Finding Aid for the Harry Horner papers, 1938-1957

Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, July 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Harry Horner papers
Date (inclusive): 1938-1957
Collection number: 462
Creator: Harry Horner (1910-1994)
Extent: 1 oversize box 2 oversize folders
Abstract: Harry Horner was a Hollywood art director and production designer who worked on such films as The Heiress (1949), The Hustler (1961) and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969). His collection consists of set designs and includes blueprints, drawings, boards, fabric and color samples. Includes designs for The Late Christopher Bean, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Duelists, Tobias and the Angel, Billy Budd, Ziegfeld Follies, Annabelle Broome, Dona Elena, Pride and Prejudice, Gloriana, Hazel Flagg, Star and Garter, Christopher Blake.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library 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 UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. 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.

Processing Note

Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser, July 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry Horner papers (Collection Number 462). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Horner was born on July 24, 1912 in Holic, Czechoslovakia. He graduated from the University of Vienna (1934) and studied acting and directing at Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Seminary, Vienna (1933-35). Horner made his theatrical debut playing the role of the "Fascist" and serving as scenic designer for productions at the Political Cabaret in Vienna (1932). He served as assistant to Arturo Toscanini for the production of The Magic Flute (Salzburg Festival, 1937) and designed sets for the Metropolitan Opera of New York and the San Francisco Opera, as well as theatrical productions of Victoria Regina, Iron Men, and Star and Garter. Horner won Academy awards for his art direction for the films The Heiress (1949), The Hustler (1961), and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969); and received nominations for Our Town (1940), The Little Foxes (1941), A Double Life (1948), Born Yesterday (1950), and Separate Tables (1958). He directed numerous television series, including episodes of Gunsmoke. He was a member of the Art Directors Guild and United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of set designs with blueprints, drawings, boards, fabric and color samples of scenic designer and director Harry Horner. Includes designs for The Late Christopher Bean, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Duelists, Tobias and the Angel, Billy Budd, Ziegfeld Follies, Annabelle Broome, Dona Elena, Pride and Prejudice, Gloriana, Hazel Flagg, Star and Garter, Christopher Blake.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Horner, Harry --Archives.
Set designers --United States --Archival resources.
Motion picture art directors --United States.

Genres and Forms of Material

Set design drawings.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Billy Budd ca. 1953

Physical Description: Drawings
Box 1, Folder 2

Tobias and the Angel ca. 1953

Physical Description: Drawings
Box 1, Folder 3

The Duelists ca. 1954

Physical Description: Drawings of ground plans, elevations, and prosceniums
Box 1, Folder 4

Doḷa Elena ca. 1955

Physical Description: Blue-line drawings
Box 1, Folder 5

Pride and Prejudice undated (possibly from 1959 television adaption)

Physical Description: Fabric swatches, color schemes and drawings
Box 1, Folder 6

Midsummer Night's Dream ca. 1951-1952

Physical Description: Notes and pencil drawings of details, construction, floor and ground plans and elevations
Box 1, Folder 7

The Late Christopher Bean ca. January 1951

Physical Description: Pencil drawings include elevations
Box 1, Folder 8

Unidentified production, detail for garden scene undated

Physical Description: Color drawings for unidentified project
Box 1, Folder 9

Star and Garter ca. 1942

Physical Description: Color drawings
Box 1, Folder 10

Unidentified production, design material all undated

Physical Description: Breakdown of set materials, props, plates by Eddie Hearn, press clippings, unidentified drawings, analysis/chart of set designers, notes;
Box 1, Folder 11

Annabelle Broome ca. September 1, 1957

Physical Description: Pencil drawings of front elevation, forest for proscenium #3, house for Act 1, Scene 2
Box 1, Folder 12

Ziegfeld Follies undated

Physical Description: Lighting equipment breakdown
Box 1, Folder 13

My L.A. undated

Physical Description: Color drawing titled "curtain effect,"
Box 1, Folder 14

Hold Your Hat undated

Physical Description: Color elevation of bedroom scene, note indicates for L. Schwab
Box 1, Folder 15

Unidentified production, traffic court scene undated

Physical Description: Color painting on board
Box 1, Folder 16

Unidentified production, Greek inspired figures undated

Physical Description: 1" inch scale drawing on board
Oversize Folder 2

Star and Garter ca. 1942

Physical Description: Harem scene, painting on board
Oversize Folder 2

Unidentified production, garden scene undated

Physical Description: Painting on board
Oversize Folder 2

Christopher Blake ca. 1946

Physical Description: Courtroom scene, painting on board,
Oversize Folder 2

Unidentified production, ship's deck scene undated

Physical Description: Painting on board
Oversize Folder 2

Gloriana ca. 1938

Physical Description: Color sketch for Acts I and II, units 11, 13, 16, 16A, 17 and platforms 12, 14, 18A;
Oversize Folder 2

Hazel Flagg ca. 1952

Physical Description: A Jule Styne and A.B. Farrell production. Elevation drawing for the shack scene,
Oversize Folder 2

Christopher Blake ca. 1946

Physical Description: White House/Washington scene, color sketches for backdrops,
Oversize Folder 2

Unidentified production, "Escape this night" scene undated

Physical Description: Color sketch for backdrop, painting on paper
Oversize Folder 2

Unidentified production, public library scene undated

Physical Description: Color sketch for backdrop, painting on paper
Oversize Folder 2

Gloriana ca. 1938

Physical Description: Color sketch for Act I, Scene 1, units 2, 3, 4, 5;
Oversize Folder 3

Christopher Blake ca. 1946

Physical Description: Set drawings, elevations and ground plans; breakdown of cues, lights, tables, scenery, actors. Includes Act I and II, scenes of chambers, courtroom, baseball, "dream court," backstage street, church, boy's room; drafting by Leo Kerz;
Oversize Folder 3

Unidentified production, most likely Christopher Blake ca. 1946

Physical Description: Labeled as Moss Hart's play, set drawings include wedding, portal and curtain, drawing by R.R.P. and drafting by Leo Kerz
Oversize Folder 3

Star and Garter ca. 1942

Physical Description: Plans and drawings include "friendly neighbors" plan, police gazette, harem, ballet scene, burlesque theater, opening scene, bunny number, judge's bench, "banjo eyes," shooting of Dan McGraw and Brazilian nuts number;
Oversize Folder 3

Christopher Blake ca. 1946

Physical Description: Schedule for electrical hangings. Set drawings include scenes for courtroom, dream court, hanging plot, Washington scene;
Oversize Folder 3

Christopher Blake ca. 1946

Physical Description: Blueprints
Oversize Folder 3

Star and Garter ca. 1942

Physical Description: Blueprints