Martin Obzina production design drawings

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Martin Obzina production design drawings
Date (inclusive): circa 1917-1956
Collection number: 379
Creator: Obzina, Martin
Extent: 0.2 linear feet of papers. 0.2 linear feet of photographs. 382 artworks.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Martin Obzina production design drawings, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Shari Barman and Shirley Barman, 1996-2004


Martin Felix Obzina was an Austrian-born American art director active in film from 1939 to 1953. Born in Vienna, he came to the United States in 1913 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1923. He worked as a stage designer and scenic artist during the 1920s and 1930s before embarking on a career in art direction. His output includes more than 50 feature films, for Universal, Monogram, and other studios, and television work during the 1950s and early 1960s. Obzina received two Academy Award nominations in the art direction category.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Martin Obzina production design drawings span the years circa 1917-1956 and encompass less than 1 linear foot of papers and 382 artworks. The collection consists primarily of production design drawings and artwork. The papers include certificates, a partial memoir, identification cards, official documents, and photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Subject files; 2. Photographs; 3. Graphic Arts, subseries A-B as follows: A. Production files ֠Produced ; B. Subject files.

Indexing Terms

Obzina, Martin--Archives.
production designers