B.L. Engineering, Inc. Archive (0504) The B.L. Engineering Inc. archive contains the papers of the civil engineering firm B.L. Engineering, Inc., including contracts, project files, financial records, plans and drawings. The firm, founded in 1969 and owned by the Cuban American Carlos Sebastian Lorente, worked on projects throughout Los Angeles and the region.
Backus (Jim and Henny) Collection (2026) Collection consists of screenplays in which either Jim Backus (1913-1989) or Henny Backus (1911- ) appeared, from 1940 to 1967. Includes radio scripts for The Jim Backus Show and recordings of the War Department Jubilee radio programs of the 1940s.
Bagley (Charles Leland) papers (0016) This collection contains the personal papers of Charles Leland Bagley, along with records pertaining to the American Federation of Musicians. Bagley was a musician and lawyer who lived in Los Angeles and who was active in the AFM Local 47 until his retirement in 1959. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, union publications, and ephemera.
Bainter (Fay) Collection (2077) Collection consists of stills and photographs, from 15 films and 20 stage plays; scripts of 15 stage plays and 6 television shows in which the actress Fay Bainter (1892-1968) appeared. Also includes personal documents, clippings and correspondence.
Barber School of Speech scrapbook (0270) The Barber School of Speech scrapbook contains clippings, announcements, programs, notes, cards, and other types of printed ephemera, 1901-1980 (bulk 1922-1940), collected by Julia Barber, founder and director of the school. The scrapbook documents the activities of Mrs. Barber, a dramatic reader and speech coach, and her colleagues and pupils--their performances, recitals, debates, commencements, and public speaking appearances, both in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States.
Barnhart (Pat and Vern) Papers (0324) The Barnharts were missionaries to Korea from 1916-1941. Mr. Pat Barnhart was the first Physical Education Director of YMCA Korea, who introduced many western sports (such as basketball) to the Korean people for the first time. The collection includes photographs, documents, correspondence, and journals of the Barnharts and their associates, and a privately published memoir of their daughter, Dr. Jean Barnhart Jost, who grew up in Korea until the age of 18.
Barth (R. L.) Papers (0161) Manuscripts, paste-ups and file copies of small press poetry published by Barth ca. 1980-88; correspondence with poets Turner Cassity, Dick Davis, John Finlay, Charles Gullans, X. J. Kennedy, Janet Lewis, Timothy Steele, and Wesley Trimpi.
Bell (Alphonzo) papers (0215) Alphonzo Bell, Jr. (1914-2004) was a United States Congressman who represented the 27th and 28th Congressional Districts - which encompassed the communities of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, and West Los Angeles - between 1961 and 1977. Materials within the collection date from the 1930s to the 1980s and document Bell's political career.
Berman (Lila) papers (0418) The Lila Berman papers consist of correspondence, memorandums, reports, and notes, collected and created by Lila Berman, that document the establishment and provision of mental health services in the Los Angeles area, 1965-1998. The bulk of the collection covers the passage of various mental health insurance bills in the California Assembly and State Senate, and the activities of the California Council on Mental Health's Citizens Advisory Council, of which Berman was the first chair.
Berstl (Julius) papers (0031) Literary archive of the German emigre author (1883-1975); typescripts, manuscripts, in English and German. Detailed inventory may be accessed at: http://www.usc.edu/libraries/archives/arc/findingaids/berstl/
Bickford (Charles) Collection (2124) Collection consists of scrapbooks, stills, radio transcriptions, clippings, publicity, photographs, and correspondence of the actor Charles Bickford (1889-1967) covering the period 1925-1967. Also includes theatre programs and awards.
Biscailuz (Eugene) scrapbooks (0216) This collection contains photograph scrapbooks kept by Eugene Biscailuz during his tenure as Los Angeles County Sheriff, as well as scrapbooks of newspaper clippings kept by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Biscailuz joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1907 and became Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 1932. He retired from the force in 1958.
