Introduction: C. Francis Jenkins
Every filmmakerfrom D.W. Griffith to Steven Spielbergowes a debt of gratitude to C. Francis Jenkins, perhaps the least known inventor of his generation. Jenkins' legacy, however, is vast; His technologies gave rise to the motion picture industry that still captures our imaginations today.
Who was C. Francis Jenkins? What was the Phantoscope apparatus, and what did Jenkins contribute to motion pictures?
These pages hold the answers to these questions and tell the fascinating story of one man's work.
At right is the application that was submitted to The Franklin Institute's Committee on Science and the Arts to investigate C. Francis Jenkins for the Phantoscope.
Application to the Committee on Science and the Arts to investigate and report upon C. Francis Jenkins, 12/18/1896. (2.1M)
C. Francis Jenkins is the topic of "From the Case Files," from February 7, 2007.
A catalog of of CSA #2526 is available. The file contains information about Jenkins' 1913 Scott Medal for the Motion Picture Apparatus.