8 document boxes.
3 oversize boxes.
3 records storage boxes.
7 oversize folders.
This collection is divided into nine series: 1. Albums. 2. Subject Files. 3. Scripts. 4. Sketches. 5. Lobby Cards, Posters. 6. Photographs. 7. Miscellaneous Documents and Materials. 8. Audiocassettes, Reel-to-Reel Tapes and Videocassettes. 9. Memorabilia.
The Thomas W. Sefton Collection of Laurel and Hardy Materials consists of photographs, movie stills and posters, correspondence, memorabilia, and scripts related to the great movie comedy team of Stan Laurel (1890-1965) and Oliver Hardy (1892-1957). The run of datable materials in the collection is from 1933 through 1994. Stan Laurel's personally annotated scripts, Laurel's opinions of his films and short films, and stills of Laurel and Hardy films: all came to Sefton from Stan Laurel and are now found in this collection. Extremely valuable as well, as a source for the history of Hollywood, is correspondence between the actor and Sefton and his family, containing much information on the production of Laurel and Hardy shorts and also movie production in the 1920s.
Thomas W. Sefton (1917-2006) was president of a major San Diego, California, bank (San Diego Trust) and a leading San Diego philanthropist, who had a life-long devotion to Laurel and Hardy. This interest in Laurel and Hardy led to a friendship with Stan Laurel before the latter's death in 1965. Sefton developed a correlative relationship with Hal Roach, the great producer of the 1920s and 1930s of, among other movie properties, the Laurel and Hardy films. His friendship with Stan Laurel meant that Thomas W. Sefton was able to accumulate from Laurel himself invaluable materials related to the career of the comedian, and, to a lesser extent, that of Oliver Hardy.
Open to researchers; Access by appointment only.
Cite as: [Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Thomas W. Sefton Laurel and Hardy Collection, 083, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.