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Finding Aid for the Anton Grot Papers, 1920-1950
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Anton Grot Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1950
    Collection number: 956
    Creator: Grot, Anton, 1884-1974
    Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.) 6 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Antocz Franciszek Groszewski (1884-1974) was born in Kelbasice, Poland and came to the U.S., 1909. His film career began in 1913 when he was hired by the Lubin Company to paint and design sets. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1922. He worked on a variety of films and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards. The collection consists of materials related to Grot's career as a motion picture set designer and art director. Includes original sketches in pencil, charcoal, and water color as well as photographs of completed sets and sketches.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Drawings cannot be photocopied.

    Restrictions on Access

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

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Mrs. Louise Marvin, 1967.
    • Gift of Mrs. Anton Grot, 1975, 1981.
    • Gift of Mrs. Florentine Gutowski, 1981.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Anton Grot Papers (Collection 956). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1470682 

    Biography

    Antocz Franciszek Groszewski was born in Kelbasice, Poland, January 18, 1884; attended the Technical College in Königsberg, Germany majoring in interior decoration, illustration, and design; came to the U.S., 1909; started his film career in 1913 when he was hired by the Lubin Company to paint and design sets; moved to Los Angeles in 1922; head of the Warner Brothers Studio Art Department (1927); worked on a variety of films such as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1938), Captain Blood (1935), The Sea Hawk (1940), and Mildred Pierce (1945); was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and in 1941 received a special Scientific/Technical Oscar for his invention of a water ripple and wave illusion machine first utilized in The Sea Hawk; retired 1948; died March 21, 1974.

    Biographical Narrative

    Anton Grot, motion picture art director, was head of the Art Department at Warner Brothers Studios from 1927-1948. Born in Kelbasice, Poland, and educated in Germany, Grot emigrated to the United States in 1909. He began his career in motion picture design when he was hired by the Lubin Company to paint and design sets. After working with directors such as Cecil B. DeMille and William K. Howard, Grot began his long association with Warner Brothers in 1927. He worked on a variety of films, including historical epics such as The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1938), contemporary dramas such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and romantic adventure films, most notably Captain Blood (1935) and The Sea Hawk (1940).
    Lilace Hatayama, January 1979

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to Grot's career as a motion picture set designer and art director. Includes original sketches in pencil, charcoal, and water color as well as photographs of completed sets and sketches.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Grot, Anton, 1884-1974,--Archives.
    Motion picture art directors--United States--Archival resources.
    Motion pictures--Setting and scenery--Archival resources.
    Sketches.
    Drawings.
    Photographs.

    Items Removed from Collection

    • Thames Television. The Art of Hollywood. Fifty years of art direction. A Thames Television exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Thames Televsion [1979] [132 p.] Gift of Brooke Whiting.

    Note

    Removed from collection for cataloging, April 1989.