Ithaca Movie Industry Photograph Collection,1915-1965.

Collection Number: 2959

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Ithaca movie industry photograph collection, 1915-1965.
Collection Number:
2959
Creator:
Hennessy, Mame,
Quantity:
.3 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Photographs of movie actors and actresses, movie sets in Ithaca, New York, scenes from movies and various public events in Ithaca.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Ithaca, New York was a silent film center from 1910 through the 1920s. The Wharton Brothers Studio was located in Renwick (now Stewart) Park.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Photographs of movie actors and actresses, movie sets in Ithaca, New York, scenes from movies and various public events in Ithaca, collected by actress Mame (Mary L.) Hennessy. Also, personal photographs of Mary Hennessy, her family, friends and residences; letters and postcards, 1917-1964; news clippings, 1917, 1949-1961; miscellaneous manuscript and printed material, 1947-1965; and photographic negatives. Includes photographs of Irene Castle, Grace Darling, Doris Kenyon, Derwent Hall Caine, Florence Short, Marguerrete Marsh, Lillian Walker, Betty Howe, Frances White, Pearl White, Jean Sothern, Elsie Baker, Evelyn Ferris, Dick Steward, Eddie Kaw, E. Coit Albertson, and Creighton Hale.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Hennessy, Mame,
Albertson, E. Coit.
Baker, Elsie.
Caine, Derwent Hall.
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969.
Darling, Grace, 1893-1963.
Farris, Evelyn.
Hale, Creighton.
Hennessy, Mary L.
Howe, Betty.
Kaw, Eddie.
Kenyon, Doris.
Marsh, Marguerrete.
Sothern, Jean.
Stewart, Dick.
Walker, Lillian.
White, Frances.
White, Pearl, 1889-1938.
Wharton Studio (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Motion picture actors and actresses.
Motion picture studios -- New York (State) -- Ithaca.
Women in the motion picture industry.

Places:
Ithaca (N.Y.)
Tompkins County (N.Y.)

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Ithaca movie industry photograph collection, #2959. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Photographs
Subseries Ia. Still Photographs of Actors and Actresses
Subseries Ib. Movie Sets, Lots, and Shooting
Subseries Ic. Scenes from Movies Pre-1928
Subseries Id. Various Public Events in Ithaca
Subseries Ie. Personal Photographs
Series II. Letters and Postcards
Series III. Miscellaneous Printed Material
Series IV. News Clippings

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Box 1 Folder 1
Mary Hennessy in Spanish riding costume
ID# A1
Box 1 Folder 1
Mary Hennessy in fur coat for "The Great White Trail."
ID# A2
Box 1 Folder 1
Mary Hennessy, with hair down, sitting on a beach
ID# A3
Box 1 Folder 1
Mary Hennessy, with hair down, sitting on beach. Different than above shot
ID# A4
Box 1 Folder 1
Mary Hennessy, with hair down, passport style photographs (14 photographs, different poses)
ID# A5
ca. 1920s
Box 1 Folder 1
Irene Castle, with famous Castle "bob" and pearls
ID# A6
Box 1 Folder 1
Irene Castle, costumed in military uniform
ID# A7
Box 1 Folder 1
Irene Castle in satin gown with ostrich feather fan. Autographed
ID# A8
Box 1 Folder 1
Grace Darling, head and shoulders. Autographed
ID# A9
Box 1 Folder 1
Grace Darling, seated on rock face
ID# A10
Box 1 Folder 1
Doris Kenyon, with tulle veil. Autographed
ID# A11
Box 1 Folder 1
Florence Short, black lace dress. Autographed
ID# A12
Box 1 Folder 1
Florence Short, black lace dress. Different from above.
