William Franklin Grisham Collection

Collection Identifier
Extent of Collection
Approximately 20 boxes of film, paper ephemera, and audio material. Includes 422 16mm reels of prints and outtakes, 14 cassette tapes, 41 open reel-to-reel audio recordings. Paper ephemera consists primarily of photos, scripts, and other documents focused on early film history in Chicago.
Language Of Materials
Custodial History
Stored by Grisham's son-in-law, Luke Grimm, before being transported to CFA in May 2018.
Access Restrictions
Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives for on-site access. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Grisham, William Franklin (was created by)
William Franklin Grisham, a St. Louis native, resided in Evanston, IL for most of his life and was committed to documenting the dynamic early film history of Chicago. He received a PhD from Northwestern University in film history, and taught at Roosevelt University. He also worked as an advertising executive for many years, writing copy for some of the most popular advertisement campaigns of the 1950s and 60s. He passed away in 2016.