Mary Pickford was an original founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an early leader in the film preservation movement and an ardent supporter of creating a museum devoted to the art of moviemaking.
In 1979, Pickford made another important contribution to film history when she placed her photographs and other memorabilia at the Academy to establish the Mary Pickford Collection. Her widower Buddy Rogers and the Mary Pickford Foundation expanded the Collection to include correspondence, personal and professional papers, financial records and scrapbooks. Housed at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, the invaluable Mary Pickford Collection makes the Academy an important destination for students and scholars who wish to study and document the life and work of Mary Pickford.
Now, in the summer of 2012, the Mary Pickford Foundation and the Academy have partnered on a multi-year initiative to promote the legacy of Mary Pickford and the silent film era. The partnership includes the Academy and the Foundation co-sponsoring an annual Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film, film preservation initiatives and the digitization of components of the library’s Mary Pickford Collection.
As Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO, said when announcing the partnership, “We are thrilled that together with the Mary Pickford Foundation we will bring the groundbreaking work of Mary Pickford and the pioneers of the silent film era to the attention of a new generation.”