Lawrence Williams

Thanhouser photographer and cameraman Lawrence Williams with his equipment (Courtesy of the American Museum of the Moving Image/Lawrence Williams Collection)

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Film Preservation,  Inc.


What's New?

The Story of Twin Sisters Marion and Madeline Fairbanks to be presented at the Women and the Silent Screen Conference Amsterdam May 25-28


Lost and Found:
The Provenance of Thanhouser Films

Presented at Domitor 2018


The Thanhouser Studio Archive at Iona College

Explore the digital archive of over 1,000 photographs, film stills, promotional materials, and studio ephemera


The Thanhouser Studio
and the Birth of American Cinema

Awarded Best Historical Documentary!

NEW RELEASE: Version 2.1

Thanhouser Films: An Encyclopedia and History
The Complete History of the Thanhouser Studio
Now with Hundreds of Photographs, Posters,
Glass Slides, and Advertising Heralds

DVDs For Sale
The Thanhouser Studio and the Birth of American Cinema

EYE DVDs #1 & #2
David Copperfield
Volumes 1, 2 & 3
Volumes 4, 5 & 6
Volumes 7, 8 & 9
Volumes 10, 11 & 12

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Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization involved in the research, acquisition, preservation and publication of educational materials related to the early silent motion picture era, with a specific focus on the Thanhouser film enterprise.
     From its founding in 1909 through 1917, Thanhouser Company, and its successor company, Mutual's Thanhouser Film Corporation, produced and released over 1,000 silent films to worldwide distribution.

Want to learn more about silent films and  preservation?

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Do you have film or digital media that needs transfer to DVD? Visit to get this done!

Thanhouser Company Film Preservation is a co-founder and proud sponsor of the International Youth Silent Film Festival.

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Created: March, 1994; Last Updated: March 22, 2019
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