The items to be uncovered by this project comprise two unique collections of American film ephemera: The Richard E. Teichert Collection and the Philip Sills Collection. These collections contain posters, glass slides, programs, sheet music, press books, magazines, scrapbooks, lobby cards, stills and other ephemera representative of the American film industry from the late-19th through the mid-20th century. The Richard E. Teichert collection is comprised of materials that are primarily related to the silent-film era (1896-1929). All of the major productions and major stars of the period are represented. In addition to its rich array of silent film materials, The Teichert Collection also contains numerous posters for the Western stars of the 1930s. The other collection, The Philip Sills Collection, is much larger and contains a wider array of materials that chronicle the American film industry from 1927 to 1970. This collection contains over 110,000 items, and consists primarily of film posters and film stills. The Sills Collection is particularly strong in materials that document films from the 1940s and 1950s.
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