Finding Aid for the Anton Grot Papers, 1920-1950

Processed by Lilace Hatayama; machine-readable finding aid created by Alight Tsai
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Finding Aid for the Anton Grot Papers, 1920-1950

Collection number: 956

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts 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
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Lilace Hatayama, January 1979
Encoded by:
Alight Tsai
Encoding supervision by:
Caroline Cubé
Text converted and initial container list EAD tagging by:
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Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, April 2002
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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

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Drawings cannot be photocopied.

Restrictions on Access

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

Additional Physical Form Available

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  • 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.

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.

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Removed from collection for cataloging, April 1989.

Container List

 

Alias the Doctor

Box 1, Folder 1

Alias the Doctor. Warner Brothers, 1932.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 2

Alias the Doctor. Warner Brothers, 1932.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Anthony Adverse

Box 1, Folder 3

Anthony Adverse. Warner Brothers, 1936.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 4

Anthony Adverse. Warner Brothers, 1936.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Blue Danube

Box 1, Folder 5

Blue Danube. Pathe, 1928.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Body and Soul

Box 1, Folder 6

Body and Soul.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Broadway Gondolier

Box 1, Folder 7

Broadway Gondolier. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 8

Broadway Gondolier. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Cairo

Box 1, Folder 9

Cairo.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Captain Blood

Box 1, Folder 10

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 11

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 1, Folder 12

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 13

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 14

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 15

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 1, Folder 16

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 1, Folder 17

Captain Blood. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
 

Country Doctor

Box 1, Folder 18

Country Doctor. Producers Distributing Corporation, 1927.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

Danton

Box 1, Folder 19

Danton. Capitol Film Exchange, 1931.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Dispatch from Reuter

Box 1, Folder 20

Dispatch from Reuter. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 1 item.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
 

Doctor X

Box 1, Folder 21

Doctor X. Warner Brothers, 1932.

Physical Description: 3 items.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
 

Don Q, Son of Zorro

Box 1, Folder 22

Don Q, Son of Zorro. United Artists, 1925.

Physical Description: 1 item.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
 

For Lovers Only

Box 2, Folder 1

For Lovers Only.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 2

For Lovers Only.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Godless Girl

Box 2, Folder 3

Godless Girl. Pathe, 1929.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

The Great Garrick

Box 2, Folder 4

The Great Garrick. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 1 item.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
 

Heartbreak

Box 2, Folder 5

Heartbreak.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Her Man

Box 2, Folder 6

Her Man. Pathe, 1918.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Inspiration

Box 2, Folder 7

Inspiration.

Physical Description: 5 items.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
 

Juarez

Box 2, Folder 8

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 2, Folder 9

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 2, Folder 10

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 2, Folder 11

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 2, Folder 12

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 2, Folder 13

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 5 items.
Box 2, Folder 14

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 2, Folder 15

Juarez. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
 

King of Kings

Box 3, Folder 1

King of Kings. Pathe, 1927.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

The King's Vacation

Box 3, Folder 2

The King's Vacation. Warner Brothers, 1933.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

The Life of Emile Zola, also known as Truth is on the March

Box 3, Folder 3

The Life of Emile Zola. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 3, Folder 4

The Life of Emile Zola. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 3, Folder 5

The Life of Emile Zola. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 3, Folder 6

The Life of Emile Zola. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 3, Folder 7

The Life of Emile Zola. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 3, Folder 8

The Life of Emile Zola. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 3, Folder 9

The Life of Emile Zola. Warner Brothers, 1937.

Physical Description: 5 items.
 

Lovely Lady

Box 3, Folder 10

Lovely Lady.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

Mad Genius

Box 3, Folder 11

Mad Genius. Warner Brothers, 1931.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

The Man and the Moment

Box 3, Folder 12

The Man and the Moment. Warner Brothers, 1929.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Midsummer Night's Dream

Box 3, Folder 13

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 3, Folder 14

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 3, Folder 15

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 3, Folder 16

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 1

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935. 6 items.

