Leo "K" Kuter papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Leo "K" Kuter papers
Date (inclusive): 1914-1979
Date (bulk): 1921-1966
Collection number: 144
Creator: Kuter, Leo E.
Extent: 48 linear feet of papers. 31.2 linear feet of photographs. 2 posters 678 production artworks
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Leo "K" Kuter papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Kay E. Kuter and Jeane Kuter Harvey, 1991


Leo Edwin Kuter was an American art director and production designer active from 1921 to 1966.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Leo "K" Kuter papers span the years 1914-1979 (bulk 1921-1966) and encompass 79.2 linear feet and 2 posters. The collection consists of scripts; drawings; production material, including budgets, memos, and storyboard drawings; clippings; and photographs. The oversize material makes up more than half of the collection and consists of hundreds of drawings and storyboards drawn and collected by Kuter, primarily for Warner Bros. films. The photograph series consists of prints, negatives, and slides of motion picture production and subject photographs.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files, subseries A-B as follows: A. Produced; B. Unproduced; 2. Television files; 3. Subject files, subseries A-B as follows: A. General; B. Books; 4. Photographs.

Indexing Terms

Kuter, Leo E. , 1897-1970--Archives.
art directors
production designers