Gwen Wakeling costume design drawings

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Gwen Wakeling costume design drawings
Date (inclusive): 1931-1966
Date (bulk): late 1950s-1960s
Collection number: 351
Creator: Wakeling, Gwen
Extent: 1 linear feet of papers. 993 artworks.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Gwen Wakeling costume design drawings, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Henry (Hank) Sterling, 1994-1995


Gwen Wakeling was an American costume designer active from the 1930s to 1960s. She married writer- director Henry J. Staudigl. Wakeling received an Academy Award for color costume design for SAMSON AND DELILAH (1949).

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Gwen Wakeling costume design drawings span the years 1931-1966 (bulk late 1950s-1960s). The collection encompasses less than 1 linear foot of manuscripts and 993 costume design drawings and other artwork. The material covers Wakeling's freelance film career from as early as 1931, and her theater and television career from the late 1950s through the 1960s. The collection contains 195 drawings for films, 86 for television, and 268 for stage productions. There are more than 400 unidentified drawings. The material includes drawings from the following film titles: "Cover Girl" (1944), "Frankie and Johnny" (1966), "Rings on Her Fingers" (1942), and "Samson and Delilah" (1949). Television titles represented include: "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965-1970) and "Shirley Temple's Storybook" (1958-1961). Stage titles include: "Diamond Lil," "Kiss Me Kate," "Show Boat," and "The Student Prince."


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files; 2. Television files; 3. Stage files; 4. Subject files; 5. Graphic Arts, subseries A-D as follows: A. Production files ֠Produced ; B. Television files ֍ Produced; C. Stage files ֠Produced ; D. Subject files.

Indexing Terms

Wakeling, Gwen , 1901-1982--Archives.
costume designers