D.W. Griffith Papers, 1897-1954
Museum of Modern Art/University Publications of America
A collection of over 50,000 pages of private and business papers relating to the papers of David Wark Griffith (1875 –1948), the innovative filmmaker who developed techniques such as fade-in and fade-out, flashback, and montage. The papers, in the custody of the Museum of Modern Art, contain more than 50,000 pages of documenting Griffith’s life and work, particularly the years 1915-1934. Among the materials included are screenplays, cast and shot lists from filmed and proposed motion pictures, scripts written by Griffith and others, financial reports, income tax returns, documentation of the formation of United Artists, box office statements, newspaper clippings, letters, transcripts of oral history interviews, memoirs, and other items from friends, associates, and other contemporaries of Griffith.