Blankenchip (John Edward) papers (0356) Papers of John Edward Blankenchip, professor emeritus of the USC School of Theatre. Blankenchip joined USC in 1955, just a decade after the drama department was founded by playwright and director William C. DeMille, and continued to teach classes in directing and experimental theatre at the school until a month before he died at the age of 89. Born in Independence, Kan., in 1919, he earned a BFA in design and directing from Carnegie Mellon University in 1941. He immediately went to Yale University, attaining an MFA in design and directing in 1943. For the next three years, first as assistant to designer Harry Horner and then on his own, he designed scenery, costumes and lighting both on and off Broadway. From Broadway, Blankenchip moved to teaching. After eight years on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, he decided to spend his 1955 sabbatical working as a designer at USC. James H. Butler, then head of the drama department, offered him a teaching position. Blankenchip accepted and had been teaching at USC ever since. Blankenchip founded, produced and directed Festival Theatre USC-USA, a company comprised of USC students and alumni who were the first American artists to perform on the Fringe of the Edinburgh International Festival. From 1966 to 2005, the company mounted 23 seasons on the Fringe; performed in London, Amsterdam and Paris; and completed three tours for the AMERIKA houses in Germany for the U.S. State Department. He received Fringe First Awards for the British premieres of Buried Child and Follies. He directed the acclaimed production of Vivien at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in London, off Broadway and in Los Angeles at the Tiffany Theatre. Blankenchip also designed at Tanglewood, the Guild Opera and the La Jolla Playhouse. and he directed and designed for the Ebony Showcase. He was Ray Bradbury's preferred designer at his Pandemonium Theatre Company. Blankenchip's professionalism manifested itself through former students who have gone on to successful careers both in and out of the theatre. He played a key role in developing the original BFA and MFA theatre programs at USC, and from nearly the beginning, has been vital to the School of Theatre's growing excellence. He died on April 1, 2009 after a brief illness.
Boden (Reynold) Papers (0102) Collected sermons of Rev. Reynold B. Boden (1893-1965), British-born lecturer at USC on comparative religion, 1936-1953.
Bogardus (Emory) papers (0264) Papers, correspondence, and manuscripts of monograph of Dr. Emory Stephen Bogardus, the founder of the USC Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work, Dean Emeritus of The Graduate School at the University of Southern California, and world-renowned authority on "social distance".
Bonner (Charles) Papers (0023) Typescripts of Bonner's (1896-1965) novels Legacy (Knopf, 1940), Angel Casey (Knopf, 1941), and Ambition (Coward-McCann, 1946). Charles Bonner was born in 1896 in Brooklyn, NY. He was a newspaper reporter, and became a publicist in 1923. His first novel, The Fanatics, was published in 1932. Bonner moved to California in 1935 and became a full time writer of stories, novels, and screenplays. His novel Legacy was made into a film Adam Had Four Sons in 1941. He died in 1965.
Bowles (Paul) Papers (0132) Correspondence, periodical appearances, tape recordings; typed draft and galleys for Bowles's autobiography, Without Stopping (Putnam, 1972). Also includes 1 large folder of scores, autographed programs, and manuscripts of Paul Bowles materials, donated by pianist Hannetta Clarke, who performed with Bowles on occasion. Some of those performances are documented in the papers.
Boyle (T. Coraghessan) typescripts (0152) Typescript drafts of the story, "The Zoo," written 1971-73 and first published in Texas Quarterly (Spring 1978). T. Coraghessan Boyle (b.1948) is a member of the USC faculty.
Bradbury (Ray) papers (0160) Collection contains signed typescripts of Ray Bradbury's short stories "The Everlasting Clock," "The Man Upstairs," "Powerhouse," and "Skeleton." Also included in the collection are his introduction to Jules Verne's Mysterious Island and six letters from Bradbury to Dorothy Faulkner, dated 1950-1962.
