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John K. McLaughlin collection

Identifier: BUSC-2011-001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains posters and lobby cards, movie, radio and television scripts, correspondence, contracts, photographs, promotional materials, and ephemera. Included are materials related to such stars as Abbott and Costello, Annette Funicello, Greer Garson and Charles Laughton. There is also a number of film stills and cast photographs from Mack Sennett productions.

In addition, there is a small collection of materials related to horror and crime fiction including typed manuscripts and correspondence. Represented are authors such as Robert Bloch and Ed Wood.

Graphic materials include an early poster from a stage production of Uncle Tom's Cabin, measuring 7 1/2 x 13 1/2 feet, and early Flea Circus wall panels.


  • 1900 - 2000

Biographical Note

John K. McLaughlin was a graduate of Union-Endicott High School. He founded The Book Sail in Orange, California, which specialized in Americana, and movie memorabilia and ephemera.


77 Linear Feet : Oversize and flat materials stored separately.

Language of Materials



The John K. McLaughlin collection contains materials relating to the history of film, television and radio. These materials include scripts, posters, lobby cards, photographs, star contracts, and correspondence. In addition, there is a small collection of materials relating to horror and crime fiction.

Arrangement of Materials

Materials are arranged by format.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of John K. McLaughlin, 2011.
Guide to the John K. McLaughlin collection
Jean Green, Nicholas Tai, Mary Tuttle
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections Repository

Binghamton NY 13902 USA