Category Archives: popular culture

Jacques Kapralik and the Art of Film Promotion

The American Heritage Center is fortunate to hold the papers and artwork of Jacques Kapralik. Kapralik was a commercial artist and caricaturist whose art was used in the promotion of motion pictures throughout Hollywood’s Golden Era of the 1930s-1950s. Born … Continue reading

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Louis C. Brandt: Producer and Director

The American Heritage Center has recently processed the papers of Louis C. Brandt (collection number 6800). Mr. Brandt was an assistant director and producer for television and films from the 1930s to the 1970s. During his career, Mr. Brandt worked … Continue reading

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Farewell to Robert Wynn, Producer and Director

Robert (a.k.a. Bob) Wynn passed away December 12th, 2013 in Calabasas, California. Wynn produced and directed over sixty television shows and specials from the 1960s to the 1990s.  Born in 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri, Wynn began his career as … Continue reading

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From Spurs to Screen: Wyoming Boy Makes It Big In Hollywood

Sometimes those “film cowboys” featured in Westerns in the 1920s-1950s were actually real cowboys. One such authentic cowboy-turned-Hollywood star is Wally Wales (also known as Hal Taliaferro). Wally Wales was born Floyd Taliaferro Alderson in 1895 in Sheridan, Wyoming.  His … Continue reading

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Irwin Kostal: Mastermind of Many 20th Century Musicals

The AHC has recently processed the papers of Irwin Kostal, an American composer, orchestrator and arranger in the 20th century. Kostal’s most well-known projects include work on The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Sail Away  and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Rumble (for Archives Month)!

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Rumble in the Stacks, the Anarchy in the Archives, the Chaos in the Complex!  Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is the first ever Archives Month cage match among the heroes and heroines in the … Continue reading

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James E. Brodhead: A Wolverine Makes Good on Stage and Screen

James Easton Brodhead (1932-2012) was a character actor who worked in various motion picture, television, and theatre productions. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech in 1954.  From 1950-1963, Brodhead appeared in numerous stage … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Shane!

August 1st marks the 60th anniversary of Paramount Pictures’ release of Shane, critically thought to be one of the best westerns ever made.  It starred Alan Ladd as the title character, as well as Van Heflin and Jean Arthur.  In … Continue reading

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When UFOs Met Earth (Maybe?)

You may have seen Google’s homepage Doodle today, commemorating the 66th anniversary of the discovery of unidentified wreckage on a ranch near Roswell, NM.  To aid in these commemorative activities of the Roswell events, we at the AHC would like … Continue reading

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Collection Connection: A Conglomeration of Composers

Around the nation summer is a season for concert series and music festivals.  Holdings at the American Heritage Center include the papers of many musicians and composers, particularly those who composed for movies and television—even for cartoons!  This photograph from … Continue reading

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