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Goodman (John B.) Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Contents of Collection
  • Biography
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Restrictions

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: John B. Goodman Collection
    Creator: Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett)
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0026
    Physical Description: 12.4 Linear feet (19 archives boxes, 4 card file boxes, 2 flat boxes, and 8 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1814 - 1991
    Abstract: Collection of John Bartlett Goodman, III, motion picture art director, bibliophile, author, and collector of Western Americana. Materials include manuscripts, correspondence, movie research materials, artwork and sketches, family memorabilia, ephemera, photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings and historical manuscripts associated with Goodman's interest and research on the American West.

    Scope and Contents of Collection

    The John B. Goodman Collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, movie research materials, artwork and sketches, family memorabilia, ephemera, photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings and historical manuscripts associated with Goodman's interest and research on the American West. The collection is arranged in eleven series: 1) GOODMAN COLLECTION CATALOG, 2) WRITINGS, 3) MOVIE RESEARCH, 4) ARTWORK AND SKETCHES, 5) MATERIALS LAID IN BOOKS, 6) CORRESPONDENCE, 7) GOODMAN FAMILY MATERIALS, 8) EPHEMERA, 9) NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, 10) PHOTOGRAPHS, and 11) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.

    Biography

    John Bartlett Goodman, III, (1901-1991) was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to California by the age of three, first to San Diego and then to Los Angeles in 1916. After high school he worked in an architect's office, but left in 1920 after a short time to join the art department of the Famous Players Lasky Company, an early motion-picture company. Goodman's forty-seven year professional career in the motion-picture industry included work on 252 movies. He spent seventeen years with Paramount Studios, worked for Warner Brothers Studios, and served as supervising art director (1942-1945) for Universal Studios, after which, he pursued a freelance career as an independent art director. Goodman won an Oscar for his color art direction of the Phantom of the Opera in 1943. He was the art director for the films The Mountain (1955) and Rawhide (1959) and the weekly television series Rawhide (1961-1965). Goodman retired from film work in 1967.
    At the same time he entered the film industry, Goodman began his lifelong avocation as a bibliophile interested in American maritime history, early sailing ships, the American West, and California and the Gold Rush. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners (1946) and a member of the Zamorano Club since May 1947. Goodman's major works include THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH FLEET (1992), the jointly authored and published SCRAPS OF CALIFORNIANA series, a collection of six Christmas keepsakes for Zamorano Club members, and An Annotated Bibliography of California County Histories, an extensive unpublished manuscript. Goodman's historical and bibliophilic interests complemented his art direction, especially his passion for historically accurate set designs.
    John Goodman died on June 30, 1991.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    John B. Goodman Collection, MSS 26. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1992.

    Restrictions

    Extremely brittle documents have been photocopied for preservation. These original documents are restricted; researchers may use photocopies located in the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California -- Description and travel
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    San Diego (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    Motion pictures -- Setting and scenery
    California -- Gold discoveries
    California -- History -- 1850-1950
    California -- History -- 1846-1850
    Photographic prints -- 20th century
    Photographic prints -- 19th century
    Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Description and travel
    Theater -- California -- San Diego
    Book collecting
    Ships -- Reconstruction
    Ships -- Drawings
    Ships -- Pictorial works
    Motion pictures -- Art direction
    Goodman, John B. (John Bartlett) -- Archives
    Goodman family -- Archives
    Miller, Roland -- Correspondence
    Cumming, John -- Correspondence
    Constitution (Frigate)
    Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
    Miller, Victoria -- Correspondence