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Finding aid for the Harold L. Doolittle collection of art prints 0032
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Harold L. Doolittle collection of art prints
    Collection number: 0032
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.65 Linear feet 5 boxes
    Date: 1799-1964, undated [bulk 1920s-1960s]
    Abstract: Prints by various artists, including John Taylor Arms and Arthur H. Heintzelman, from Harold L. Doolittle's collection; 41 prints from the Printmakers' Society of California (1922-64); about 150 prints by artists of the U.S. and Europe of the period 1915-1950; 38 original prints by Doolittle.
    creator: Doolittle, Harold L., (Harold Lukens), 1883-1974

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Harold L. Doolittle collection of art prints, Collection no. 0032, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Biographical note

    Harold L. Doolittle (1883-1974) was born in Pasadena, California. He was an etcher and civil engineer who studied at Cornell University (1903-1906) and Throop Polytechnic Institute (later California Institute of Technology). He served as President of the Pasadena Society of Artists in 1943, and Vice President of the Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1934. He worked for many years as chief design engineer for the Southern California Edison Company. Doolittle worked in all the graphic processes including photography and collotype, but he is most noted for his aquatints.

    Scope and Content

    Harold L. Doolittle's collection of etchings, engravings, and lithographs mostly comes from the first 50 years of the 20th century and represents a large number of artists, some more famous than others. Doolittle himself contributed more than 30 of his own etchings, all of which are landscapes. There are sketches of Yosemite, California hills, mountains and more. Other art in the collection, especially from the Chicago Society of Etchers and the Society of American Etchers, takes a similar approach. The oldest print dates to 1799 with Francisco Goya's “Ya es Hora," one of several 18th and 19th century works. Goya is joined by other well known artists including Gustaf Dalstrom, George Elbert Burr, Maxime Lalanne, Richard E. Bishop and Charles A. Platt.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Arms, John Taylor, 1887-1953 -- Pictorial works
    Chicago Society of Etchers. -- Archives
    Costigan, John E., 1888-1972 -- Pictorial works
    Dalstrom, Gustaf O., (Gustaf Oscar), 1893-1971 -- Pictorial works
    Doolittle, Harold L., (Harold Lukens), 1883-1974 -- Archives
    Doolittle, Harold L., (Harold Lukens), 1883-1974 -- Pictorial works
    Heintzelman, Arthur William, 1891-1965 -- Pictorial works
    Print Makers' Society of California. -- Archives
    Society of American Graphic Artists. -- Archives