Paddy Whannel (1922-1980) Papers
Scope and Contents
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.
- Whannel, Paddy, 1922-1980 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
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.
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).
One 16 millimeter film, two audio tapes, and several photographs have been separated to appropriate collections within the University Archives.
Kevin B. Leonard, Deborah K. Wright, and Bryon A. Dickens; November 25, 1983.
- Guide to the Paddy Whannel (1922-1980) Papers
- Kevin B. Leonard, Deborah K. Wright, and Bryon A. Dickens
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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