ID# A13
Box 1 Folder 1
Marguerrete [sic] Marsh, head and shoulders. Autographed
ID# A14
Box 1 Folder 1
Lillian Walker, with parrot. Autographed
ID# A15
Box 1 Folder 1
Betty Howe, with flower (copy)
ID# A16
Box 1 Folder 1
Betty Howe seated on a table against a mirror. Autographed
ID# A17
Box 1 Folder 1
Frances White, with long ringlets. Autographed
ID# A18
Box 1 Folder 1
Pearl White, head and shoulders, in "Hazel K"
ID# A19
Box 1 Folder 1
Pearl White, reclining on a stone bench
ID# A20
Box 1 Folder 1
Jean Sothern, on a tree trunk with a cat. Autographed
ID# A21
Box 1 Folder 1
Elsie Baker in velvet gown with buttoned boots. Autographed
ID# A22
March 30, 1916
Box 1 Folder 1
Elsie Baker head and shoulders with fur neck piece
ID# A23
Box 1 Folder 1
Evelyn Ferris leaning against tree trunk. Autographed
ID# A24
Box 1 Folder 1
"Muro", a young woman in Japanese Costume
ID# A25
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified Ithaca girl trying out. Diaphanous white shawl and dress against background of willow trees
ID# A26
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified star, head and shoulders, pearls around neck. De Barron Studios, NYC
ID# A27
Box 1 Folder 1
Same star as above, with pearls around neck. De Barron Studios, NYC
ID# A28
Box 1 Folder 1
Derwent Hall Caine, arms folded. Autographed
ID# A29
Box 1 Folder 1
Creighton Hale, head and shoulders, arms folded
ID# A30
Box 1 Folder 1
E. Coit Albertson costumed for "Million Dollar Mystery." Autographed
ID# A31
Box 1 Folder 1
Eddie Kaw head and shoulders, arms folded. Autographed
ID# A32
Box 1 Folder 1
Dick Steward, costumed for "The Circus." Autographed
ID# A33
Box 1 Folder 1
Dick Steward in cowboy costume
ID# A34
Box 1 Folder 1
Pearl White, head and shoulders with fox neck piece
ID# A35
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified man with mustache in Western Costume
ID# A36
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified man in headgear with triangular piece over forehead
ID# A37
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified girl in Hawaiian costume with straw skirt
ID# A38
Box 1 Folder 1
Unidentified girl with flowers in her hair, sitting pose
ID# A39
Box 1 Folder 2
Group of people outside casting office
ID# B1
Box 1 Folder 2
Shows photographer (US Flag and tents in the background)
ID# B2
Box 1 Folder 2
Interior with man holding numbers in foreground (shot sequence?)
ID# B3
Box 1 Folder 2
Airplane with Jim Gordon, Leo Wharton, and other men. Sign in background reads "Wharton-Inc. Ithaca, NY."
ID# B4
1915-1916
Box 1 Folder 2
Wharton-Inc. movie lot viewed from lake
ID# B5
Box 1 Folder 3
Mary Hennessy and others in scenes from the "Great White Trail"
ID# C1-C6
Box 1 Folder 3
Doris Kenyon, Paul Gordon, Harvey Davenport in the "Great White Trail"
ID# C7
Box 1 Folder 3
Mary Hennessy, Louise Hotaling, Dick Stewart in the "Great White Trail"
ID# C8
Box 1 Folder 3
Mary Hennessy and others in the "Great White Trail"
ID# C9-C10
Box 1 Folder 4
Irene Castle costumed for "Patria"
ID# C11
Box 1 Folder 4
Irene Castle dancing in "Patria," with Bob Causer, Pat Hennessy, Hazel Marion, Lena Keigan, Mrs. James Ward and Bernard Randall
ID# C12
Box 1 Folder 4
Bess Emerich (Mrs. Leo Wharton), King Baggott, Margaret Campbell. Scene from "The Eagle's Eye"
ID# C13
Box 1 Folder 4
Irene Castle and Milton Sills in "Patria." Taken in Ithaca gorge, likely Cascadilla
ID# C14
Box 1 Folder 4
Bess Emerich and Dick Stewart in "Patria"
ID# C15
Box 1 Folder 4
Irene Castle and Mary Hennessy in "Patria"
ID# C16
Box 1 Folder 4
Unidentified actors and actresses, probably in a scene from "Patria" with Warner Oland, Irene Castle and others
ID# C17
Box 1 Folder 5
Matt Schiltz, Major Bill Guderman, and others at Mr. Moxon's Feed Store in "The Adventures of Wallingford"
ID# C18
Box 1 Folder 5
George Homill, Maurice Bond, Pat Hennessy, all of Ithaca, in "Adventures of Wallingford"
ID# C19
1915
Box 1 Folder 5
