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David Flaherty papers, 1913-1965

Summary Information

Abstract

The David Flaherty papers document the personal and professional life of Flaherty, dating from 1913 to 1965. The papers consist of David Flaherty's personal and family correspondence, scripts, accounts, notes, manuscripts, etc. of the films which he directed. The materials also include papers related to the documentary shorts he produced for the Jack Frost Sugar Company in the 1940s and the "Green Mountain Land" for the Vermont Development Association in 1950, along with others films he produced and proposed in the 1950s.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0432
Bib ID 4078764 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Flaherty, David, 1897-1966
Title David Flaherty papers, 1913-1965
Physical Description 9 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Other Finding Aids <p> <a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/17_FL-FU_03.pdf">Legacy Finding aid</a> </p>
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged.

Description

Scope and Contents

The David Flaherty papers contains David Flaherty's personal and family correspondence, scripts, accounts, notes, manuscripts, etc. of the films which he directed, dating from 1913 to 1965. The correspondence files contain incoming and outgoing letters from/to his family including his brother, Robert J. Flaherty, whom he worked with after returning from World War I, prior to the 1940s. Other materials in the papers also include the scripts, notes, lists, correspondence related to the documentary short films he produced for the Jack Frost Sugar Company between 1945 and 1948, as well as films he produced and/or proposed for the Vermont Development Association and an independent film company in the 1950s. The materials in the collection provides an insight into the family life of David Flaherty as well as his contribution to the production of early documentary films.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Other Finding Aids

Legacy Finding aid

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); David Flaherty papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Materials concerning David Flaherty's work with his brother Robert J. Flaherty, and his position as Secretary-Treasurer of the Robert Flaherty Foundation will be found in the Robert J. Flaherty Papers, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

March 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

Subject Headings

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
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"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Cinematographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documentary films -- Production and direction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion picture industry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion picture producers and directors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

David Flaherty was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, on November 27, 1897. He was the youngest son of Robert H. Flaherty, who was a mining engineer, and Susanna Kloeckner Flaherty, and the younger brother of Henry Russell Flaherty and Robert Joseph Flaherty, a documentary film pioneer. David grew up in Port Arthur, Ontario. During World War I, he was a clerk in the U.S. Army for two years and joined his brother, Robert Joseph Flaherty on his first film expedition to Canada after returning from the war and assisted him in his film productions. He also contributed in organizing the annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He later also spent some time in France writing at the encouragement of his brother. After returning to the U.S., he began producing advertising short documentaries for the Jack Frost Sugar Company in the 1940s, as well as "Green Mountain Land" for the Vermont Development Association in 1950. He later worked at a small independent film company in the 1950s. In 1966, David Flaherty died at the age of 68, in Brattleboro, Vermont.