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Finding aid for the Christa Zinna photographs

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, 2014 March

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Zinner, Christa
Title
Christa Zinner photographs
Collection no.
0194
Date
late 1940s-1970s
Extent
13.96 Linear feet, 22 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Christa Zinner was a well-known fashion and advertising photographer from the 1940s through the 1970s. Her photographs appeared in many popular magazines and newspaper supplements including Ebony, Look, Life, Harpers Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, etc. The collection consists of photographs, negatives, and slides including those not selected for the actual magazines. Many of the magazines themselves are included in the collection as well as single magazine pages.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Christa Zinner photographs, Collection no. 0194, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical Note

Christa Zinner was born in Germany; visited the US for 14 months as a student and returned permanently two years later; operated a golf links restaurant; became a fashion model in San Francisco, and became interested in photography (commercial, portrait, and fashion); managed a photo studio while taking classes at Los Angeles Art Center School; opened her own commercial studio for fashion photography with an emphasis on editorial assignments; and married motion picture editor and director Peter Zinner. She is currently a sculptor living in Los Angeles.

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Scope and Content

Magazine photographs, proofs, negatives, slides, and prints of Ms. Zinner's professional fashion photography dating from the late 1940s through the 1970s. Included are fashion photographs for: LIFE, LOOK, Sports Illustrated, Town & Country, Glamour, Mademoiselle, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, TV Guide, Ebony, Vanity Fair (British), Brides Magazine, McCall's, Colliers, American Home, Seventeen, Photoplay, and California Stylist, and photographs of famous personalities for Glamour Magazine, Columbia Records, Photoplay, and Ebony.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 March
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of 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.

Acquisition

Gift of Ms. Zinner, June 8, 1998.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with the assistance of Ye Fu.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs
  • Slides (photographs)

Personal Name(s)

  • Zinner, Christa -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Advertising photography--Archival resources
  • Fashion photography--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Magazine Titles 

 American Home 

Box Folder

 Beauty Page--Marie de Angelis 1972 

1 1

 Outdoor Rooms--High-Rise Apartment 1971 March 

1 2

 Beauty Page--Marie de Angelis 1972 

1 3

 Beauty Page--Prepare to Bare--Ann McLeod and Small Son 

1 4

 Outdoor Decorating California Style 1971 June 

1 5

 American President Lines 

Box Folder

 S.S. President Monroe 

1 6

 S.S. Roosevelt 1968 February 

1 7

 S.S. President Monroe 

1 8

 S.S. President Monroe 1967 August 

1 9

 Bride and Home 

Box Folder

 San Fernando Mission (Hearst) 1966 April 

1 10

 Cover 1967 

22 1

 Brides Magazine 

Box Folder

 Untitled 

2 1

 Untitled 1967 

2 2

 Bel Air Hotel 1967 March 

2 3

 Bel Air Hotel 1967 March 

2 4

 Bridesmaids 1967 

2 5

 Bridesmaids 1967 

2 6

 Desert (Goodner)/Mission Inn 1967 

2 7

 Gayle Dunes 1967 

2 8

 Headpiece/Roebke Dunes/Bridesmaids 1967 

2 9

 Roebke Dunes 1967 

2 10

 Tiegs/Dunes/Mission Inn 1967 

2 11

 California Fashion Creators 

Box Folder

 Patty Woodord 

2 12

 Greta Chi (Model) 1964 

2 13

 Bathing Suits 

2 14

 Family Living / London Red Coats 1956 November 23 

2 15

 California Stylist 

Box

 Magazine 1947 March 

19

 Magazine 1952 August 

19

 Californian, The 

Box

 Magazine 1948 October 

19

 Collier's 

Box Folder

 Cover 1956 June 8 

22 1
Box

 Magazine 1956 June 8 

19

 Companion 

Box Folder

 Cover 1956 May 

22 1

 Ebony 

Box Folder

 All-Weather Coats (LA Flaque De Paris) 1967 

3 1

 Boutique Fashions 1970 March 

3 2

 Bras/Girdles 1964 May 

3 3

 Bridal Gowns 1965 June 

3 4

 Chaperelle Fashions 

3 5

 Chinoiserie/Orient Joins The Fashion World 

3 6

 Christmas Glitter/Evening Gowns 1971 

3 7

 Cocktail Dresses 1963 May 

3 8

 Cruise Line 1964 

3 9

 Equestrian 1969 April 

3 10

 Evening Clothes/Spanish Rug/Backdrop/Dache Hat/Lena Horne/Dr. Piper (Best Dressed) 

