Finding Aid for the John E. Woolf papers, circa 1941-circa 1980 0000197

Finding aid prepared by Jillian O'Connor and Chris Marino
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

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