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Finding aid for the Robert Sully papers

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2014 March

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Sully, Robert, 1918-
Title
Robert Sully papers
Collection no.
1011
Date
1970s-1997
Extent
4.42 Linear feet, 3 boxes
Language
English
Mixed materials [Box]
1-3
Abstract
Robert Sully was an actor and a designer. In addition to working for such well known firms as Raymond Loewy Associates, he also founded his own design firm, the Argonaut Company. He earned a Masters and Ph.D from Claremont Graduate School, and taught at UC Santa Barbara on advertising and culture. The papers include photographs, typescripts, interview transcripts, and letters for a planned photographic essay on concert artists.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Robert Sully papers, Collection no. 1011, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Robert Sully was born on November 20, 1918 in New York City. He was an actor, known for his roles in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Love Letters (1945) and The Heavenly Body (1944). After his acting career, Sully worked in the area of design. He owned Sully Engineering from 1944-1949; became an executive with Raymond Loewy Associates from 1951-1953; and worked as a designer at Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall from 1953-1961. In 1961, he founded the Argonaut Company, specializing in design and planning for commercial, industrial and residential projects. He earned a Masters and Ph.D from Claremont Graduate School. After moving to Santa Barbara in 1992, he taught courses at UC Santa Barbara on advertising and culture. Sully died on May 15, 2007 in Santa Barbara.

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Scope and Contents

Photographs, letters, interview transcripts, typescripts, and of musicians for a planned photographic essay on concert artists.

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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

Donated by Peter Williams, July 2, 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Ballet Theatre. -- Photographs

Genre(s)

  • Interviews
  • Letters
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs
  • Typescripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Ashkenazy, Vladimir, 1937- -- Photographs
  • Bennett, Tony, 1926- -- Photographs
  • Kipnis, Igor -- Photographs
  • Marceau, Marcel -- Photographs
  • Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-1999 -- Photographs
  • Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985 -- Photographs
  • Piatigorsky, Gregor, 1903-1976 -- Photographs
  • Rampal, Jean-Pierre, 1922-2000 -- Photographs
  • Rostropovich, Mstislav, 1927-2007 -- Photographs
  • Rubinstein, Artur, 1887-1982 -- Photographs
  • Segovia, Andrés, 1893-1987 -- Photographs
  • Sills, Beverly -- Photographs
  • Stern, Isaac, 1920-2001 -- Photographs
  • Sully, Robert, 1918- -- Archives
  • Sutherland, Joan, 1926-2010 -- Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Musicians--20th century--Archival resources
  • Musicians--20th century--Photographs

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