Scope and Content
Items Removed from Collection
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
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.
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
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
- Gift of Mrs. Louise Marvin, 1967.
- Gift of Mrs. Anton Grot, 1975, 1981.
- Gift of Mrs. Florentine Gutowski, 1981.
[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
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.
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.
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.
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
 [132 p.] Gift of Brooke Whiting.
Removed from collection for cataloging, April 1989.