This collection of Nicholas Olsberg's architectural research contains slides, photocopies of published and ephemeral materials,
and notes and inventories. The bulk of the collection materials were accumulated for a planned exhibition about Southern California
architecture and urban pattern. The exhibition, "Moving Image," was to be focused on architecture in the golden age of Hollywood,
1915-1964, with a prologue on 1910-1915, and an epilogue on the Watts Rebellion of 1965. Topological themes include roadside
architectre, signage, the corridor and the highway, the house on the beach and the slope, the open campus. Other themes include,
the dispersal of recreation and culture, dwelling clusters and colonies, movie architecture, the subcenter, the desert and
mountain dwelling, the film and tv studio, and the emergence of aerospace and tech facilities.
Nicholas Olsberg is a curator, historian, and archivist who has written on Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, Cliff May, Carlos
Diniz, Ernest and Esther Born, and other topics related to the architecture and urbanism of California. He worked as a curator
at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.