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Early in 1937 film maker Guy D. Haselton made a silent, black and white biographical film of Garland in his Hollywood home. The film exists in three states: a 625 foot version, including stills of his books; a 400 foot version, without the stills; and a 1964 reedit of the film with-sound-on-film narration, entitled "Hamlin Garland, Historian of the Midwest."

Garland had mounted a traveling exhibit of his works in 1936, at first called "Hamlin Garland and His Literary Friends," and later, as "The Makers of American Literature," designed to showcase Garland's central role in the formation of American Literature. When the film was completed, prints of it accompanied the exhibit as it went on tour to at least eleven libraries, among them the state libraries of California, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin, as well as to university libraries in Indiana, Chicago, and Ohio.

[Garland at desk]

Prints of the original film exist in archives at the Doheny Library, University of Southern California (Los Angeles), the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA), Miami University (Oxford, OH), and the National Institute and American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York City).
Here are two versions of the film (flash video).  
Hamlin Garland, Dean of American Letters (1936, with titles, 18 min.)
   [Courtesy of the Hamlin Garland Papers, Doheny Library, University of Southern California]  play video
[Garland making coffee]
Hamlin Garland, Historian of the Midwest (1964, with sound-on-film narration, 8:40 min) 
     [Courtesy of site author]   play video

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