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Baron Missakian Collection

Identifier: MS-0024

Scope and Contents

The Missakian Collection was donated by Nadine Missakian, widow of Baron Siroon Missakian. Inclusive dates are circa 1915-1972, with the bulk dates being the 1920s and 1930s. There is some manuscript material and miscellaneous ephemera but the richness of the collection lies within hundreds of magnificent photographs created by Missakian. Some of the photographs are black and white and some are in color, hand tinted by the photographer himself. Included are many famous personalities such as movie stars and other notables from around the world. One of the interesting components of the collection is the historical documentation of Laugh-O-Gram Films, a production company established by Walt Disney, a friend of Missakian’s whose office was located across the hall in the same building. Disney’s personal secretary was Nadine, who later married Baron Missakian.


  • 1922 - 1976


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown, though Baron Missakian and Nadine Missakian are deceased with no apparent heirs. Most materials, especially the photos, are clearly credited to Baron Missakian. Despite some items credited to Missakian, all Disney-related materials should be restricted in their use.


6 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 9 Manuscript Boxes, 350+ Photographs.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Unknown; Reprocessed: Teresa L. Gipson, Robert C. Ray (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: Unknown; Reprocessed: April 2005.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository