Paul C. Spehr
Paul C. Spehr is retired from the Library of Congress where he was the Assistant Chief of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Since retiring he has continued his interest in saving our film heritage and has been able to expand on his interest in the beginning years of film history and contribute to the revived interest in cinema’s early years. He has written articles and participation in symposia and is the compiler/author of American Film Personnel and Company Credits, 1908-1920, (McFarland & Company, 1996) and the author of The Man Who Made Movies: W. K. L. Dickson (John Libby Publishing, 2008) Mr. Dickson was Thomas Edison’s assistant in the invention of the Kinetoscope and Kinetograph, the first commercially successful motion picture devices, a founding partner of the American Mutoscope Company and important pioneer film maker who directed more than 500 films between 1890 and 1903. Spehr is on the board of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.