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Researchers and scholars seeking information on Hearst Castle or the various endeavors and enterprises of the Hearst family can find large amounts of primary materials at institutions throughout California and the United States.

The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley holds the papers of Phoebe and George Hearst, William Randolph Hearst, and William Randolph Hearst, Jr. Other related collections include the papers of John Russell Hastings, Fremont Older, Edmond D. Colblentz and John Francis Neylan.

The Special Collections Department at the Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo holds the Julia Morgan Collections. Morgan was the architect for Hearst’s San Simeon estate, La Cuesta Encantada, as well as other residential and commercial projects for the Hearst family. In addition, it was once the repository for the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Archives, which consists of 10,000 drawings and blueprints of the Castle. These archives are now stored permanently at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.

The San Luis Obispo Country Historical Museum holds the George Loorz papers. Loorz was the Superintendent of Construction at San Simeon from 1932-1941, and the company he worked for, Stolte Inc., oversaw the work following World War II until 1948.

For materials relating to Marion Davies‘ and Hearst’s involvement in the film industry, consult the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

There are a number of institutions that house Hearst newspaper-related materials. The Special Collections Department at the University of Southern California houses the Hearst Collection, which consists of 1.2 million photographs and negatives from the Herald, the Examiner and the Herald-Examiner along with clippings from the Examiner.

The newspaper morgue of the Herald-Examiner can be found at the Los Angeles Central Library. The repository of the New York Journal American is located at University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

Archival Materials – Last updated 03/15/01

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Margaret Herrick Library
333 South La Cienega
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 247-3020

Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-6481

Special Collections/Robert E. Kennedy Library
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 94109
(805) 746-2305

College of Environmental Design
University of California
232 Wurster Hall Berkeley, CA 94720

Department of Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library
University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angles, CA 90089-0182

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Office of the Librarian
University of Texas
P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin, TX 78712-7219
(512) 471-9119

Los Angles Central Library
History and Genealogy Department
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2002
(213) 612-3200 (Main Library)
(213) 228-7400 (History & Genealogy Dept.)

San Luis Obispo Historical Museum
P.O. Box 1391
696 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
(805) 543-0638

Photographic Materials

Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452
(805) 927-2020

AP/Wide World Photos
50 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
(212) 621-1930

Marc Wanamaker, Bison Archives
650 N. Bronson Ave. #B-112
Hollywood, CA 90004
Phone: (323) 461-2714
Fax: (310) 275-3624

Brown Brothers
P.O. Box 50
Sterling, PA 18463
Phone: (570) 689-9688
Fax: (570) 689-7873
Website: www.brownbrothersusa.com

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 357-1848
Fax: (415) 357-1850
Website: www.calhist.org

Special Collections/Robert E. Kennedy Library
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 94109
(805) 756-2305

Turner Broadcasting Company
1050 Techwood Drive, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 827-1700

UCLA Film and Television Archive
302 E. Melnitz
Box 951323
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1323
(310) 206-8013