Sousfonds 3 - Ted Taylor sousfonds

1317 Catalina [Street] 1420 Catalina St., Annie's cottage [Portrait of Ruth Wing?] Edna [Basauquel?] Garner, age 16 months [Los Angeles Times Building after explosion] [Los Angeles Times Building after explosion] [View of house and yard at 5301 Lexington Avenue] [View of yard and part of house at 5301 Lexington Avenue] David H. Cooley [Ruth Wing?] [Ted Taylor and other students dressed in costume for Los Angeles County school parade] [Ted Taylor dressed in costume for Los Angeles County school parade] [Ted Taylor dressed in costume for Los Angeles County school parade] Theodore Taylor, Organization Editor [Group portrait at Goldwyn Studios] [Head and shoulders portrait of Ted Taylor blowing smoke from his mouth] [Ted Taylor in his office] [Ted Taylor in his office] [Ted Taylor sitting at his desk in his office] Pola Negris dinner for Gen. [General] Haller at Biltmore last Sat[urday] night [Mary Louise Taylor and dog at the beach] [Peter Taylor] [Ted and Ken Taylor on Granville Street] Vancouver [Ted and Ken Taylor] Vancouver Ken and Ted, Granville St. [Group of men giving last respects at former mayor L.D. Taylor's funeral] [Pallbearers carrying former mayor L.D. Taylor's casket] [Mary May Beaton] [Octavia Beaton and unidentified woman sitting on large stone stairs with dog] [Caroline Little Pierce and niece Minnie Twitchell] [Caroline Little Pierce and niece Minnie Twitchell] [Head and shoulders studio portrait of Ted Taylor] [Mary Louise Taylor] [Mary Louise, Ted and Ken Taylor at the] San Diego Exposition [Ruth Wing standing outside] [Ruth Wing] [Ruth Wing and a cat] [Ruth Wing] [Ted Taylor and a co-worker at Metro Picture Studios] [Ted Taylor and unidentified woman in yard] [Ted Taylor standing in outside area of Arizona State Prison] [Ted Taylor standing with camera in outside area of Arizona State Prison] [Ted Taylor with co-workers at Metro Picture Studios] [Caroline Little Pierce sitting on porch] [Ruth Wing and Ted Taylor] [Ruth Wing and unidentified woman] [Ted Taylor examining sheet of paper with unidentified man] Miss Marion Pierce [standing in front of a house] [Ruth Wing] [Ruth Wing]
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Ted Taylor sousfonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on main creator of records in this sousfonds. The name 'Ted' Taylor was selected over 'Theodore', as this is the name that he went by as an adult and the name that appears on all of his articles, business cards, stationery etc.

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  • 1827-1972, predominant 1902-1947 (Creation)

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  • 3.74 m of textual records
  • 503 photographs
  • 6 objects

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Theodore (Ted) Pierce Taylor was born September 5, 1896 in Oak Park, Illinois, to L.D. and Annie Louise Taylor, shortly after L.D. s arrival in Vancouver, British Columbia. Annie and Ted joined L.D. in Vancouver in 1901, and lived there until 1906, when Annie moved Ted and his brother Kenneth (Ken) (b. 1902) to Los Angeles.

Ted graduated from L.A. Berendo High School in June 1915. As a student, he was active in theatre and the school newspaper. Upon graduation, he began writing about motion pictures and, in 1918, he became a reporter for the Los Angeles Times . In March 1919, Ted was hired as the Director of the News Department for the Metro Pictures Corporation. Upon his resignation in May 1920, he became the editor and publisher of the Studio Publicists Association s Mouth Organ . Later that year he worked for Universal Pictures for a short time and then concentrated on freelance publicity work for individuals such as Ferdinand Earle, William Desmond Taylor and Reginald Barker. In 1921 Ted married Ruth Wing.

Following employment as the editor and publisher of CAMERA! in 1921 and 1922, Ted was hired as Motion Picture Editor and editor of the Cinematters column for the Los Angeles Record in July 1922. In 1923, he also worked as a publicist for the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation.

Immediately following an appointment as the Los Angeles representative of the New York Morning Telegraph in January 1925, Ted moved to Paris, France with Mary Beaton (b. July 19, 1905), the daughter of Octavia (d. 1946) and George Beaton (d. 1938). Having obtained a divorce from Ruth Wing, he married Mary and she gave birth to a daughter, Mary Louise Taylor, on April 16, 1925. Mary died shortly after from complications related to the birth. Ted remained in Paris until September 1928, working as a reporter for the Paris Times . Octavia Beaton arrived in Paris in later in 1925 to care for Mary Louise, and returned with Mary to the United States in 1928. In 1929, they joined Ted in Los Angeles.

Upon his return to Los Angeles, Ted became the manager of the L.A. Press Services, which Ken, now the editor of the Los Angeles Express, had been running in his absence. For the next several years, Ted was employed in various press positions, including: reporter, Variety (September 1929 to June 1932); editor, Los Angeles Today (September 1933); reporter and assistant editor, Hollywood Reporter (May 1934-October 1937); publicity copy editor, features, Columbia Pictures (October 1937-June 1940); editor and weekly columnist, Hollywood MOVIES (August to December 1940, 1941). He then worked as a freelance publicist, and acquired additional employment with the Screen Publicists Guild, Screen Cartoonists Guild, Hollywood Sun , War Labor Board, Federated Press, and the magazines Frauds and Cosmopolitan . He was also a co-writer of Leonard Louis Levinson s The Left-Handed Dictionary .

Ted was an active member of several organizations during his career, including the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS), Screen Publicists Guild, Affiliated Picture Interests, Committee of 14, Los Angeles Press Club, American Newspaper Guild, Motion Picture Democratic Committee, Conference of Studio Unions, Los Angeles Central Labor Council, and the Victory Council.

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Records were originally created, received and maintained by several creators: Osborne J. Pierce, Caroline Little Pierce, Annie Louise Taylor, Winifred Mabel Pierce, Kenneth Taylor, Octavia Beaton and Mary Beaton Taylor. Presumably these records were passed into the custody of Ted Taylor after the deaths of the original creators. Ted Taylor then organized the records as a collective entity

Scope and content

Sousfonds consists of correspondence, photographs and other records of Ted Taylor and members of the Taylor, Pierce and Beaton families, arranged into files by Ted. The majority of records were created or accumulated by Ted, and pertain to his personal and professional activities. Records concern his relationships with family, friends and colleagues, his career as a publicist and reporter in Hollywood, California and Paris, France, and his involvement in various associations. In addition to Ted s records, the sousfonds also contains records of and pertaining to Octavia Beaton, Mary Beaton, Mary Louise Taylor, Ken Taylor, L.D. Taylor, Annie Louise Taylor, Caroline Little Pierce, Winifred Mabel Pierce and Osborne J. Pierce. Material pertaining to L.D. Taylor includes correspondence with various members of the family, photographs, and notes concerning L.D. s activities in Vancouver, as Mayor, and his death and funeral. In addition to correspondence and photographs, record include notes, newspaper clippings, articles, drafts, notebooks, address books, journals, studio passes, cards, drawings, paintings, sketches, press release, publications, scripts, ephemera, legal documents, bills, receipts and other financial records, postcards, agreements and contracts, and objects.

The sousfonds has been arranged into the following seven series: Correspondence and subject files (1906-1947); Family Letter files (1827-1954); Financial and property records (1910-1957); Scrapbook (1918-1924); Photographs ([1909-1947]); Octavia Stewart Beaton records (1902-[after 1946]); Mary Louise Taylor Werbel records (1963, 1972).

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