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Library from the student union at Occidental College
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
[ca. 1938]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
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.
Architects Myron Hunt and H.C. Chambers laid out the original master plan for Occidental College in 1914, and 21 of the Mediterranean style buildings were realized which were determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district in 2001. The contributing buildings include: Johnson Hall; Fowler Hall; Mary Norton Clapp Library; Swan Hall; Thorne Hall; Booth Music-Speech Center; Freeman College Union; Samuelson Campus Pavilion; Weingart Center (Orr Hall); Admissions Building; Urban Environmental Studies; Bird Hillside Theater; President's House; Erdman Hall; Haines Hall; Emmons Health Center and Wylie Hall. Six other features include: Patterson Field; Campus Quadrangle; Perimeter landscaping; circulation network/landscaping; Alumni Avenue east of Campus Road; and Pardee and Thompson Gates. In 1999 the architectural firm of Levin & Associates doubled the size of the 1928 Robert Freeman Memorial Union by re-configuring the original building and designing a 28,000 square-foot addition. This complex is called the Johnson Student Center. In 2011, the architectural firm of Shepley Bulfinch drew plans for reprogramming the 1924 Mary Norton Clapp Library space into an Academic Commons.
The library is visible from the arcade of the Robert Freeman student union at Occidental College. Ethel Schultheis sits on a bench overlooking a fountain.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 11 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-010-209 8x10
Schultheis, Ethel
Occidental College
Occidental College.--Freeman College Union
Women--California--Los Angeles
Universities and colleges--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)
College buildings--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)
Dwellings--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)
Libraries--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)
Student unions--California--Los Angeles
Eclecticism in architecture--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)
Architecture--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)--Mediterranean influences
Arcades (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Fountains--California--Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)
Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs
Chambers, H. C.(Harold Coulson),1885-1971
Hunt, Myron,1868-1952

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