Dick Whittington Studio photographs Edit


Finding Aid Author
Jacqueline Morin
Finding Aid Date
2010 August
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Finding Aid Note
The negatives are housed separately and not described in this finding aid.


  • 1920 – 1980 (Creation)


  • 25.02 Linear Feet (Whole)
    60 boxes of prints. The negatives are housed separately and not described in this finding aid.

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  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Dick Whittington Studio negatives and photographs, Collection no. 0250, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

  • Abstract

    The "Dick" Whittington Studio was the largest and finest photography studio in the Los Angeles area from the mid-1920's to early 1980's. Specializing in commercial photography, the Whittington studio took photographs for nearly every major business and organization in Los Angeles; in so doing, the studio documented the growth and commercial development of Los Angeles. Clients included Max Factor, the Broadway, Bullocks, and May Co. department stores, the California Fruit Growers Association, Signal Oil, Shell Oil, Union Oil, See's Candies, Van de Kamp's bakeries, Forest Lawn, Sparkletts Water, CBS, Don Lee Television, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, real estate developers, construction companies, automobile, aircraft, and railroad companies, and drive-in theaters. Another notable client was the University of Southern California, which contracted with the Whittington studios for coverage of athletic and other events. The photographs were produced between 1923 and 1985.