This digital collection is comprised of selected digitized photographic negatives from the analog photographic archive. Digitization and description of this collection is ongoing. The analog collection consists of photonegatives documenting events and people in Southern California and photographic prints documenting events and people in Southern California, the U.S., and the world. The material originates from the Los Angeles Times newspaper and includes glass negatives (ca. 1918-1932), nitrate negatives (ca. 1925-45), and safety negatives (ca. 1935-present). Also includes prints and negatives from the Los Angeles Times Orange County and San Diego bureaus.
Preston Sturges (1898-1959) was a inventor, playwright and motion picture writer and director. He wrote the hit Broadway play, Strictly dishonorable (1929), and received a Academy Award for his screenplay, The great McGinty (1940). He lived in Europe for a period of time during the 1950s, and wrote and directed his last film in France in 1955. The collection consists of film scripts, production material, and correspondence related to Sturges' career.