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Earl I. Sponable papers, 1928-1968 

Creator: 
Sponable, Earl I., 1895-1977
Phys. Desc: 
123 boxes (123 boxes 4 oversize folders 1 pkg. nitrate film (lost!))
Call Number: 
MS#1185
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Chemist, Chief Engineer and Director of Research for Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation and its subsidiaries, 1926-1962. Sponable received a bachelors degree in chemistry from Cornell University, 1916, and was active in many aspects of research and development in broadcast and movie media, particularly in early sound film.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, laboratory notebooks, technical drawings, film samples, screen samples, photographs, and printed material of Sponable. The collection is almost entirely technical and commercial in nature and relates especially to Movietone News and to the Fox laboratories' work with color film, television, theater television and the Eidophor System, and Cinemascope. Also, files relating to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, of which Sponable was a member and officer. There is cataloged correspondence from Sir Edward Gordon Craig, Lee deForest, Samuel Lionel Rothafel, Spyros P. Skouras, and Darryl F. Zanuck.