The Academy has acquired more than 70,000 photographs from the Bison Archives, the collection of film historian Marc Wanamaker. Most are from the first half of the 20th Century, and join the more than 10 million photographs already in the Academy's Margaret Herrick Library. Here are a handful of the newly-acquired images. (Photos courtesy of AMPAS)
Academy Acquires More Hollywood History, From D.W. Griffith to Orson Welles (Slideshow)
Lon Chaney Jr. in the makeup chair during production of the 1941 horror film "The Wolf Man." The makeup artist is Jack Pierce.
Kirk Douglas and a young Stanley Kubrick on location for "Paths of Glory," 1957.
One of only eight known color photos of director/star Orson Welles shooting the opening scene of "Touch of Evil" in 1958.
A promotional shot of Lillian and Dorothy Gish making "Orphans of the Storm," 1921.
Billy Wilder observes an iconic Marilyn Monroe moment during the filming of "The Seven-Year Itch" in 1955.
Another look at Orson Welles directing; this time the film is 1941's "Citizen Kane."
Russian director Sergei Eisenstein during the filming of "Que Viva Mexico," circa 1930.
At the Edison Studio in the Bronx, director Edwin S. Porter preps a scene from the 1908 silent film "A Country Girl's Seminary Life and Experiences."
Legendary producer D.W. Griffith, center, clowns around during the production of "Way Down East" in 1920.
Artist and designer Erte (Romain de Tirtoff) with a costume he designed for an unknown film circa 1920.
The Lighting Fixture Department in Famous Players – Lasky Hollywood studio, circa 1918.
A signed portrait circa 1929 of Dorothy Arzner, the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America.
Writer-director-actor Erich von Stroheim checks the temperature in Death Valley during the filming of "Greed" in 1924.
A more recent entry in the Bison collection: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg with extras on location for "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
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Steve Pond, author of the L.A. Times bestseller The Big Show, has been covering entertainment for more than two decades. He also writes on the awards circuit for TheWrap, in his column "The Odds."