Finding Aid for the Warner Bros. Research Department Research Albums LSC.1745

Finding aid prepared by Julie Graham, 2004
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2021 January 6.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Warner Bros. Research Department research albums
Creator: Warner Bros. (1923-1967). Research Department
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1745
Physical Description: 2.4 Linear Feet (6 flat boxes)
Date (inclusive): circa late-1930s-circa early 1940s
Abstract: The six production research albums contain photographs and other background research materials for Warner Bros. films:
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Warner Bros. Research Department research albums (Collection 1745). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Processing Information

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Processed by Julie Graham, 2004.


UCLA Catalog Record ID: 8281020 


Herman Lissauer was an American researcher and technical advisor active in film from 1936 to 1946. Lissauer met Jack Warner in the mid-1930s and became the head of the research department at Warner Bros. (From information compiled by the Margaret Herrick Library)
The Warner Bros. research department began in the 1920s, Around 1935 the department was reorganized and headed by Dorothy Hageman; about one year later, Herman Lissauer replaced Hageman. The department adopted a system in which a single researcher would be assigned to a project, and take responsibility for the bulk of research requests, from story conception to publicity associated with the film's release. Staff had varied background and subject knowledge and developed expertise at knowing how and where to find information. The unit maintained an intricate file system, which was in large part a collection of indexed visual information and the the core of their department. A great deal of the information was garnered from newspaper clippings, catalogues, magazines, illustrated books, and art prints.
The department received project scripts to help prepare the file of materials for the story. By time production began, the research department would have completed a "bible," primarily pictorial, for all the contributing departments. At the end of production these bibles and their supporting files then became part of the department's research collection.
The Warner Bros. Research Department: Putting History to Work in the Classic Studio Era, by Fred Andersen;

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Warner Bros. research albums. Included are six albums containing photographs and other background research materials. Films represented are: All This and Heaven Too, Angel of Mercy, City for Conquest, International Squadron, The Letter, and Man from Fleet (released as A Dispatch from Reuters). The albums appear to have been assembled before 1941, and compiled or compiled under the direction of Herman Lissauer.

Organization and Arrangement

The albums are arranged alphabetically by project title.

Related Material

Warner Bros. research albums compiled by Herman Lissauer, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Archives.

box 1

All This and Heaven Too (undated, released 1940)

Scope and Content

Research compilation by Herman Lissauer.
box 2

Angel of Mercy set research (undated)

box 3

City for Conquest (undated, released 1940)

Scope and Content

Director of Research: Herman Lissauer; staff member assigned: Jane Beckwith.
box 4

International Squadron (undated, released 1941)

Scope and Content

Director of Research: Herman Lissauer; staff member assigned: Augusta Adler.
box 5

The Letter (undated, released 1940)

box 6

Man from Fleet (ask A Dispatch from Reuters) (undated, released 1940)

Scope and Content

Director of Research: Herman Lissauer; staff member assigned: Carl Miliken Jr. with assistance from Augusta Adler.