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Finding Aid for the John E. Woolf papers, circa 1941-circa 1980 0000197
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note

  • Title: John E. Woolf papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000197
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 74.0 Linear feet (14 record storage boxes and 20 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1941-circa 1980
    creator: Woolf , John Elgin, 1908-1980
    creator: Woolf, Robert Koch


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of the Florance R. Slinkard Estate, 2011.

    Preferred Citation note

    John E. Woolf papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    John Elgin Woolf was born on January 4, 1908 in Georgia. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1929. After completing school Woolf moved to Hollywood, California. In the 1940s Woolf met Robert Koch, an interior designer. The two became partners and together created homes for many wealthy and famous Los Angeles residents. His style today is known as Hollywood Regency and his more notable projects include: the James B. Pendleton Residence, the renovation of Case Study House 17, as well as homes for celebrities such as Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, among others. John Elgin Woolf died on September 24, 1980.

    Scope and Content note

    The John Elgin Woolf papers span 74 linear feet date from circa 1941 to circa 1980. The collection consists of architectural drawings and reprographic copies, receipts concerning design purchases, correspondence between the Woolf’s and their clients, newspaper and magazine clippings regarding projects, fabric swatches, and black-and-white as well as color photographs documenting the exterior and interiors of projects.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Woolf , John Elgin, 1908-1980
    Woolf, Robert Koch
    Architectural drawings
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies