Scope and arrangement
The collection documents both the long-time correspondence between James Belden and Lillian Gish and his admiration for her which is illustrated in his documentation of her career. The correspondence spans the years 1936 to 1991 and contains many of Gish's opinions and insights into the world of the theater and her tastes in literature. The clippings and articles document primarily her earlier career, becoming sketchy during Ms.Gish's middle age.
The Lillian Gish letters and ephemera is arranged in two series:
- 1936-19917 folders
This series contains letters written by Lillian Gish to James Orson Belden. The letters which begin using formal address become friendly through the years. In them, Ms. Gish discusses the theater, literature, film and travel. There is a gap for the years 1945 through 1953 and 1970 through 1974.
This series contains articles, clippings, photographs and photocopies of photographs of Lillian Gish. Ms. Gish's early career is documented more fully than her later work. Of special note is a photocopy of a photograph of Lillian Gish and Paul Cadmus as Egeria and Numa Pompilius.