DeWitt Beall Collection
Extent of Collection
27 prints and elements associated with LORD THING. 28 Additional 16mm prints and elements make up films in a never released series called the EARTH KEEPING SERIES as well as other educational and industrial films.
Language Of Materials
These films were owned by DeWitt Beall who shot most of them while he lived in Chicago. He moved to Los Angeles where he thought he would continue in the film business. Instead he went into the kitchen design business, but kept these film materials with him. When he passed, his wife Elina Katsioula-Beall kept them at their home in California. She donated the film materials to CFA in 2012.
THE CORNER by Robert Ford in CFA's Robert Ford Collection also documents the Conservative Vice Lords. CFA's Mort & Millie Goldsholl Collection also contains ad work affiliated with DeWitt Beall, including "National Safety Council 'The Extra Step'".
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
CFA has the rights to license film materials.