Box 4, Folder 2

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 3

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 4

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 4, Folder 5

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 6

Midsummer Night's Dream. Warner Brothers, 1935.

Physical Description: 4 items.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
 

Mildred Pierce

Box 4, Folder 7

Mildred Pierce. Warner Brothers, 1945.

Physical Description: 38 items.
 

Mystery of the Wax Museum

Box 4, Folder 8

Mystery of the Wax Museum. Warner Brothers, 1933.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Outward Bound

Box 4, Folder 9

Outward Bound. Warner Brothers, 1930.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 10

Outward Bound. Warner Brothers, 1930.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex

Box 4, Folder 11

The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 12

The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 4, Folder 13

The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 4, Folder 14

The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex. Warner Brothers, 1939.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Road to Suez

Box 4, Folder 15

Road to Suez.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Road to Yesterday

Box 4, Folder 16

Road to Yesterday. Producers Distributing Corporation, 1925.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

The Sea Hawk

Box 4, Folder 17

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 4, Folder 18

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 4, Folder 19

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 5, Folder 1

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 2

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 3

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 4

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 5

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 5, Folder 6

The Sea Hawk. Warner Brothers, 1940.

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

The Sea Wolf

Box 5, Folder 7

The Sea Wolf. Warner Brothers, 1941.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 8

The Sea Wolf. Warner Brothers, 1941.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 9

The Sea Wolf. Warner Brothers, 1941.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 10

The Sea Wolf. Warner Brothers, 1941.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 11

The Sea Wolf. Warner Brothers, 1941.

Physical Description: 2 items.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
 

Silence

Box 5, Folder 12

Silence.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Song of the Flame

Box 5, Folder 13

Song of the Flame. Warner Brothers, 1930.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 14

Song of the Flame.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Surrender

Box 5, Folder 15

Surrender.

Physical Description: 1 item.

Note

SEE ALSO: Box 16.
Box 5, Folder 16

Svengali. Warner Brothers, 1931.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 5

Thank Your Lucky Stars. Warner Brothers, 1943.

Note

SEE Box 16.
 

Thief of Paradise

Box 5, Folder 17

Thief of Paradise.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Volga Boatman

Box 5, Folder 18

Volga Boatman. Producers Distributing Corporation, 1926.

Physical Description: 4 items.
Box 5, Folder 19

Volga Boatman. Producers Distributing Corporation, 1926.

Physical Description: 1 item.
 

Yellow Lilly

Box 5, Folder 20

Yellow Lilly. First National, 1928.

Physical Description: 3 items.
 

Unidentified Material

Box 6

73 items.

Box 7

69 items.

Box 8

62 items.

Box 9

71 items.

Box 10

58 items.

Box 11

72 items.

Box 12

65 items.

Box 13

71 items.

Box 14

Oversize framed drawings removed from Boxes 3 and 4.

Physical Description: 1 framed storyboard from Mildred Pierce; 1 framed storyboard form The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.
Box 15

Oversize framed drawings removed from Boxes 3 and 4.

Physical Description: 1 framed drawing from Midsummer Night's Dream; 1 framed drawing from the Sea Hawk.
Box 16

Unidentified material.

Physical Description: 25 items.
Box 17

Unidentified material.

Physical Description: 20 items.
Box 18

Unidentified material.

Physical Description: 20 items.
Box 18

Unidentified material.

Physical Description: 15 items.
Box 19

Unidentified material.

Physical Description: 10 items.
 

OVERSIZE MATERIAL.

Box 16

Dispatch from Reuter.

Physical Description: 1 item.

Note

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Box 16

Doctor X.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 16

Don Q, Son of Zorro.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 16

The Great Garrick.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 16

Inspiration.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 16

Midsummer Night's Dream.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 16

Sea Wolf.

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 16

Surrender.

Physical Description: 1 item.
Box 16

Thank Your Lucky Stars.

Physical Description: 1 item.