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Finding Aid for the Robert Luthardt Papers, ca. 1900-1978, bulk 1960-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert Luthardt Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1900-1978
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1960-1975)
    Collection number: 2090
    Creator: Luthardt, Robert, 1917-1977
    Extent: 51 boxes (25.5 linear ft.) 4 cartons (4 linear ft.) 10 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Robert Luthardt (1917-1977) was an art director and production designer for the motion picture and television industries, and a designer of restaurants and private residences. The collection consists of production files containing photographic and other research materials, plans for many of his set designs, and materials related to his work on commercial and residential interiors.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Robert Luthardt Jr., 1980.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert Luthardt Papers (Collection 2090). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233344 


    Robert Luthardt was born on March 3, 1917. A native of Chicago, Luthardt became an art director and production designer for the motion picture and television industries. He trained under French-Hungarian art director Alexander Trauner and assisted him on several Billy Wilder productions, including The Apartment and Irma La Douce. Other credits included Funny Girl, The April Fools, Carnal Knowledge, Hearts of the West, Lipstick, Kiss Me, Stupid and The Cheap Detective. He was nominated for an Oscar at the 1966 Academy Awards for his work on The Fortune Cookie. In addition, Luthardt became the art director for several long-running television shows and was a charter member of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Art Directors; he also designed several restaurants and interiors, including projects for Billy Wilder. He died on October 1, 1977.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of Robert Luthardt's files for twenty three film and television productions, seven television series, and several commercial and residential interior design projects. The bulk of the material consists of photographic documentation related to the design of productions and sets. Of particular interest are several boxes of photographs taken in the Les Halles district of Paris for Billy Wilder's 1964 film Irma La Douce, and photographs of the predominently African-American neighborhood Hough in Cleveland, Ohio for Jules Dassin's 1968 film Up Tight. Other photographs of note include a series of enlarged photographic prints documenting historic churches and landmarks in Mexico, by noted photographers Hugo Brehme, Rafael García, Antonio Garduño, and Guillermo Kahlo; images of the California and Nevada deserts, including Twentynine Palms and Las Vegas in the 1960s; and numerous files of photographs documenting the streets of Los Angeles and New York. In addition, the collection contains some personal photographs, scripts and photo albums related to television series from the 1970s, and sketches and plans for interior design projects.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Film productions, ca. 1960-1978 (28 boxes, 1 carton), subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Production files, ca. 1960-1978.
      2. Additional screenplays, ca. 1960-1975.
    2. Television productions, 1965-1975 (11 boxes, 1 carton), subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Feature films, 1965-1974.
      2. Series, 1971-1975.
    3. Research materials, 1928-1974 (9 boxes, 1 carton), subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Location photographs, 1960-1974.
      2. Miscellaneous, 1928-1972.
    4. Interior design, 1964-1974 (2 boxes, 1 carton).
    5. Mexico photographs, ca. 1900-1930 (4 boxes), subseries A-E as follows:
      1. Hugo Brehme, ca. 1910-1920.
      2. Rafael García, ca. 1910.
      3. Antonio Garduño, ca. 1910.
      4. Guillermo Kahlo, ca. 1901-1920.
      5. Anonymous, ca. 1900-1930.
    6. Miscellaneous, 1946-1977 (2 boxes).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Luthardt, Robert, 1917-1977--Archives.
    Motion picture art directors--California--Los Angeles--Archives.
    Interior decorators--California--Los Angeles--Archives.
    Quartier des Halles (Paris, France)--Photographs.
    Hough (Cleveland, Ohio)--Photographs.
    Brehme, Hugo--Photographs.
    García, Rafael--Photographs.
    Garduño, Antonio--Photographs.
    Kahlo, Guillermo--Photographs.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Design drawings.

    Related Material

    Hugo Brehme. [Photographs of Popocatepetl, Oaxaca, and rural scenes in Mexico, ca. 1890-1900]. Available in the Department of Special Collections.