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Personal films


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The collection primarily consists of the personal films of Katharine Hepburn, as well as several feature films starring Hepburn donated to the University by her brother-in-law Ellsworth Grant. Many of the personal films were originally created by Ludlow “Luddy” Ogden Smith who was married to Katharine from 1928–1941. The personal films include behind the scenes footage of films such as The Little Minister and Sylvia Scarlett, as well as Hepburn’s life outside her career in Hartford, Fenwick, Hollywood, and her travels abroad.


  • Creation: 1929-1953, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The collection contains some restricted materials. Original film reels are not available for patrons to view. Patrons may view digital copies of the films, when available. Some films may contain restricted portions that will be redacted from the digital copies. Access to the digital copies in the Connecticut Digital Archive are limited to on-campus patrons or off-campus University students, faculty, and staff with their University login here:


From the Collection: approx. 6 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Hartford Archives & Special Collections Repository

200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117 United States