Frank M. Skinner collection

Frank M. Skinner collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Howard, Sidney Coe, 1891-1939
Creator: Skinner, Frank M.
Title: Frank M. Skinner collection
Dates: circa 1937-1981
Quantity: 23.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box, 18 flat boxes, 1 XL oversized box, 3 oversized folders B)
Coll. Number: ms2842

Biographical/Historical Note

"Few films are so closely identified with a geographical region as Gone With the Wind is identified with Georgia and the Old South. The 1939 adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel, produced by David O. Selznick, featured such well-known actors as Clark Gable (Rhett Butler), Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Wilkes), and Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes), and made a star of actress Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara). It remains one of the most popular and commercially successful films ever made. Its main theme, from the Max Steiner score, is recognized throughout the world. In its use of color, scene design, and cinematography, it set new standards. The film won eight Academy Awards, more than any film up to that time." -- "Gone With the Wind (Film)" from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, (Accessed September 18, 2009)

"Garland, Judy (10 June 1922-22 June 1969), movie star and singer, was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the daughter of Frank Avent Gumm and Ethel Marian Milne. Her parents were vaudevillians during the period when vaudeville shared theaters with film presentations. (...) In 1935, during performances in several large theaters in Los Angeles, Frances, a thirteen-year-old with a voice that could fill the largest auditorium, demonstrated that she would be the family's meal ticket. After an audition in September at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at which her accompanist was Roger Edens, who became her lifelong mentor, she was awarded a contract and subsequently renamed Judy. (...) The turning point in Garland's career was The Wizard of Oz (1939), one of the most popular films ever made, in which she was permanently associated with the character of Dorothy and with the song "Over the Rainbow." -- "Judy Garland" from American National Biography Online, (Accessed September 18, 2009)

"[Sammy Davis, Jr. was an] American singer, dancer, and entertainer."--Encyclopaedia Britannica.

"Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor - American motion picture actress noted for her beauty and her portrayals of emotionally volatile characters." -- "Dame Elizabeth Taylor" from Encyclopaedia Britannica, (Accessed September 18, 2009)

"[John F. Kennedy was a] Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts and 35th President of the United States; born in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass., May 29, 1917; attended the public and private schools of Brookline, Mass., Choate School, Wallingford, Conn., the London School of Economics at London, England, and Princeton University; graduated from Harvard University in 1940; attended Stanford University School of Business; during the Second World War served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy 1941-1945; PT boat commander in the South Pacific; author and newspaper correspondent; elected as a Democrat to the Eightieth, Eighty-first, and Eighty-second Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1953); did not seek renomination in 1952; elected to the United States Senate in 1952; reelected in 1958 and served from January 3, 1953 to December 22, 1960, when he resigned to become President of the United States; chairman, Special Committee on the Senate Reception Room (Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessfully sought the Democratic vice presidential nomination in 1956; elected thirty-fifth President of the United States in 1960, and was inaugurated on January 20, 1961; died in Dallas, Tex., November 22, 1963, from the effects of an assassin's bullet; remains returned to Washington, D.C.; lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, November 24-25, 1963; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.; posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on December 6, 1993."--Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

"[Vivien Leigh was] born November 5, 1913, Darjeeling, India [and] died July 8, 1967, London, England. British actress who achieved motion picture immortality by playing two of American literature's most celebrated Southern belles, Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois." -- "Vivien Leigh" from Encyclopaedia Britannica, (Accessed September 18, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The Frank M. Skinner Collection consists of 22 boxes and 3 oversize folders. The collection consists of photographs, mostly of the movie Gone with the wind. Some are of the actors and sets, others are candid shots of behind the scenes activity. The remainder of the collection contains photographs of famous people (including Judy Garland, Sammy Davis, Jr., Fidel Castro and Elizabeth Taylor); movies (such as Wizard of Oz); television shows (e.g. Today show personalities and sets); and places (among them, Great Wall of China and Radio City Music Hall). There are also 62 photographs of John F. Kennedy and his family. The majority of the photographs in this collection are 8X10 size, and many are mounted on mat board. Other material in the collection includes a Gone with the wind movie script, Vivien Leigh paper doll book, magazine clippings, etc.

