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Richard Alan Nelson collection

 Collection — Container: 1 Roll of Papers: Shares space with other collections
Identifier: MSS 85-17

Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper articles on the movie industry in Florida from 1898 to 1980. Topics include the film industry in various Florida cities and film companies in Florida. Dr. Nelson wrote a dissertation entitled, Florida and the American motion picture industry 1898-1930. Other topics pertinent to the collection include: film companies, film studios, Tallahassee, motion picture companies, New York, Winter Haven history, Gainesville, Clearwater, Florida Keys, Ocala, Palm Beach, women directors, technicolor, Florida film history, Jacksonville, Tarzan, Florida Senate, New Port Richey, silent comedies, Florida House of Representatives, Florida culture, Tampa newspapers, Miami, Florida banking, newsreels, St. Petersburg newspapers, hurricanes, minorities, blacks in Florida film, Orlando, Palatka, theaters in Florida, Hollywood, Coral Gables, St. Augustine, Stuart, Civil War in film, governors, Cypress Gardens, Marianna, Pensacola, Panama City, Fort Lauderdale, Ormond Beach, Florida history, broadcasting, Burt Reynolds, Cuba, silent film industry, interviews with people in the Florida film industry including Billy and Arline Bletcher, Lucy Bowden Haughton, Sidney Vaughn, Bender A. Cawthen, Harold Haliday Costain, Glen Lambert, Jack Levin and Lucille Hardy Price, actors, animation, Canadian film, directors, comedy, horror, science fiction, musicals, westersn, film libraries in Los Angeles, Florida pornography films, Los Angeles Film Teachers Association, Japanese film, publicity stills of actors and actresses, and movie law. Contains MSS 86-21; MSS 88-2; MSS 89-16.


  • created: 1898-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Richard Alan Nelson was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1947. He attended public schools in both Illinois and California. Following his graduation from Stanford University in 1969, he engaged in postgraduate studies at Praestegaard School of Cinematic and Photographic Arts in Denmark. Returning to the United States to complete a Master's degree in communications at Brigham Young University (where he pioneered research into early Utah film history), Nelson became a professional trade journalist in Los Angeles as an editor for the Miramar Publishing Company. While at Florida State University, Nelson was named an FSU fellow. In addition to his formal doctoral studies, he also worked as Public Information Coordinator for the Fine Arts Council of Florida.


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Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Richard Alan Nelson

Related Materials

Dr. Nelson wrote a dissertation, Florida and the American Motion Picture Industry 1898-1930, that is held at Strozier Library. See the record here.

Processing Information

Processed October 1985.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

116 Honors Way
PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US