Howard Teachout, Frances White, Lolita Robertson, and Max Figman with Burr McIntosh in "Get Rich Quick" ("Adventures of Wallingford")
ID# C20
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy and Margie Reulin with others unidentified in Wallingford Series
ID# C21
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy, Mrs. Reulin, Hazel Marion, Mrs J Ward, Helen Buck in Wallingford Series
ID# C22
Box 1 Folder 5
Burr McIntosh in "The Adventures of Wallingford"
ID# C23
Box 1 Folder 5
Early plane with pilot rescuing woman from the water
ID# C24
Box 1 Folder 5
Woman in washtub, policeman and a dog in someone's garden. 2 shots
ID# C25-C26
Box 1 Folder 5
Court room scene with Jim and Pat Hennessy, Dick Stewart, Lou Oliver, Dan Crowley and others. 2 copies
ID# C27
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy with two unidentified women on a settee
ID# C28
Box 1 Folder 5
Harry Fox and Ithaca policemen in "Beatrice Fairfax" series
ID# C29
Box 1 Folder 5
Bill Bracken, Marguerite Marsh, Carylyn Marbo, Precious Personius--warden, in "The Million Dollar Mystery"
ID# C30
Box 1 Folder 5
Dale Gass, Clarence Smith, George Connor, Ralph Durphy, Harry Fox, Berry. 2 copies
ID# C31
Box 1 Folder 5
Motor launch on a lake
ID# C32
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy, Edith Tree, Hazel Marion, Babe Cole in restaurant scene
ID# C33
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy and Lillian Walker
ID# C34
1915
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy, Lillian Walker, Billy Pike
ID# C35
1915
Box 1 Folder 5
Billy Pike and Lillian Walker
ID# C36
1915
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy and Lillian Walker
ID# C37
Box 1 Folder 5
Unidentified man and woman with Saint Bernard dog
ID# C38
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy with unidentified man and woman in doorway
ID# C39
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy with same man and woman as above, but with three other people
ID# C40
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy about to use the telephone
ID# C41
Box 1 Folder 5
Mary Hennessy telephoning
ID# C42
Box 1 Folder 5
Howard Teachout, Mary Hennessy, Max Figman in "Get Rich Quick"
ID# C43
Box 1 Folder 5
Unidentified actors and actresses
ID# C44-45
Box 1 Folder 5
Ariel and Norma Bement, George Homill, Maurice Bond, Harold Urband
ID# C46
1915-1916
Box 1 Folder 5
Grace Darling and others outside a hotel
ID# C47
Box 1 Folder 5
Grace Darling and others, including man with rifle and a man holding a bucket and a rope
ID# C48
Box 1 Folder 5
Unidentified group of people standing on the grass outside a hotel
ID# C49
1940s-1950s
Box 1 Folder 6
Mary Hennessy, Hostess at Warren Hall, CU
ID# D1
October 25, 1946
Box 1 Folder 6
Rally. Sue Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., Mary Hennessy, Daniel Crowley, Katie Crowley
ID# D2
October 16, 1954
Box 1 Folder 6
Unidentified banquet with Mary Hennessy
ID# D3-D4
Box 1 Folder 6
Old Time Minstrel Show, Immaculate Conception Church
ID# D5
April 1942
Box 1 Folder 6
Hennessy at back of auditorium during production
ID# D6
Box 1 Folder 6
Women's dinner, Hennessy in background
ID# D7-D9
Box 1 Folder 6
Unidentified group of people, apparently at a costume ball. Personius, Elmire, photographer
ID# D10
Box 1 Folder 6
Backstage preparations, Toby Clarey, applying makeup for amateur production, presumably Community Players. Two copies
ID# D11
Box 1 Folder 6
Mary Hennessy and Bess
ID# D12
April 4, 1953
Box 1 Folder 6
Amateur production, girl dressed as majorette
ID# D13
Box 1 Folder 6
Ithaca Theatre--"The Playboy of the Western World"
ID# D14
Box 1 Folder 6
Old Ithaca College Theatre
ID# D15-D16
Box 1 Folder 6
Unidentified scene from production of an operetta
ID# D17
Box 1 Folder 7
Photographs featuring children. 10 items
n.d., 1946, 1959
Box 1 Folder 7
Mary Hennessy with others. 79 items
1940s-1960s
Box 1 Folder 7
Snapshots of residences: 319 E. Court Street, Coral Gables, Unidentified houses (most likely in Florida). 6 items.
