A Guide to the Lillian Gish Letter, 1975 Gish, Lillian, Letter Ms1978-006

Lillian Gish Letter, 1975

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1978-006


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Processed by: Sarah R. Olney, Student Assistant, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1978-006
Title
Lillian Gish Letter, 1975
Physical Charactertistics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of a letter from Gish to Charles Haney, librarian at Virginia Tech, in answer to a question about the film maker, D.W. Griffith.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Lillian Gish Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Lillian Gish Letter, Ms1978-006, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Lillian Gish Letter was acquired by Special Collection prior to 1978.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Lillian Gish Letter was completed prior to 2010. Additional description was completed in November 2010.


Biographical Note

Lillian Diana Gish was an American actress, best known for her appearance in such silent screen classics as Birth of a Nation and Orphans of the Storm. Born October 14, 1893, died February 27, 1993. She spent over 75 years on the sreen (1912- 1987). Her most prominate films were of the 1910s and 20s, with D.W. Griffith as the director. AFI listed Gish as 17th among the greatest female stars of all time. She was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1971, and in 1984 she received an AFI Life Achievement Award.

Lillian Gish never married or had children. The association between Gish and D. W. Griffith was so close that some suspected a romantic connection, an issue never acknowledged by Gish, although several of their associates were certain they were at least briefly involved. For the remainder of her life she always referred to him as "Mr. Griffith."

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a letter from Lillain Gish to Charles Haney, librarian at Virginia Tech, in answer to a question about the film maker D.W. Griffith.

Arrangement

The folder is arranged so that the letter by Lillian Gish is in the front, followed by the envelope, then a brief note on why the letter was written to place the letter in context.

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, April 2, 1975.