Brahm (John) Collection (2092) Collection consists of annotated shooting scripts, 2 television scripts, stills and photographs of stage productions from the director John Brahm (1893-1982).
Braudy (Leo) typescripts and galleys (0297) Typescripts and galleys of Dr. Braudy's early monographs "Narrative form in history and fiction: Hume, Fielding & Gibbon" (1970), "Focus on Shoot the piano player" (1972), and "The world in a frame: what we see in films" (1976).
Briggs (Benjamin Bennett, M.D.) family papers (0394) Dr. Benjamin Bennett Briggs was a horticulturist and medical doctor who originally came to California from Ohio during the Gold Rush but returned to Ohio where he married and established a medical practice. He later returned to California to continue with horticultural pursuits and was one of the founders of La Crescenta, where he hoped to establish a health resort. Though he died before he could accomplish all his dreams, today's Crescenta-Canada valley was home to many sanitariums and health resorts owing to its excellent quality of air. Briggs is also remembered for having started the first school in the valley, the first church, the first public park, and the first full-time medical practice in the area. Shedding light on the daily lives of one of Southern California's pioneer families, the Briggs family papers is a small but historically important resource.
Bronson (Lillian) papers (0126) This collection contains ephemera, correspondence, and clippings documenting the career of stage and film actress Lillian Bronson (1902-1955). Bronson appeared in more than eighty films and was Fonzi’s grandmother on the television show Happy Days.
Brown (Rayner) Papers (1002) This collection contains the music scores, manuscripts and books of American composer, organist and teacher, and USC alumnus Rayner Brown (1912-1999). American organist, composer, and teacher Rayner Brown was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1912, and died in Los Angeles, California in 1999. He earned his BM and MM at USC, and served as the principle organist for the Wilshire Presbyterian Church from 1941 to 1977.
Brown (Ross) theater photographs (0314) This collection contains stereoscopic and 35mm slides and black and white photographs taken of Los Angeles theatre and ballet performances. The photographs in the collection were taken by Ross Brown, who photographed performances in Southern California in the 1940s and 1950s.
Bukowski (Charles) papers (0155) Drafts of Women, Factotum, Ham on Rye, Post Office, and Barfly; screenplays based on Bukowski's (1920-1994) fiction; periodical appearances; tape recordings; ephemera.
Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project records (0226) The collection spans from 1938 to 1997 and consists of items related to the redevelopment of Bunker Hill: legal documents, reports, studies, brochures, proposals, serials, books, photographs, design proposals, and Community Redevelopment Agency studies.
Burke (Billie) Papers (2114) Collection consists of 240 production stills from Burke films; miscellaneous publicity and promotional photographs; 50 radio scripts;3 scrapbooks of clippings; and personal photographs, concerning the actress Billie Burke (1885-1970), all covering 1907-19.
Burke (Yvonne Brathwaite) papers: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (0218.2) The Yvonne Brathwaite Burke papers contain the records of the political activities of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, University of Southern California Gould Law School alumna, state and federal legislator, and county official. Included in this collection are the records from Burke's second tenure on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (1992-2008).
Burns and Allen Collection (2024) Collection consists of 82 volumes of radio scripts (1932-1950); 57 volumes of television scripts (1950-1958) for The Burns and Allen Show; 12 scrapbooks and 11 boxes of clippings; 600 disc recordings; 220 16mm films of The Burns and Allen Show. This represents work of radio and television personalities and actors George Burns (1896-1996) and Gracie Allen (1902-1964) from 1931-1959.
Burton (Jay) Collection (2028) Collection consists of 150 sketches and scripts for The Texaco Star Theatre (1948- 1953); 36 sketches and scripts for The Buick-Berle Show (1954-55); 76 scripts for The Perry Como Show (1955-59); 4 scripts for The Julius Larosa Show (1957); 11 volumes of monologues for Milton Berle. Covers work of writer Jay Burton (d. 1993) from 1948-1959.