A collection of 10,000 photographs belonging to British comedian Charlie Chaplin and tracing his career will be given to a Swiss museum, it was announced Monday.
The prints and negatives date as far back as 1910, when Chaplin first toured the United States, and will be given to the Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, in western Switzerland.
The museum described the archive, which was owned by the comic actor and his family, as "a large collection … documenting the whole career of Charlie Chaplin."
Musee de l'Elysee said the photos had "considerable aesthetic and historical significance." It will soon launch an educational programme based on Chaplin's life work.Chaplin died in 1977, aged 88, in Vevey, Switzerland, just a short distance from the museum.
In 2012 a Charlie Chaplin Museum will open on the Vevey estate on Lake Geneva where Chaplin lived. The project has been 10 years in gestation.
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