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"Dick" Whittington Studio photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 0250
The collection consists of 60 boxes of photographs printed from the original glass negatives.

Dates

  • 1920 - 1980

Creator

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Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Extent

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

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.

Historical note

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.
Title
Finding aid for the Dick Whittington Studio photographs
Status
completed
Author
Jacqueline Morin
Date
2010 August
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2014: Finding aid updated.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States