10 boxes (5 cubic feet).
Photographic stills, prints, autographed photos, articles, clippings and other memorabilia related to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (as Laurel and Hardy,) actors and comedians.
Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on 16 June 1890 in Ulverston, England; died on 23 February 1965. Oliver Hardy was born Norvell Hardy on 18 January 1892 in Harlem, Georgia; died on 7 August 1957. Hal Roach paired Laurel with Hardy at the Hal Roach Studios in 1926, as silent films were nearing their end; three of their films employ a comedy device variously known in the comedy vocabulary around Hal Roach Studios as civilized violence, mutual abuse, or reciprocal destruction. Laurel & Hardy adapted with ease to talking in movies. Their voices matched their screen personalities. Laurel & Hardy also utilized a whole inventory of pantomimic mannerisms, devices and props which distinguished their work: the derbies, the cry, the hairstyles, the long- suffering camera looks, the eye-blink, the back-breaking pratfalls, the white magic, the tie-twiddle. Their active partnership lasted a quarter century. (Adapted from: Richard W. Bann, a film historian and co-author of "The Little Rascals: The Life And Times Of Our Gang" (New York, 1992) which appeared on the Laurel and Hardy Official Web Site): -- http://www.laurel-and-hardy.com/html/home1.html.
The collection is open and available for use by the public; no commercial reproductions available.
Material is in English.
An inventory containing more detailed information about the collection is available in the repository or online at http://discover.lib.umn.edu/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=umfa;view=text;didno=pa86.