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Finding Aid for the Frank Chapman Papers, 1960-ca. 1978
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank Chapman Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1964
    Collection number: 173
    Creator: Chapman, Frank
    Extent: 9 boxes (4.0 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-151735
    Abstract: Frank Chapman was an artist who worked on film and television projects such as the television series Batman and the motion pictures The Poseidon Adventure. The collection consists of scripts, photographs, and production material related to his career in the entertainment industry.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Performing Arts 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.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Frank Chapman Papers (Collection 173). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift, 1986.


    Chapman was born in Marion, North Carolina on November 18, 1909. He studied art in New York and worked as a newspaper and magazine illustrator, before moving to California (1945), where he started work as a set painter. Chapman moved to Arabia and worked as a painter in the oil industry (1951-56) and returned to the entertainment industry (1958), becoming known as "Handlebars" because of his rather large mustache. He worked on numerous projects including the television series Batman, Planet of the Apes, and The Legend of Jesse James and the motion pictures Johnny Got His Gun, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno. Throughout his life he enjoyed sketching, painting, and creating art. Chapman died September 26, 1985.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of scripts, photographs, and production material related to the career of artist Frank Chapman. Includes material for productions including the television series Batman and The Legend of Jesse James, and the motion picture Johnny Got His Gun (1971). Also includes a small collection of inscribed photographs of various performers and photographs for The Towering Inferno.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Motion picture industry--Employees--Archival resources.
    Artists--United States--Archival resources.
    Television scripts.
    Chapman, Frank,--1909-1985--Archives.
    Motion picture scripts.