Scope and arrangement
The William Skipper Papers span the years 1915-1988 and includes correspondence, professional papers, writings, photographs and music.
The collection is important in its documentation of Skipper’s career from performer to filmmaker. Especially interesting is his professional relationships with Ruth St. Denis and Tallulah Bankhead. The most personal material is in the correspondence between Skipper and his mother Ethel Vegliaciah, his aunt Estelle Hamilton and his mentor Ruth St. Denis.
Missing from the collection is information about Skipper’s personal life, including early childhood material and anything about personal relationships.
The William Skipper papers are arranged in five series:
- 1931 - 1984
- 1921 - 1987
- 1939 - 1955
- 1915 - 1963
- 1921 - 1970