Robert M. Grubel papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert M. Grubel papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1940-1970
Collection number: 427
Creator: Grubel, Robert M.
Extent: 3 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Robert M. Grubel papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Janet Grubel, 1998


Robert M. Grubel was an American chemist active in the field of motion picture film processing from the mid-1940s. For more than 35 years he ran the chemical lab at Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), a film laboratory and processing company in Hollywood that specialized in color film. For his work on the automatic developer replenisher system for CFI he received a 1960 Scientific or Technical Award certificate of honorable mention from the Academy.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Robert M. Grubel papers span the years circa 1940-1970 and encompass 3 linear feet. The collection includes Grubel's notes and reference materials regarding photographic processes and chemical formulas; documents submitted by Grubel to the U.S. Army Signal Corps Engineering Laboratories in New Jersey on processing color film; a photocopy of a paper written by Grubel for the 1960 SMPTE convention on the CFI replenisher control; material for a film chemistry course he taught at Columbia College around 1968, and a collection of books on motion picture film and photography.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Subject files; 2. Books.

Indexing Terms

Grubel, Robert M.--Archives.