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Paddy Whannel (1922-1980) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 20/23
The Paddy Whannel Papers fill three and one-half boxes and span the years from 1896 to 1980. Comprising the series are: biographical materials, general correspondence, writings, research materials, and course materials.

The biographical materials include: curricula vitae and clippings, correspondence and related documentation pertaining to Whannel's citizenship and visa, bills and receipts for personal expenditures and housing, income and tax documents, and medical and insurance bills and statements.

General correspondence mainly documents Whannel's academic appointments and salary while at Northwestern University.

The writings subseries includes one folder of brief articles and reports authored by Whannel; one folder of reviews of his book, The Popular Arts; and two folders of draft articles on Busby Berkeley and Gene Kelly.

The research materials fill about one box and include transcripts of interviews with noted producers, directors, and choreographers of motion picture musicals as well as notes and bibliographies pertaining to other filmmakers and film genres.

The course materials form the bulk of the series and include syllabi, bibliographies, assignment instructions, and examination questions. The course materials contain numerous copies of student papers scattered throughout. Unidentified or general seminar materials, miscellaneous student papers, general course and lecture notes, and course grade records are placed at the end of the series.

Dates

  • 1896-1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

4.00 Boxes

Abstract

Atholl Douglas (Paddy) Whannel was a film scholar. He first came to teach at Northwestern University in 1969 and became an associate professor of film in 1972. His papers fill three and one-half boxes and span the years from 1896 to 1980. The papers (spanning the years 1896 to 1980) contain biographical materials, general correspondence, writings, research materials, and course materials.

Arrangement

The Paddy Whannel Papers are organized into: biographical materials; general correspondence (in chronological order); writings (articles and reports; reviews of a book; draft articles; research materials (in alphabetical order); and course materials (arranged by course number; plus a group of general materials).

Method of Acquisition

Russell Maylone, curator of Special Collections, Northwestern University Library, transferred this series to the University Archives on June 1, 1981 (Accession #81-115).

Separated Materials

One 16 millimeter film, two audio tapes, and several photographs have been separated to appropriate collections within the University Archives.

Processing Information

Kevin B. Leonard, Deborah K. Wright, and Bryon A. Dickens; November 25, 1983.
Title
Guide to the Paddy Whannel (1922-1980) Papers
Author
Kevin B. Leonard, Deborah K. Wright, and Bryon A. Dickens
Date
01/11/1985
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635