MS103: Fred Guida Audio/Visual Collection on Charles Dickens
The Guida Collection is a large collection of motion-picture media that was donated to the Gordon Library by Fred Guida on December 16, 2019. It contains roughly 400 works from as far back as 1901, with around 200 VHS tapes and cassettes, 80 LP records, 5 books, 45 film reels, 15 CDs, and 110 DVDs. These pieces focus on Charles Dickens and his writings, and about half of the material are related to his famous novella, "A Christmas Carol."
- Event: 1901 - 2011
Conditions Governing Access
Researchers may access the physical materials in the Archives and Special Collections room on the ground floor of the Gordon Library at WPI. For research access beyond WPI's faculty and students, existing copyright owners must provide explicit permission to publicize and digitize the media. Once digitized, researchers may access the materials in the library's Digital WPI collections online. Please go to https://www.wpi.edu/library/archives-special-collections/about/hours-visiting for more information and resources.
Conditions Governing Use
By applying Fair Use laws, we assume that all media with copyrights before 1923 are free to be digitized and used by the public. Therefore, all media with copyrights after 1923 are assumed to still be under copyright in order to respect the rights of any possible copyright owners. If anyone wishes to digitize these copyrighted works, they must request explicit permission from the existing copyright owners (contacts may be provided in the media entries if they have been found) stating their intention and purpose.
Biographical / Historical
Fred Guida is a writer and Dickens enthusiast who teaches film history at Connecticut College and Quinnipac College and is also a film programmer at the Yale Center for British Art. While Guida searched for a local institution around Massachusetts to hold and care for his Dickens media, WPI offered to take in the works because it was the perfect opportunity to add to their other Dickens collections, such as Project Boz.
Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth, England and grew up with seven siblings in a middle class household. In 1832, he began his career in the humanities by becoming an amateur actor. In the following few years, he spent most of his time creating plays and writing for magazines and newspapers. Notably, some of his stories were collected in 1836 as Sketches by “Boz” (his pen name). As one of the most respected Victorian novelists in history, Dickens fathered many classics in the literary realm, including "David Copperfield" (1850) and "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859). Later in his life, he took to public readings because it was an enjoyable combination of his performances and writings. He performed 471 times by the end of his life, and one of his most popular readings was his most notable Christmas story, "A Christmas Carol." These readings were the majority of what he did in his final years, aside from a few last writings, until his death on June 9, 1870, in Chatham, England.
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