Boxes 1-16 contain 8x10 photographs mounted on mat board, all from the movie Gone With The Wind. The boxes are labelled with Skinner's titles and his color-coded cards are included with each box. Box 1 contains Atlanta House. Box 2 contains London, and Pittypat Home. Box 3 contains Rhett and Scarlett, and Bazaar. Box 4 contains Honeymoon, and Wounded. Box 5 contains Poster Art. Boxes 6, 7, and 8 contain Tara. Box 9 contains Fire, and Twelve Oaks. Box 10 contains Jail Street, and Store Shanty. Box 11 contains Wagon Trip To Tara, Belle's Place, and Evacuation. Box 12 contains Walk Bonnie, Casualty List, Church Hospital, and Melanie Home. Boxes 13, 14, and 15 contain Portraits. Box 16 contains Odds and Ends, and Staff.

Box 17 contains 8x10 photographs from the movie Gone With The Wind in folders 17:1-17:23. Many of these photographs are the same as in Boxes 1-16, and are arranged in alphabetical order using the same titles.

Box 18 contains folders 18:1-18:3. Folder 18:1 contains small photographs from the movie Gone With The Wind, mounted on poster paper. These were labelled "Kurtz" photographs by Skinner and were probably done by Wilbur Kurtz. Folder 18:2 contains negatives for these photographs. Folder 18:3 contains a Gone With The Wind movie script.

Box 19 contains Vivien Leigh photographs mounted on mat board. Other material in this box includes a Vivien Leigh paper doll book, Vivien Leigh magazine clipping, and clippings and printed material of Hamlet starring Laurence Olivier.

Box 20 contains photographs of various sizes mounted on mat board and poster paper. These photographs are of the RCA building, the design of an office suite for Bob Mulholland, celebrities, and miscellaneous subjects.

Box 21 contains photographs of famous people, places, movies, and television programs in folders 21:1-21:9. Most are 8x10 size. Folder 21:1 contains photographs of famous people and movies arranged in alphabetical order, Fred Astaire-Grace Kelly. Folder 21:2 contains photographs of John F. Kennedy and his family. Folder 21:3 contains photographs of famous people and movies arranged in alphabetical order, Vivien Leigh-Elizabeth Taylor, and one unidentified photograph. Folder 21:4 contains photographs of a television program which Skinner labelled Amahl and St. Matthew. Folder 21:5 contains photographs from the movie Showboat. Folder 21:6 contains photographs of the Today show sets and personalities. Folder 21:7 contains photographs from the movie Wizard of Oz. Folder 21:8 contains miscellaneous photographs, many unidentified. Folder 21:9 contains negatives, some for photographs in this box.

Box 22 is an oversize box. It contains photographs of Frank Skinner, Vivien Leigh, Katherine Hepburn, Judy Garland, Amahl and St. Matthew, The Tempest/King Lear, Today show, and miscellaneous subjects. In this box are also several large charts-classical composers, orchestra seating, Shakespeare's Kings of England genealogy, and one map-Shakespeare's history plays.

There are 3 oversize folders containing photographs on foam core. Folder 1 contains 3 photographs from Gone With The Wind. Folder 2 contains 1 photograph of Amahl. Folder 3 contains 1 photograph which Skinner labelled Globe Theatre.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Castro, Fidel, 1926- -- Photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Dancers--United States--Photographs.
Davis, Sammy, 1925-1990 -- Photographs
Garland, Judy -- Photographs
Gone with the wind (Motion picture)--Photographs.
Great Wall of China (China)--Photographs.
Heads of state--Cuba--Photographs.
Howard, Sidney Coe, 1891-1939 -- Gone with the wind
Howard, Sidney Coe, 1891-1939 -- Gone with the wind, the screenplay
Kennedy, John F., (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Family--Photographs
Kennedy, John F., (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 -- Photographs
Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967 -- Pictorial works
Male dancers--United States--Photographs.
Male singers--United States--Photographs.
Mat board.
Motion picture actors and actresses--United States--Photographs.
Motion picture plays.
Paper dolls.
Presidents--United States--Photographs.
Radio City Music Hall (New York, N.Y.). -- Photographs
Singers--United States--Photographs.
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932- -- Photographs
Today show (Television program)--Photographs.
Wizard of Oz (Motion picture : 1939)--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank M. Skinner collection. MS 2842. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


