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Art Center School (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Alumni
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Morgan Sinclaire photographs

  • SPEC 67
  • Collection
  • 1934-1990

The Morgan Sinclaire photographs are images of Art Center Photography Department field trips and studio assignments shot by Sinclaire while he was a student. Also included are photographs he took later in life while traveling.

Sinclaire, Morgan

Kenneth Staley papers

  • SPEC 10
  • Collection
  • 1939-2004

The Kenneth Staley papers are mainly his memoir that documents his experiences at Art Center before and after World War II, his involvement during the war as a rifleman, and his career at General Electric Company. Photocopies of his sketches, a photograph of himself during the war, and the original letter from Art Center confirming his enrollment (1939) are included.

Staley, Kenneth T.

Memoir, sketches, letter, 1939-2004

Staley's memoir, "Art Center - The Way It Was, 1939-1941 - 1947-1948" is a 23-page manuscript recalling his days as a student, as well as his service in World War II and his career at General Electric. The pen sketches (photocopies) were made when he was in the Pacific Theatre with the 96th Division. Also included is a letter from Art Center Registrar Marjorie Adams discussing Staley's upcoming enrollment in 1939.

Virginia Iden Ferguson papers

  • SPEC 28
  • Collection
  • 1941-1959

The Virginia Iden Ferguson papers are three letters from the Art Center School. A 1941 letter is to her parents requesting Virginia attend an additional year. A 1959 letter serves as her student record and lists the classes she took. Also included is a one-page "extra" to the alumni newsletter "Horizon Line."

Iden, Virginia

Letters, 1941-1959

A letter to Mr. and Mrs. Iden from President Edward A. Adams encouraging the continued enrollment of their daughter, Virginia Iden (PHOT 1942) in the Photography track. Adams refers to the change in the employment market due to World War II in the letter. Her student record signed by Registrar Karla Martell. One page newsletter for Alumni noting Art Center's recent successes, 1959.

Bill Meriwether papers

  • SPEC 21
  • Collection
  • 1942-1994

The Bill Meriwether papers consist mainly of photographs taken by Meriwether during his years as a Photography student at Art Center. Of interest is a scrapbook with photographs of a Photography Department beach party after World War II. The letters were written by him and Will Connell and list faculty and students alphabetically and gives updates on their activities and addresses after the war scattered them. Also included are magazine articles about Art Center photography students.

Meriwether, Bill

Ted Denton photographs

  • SPEC 85
  • Collection
  • 1942

The Ted Denton photographs is a photo of Art Center alumnus Bob Brown (ADVT 1932) in his shop taken by his friend, Denton.

Denton, Ted

Letter to Former Classmates, 1943

Bill Meriwether, while stationed in Iceland during World War II, wrote this letter to his Photography classmates who attended Art Center in 1942. He lists faculty and students alphabetically and gives updates on their activities and addresses after the war scattered them.

Connell Cooler, 1944

Two issues (January and February 1944) of a newsletter sent to Photography students and alumni by Will and Grace Connell. It gives updates on the Connells, the school, and their classmates as World War II sent them all over the world.

Wynn Hammer papers

  • SPEC 16
  • Collection
  • 1944-1948, 1956

The Wynn Hammer papers are mainly images taken by Hammer while he was a student for class assignments. Also included are a few papers from Art Center during that time, articles from photography magazines, and later photographs of Ansel Adams.

Hammer, Wynn

Connell Cooler, 1944

January 1944 issue of a newsletter sent to Photography students and alumni by Will and Grace Connell. It gives updates on the Connells, the school, and their classmates as World War II sent them all over the world.

J. Lloyd LeMaster, Jr. papers

  • SPEC 45
  • Collection
  • 1944-1951

The J. Lloyd LeMaster papers are photographs of LeMaster and his friends as students, including an image of Al King's classroom. Also included is an enrollment letter and receipt for his first class at Art Center.

LeMaster, J. Lloyd, Jr.

Connell Cooler, 1944

February 1944 issue of a newsletter sent to Photography students and alumni by Will and Grace Connell. It gives updates on the Connells, the school, and their classmates as World War II sent them all over the world.

Connell Cooler Beach Party Photo Boards

These 11 poster boards each have two photographs of a Photography Department beach party after World War II. The first board has an opening "letter" addressed to Dear Tom which describes the day. The same handwriting captions the photographs and identifies many of the attendees.

Gordon E. Smith papers

  • SPEC 4
  • Collection
  • 1948-1993

The Gordon E. Smith papers are mainly images taken by Smith while he was a student and as a professional food photographer. Also included is a packet from the Art Center School consisting of a cover letter, his grade transcript, and a Certificate of Completion.

Smith, Gordon E.

Harold Stegman papers

  • SPEC 8
  • Collection
  • 1949-1954, 1987

The Harold Stegman papers consist of a silent film he created as a student and a book of photographs that supplemented the project. The workprint footage documents the operations of the California Production Service of Southern California, a petroleum company. Also included are two articles about Stegman’s professional work.

Stegman, Harold

Warren Johnson papers

  • SPEC 27
  • Collection
  • circa 1949, 1960

The Warren Johnson papers consist of a copy of his diploma and a single portrait of Art Center students taken in the school's auditorium around 1949.

Johnson, Warren

Channing Gilson papers

  • SPEC 34
  • Collection
  • 1951, 1972-1973

The Channing Gilson papers consist of correspondence related to Art Center's fundraising campaign for the new Pasadena campus, a copy of his diploma, and a few Society of Art Center Alumni items.

Gilson, Channing

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