Box 1 Folder 7
Group shots without Mary Hennessy. 62 items.
Box 1 Folder 8
Mary Hennessy alone. 18 items
Box 1 Folder 8
Miscellaneous. 14 items
Box 1 Folder 8
Miscellaneous negatives. 21 items
ID# I
Box 1 Folder 9
Postcards to JJH from "Dick" from Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, NYC. 6 items
ID# F-1-6
1917
Box 1 Folder 9
Postcard from Mame to J Hennessy, on location at Saranac Lake for "The Great White Trail"
ID# F-7
1917
Box 1 Folder 9
Sympathy acknowledgement card and note from Irene Castle after husbands death in aviation accident. 2 items
ID# F8
February 15, 1918
Box 1 Folder 9
Letter from Bess Harris complaining of lack of mention of herself and small group for work they did in Ithaca
ID# F9
July 27, 1989
Box 1 Folder 9
Letter from Arch Merrill, author of newspaper articles
ID# F10
1950
Box 1 Folder 9
Letter from Robert E. Treman thanking Mame for being hostess at Democratic Dinner at Ithaca Hotel
ID# F11
October 1, 1952
Box 1 Folder 9
Mimeo. letter and coupon stub from Community Players
ID# F12
1952-1953
Box 1 Folder 9
Letter from James Farley, enclosing picture of him and grandson with Pope Paul VI
ID# F13
April 17, 1964
Box 1 Folder 10
"The Cornell Widow"
ID# G1
December 1947
Box 1 Folder 10
"The Cornell Widow"
ID# G2
May 1949
Box 1 Folder 10
Program, "Hats Off! to Theatre in Ithaca", Statler Club
ID# G3
May 4, 1952
Box 1 Folder 10
Advertisement on WHCU; Mary used as example of mother for fur gift from Louis Herman's
ID# G4
May 8, 1952
Box 1 Folder 10
"Letter to the Editor" by Charles Chatfield, WHCU
ID# G5
July 9, 1952
Box 1 Folder 10
Copy of term paper done with help of interview from Mame, "The Development of the Motion Picture Industry in Ithaca, NY" by Charlotte White
ID# G6
December 17, 1960
Box 1 Folder 10
Program for Citizenship Award Dinner, VFW. Daniel Crowley guest of honor
ID# G7
April 3, 1965
Box 1 Folder 10
Script of play "Prim and Promiscuous", probably for benefit of Policemen's Ball. Spoof on "Pride and Prejudice."
ID# G8
Box 1 Folder 11
Elmira Paper, death of Dennis Crowley
ID# H1
January 1917
Box 1 Folder 11
"Ithaca Journal"
ID# H2
July 26, 1949
Box 1 Folder 11
"Ithaca Journal"
ID# H3
August 12, 1949
Box 1 Folder 11
Elmira Sunday Telegram"
ID# H4
August 20, 1950
Box 1 Folder 11
"Elmira Sunday Telegram"
ID# H5
August 21, 1950
Box 1 Folder 11
"Ithaca Journal" local democrats
ID# H6
May 28, 1953
Box 1 Folder 11
Ithaca paper, with Janet O'Daniel
ID# H7
May 9, 1961
Box 1 Folder 11
Bake sale for democrats, 2 copies. Ithaca and Syracuse papers
ID# H8