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Finding Aid for the George Jenkins Art Direction Materials Archive, 1946-1984.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George Jenkins Art Direction Materials Archive,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1984
    Collection number: 139
    Origination: Jenkins, George.
    Extent: 46 boxes; 47 oversize folders
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF. Please contact the Performing Arts Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Arts 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.

    Preferred Citation

    George Jenkins Art Direction Materials Archive (Collection 139). Arts Library Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    George Clarke Jenkins was born in Baltimore, MD, Nov. 19, ca. 1908-11 (sources vary); studied architecture, Univ. of PA, 1929-31; interior and industrial designer (1934-35); asst. to stage designer Jo Mielziner (1937-41); first Broadway play as stage designer for "Early To Bed" (1943); first film as art director for "Best Years of Our Lives," (1946); art director in charge of experimental color programming at CBS (1953-54); taught motion picture design, UC Los Angeles, 1985-89; Academy Award for "All the President's Men," 1976.


    Collection arranged by production title.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the professional career of production designer and art director George Jenkins. Includes research material, sketches, and floor plans. Research materials consist of location photographs, scripts, schedules, notes, color samples, and budget records. Sketches include original drawings in pencil, charcoal, and watercolor of scenes and sets. Floor plans include blueprints of stage sets built for film or television productions, or map out existing buildings including furniture details, elevations, and continuity sketches. Includes materials for productions such as "1776" (1972), "All the President's Men" (1976), "Best Years of Our Lives" (1946), "Funny Lady" (1975), "Music with Mary Martin" (TV, 1959), and "The New Revue" (TV, 1953-54).

    Access Points

    Jenkins, George--Archives.
    Motion picture art directors--United States--Archival resources.