at a political rally in Brooklyn, N.Y., and 'civilization
photos' depicting various unidentified urban scenes.
| The studios backing the production of Hart's silent features include Triangle Film
Corporation (which absorbed the New York Motion Picture Company, the Reliance-Majestic
Company, and Keystone Comedies), under the direction of Thomas H. Ince; Paramount-Artcraft;
and William S. Hart Productions. The production stills in the collection were photographed
by Joe August (1890-1947).
| The collection also contains production stills from films starring Hart's contemporaries,
such as actor Charles Ray (Claws of the Hun; His Mother's Boy; 9 O'Clock Town; Eaglet of White Wild), and actresses Enid Bennett and Dorothy
Dalton. It is probable that these stills were included in the collection because Stone
produced the films.
|Also present are portraits of actresses in Hollywood during the 1910s and 1920s. The
photographers represented are Evans and Witzel, both of Los Angeles, and Moody, of
Signed portraits of Gloria Swanson and Alma Hanlon are a highlight.