Collection 083Thomas W. Sefton Laurel and Hardy Collection
COLLECTION TITLE AND NUMBER: Thomas W. Sefton Laurel and Hardy Collection. Collection 083 ACCESSION NUMBER: 2008.86 COLLECTION SIZE: 7 archival document boxes; 3 oversize boxes, 3 records storage boxes, 7 oversize folders DATES: 1933-1994 LANGAUAGES: EnglishCREATOR: Thomas W. SeftonPROCESSING HISTORY: Processing begun January 2009; completed March 2009CUSTODIAL HISTORY: Donated to Loyola Marymount University in 2003, but not accessioned by the Department of Archives and Special Collections until 2008.
Thomas W. Sefton (1917-2006) was responsible for the creation of this collection, which 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).
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. Sefton's interest in Laurel and Hardy led to a friendship with Stan Laurel before his 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. This fact is reflected in the collection’s photographs of Roach and correspondence between him and Sefton.
His friendship with Stan Laurel meant that Thomas W. Sefton was able to accumulate from Laurel himself invaluable materials related to the comedian’s career, and, to a lesser extent, his partner Hardy's career. 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. For example, the correspondence between the actor and Sefton and his family is extremely valuable as a source for the history of Hollywood in the 1920s; in it, Laurel provides details and opinions on the making of films and on actors of the time. The datable materials in this collection run from 1933 through 1994. Sefton collected a number of films of Laurel and Hardy, but these did not accompany the transfer of the materials to the Department of Archives and Special Collections in 2008.
This collection is divided into eight series, based on type of material, eg, scripts, or else Thomas W. Sefton’s organization of materials into file folders, eg, Series 2: Subject Files. A description of each series, along with the box and folder list containing an index to the holdings in the boxes of each series, can be found by selecting the appropriate link below.
The Sefton Collection is open by appointment to researchers. For information on making an appointment, please call the department at 310-338-5710; or e-mail the department: Special.Collections@lmu.edu. For the rules governing the use of our holdings, consult the access policy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045. back to top
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