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Aileen Seilaz Collection.

Identifier: MSC 0163

Scope and Contents

Aileen Seilaz (1901-1983) worked in Hollywood, California as a story analyst for Universal International Studios in the 1920s. The collection includes some material from motion picture industry of that time. There are also some examples of illustrations from Aileen’s sister Louise Seilaz (1903-1983). Victor Seilaz was a Knoxville businessman who was associated with the Seilaz Cafe, the Colonial Hotel, and the Star Laundry Company. Genealogical material on the Seilaz family; Gourley family; Russell family; Matlock family; Houston family and Sam Houston; Buffat family makes up an important part of the collection. The performing arts material includes folders on actors Charles Coburn and William Desmond; postcard album; photographs (of Buffat, Gourley, Seilaz, and Gay Street fire).


  • 1808-1928

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


3 boxes


A scholarship was established at the University of Tennessee in the Theater department in the names of Aileen and Louise Seilaz.. The recipient is to examine the Performing Arts sections of this collection, especially the William Desmond material.

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States