William James Papers

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William James papers
Creator: James, William, 1911-1953
Call Number: D.168
Dates: circa 1935-1977
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I. Personal papers
Series II. Business records
Series III. Printed materials
Collection Overview
Title: William James papers
Creator: James, William, 1911-1953
Call Number: D.168
Dates: circa 1935-1977
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
William James was born on June 11, 1911 in Rochester, New York. After majoring in the sciences and graduating from the University of Rochester in 1933, James worked for Kodak as an assistant manager processing 16mm film in the company's Cairo, Egypt lab. In 1937, James moved back to the United States and worked as a general production assistant for Sound Masters, Inc. in New York City. Along with two partners, James organized the company Spot Film Production and worked for four years as the manager in charge of commercial sound studio work. Beginning in 1942, James worked for International Film Foundation, Inc. located in New York City. During this period, James traveled to South America and directed and photographed Bolivia, Fundo in Chile, Central Chile, Housing in Chili, Paraguay and other productions. In 1946, James directed My Name is Han filmed in China, as well as other films shot in Asia: Letter from China, The Invisible Bridge, Sampan Family and Peiping Family. After forming a partnership of James & Schwep with Charles Schwep, he traveled to Japan. Between 1948 and 1950, James co-directed and co-produced with Schwep five films. James then traveled to India and neighboring countries and shot three films on behalf on three different church organizations located in the United States. Beginning in 1951 until his death, James worked as a free-lance director and unit producer.

Scope and Content
The William James Papers is comprised of three series: Personal Papers, Business Records and Printed Materials. The first series includes correspondence written from and to James from ca. 1942- 1953, a draft and final paper written in 1935 while at the University of Rochester, and a birthday tribute poem presented by Mabel Gleason. Business Records is made up of financial receipts from James's career as a film director and producer. Also in this series are photographs James took while traveling in Japan, India and other parts of Asia. Many of these photographs have captions on their versos. Printed Materials include the November 1939 issue of Travel that features a series of James's photography shot in Kerbela, Iraq, as well as other trade journals that address trends in photography and the film industry. Also in this series in a folder with a memorial service program, a newspaper clipping, Christmas card designed by James and other items.

Arrangement
Series List

Series I. Personal Papers

Series II. Business Records

Series III. Printed Materials

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Photographs
Records (Documents)
James, William, 1911-1953
Motion picture producers and directors
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The William James Papers were a gift of Mrs. Mabel (Gleason) Olney Harkness, (UR 1935), on November 7, 1980.Access
The William James papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], William James papers, D.168, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Refer to the David James Papers for further materials related to William James.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
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Content List
Series I. Personal papers
Includes correspondence and undergraduate work

Box 1, Folder 1Biographical information
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence from William James, 1936, 1945-1946
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence from William James, 1947-March 1948
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence from William James, April-December 1948
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence from William James, 1949-1950
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence from William James, 1951-1953
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence from William James, undated
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence from Shedd family to Mabel Gleason, 1936-1941
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence from David James to Mabel Olney, 1936-1967
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence from Mabel Olney, 1944-1953
Box 1, Folder 11Correspondence from Kathryn James to Mabel Olney, 1947, 1953 1953
Box 1, Folder 12Draft: "The ecology of the Mendon Pond area: a preliminary study", William James, University of Rochester, 1935
Box 2, Folder 1"The ecology of the Mendon Pond area: a preliminary study", William James, University of Rochester, 1935
Box 2, Folder 2"11th Year" Mabel Gleason, 1944
Series II. Business records
Box 2, Folder 3Business records, 1942-1944
Box 2, Folder 4Photographs, ca. 1939-1951
Also refer to Box 3

Series III. Printed materials
Box 3, Folder 5Photographs, printed materials, 1944, 1954, undated 1954
Box 4, Folder ?Travel
Box 4, Folder ?Church Films Quarterly of Religious Visual Aids
Box 4, Folder ?Business Screen magazine
Box 4, Folder ?The Saturday Evening Post


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