The Frank M. Skinner Collection was acquired by the University of Georgia's Hargrett Library on March 26, 1993. A large part of the collection was labelled and color-coded by Frank Skinner.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Gone with the Wind Photographs

Subseries 1A: 8" x 10" Photographs

1Atlanta House
2London, Pittypat Home
3Rhett and Scarlett, Bazaar
4Honeymoon, Wounded
5Poster Art
9Fire, Twelve Oaks
10Jail Street, Store Shanty
11Wagon Trip to Tara, Belle's Place, Evacuation
12Walk Bonnie, Casualty List, Church Hospital, Melanie Home
16Odds and Ends, Staff
171Atlanta House
3Belle's Place
4Casualty List
5Church Hospital
9Jail Street
11Melanie Home
12Odds and Ends
13Pittypat Home
15Poster Art
16Rhett and Scarlett
18Store Shanty
20Twelve Oaks
21Wagon Trip to Tara
22Walk Bonnie

Subseries 1B: Small Photographs and Negatives

181Kurtz Photographs
2Kurtz Negatives

Subseries 1C: Script

183Gone With The Wind-Movie Script

Series 2: Entertainment Industry Photographs and Memorabilia

Subseries 2A: Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier

19Photographs and Other Material-Vivien Leigh Photographs
19Photographs and Other Material-Vivien Leigh Paper Doll Book/Clipping
19Photographs and Other Material- Hamlet/Laurence Olivier Clippings

Subseries 2B: Celebrity and Studio Photographs

20Photographs-RCA Building
20Photographs-Mulholland Suite
20Photographs-Miscellaneous Subjects
211Photographs-Fred Astaire
1Photographs-Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers
1Photographs-Fred Astaire/Rita Hayworth
1Photographs-Louis Armstrong
1Photographs-Jack Benny/Mary Livingstone
1Photographs-Richard Burton
1Photographs-Diahann Carroll
1Photographs-Jimmy Carter
1Photographs-Fidel Castro
1Photographs-Marge and Gower Champion
1Photographs-John Chancellor
1Photographs-Carol Channing
1Photographs- Chorus Line
1Photographs-Montgomery Clift/Elizabeth Taylor
1Photographs-Sammy Davis, Jr./Elizabeth Taylor/ Richard Burton
1Photographs-Colleen Dewhurst
1Photographs-Marlene Dietrich
1Photographs-Gerald Ford
1Photographs-Clark Gable/Carole Lombard
1Photographs-Judy Garland
1Photographs-George Gershwin
1Photographs- GigiLeslie Caron/Louis Jourdan
1Photographs-Helen Hayes
1Photographs-Audrey Hepburn
1Photographs-Katherine Hepburn
1Photographs-Adolph Hitler
1Photographs-Bob Hope
1Photographs-Bob Hope/Bing Crosby
1Photographs-Grace Kelly
22Photograph-Vivien Leigh
22Photograph-Katherine Hepburn
22Chart-Classical Composers
22Chart-Orchestra Seating
22Charts/Maps-Shakespeare's Kings of England Genealogy Chart
22Charts/Maps-Shakespeare's History Plays Map
22Photograph-Judy Garland
22Photographs- Today Show
OS Folder
1BPhotograph/prints- Gone With The Wind
OS Folder
2BPhotograph- Amahl
OS Folder
3BPhotograph-Globe Theatre