3 11

 Furs (Fuhrman's)/Michael Hennessy Furs 1965 & 1965 October 

3 12

 Garden Wedding 1970 May 

3 13

 Glasses 1957 

3 14

 Gypsy Clothes 1969 February 

3 15

 Gypsy Fashions 1969 

3 16

 Harem Pants 

3 17

 Harem Pants/Midriff 1969 April 

3 18

 Harem Styles 1969 April 

4 1

 Jerry Magnin Store, Beverly Hills Shopping Together "Gals + Guys" 1971 May 

4 2

 Knits--Lee Herman, Janizen, Kimberly 1969 

4 3

 Knits/Long Pants--Midriff/Low Back Dress 

4 4

 Knits, Pleaure Dome, Rudi, Andiamo 1968 

4 5

 Leather Coats 1966 February 

4 6

 Lingerie 1970 

4 7

 Lingerie/Imaginative Sleepwear 1968 June 

4 8

 Macrame 

4 9

 Midi--Length 1968 January 

4 10

 Military/Morocco 1968 June 

4 11

 Patterned Night Clothes 1966 

4 12

 Poolside Fashion 

5 1

 Rebecca Wells Designs 

5 2

 Ruffles 

5 3

 Ruffles 1964 April 

5 4

 Ruffles 1968 

5 5

 Shirt Dress 1969 February 

5 6

 Ski Clothes/Parkas 1965 December 

5 7

 Sleepwear 

21 1

 Spring Clothes 1966 March 

5 8

 Spring Costumes 

21 2

 Spring Forecast/Suits 1965 March 

5 9

 Stockings 1964 June 

5 10

 Summer Coolers 1964 May 

5 11

 Summer Fashions 1970 May 

6 1

 Summer Nighties 1965 April 

6 2

 Swimsuits 1964 

6 3

 Swimsuits 1965 December 

6 4

 Swimsuits 1966 October 

6 5

 Swimsuits 1967 November 

6 6

 Swimsuits 1968 November 

6 7

 Swimsuits/Bikini 1963 April 

6 8

 Swimsuits--Carribbean 1958 

6 9

 Swimsuits In Desert 1969 May 

6 10

 Teen Fashions, etc. 

6 11

 Teen--Age Clothes 1966 April 

6 12

 The Bare Dress 1966 May 

6 13

 Travel Clothes 1970 

6 14

 Yachts/Boating 

6 15

 Unidentified 

6 16

 Unidentified 

21 3

 Various 

21 4

 Black Cole, Black Cole Cover-Up, Turquoise Cole, White Terry, Orange Terry 

7 1

 Black Dress, Blue Silk and Leather, Silk Caprioti, Selwyn-Day 

7 2

 Brocade Top, Ecru Heavy, Satin Skirt 

7 3

 Christmas Issue/Evening Gowns 1971 October 

7 4

 Fall Fashions--5 Models 

7 5

 Furs, Evening, etc. 1969 December 

7 6

 Long Knits(Black Cape), Green And Vine 

7 7

 Long White Lace Gown 

7 8

 Magenta Terry, Rudi With Sleeve, Rudi Strapless, White Pants, Blazer 

7 9

 Mexico City/Acapulco 

7 10

 Sand Dunes 1969 May 

7 11

 Swimsuits 1969 November 

7 12

 Swimsuits 1969 November 

7 13

 Swimsuits 1972 Janruary 

7 14

 Swimsuits 1972 Janruary 

7 15

 Swimsuits 1972 Janruary 

7 16

 Swimsuits--Elisabeth Harriet 1969 November 

7 17

 Swimsuits/Elisabeth Robinson 1969 November 

7 18

 Swimsuits--G.White 1969 November 

7 19

 Swimsuits--G.White 1969 November 

7 20

 Swimsuits/Monica Harriet 1969 November 

8 1

 Swimsuits Monica-Harem Pants 1969 November 

8 2

 Swimsuits/Loose-Fitting Clothes 

8 3

 Travel Suit 

8 4

 Young Voter Fashions 1972 February 

8 5

 Young Voter Fashions 1972 February 

8 6

 Various 

21 4

 Various 

21 5

 Various 1950s - 1970s 

21 6

 Various 

21 7
Box

 Ebony Magazine 1962 April 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1968 December 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1969 January 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1969 February 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1969 June 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1971 March 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1971 April 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1971 May 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1971 June 

