The Fairbanks Legacy: The Archives of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.


This exhibition provides an insight into the many facets that composed the life and career of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: actor, producer, decorated naval officer, diplomat, author, and public servant. Through the material on exhibition, selected from Fairbanks's extensive personal archive, a portrait emerges of a man at home on the soundstages of Hollywood, the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., and the halls of Buckingham palace.

Through personal photographs, correspondence, manuscript material, and memorabilia we can trace Fairbanks' life from his youth, growing up in the shadow of his swashbuckling father; through his own film career, both as an actor and producer, as seen in script pages, autobiographical manuscript pages, and warm reminiscences from such correspondents as Sir Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, David Niven, Buster Keaton, and Loretta Young; as well as his more serious side as an international "ambassador without portfolio" in correspondence from American presidents ranging from Franklin D. Roosevelt up through Ronald Reagan and, on the other side of the Atlantic, Lord Louis Mountbatten and the British Royal Family.

The breadth of the legacy of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is shown through his massive archive, depicting a life of both accomplishment and style.

Located on the third floor of Mugar Memorial Library. The exhibition can be viewed during regular library hours.

Alan Cumming
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr