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The archive is held by the Huntington Library in Southern California. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens , known as The Huntington, is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington and Arabella Huntington in San Marino, California. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus on 18th and 19th century European art and 17th to mid-20th century American art. The property also has approximately 120 acres (49 ha) of specialized botanical landscaped gardens.
The Huntington Library is one of the world’s great independent research libraries, with more than 11 million items spanning the 11th to the 21st century. Digital resources include the Morgan, Walls & Clements Records .
The Morgan, Walls & Clements Archive consists of digitized microfilm scans (called “reels”) of physical boxes of drawings. Each individual drawing in a reel is called a “frame”. The boxed originals, and therefore the scanned reels, contain mixed content and are not organized alphabetically or by date. Projects are generally grouped together but there are some random drawings separated from their main project. Until indexing is added to the archive, it is a collection of 12,000+ drawings and documents which are not readily searchable.
As part of our research we have identified drawings, sketches, and correspondence relating to historic theatres, some of which are featured on this website. Below is the continually-growing index we have for the archive.
NOTE: Mike Callahan previously indexed the archive, and his index is available online here: MWC Microfilm Finding Aid .
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