Scope and Content
Title: Frank Chapman Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1946-1964
Collection number: 173
(4.0 linear ft.)
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.
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.
[Identification of item], Frank Chapman Papers (Collection 173). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California,
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
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
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
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.
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.
Motion picture scripts.