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The culture broker : Franklin D. Murphy and the transformation of Los Angeles

Author: Margaret Leslie Davis
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Franklin D. Murphy dominated the cultural development of Los Angeles. For three critical decades, Murphy used his relationships with the founders and scions of some of America's greatest fortunes - Ahmanson, Rockefeller, Ford, Mellon, and Annenberg - to direct the largess of the wealthy into cultural institutions of his choosing. In this first full biography of Franklin Murphy (1916-1994), Margaret Leslie Davis  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Franklin D Murphy; Franklin D Murphy
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Leslie Davis
ISBN: 9780520224957 0520224957
OCLC Number: 122337922
Description: xv, 490 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface: The Art of the Trustee --
Prologue: Something to Prove --
The Kansas Mission: The Mad Governor versus the Boy Wonder --
Imprinted by the Heartland --
PART I: CHANCELLOR --
Into the Pastel Empire --
A City Rethinking Itself: The Three Powerful Southern --
Regents: Lure of an Adolescent City: The Investiture of Otis Chandler --
UCLA in Worldwide Terms --
Taking Command: Hail to the Hills of Westwood: Funding --
Culture in the Cold War: The Titan Chancellor: Symbols of Authority: The Scions Paul Mellon and Henry Ford --
Turmoil and Golden Moments --
Opening Night, Los Angeles Music Center: Opening Night, Los Angeles County Museum of Art: The Shadow behind the Golden Glow: The Watts Rebellion of August 1965 -University in Turmoil: Colossal Construction: A Threat to Clark Kerr: The Rise of Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Clark Kerr --
1968-Year of Crisis --
The Embattled Chancellor: Resignation: The Death of Howard Ahmanson --
PART II: CHAIRMAN --
The Chancellor Becomes CEO. "A Beauty to Behold": The Interlocking Directorate -Politics and the Mighty Chandlers: Jubilant Republicans and the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board --
The Chandler Empire in the Watergate Years --
A Time of Scandal: The Picasso Room: A Family Crisis -The Passing of Norman Chandler: "A Cancer on the Presidency": Pressures and Prestige: The Forced --
Retirement of Dorothy Chandler --
Power and Philanthropy --
Pushing the New York Times off Its Perch: Henry Ford --
versus Lee Iacocca: The Legacy of Howard F. Ahmanson: The --
Impact of the Ahmanson Foundation on Los Angeles: The --
Confirmation of Nelson Rockefeller: The Chairman of Times --
Mirror Retires: Golden Donors --
PART III: TRUSTEE --
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art --
The Pursuit of Norton Simon and Armand Hammer: The --
Challenge for a New Director: The County Museum in Peril -Los Angeles in "Art Heaven" --
The National Gallery of Art --
Joining Forces with J. Carter Brown: The Visit of Princess. Diana: Courting Collectors Armand Hammer and Walter --
Annenberg: Trusteeship and Successorship --
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation --
The Kress Brothers: Giveaways and Preservation --
The J. Paul Getty Trust --
Family Dynamics: An Afternoon with J. Paul Getty: The --
Getty Curse: The Richest Museum in the World: A Golden --
Moment for Harold Williams: An Acropolis for Los Angeles --
Three That Got Away --
The Deceptions of Armand Hammer: The Lost Treasures of Norton Simon: The Fateful Wounding of Walter Annenberg --
PART IV: STEWARD --
Changing of the Guard --
A Time of Loss: New Era, New Leaders, New Priorities -Building a Multicultural City: Linking Los Angeles's --
Libraries: Civic Pride and Civil Unrest: Rescue for the Huntington Library --
The Doge of Los Angeles --
Chaos at the County Museum: Shifting Leverage: Final Bows --
Afterword: The Mosaic City.
Responsibility: Margaret Leslie Davis.
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A biography of Franklin D Murphy (1916-994). It delivers the story of how Murphy, as chancellor of UCLA and later as chief executive of the "Times Mirror" media empire, was able to influence  Read more...

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