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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Processing note
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization
  • Acquisition

  • Title: Allen A. Arthur photographs
    Collection number: 5012
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.5 Linear feet Nine binders
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1963-1976
    Date (inclusive): 1963-1980
    Abstract: Color photographic transparencies and black and white negatives with proof prints by Allen A. Arthur (1920-1999) showing San Francisco and surrounding counties, California wineries, and the University of Southern California, dated 1963 to 1980. Arthur was a veteran, a graduate of the University of Southern California, and founder of the public relations firm Allen A. Arthur Plus Associates. He was also an occasional contributor to wine publications and the Los Angeles Times, arranger of California winery tours, and photographer.
    Physical description note: 120 mm color transparencies and black and white negatives with proof prints.
    creator: Arthur, Allen A.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Allen A. Arthur Photographs, Collection no. 5012, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Processing note

    The photographic transparencies and negatives (with proof prints) were transferred into Print File pages from their original boxes with the descriptive titles retained.

    Biographical note

    Allen A. Arthur was born in Kansas in January 24, 1920, as Allan A. Divilbiss. He attended the University of Southern California, using the name Allen A. Arthur, where he was a member of Trovets (a student veterans group), president of Alpha Psi Omega, an editor of the student handbook and of Wampus humor magazine, and a presidential candidate for the student senate in 1951. He graduated in June 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and went on to found Allen A. Arthur Plus Associates, a public relations firm. He was active in USC General Alumni Association and later a founder of the Trojan Caravan. He was also an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times on various subjects including wines. He was a resident of the greater Los Angeles area and at the time these photographs were taken, a resident of San Francisco. He moved to Champaign, Illinois, where he died on December 5, 1999. Arthur is buried in Tisdale Cemetery in Cowley County, Kansas.

    Scope and Content

    The Allen A. Arthur photographs consists of photographs of the University of Southern California, San Francisco and nearby counties, and the California wine country, dated 1963 to 1980.


    The boxes of transparencies and negatives were arranged into three series by major subject, "University of Southern California", "San Francisco and California", and "California Wineries". One box with photographs of Hawaii and other locations is missing at the time of this processing.
    In two cases in Binder 7, transparencies for the Butler Winery were filed under "Korbel and Bros." and the Brookside Winery under "Butler Winery". The original titles were retained despite the obviously misfiled contents. The existing content is noted in the Scope and Content notes.


    Gift of James L. Divilbiss, 1996.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Arthur, Allen A. -- Archives
    University of Southern California. -- Photographs
    Negatives (photographic)
    San Francisco (Calif.)--Photographs