20

 Ebony Magazine 1971 July 

20

 Glamour 

Box Folder

 Untitled 

8 7

 Swimsuits 

8 8

 Swimsuits 1950 

8 9

 South Bound--Cotton Play Clothes, Coolie Coats, Swim Suits 1950 December 

8 10

 Swim Suits, Dolores Hart 

8 11
Box

 Glamour Magazine 1961 February 

17

 Glamour Magazine 1962 May 

17

 Glamour Magazine 1963 February 

17

 Ladies' Home Journal 

Box Folder

 Advertisement--Martex Towel 

8 12

 Sports Illustrated 

Box Folder

 Sporting Look--Munich: Loden Cloth Look 1956 July 

10 10

 Baja Seashell Collecting 1954/1955 

11 1

 California Bathing Suits(Cut-outs)--Sandpit 1961 

11 2

 Mineral Specimens 

11 3

 Plam Springs/Chuck wagon?,Dudas?,Hats 

11 4

 Ski Fashions 1957 December 27 

11 5

 Ski, Mt.Hood, Aspen 

11 6

 Sports Car Look In Southern California 

11 7

 Spring Preview--Pebble Beach 1959 

11 8

 Stretch 

11 9

 Stretch Pants 1960 

11 10

 Sunclothes In The Desert--Claire McCardel 

11 11

 Sweaters--Florence,Paris 1957 

11 12

 Swimsuits 1955 

11 13

 Wragge Field Hockey Fashions 1957 

11 14

 Baja Seashell Collecting 1954 

11 15

 Sidney Wragge Field Hockey Fashions, U.S. Open Fashions, Children's Sailing Clothes, Ski Fashions, Bathing Suits, McCardel, Sports Car Fashions 1962 

11 16
Box

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1957 November 4 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1958 March 24 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1958 August 18 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1958 November 24 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1959 March 9 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1959 September 28 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1959 November 23 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1960 October 17 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1961 September 25 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1962 May 2 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1962 October 1 

17

 Sports Illustrated Magazine 1963 September 30 

17

 Harper's Bazaar 

Box Folder

 Bel Air Hotel 1967 

8 13

 Santa Catalina Island 1966 

8 14

 Look 

Box Folder

 Beach Wear--Muscle Beach 

8 15

 Bill Hawes' Beachcomber Hats 1952 

22 2

 Boating Clothes--San Diego 

8 16

 One-Piece Bathing Suits(Fox Lot) 

8 17

 Red Rock Canyon--Bathing Suits, Western Clothes(Fringe Jacket), Bill Hawes' Beach Hats 

9 1

 Red Rock Canyon, Western Fashions 

9 2

 Beach Wear--Muscle Beach 

9 3

 Bill Hawes, Beachcomber Hats, Muscle Beach, Ski Fashions, Western Fashions, Yosemite, Boating Clothes, Swimsuits, Glamour Pants, Palm Springs 

