The archive is comprised of material
related to Ed Ruscha's photographic documentation of two major Los Angeles thoroughfares:
Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard, as well as the projects that resulted from the
documentation of the two streets. Ruscha documented Sunset Boulevard in twelve shoots
between 1965 and 2001, and Hollywood Boulevard in four shoots between 1973 and 2004.
Finished projects include his fourth photographic art book, Every
Building on the Sunset Strip, 1966; the portfolio Sunset
Strip 1965/1995, and the portfolio and book Then & Now:
Hollywood Boulevard 1973-2004, 2005.
The American artist Edward Joseph Ruscha IV was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 16,
1937 to Edward Ruscha III, an insurance auditor, and his wife Dorothy Driscoll Ruscha. He
was raised in Oklahoma City where he met his lifelong friends Mason Williams, Joe Goode, and
Jerry McMillan. After graduation from high school he drove to California with Mason Williams
to attend Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). Robert Irwin and
Emerson Woelffer were among the teachers who would have an especially strong influence on
71.6 Linear Feet
(50 boxes, 1 flat file)
Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers. Audio-visual materials unavailable until
reformatting is complete. Film negatives unavailable due to conservation concerns.