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Cinema Arts-Crafts technical drawings
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Description
The Cinema Arts-Crafts technical drawings span the years circa 1930s-1950s and encompass 17 linear feet. The collection contains more than 1,700 technical drawings for filmmaking equipment in the form of blueprints and original drawings. The drawings are by R. Otto, Erlundson, and others. There is a small amount of miscellaneous papers, including manufacturer's brochures and photographs. Other companies represented include Cinema Manufacturers, Consolidated Film Industries, and Fried Camera Company. Cinema Arts-Crafts was in existence from at least 1941 to 1957. The material in the collection from the 1930s appears to be related to A. Barsam's earlier business ventures, such as Barsam-Tollar Mechanical Works.
Background
Cinema Arts-Crafts was an American company, located in Hollywood, California, that specialized in manufacturing cinema machinery during the 1940s and 1950s. A. Barsam owned and operated the company that designed and built specialized laboratory and photographic equipment and machinery, including camera equipment and mounts, printers, developers, and rewinders. Much of the equipment appears to be for the 16mm market or 35mm microfilm.
Extent
17 linear feet of papers.
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.
Availability
Available by appointment only.