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Doheny Library steps at U.S.C
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1937
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
The University of Southern California was dedicated October 6, 1880. The Edward Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at the University of Southern California was built in 1931 and designed by architects Cram and Ferguson with Samuel Lunden. Artwork on the facade includes sculptures by Joseph Conradi, which include figural pieces of Dante and Shakespeare flanking the entrance as well as bas-relief around the archway. The archway also features mosaic by Roger Hayward.
A student carrying books walks up the steps toward the Doheny Memorial Library at USC while two others leave. Notice the Conradi statue of Shakespeare to the left of the door, arched windows and unusual five-globed lamppost.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-007-651 8x10
Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616--Statues
University of Southern California
University of Southern California.--Library
Universities and colleges--California--Los Angeles
College buildings--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Romanesque revival (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Lampposts--California--Los Angeles
Stairs--California--Los Angeles
College students--California--Los Angeles
Palms--California--Los Angeles
University Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Conradi, Joseph
Lunden, Samuel E
Cram and Ferguson

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