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Louis L. Hess collection

Identifier: COD0000105-ACC 2013-0012

Business records, photographs, motion picture film and other materials related to the activities of newsreel cameraman, audio engineer and journalist Louis L. Hess.


  • 1923-1993


Language of Materials

Materials primarily in English. Collection also contains materials in German, Italian, and Spanish.


This collection is currently in process. Materials may be accessed upon request.

For more information contact curator Dr. Greg Wilsbacher at

Copyright and Use

Some content may be protected by copyright.


2 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Born April 18, 1904 in Berlin, Louis L. (Ludwig) Hess began his career in journalism in 1924 as a salesman for Fox News, ultimately becoming a sound engineer and cameraman for Fox Movietone News. In this capacity he covered events in Central and Southern Europe as well as North Africa. Facing discrimination as a Jew in Nazi Germany, Hess transferred to the Paris Bureau of Movietone in October 1933 and was assigned to work principally out of Rome. His assignments also took him to Poland, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Hungary, Holland, and the Baltic states. He covered the Spanish Civil War for Movietone in 1937. He continued to work for Movietone in Europe until German anti-Jewish laws forced the company to fire him. He immigrated to the United States on March 18, 1940. During World War II, Hess worked on secret, restricted and classified projects with Olympic Radio Corp. After the war he returned to journalism working for All American News (editor), Warner Pathé News (film editor, 1958-1969), and CBS Reports (film editor, 1958-1969). Hess married Clementine van Tinteren on May 17th, 1941. They had two daughters: Sally Hess and Ronnie Hess. In retirement he lived in Boca Raton, FL and Fire Island, NY. He died in 1993.

Physical Location

Moving Image Research Collections. 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Louis L. Hess Collection was donated to Moving Image Research Collections by his daughters Sally Hess and Ronnie Hess on October 7, 2013. At the time of donation, the materials were stored at the home Ronnie Hess in Madison, WI.

Related Materials

Additional material related to the Louis L. Hess and family are at the Leo Baeck Institute, “Ida and Nathan Hess Family Collection” (AR 25426). Finding aid for the Leo Baeck Institute materials can be found,

Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208

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