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Aiken, Joe, 1900-1969 (filmmaker)



  • Existence: 1900-1969

Biographical Note: Joe Aiken

Joe Aiken was a filmmaker and sound engineer for 20th Century Fox Studios and the U.S. Navy.

Aiken was born in 1900. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated in 1922. He began working at 20th Century Fox Film Corporation in 1928. He was a sound engineer or recordist for over 80 films during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1943, Aiken joined the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander, where he was assigned to the Recording Science Laboratory at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Anacostia, D.C.

Aiken died in Arlington, Virginia on July 16, 1969.

Biographical note sourced from: "Obituaries--Joseph E. Aiken," Journal of the SMPTE, vol. 78, no. 10, pp. 1024-1026, Oct. 1969, doi: 10.5594/J10789iiiA.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Joe Aiken Films

 Collection — Box: Film Box 4, Reel: 1-6
Identifier: 1998-12-28
Contents of the Collection The Joe Aiken Films are comprised of six films shot, produced, or compiled by Joe Aiken of 20th Century Fox Studio, from approximately 1918-1947. The films contain a mix of newsreel footage, documentary footage of aircraft manufacturing, and flight footage. Three of the films contain footage of World War I flying aces, flying squadrons, World War I-era aircraft, and transatlantic flight attempts. One of the films contains newsreel footage of the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II and the...

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