Guide to the Janet Davis and Larry Townsend Collection on Nell Shipman

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Davis, JanetTownsend, Larry, 1947-2009
Title: Janet Davis and Larry Townsend Collection on Nell Shipman
Dates: 1986-2000 ( bulk )
1916-2000 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Collection Number: MSS 251
Summary: Memorabilia,artifacts, printed material, and other items collected both jointly and individually by Janet Davis, of Kennewick, Washington, and Larry Townsend, of Rosalia, Washington, relating to silent film star and filmmaker Nell Shipman; together with their research notes and correspondence.
Repository: Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
Telephone: 208-426-3958
Fax: 208-334-2111
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

Clippings documenting the revival of interest in the 1980s and 1990s in silent filmmaker Nell Shipman (1892-1970), who made some of her films at Priest Lake, Idaho, 1922-1924; together with Townsend's correspondence with other park officials and researchers about Shipman's years at Priest Lake and the park's screening of her films. Includes a few early clippings (1916-1918) about Nell Shipman.

Biographical Note

Laurence G. Townsend was a park manager at Priest Lake State Park in Idaho and a resident of Rosalia, Washington.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is available for research.

Preferred Citation :  

[item description], Janet Davis and Larry Townsend Collection on Nell Shipman, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Gifts of Janet Davis and the estate of Larry Townsend, 2008-2009.

Related Materials :  

See also: Nell Shipman Papers

Barry Shipman Papers

Tom Trusky Papers

Gertrude B. Hein Scrapbooks


  • Subject Terms :
  • Shipman, Nell, 1892-1970
  • Silent films--United States

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