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Dick Whittington Studio negatives and photographs

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The "Dick" Whittington Studio was the largest and finest photography studio in the Los Angeles area from the mid-1920's to early 1980's. Specializing in commercial photography, the Whittington studio took photographs for nearly every major business and organization in Los Angeles; in so doing, the studio documented the growth and commercial development of Los Angeles. Clients included Max Factor, the Broadway, Bullocks, and May Co. department stores, the California Fruit Growers Association, Signal Oil, Shell Oil, Union Oil, See's Candies, Van de Kamp's bakeries, Forest Lawn, Sparkletts Water, CBS, Don Lee Television, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, real estate developers, construction companies, automobile, aircraft, and railroad companies, and drive-in theaters. Another notable client was the University of Southern California, which contracted with the Whittington studios for coverage of athletic and other events. The collection consists primarily of 500,000 negatives dating between 1923 and 1985.


1.0 Linear feet
500,000 prints and negatives


Photographic studios--1910-1960
Photographs--California--Los Angeles

Geographic Name(s):
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Photographs

Conditions governing access:
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

Preferred citation:
[Box/folder# or item name], Dick Whittington Studio negatives and photographs, Collection no. 0250, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Record date:
August 2010

Contact Information:
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189