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Harry Lawrenson papers, 1940s-1950s
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  • Title: Harry Lawrenson papers
    Collection number: 2150
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 linear ft. (1 flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1940s-1950s
    Abstract: Harry Lawrenson was an editor for Movietone News. The collection mostly represents Lawrenson’s military service during WWII and includes scrapbook pages and military service documents. Additionally there are of a small number of photographs that appear related to Movietone News.
    Language of Materials: English
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Lawrenson, Harry

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harry Lawrenson papers (Collection 2150). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7165423 


    Harry Lawrenson was born in 1901 Liverpool, England and studied commercial advertising at City College of New York. He worked for Fox Film/Movietone News as an editor in various capacities for 19 years before he applied for temporary appointment in the U.S. Army during World War II. In 1943, he was assigned as a First Lieutenant to the Signal Corps Photographic Center where he worked as an editor of war films and was promoted to Captain that same year. Lawrenson filed for and was granted relief from active duty in 1945 and returned to Fox Film/Movietone.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of scrapbook pages and military records related to the career of writer, editor, and producer Harry Lawrenson. The bulk of the collection represents Lawrenson’s military service in the Army Pictorial Service during WWII and includes scrapbook pages of forms, photographs, clippings, and telegrams. Additional scrapbook pages contain articles by or about Lawrenson and his career with Movietone News. There is also a small number of photographs that appear to be related to Movietone News and include images of the Hindenburg disaster, the assassination of King Alexander, the Duke of Windsor, Herman Goering, Hitler, and Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Truman, among others.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lawrenson, Harry --Archives.