22 3
Box

 Look Magazine 1952 January 15 

19

 Look Magazine 1956 September 18 

19

 Los Angeles Magazine 

Box Folder

 Cape Costume--Micheline Swift 

9 4

 Evening Clothes--Vicky Geiss, Hornburg 

9 5

 Fashion--Gown/Model--Virginaia Stewart 

9 6

 Fashions--Margaret Peirera, Ulrica Kantor 

9 7

 Fashions--Joanna Barnes, Holt 

9 8

 Fashions--Suits--Ensemble/Gretchen Ward 

9 9

 Hair Switches 

9 10

 Rosemary Stack, Pauline Candy, Cooper? Hayward 

22 4

 Swimsuits--Rosemary Bowe-Stack, Brook Hayward, Curry, Candy, Hopper 1963 May 

9 11

 Hair Switches, "Photoplay" Cover, Various 

22 5
Box

 Los Angeles Magazine 1963 October 

18

 Los Angeles Magazine 1963 November  

18

 Los Angeles Magazine 1964 January 

18

 Los Angeles Magazine 1964 March 

18

 Los Angeles Magazine 1964 September 

18

 Los Angeles Magazine 1967 October 

18

 Mademoiselle 

Box Folder

 California Lemon Yellows 

10 1

 Modern Bride 

Box Folder

 Riverside Inn Myrna Fahey 1960 October 

10 2

 Cover 

22 1
Box

 Magazine 1961 February/March 

19

 New York Times Magazine 

Box Folder

 Beverly Hills Designer Clothes--Hildegard 

10 3

 Beverly Hills Designer Clothes/13 Styles 

10 4

 California Fashions 

10 5

 California Fashions--Pasadena 

10 6

 Fashion Lay-out 

10 7
Box

 Magazine 1956 May 6   4 Copies

19

 Photoplay 

Box Folder

 1950s 

10 8

 Seventeen 

Box Folder

 Fashions/ Squaw Valley 1959 August 

10 9

 San Francisco -- Plaid Organzas 1959 

22 6

 Town & Country 

Box Folder

 Untitled 1962 October 15 

12 1

 Untitled 

22 7
Box

 Magazine 1960 February    2 Copies

18

 Magazine 1964 February 

18

 TV Guide 

Box Folder

 Elizabeth Montgomery--Maternity Clothes 1965 June 

12 2

 Greta Chi 

12 3

 Inger Stevens 

12 4

 Misc 

12 5

 Pat Crowley, Nina Wane, Maggie Pierce 1965 September 

12 6

 Anita Louise 

12 7

 Cher Bono 

12 8

 Elizabeth Montgomery--Maternity Clothes 1965 June 

12 9

 Fringes 

12 10

 Greta Chi 

12 11

 Jill Townsend 

12 12

 Leigh Taylor Young--Baby 

12 13

 Leigh Taylor Young 

12 14

 Linda Cristal 

12 15

 Linda Cristal 

12 16

 Linda Cristal, Jill Towns 

12 17

 Marlo Thomas, Cardinale, "Swan", Blue Cocktail 

12 18

 Misc 

12 19

 Pat Crowley, Nina Wane, Maggie Pierce 1965 September 

13 1

 Pretty Wives: Mrs. M. Miller, Mrs. John Gavin, Mrs. Gray Conway 1966 May 

13 2

 Sally Kellerman 

13 3

 Stefanie? 

13 4

 Stefanie Powers 

13 5

 Tish Sterling 

13 6

 York/Janss 

13 7

 York--Janssen 

13 8

 Cher, Marlo Thomas, Diahann Carroll, Vera Miles, Pat Crowley, Dana Wynter, Inger Stevens, Barbara Bain, Tisha Sterling, Gena Rowlands, Susan St. James, Greta Chi, Maggie Pierce, Diane McBain, Dorothy Malone, Terry Moore, Sally Kellerman, Jill Townsend, Meridith Macrae, Lee Taylor Young, Elizabeth Montgomery (Maternity Clothes) 

13 9

 Vanity Fair 

Box Folder

 Untitled 1965 March 

13 10

 Untitled 1963 April 

13 11

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Series 2:  Fashion Designers 

Box Folder

 Addie Masters Ad 1960 

13 12

 Bud Kilpatrick Design 

14 1

 Cole--Bathing Suits 

14 2

 Cortina Knits 1960s 

14 3

 International Silk 1960 

14 4

 International Silk 

14 5

 International Silk 1960s 

14 6

 Malibu Plastics, Surfboard, Wetsuit 1965 January 

14 7

 Max Factor 1960s 

14 8

 Merle Norman Cosmetics 1960s 

14 9

 Palm Beach--Suits 

14 10

 Palm Beach Co.--Men's Fashions(Suits), With Women 

14 11

 Peggy Hunt (Cal. Designer) 1950s 

14 12

 Rose Marie Reid--Beachwear 1961 

14 13

 Spectacles 1956-1957 

14 14

 Travilla Design 1966 

14 15

 Werle 1966 

15 1

 White Stag 1959 February 

15 2

 White Stag--Beach And Sports Clothes 1959 

15 3

 Misc 1960s 

22 8

 Palm Beach CO., Max Factor, "Lamplighter" Promotion 1960s 

22 9

 Peggy Hunt, Addie Masters, Don Loper, Howard Greer "Sir James", Broadway Dept. Store 1940s - 1950s 

22 10

 Rose Marie Reid - Beachwear 1961 November 

22 11

 White Stag--Ski Fashions 1963 - 1964 

15 4

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Series 3:  Hairstyles 

Box Folder

 Blow-up Prints 1950-1960 

15 5

 Dutch Treat/Patio Background--Joanne W./Bangs, Mary Murray 1960 

15 6

 Mary Murray, Dina Mori, Males 1950 - 1960 

15 7

 Mary Murray, Joanne 1960 

15 8

 Mary Murray, Joanne--Orchids 1964 February 

15 9

 Mary Murray, Joanne Wade--Turtleneck, Pampass Grass 1960 

15 10

 Mary Murray, Joanne With Umbrella 1950s, 1960s, 1970s 

15 11

 Mary Murray, Theodora 1960 

15 12

 Mary Murray, Verna Cornelius 1950 1960 

15 13

 Mary Murray, Verna Cornelius 1960-1970 

16 1

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Series 4:  Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

 Model "Hildegard"--"Glamour Shots" 

16 2

 Unidentified 

16 3

 Yellow Bathing Suit, V-Neck Back--Cal 

16 4

 Red Coats in London 

22 1

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