ADG
ARCHIVES
 
Reference Materials & Research Assistance
The Art Directors Guild Archives makes available reference materials and research assistance to Guild members. Materials are available in person and, when possible, electronically. A wide variety of print and photograph materials are available to provide visual references for Production Design research. Materials on Guild history and the history and practice of Art Direction and Production Design in film, TV and theater are also held on-site.

For more information or access to the ADG Archives:
Rosemarie Knopka, Archivist
(818) 762-9995
rosemarie@artdirectors.org

Art Directors Guild Archive Mission Statement
The core mission of the Art Directors Guild Archives is to:
• Collect, organize, describe, preserve and provide access to materials of enduring historical and research value that document the history of the Art Directors Guild and the professional work of its members....Read More

• Provide facilities for the storage and preservation of collection materials 

• Provide a variety of levels of access and support, thereby making collections available for reference and research to the staff and members of the Art Directors Guild and the community at large 

• Promote knowledge and understanding of the origins, history, development, activities, aims and goals of the Art Directors Guild from its founding onward, and the accomplishments of its members 

• Serve as a resource for creative inspiration and learning 

• Communicate to the Art Directors Guild staff and members the importance of retaining records of enduring value 

• Provide expertise on proper archival procedures and standards to members and staff at the Art Directors Guild 

 


AT THE
ARCHIVES
 
Online Catalog & Collections
 
The Art Directors Guild database is a portal for safe and secure access to library and archival materials for the purpose of benefitting production design professionals and researchers of production art. The site provides a variety of content and several ways to search and browse the collection and to act on that information, such as creating lists, downloading, emailing, and printing records. ...Read More

While new records are added daily, the database is at a starting point and will require user feedback to make it better over time. There is the potential for adding interactive features to capture comments, user added metadata and ratings. Efforts to digitize the library and archives are ongoing, and the database represents a portion of available materials.

• The Guild uses an Inmagic web application database for its Catalog

• The Catalog is arranged in five collections:
  Production Art, Research, Archival, Multimedia, News & Links

• The Collections can be accessed by keyword search or browsing features

• Users may create lists, download, email, and print catalog records

• Search results are separated by collection

• The site uses a SQL backend and .Net Framework 4.0 on the front end

• Rosemarie Knopka, the Guild’s Archivist, manages the site and maintains the content and appearance of the database.
 
ADG ARCHIVE COLLECTIONS
• BOOKS

The archive contains about 5,800 volumes with books on production design and for production research. Topics include architecture, locations, history, and design.

• PERIODICALS

Magazines include vintage issues of Vogue, Life, Architectural Digest, Town & County, and House and Garden.

• INSTITUTIONAL ARCHIVES

Materials related to the history of the Art Directors Guild, including documents dating back to the 1920’s from The League of Art Directors and Associates and issues of Production Design from the 1950’s, the magazine of the society of motion picture art directors, issues of Trace and Perspective, and materials on Guild events. ...Read More

• PHOTOGRAPHS

The photo archive contains a Film Still Collection (1,600 photos), Set Still Collection (500 photos), and Personalities file (1,800 photos). • VISUAL FILES

The clipping files are alphabetical by subject, with strengths in architecture and locations.

• EPHEMERA

There are pamphlet files on a variety of topics, such as art exhibitions and travel brochures.

• MATERIALS AT AMPAS

These include original production art, manuscripts, and film assets that are part of the Art Directors Guild collection at the Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive.

• PRODUCTION RESEARCH FILES

Photographs, clippings, maps and other printed material from Bob Boyle, Gene Allen, and Ed Stephenson, among others.

• DRAWINGS

There are many set drawings in the Jan Scott collection and Ed Stephenson collection.

• MULTIMEDIA

The Guild collects feature films, box sets, and television series on DVD (1,500 titles).

A portion of the media collection includes interviews conducted by Karen Maness in 2012 with thirteen Scenic Artists who have had long careers that span work in theater and film. The larger part of ADG produced media consists of videotaped panel discussions with members of the Art Directors Guild, mainly Production Designers and Art Directors, including Gene Allen, Harold Michelson, William Creber, Brian Eatwell, Patrizia von Brandenstein, Ken Adam, Robert Boyle, Albert Brenner, Jan Scott and John De Cuir, recorded at Art Directors Guild events from 1986-present.

ADG ARCHIVES ACCESS

Materials are available in person and, when possible, electronically.
 Please contact Rosemarie Knopka at (818) 762-9995 or rosemarie@artdirectors.org ›

 
 


PRODUCTION
ART
Production Art Research Resources
  
FEATURED BOOKS
  
Masterpieces: Performance Architecture + Design
by Chris Van Uffelen

A book from the ADG Archives is featured every week
on the ADG homepage and in the Newsletter
More about the Featured Books ›

ADG ARCHIVE COLLECTION GUIDES
• BRIAN BARTHOLOMEW COLLECTION, 1972-1999
• EDWARD STEPHENSON COLLECTION, 1966-1995
• FILM STILL COLLECTION, 1914-2002
• JAN SCOTT COLLECTION, 1955–1995
• PRINTED EPHEMERA COLLECTION, 1890-2013
• SET STILL COLLECTION, 1922-1965
• ILLUSTRATION AND STORYBOARD PRINTS
More About these Collections and the Finding Aids ›
 

 PRODUCTION ART RESOURCES
• FILM COLLECTIONS
• GENERAL RESOURCES
• IMAGE COLLECTIONS
• INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIONS
• ORAL HISTORY RESOURCES
• PRODUCTION DESIGN BIBLIOGRAPHY: complied by John Muto
• RESOURCE LISTS FOR PRODUCTION ART RESEARCH
More Production Art Resources ›
 

For more information, please contact Rosemarie at the Art Directors Guild
(818) 762-9995 or
rosemarie@artdirectors.org ›
 
CONTACT

ADG Archives
Rosemarie Knopka, Archivist
rosemarie@artdirectors.org ›
(818) 762-9995
• Submit an Inquiry ›
 
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