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Finding Aid for the Harold Grieve papers, ca. 1920-1929
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harold Grieve papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1920s
    Collection number: 335
    Creator: Grieve, Harold W., 1901-1993
    Extent: 1 box (.5 linear ft.) 1 flat box (1 linear ft.) 3 flat oversize boxes (3 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Harold Grieve was an art director in the film industry during the 1920s. His credits include The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), So This Is Paris (1926), and The Devil Dancer (1927). The collection consists of sketches, renderings, and set plans related to his career.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harold Grieve papers (Collection 335). Performing Arts Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Harold Walter Grieve was born February 1, 1901 in LA, California. He attended Hollywood High School and studied art both locally in Los Angeles and abroad during the early 1920s. He worked at Metro Pictures and Marshall Nielan Studios. His credits include The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), The Thief of Bagdad (1924), Lady Windermere's Fan (1925). Ben-Hur (1925), and So This Is Paris (1926), and The Devil Dancer (1927). Grieve left film in the late 1920s to pursue a career as an interior decorator, often for clients in the movie business including George Burns, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, and Irving Thalberg and Norman Shearer. He married actress Jetta Goudal in 1930 and was married for more than fifty years. He died November 3, 1993.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials related to the career of film industry art director Harold Grieve. The bulk of the collection includes sketches, renderings, and set plans for the film, The Prisoner of Zenda. Additionally, there is a small amount of pencil renderings and photographs of sets for what appears to be Tess of the D'Urbervilles; a small amount of photographs of set and costume designs for The Devil Dancer; and a small number of sets still for So This is Paris.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by project title.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Grieve, Harold W., 1901-1993 --Archives.
    Motion picture art directors -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources.