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Collection of Movie Stills

Call Number: MS 297


The John Tibbetts Collection of Movie Stills consists of photographs for a variety of motion pictures; Tibbetts received the photographs as part of his work as a film reviewer. There are also various issues of the magazine American Classic Screen, of which Tibbetts was the editor.


  • Creation: 1895 - 1998


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of John C. Tibbetts

John C. Tibbetts was born October 6, 1946 in Paola, Kansas and grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969, a Master of Arts in 1974, and a doctorate in 1982, all from the University of Kansas. His doctorate is in Multi-Disciplinary Studies (Art History, Theater, Photography, and Film).

From 1980 to 1996 Tibbetts worked as a full-time broadcaster. He hosted his own television show in Kansas City, Missouri, and worked as an Arts and Entertainment Editor and Producer for a variety of radio and television outlets, including KCTV (Kansas City's CBS affiliate), KMBC Radio, and KXTR-FM Radio. During that time he also contributed many broadcast stories about musicians, painters, playwrights, and filmmakers to CBS Television, the Christian Science Monitor Radio Network, Voice of America, and National Public Radio. He has produced two radio series about music, The World of Robert Schumann and Piano Portraits.

From 1976-1985 Tibbetts edited the bi-monthly magazine American Classic Screen (the publication of the National Film Society). He has written and illustrated 24 books, more than 200 articles, and several short stories. His books include His Majesty the American: The Films of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. (1977), Dvorak in America (1993), The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (1998), Shakespeare into Film (2002), Those Who Made It: Conversations with the Legends of Hollywood (2015), and The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub (2016). Tibbetts has painted thousands of portraits of the subjects he has interviewed. His work has served as illustrations for his articles and books and has been featured in gallery exhibitions in Kansas City and at the University of Kansas. Tibbetts has also worked as a pianist, accompanying silent movies at venues including the American Film Institute in Washington, DC; the Silent Film Festival in Topeka, Kansas; and the Buster Keaton Celebrations in Iola, Kansas—the latter event organized by Tibbetts himself since 1992.

Tibbetts is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses in film history, media studies, and aesthetics. He has also served as Associate Chair for the Department of Theater and Film. In 2008 he was awarded the Kansas Governor's Arts in Education Award by Governor Kathleen Sebelius.


4.75 Linear Feet (6 boxes + 1 oversize folder)

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Scope and Contents

This collection of movie stills, collected by John C. Tibbetts, dates from 1895 to 1998. The stills generally consist of images from the movies, photographs of individual actors, directors, and various members of the cast and crew - as well as group pictures. There are several sheets of negatives and slides. Also in the collection are several issues of American Classic Screen magazine, which John Tibbetts edited. Various documents and programs of awards ceremonies are in the collection too.

Physical Location

MS 297

Physical Location

MS Q53

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John C. Tibbetts, 2011

Related Materials

John C. Tibbetts Collection of Hollywood Press Kits, Department of Special Collections, MS 292, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

John C. Tibbetts papers, MS 325, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Unviersity of Kansas.

Guide to the John C. Tibbetts Collection
Collection of Movie Stills
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Collection of Movie Stills, Department of Special Collections, MS 297, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States