Carl Oscar Borg scrapbooks, 1903-1955

Borg, Carl Oscar, b. 1879 d. 1947
Active in Calif.

Collection size: 3 v. (on one microfilm reel)

Collection Summary: Scrapbooks compiled by Borg, and after his death by his widow, Lily Borg Elmberg, containing newspaper and magazine articles that detail Borg's career from his arrival in Los Angeles in 1903. Included are articles about his years working in the silent movie industry (1925-1928) as the art director of films, "Black Pirate" (starring Douglas Fairbanks), "The Gaucho," "The Night of Love," "The Magic Flame," "Two Lovers," and "The Iron Mask." The scrapbooks document the development of the burgeoning art and film communities of Los Angeles.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, etcher, film art director; Los Angeles, Calif., Sweden, and Santa Barbara, Calif. Borg emigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1901, settling in Los Angeles in 1903 where he became active in the emerging Los Angeles art community. He traveled to Sweden in 1939, remaining there until the end of World War II. Upon his return to California, he settled in Santa Barbara where he remained until his death. Borg specialized in depicting Native Americans and landscapes of California and the Southwest.

Donated 1998 by Helen Laird, who received the papers from Borg's widow, Lily Borg Elmberg in preparation for a biography on Carl Oscar Borg.

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