SUBSERIES SIZE: 3 archival document boxes; 4 oversize boxes, 2 items in one map case drawer SUBSERIES DATES: 1921-1987
Series 5 consists of photographs, negatives, and color transparencies of the Ambassador Hotel and the Cocoanut Grove that Margaret Tante Burk collected over her long association with these businesses. The photographs are both black and white and color, and range in size from 3x5 color polaroids to panoramic black and white photographs. Professional photographers such as Darlene Hammond and Irv Antler were responsible for the photographs; besides professional photographers, many of the photographs are personal, shot by such persons as Margaret Tante Burk herself. Loyola Marymount University does not assume copyright responsibility for these photographs or other images and will not reproduce them.
Series 5 has been divided into two subseries; this description is for Subseries B. Subseries B contains photographs and transparencies of the grounds, buildings, and facilities of the Ambassador Hotel as well as events held at the Hotel. Photographs include the Hotel's bungalows, courtyards and gardens, rooms, swimming pool, and dining rooms, such as the Venetian Room. The chronological span of the photographs of the layout and grounds of the Hotel reaches from the 1920s to the 1980s, thereby providing an excellent overview of what a luxury hotel looked like in Los Angeles over the course of the twentieth century. In particular the photographs of the Hotel made in the 1940s by Metro–Goldwyn-Mayer (cf. Box 3) document in detail the facilities and operations of a luxury hotel.
The photographs of this series also richly document the Cocoanut Grove, the world-famous nightclub that was part of the Ambassador Hotel. These photographs include the interior and exterior of the Grove in its first manifestation from 1921 to 1957, the year of its first remodel, and then its renovation in the early 1970s by Sammy Davis, Jr., among others.
This subseries also documents hotel activities, such as employee awards or managerial staff on the job at the Ambassador Hotel.
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