Finding Aid for the Roy C. Wilson papers, circa 1924-circa 1966 0000201

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

Title: Roy C. Wilson papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000201
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 54.0 Linear feet (54 record storage boxes)
Date (inclusive): circa 1924-circa 1966
creator: Wilson, Roy C., 1918-2007


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of George E. Wilson, 1987.

Preferred Citation note

Roy C. Wilson papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Roy C. Wilson was born in 1887 in Freemont, Kansas. In 1900, his family moved west to southern California. At age 12, Wilson left school and started work at the firm of Edwin C. Thorne as a draftsman. Wilson left Thorne’s firm for Berkeley, California, where he begun to take classes in architecture at the University of California. After the earthquake struck San Francisco in 1906, Wilson left Berkeley and moved back to Los Angeles where he married his Thorne’s daughter. The two moved to Santa Paula in 1914. Around 1915, Wilson established the first architectural practice in Ventura County. He received three commissions from the Limoneira Company: a residence for the company’s President, C.C. Teague (known today as the Teague mansion), a company headquarters building, and a recreation facility on the company’s ranch. Other notable projects include: the William (Guiseppi) Ramelli residence, Hueneme Elementary School, and the Foster Bowl in Ojai, California. Roy C. Wilson died in 1975.

Scope and Content note

The Roy C. Wilson papers span 54 linear feet and date from circa 1924 to circa 1966. The collection consists of files organized by project containing: cost analysis worksheets, letters to clients regarding particular project, architectural drawings, Wilson’s office meeting minutes, receipts from reprographics companies, interoffice memos, and contracts.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wilson, Roy C., 1918-2007
Architectural drawings