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Finding Aid for the James Osborne Craig papers, circa 1918-circa 1923 0000121
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  • Access
  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: James Osborne Craig papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000121
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.5 Linear feet (1/2 record storage box and 15 flat file folders)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1919-circa 1923, 2007
    Location note: Box 1/ADC - regular 1 Flat File Drawer/ADC -flat files
    creator: Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, 1976. Additional material gifted by Bennet Skewes-Cox, 1981. Drawing of cross for Craig's grave, gift of William Mahan, 2010.

    Preferred Citation note

    James Osborne Craig papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara

    Biographical/Historical note

    James Osborne Craig was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1888. He studied architecture at the Royal Academy of London and then found work at the office of Sir Ashton Webb in London. He traveled and studied architecture in Italy and Spain before relocating to New York, where he worked for the architectural firm Carrere & Hastings. In 1915 James Craig moved to Santa Barbara. His most notable works in Santa Barbara include the Bernard Hoffman house and guest cottages, as well as the restoration of Plaza de la Guerra and the de la Guerra adobe. James was married to Mary McLaughlin Craig, also an architect, who assisted him throughout their marriage and helped to complete his projects at the time of his death. James Craig died suddenly at the age of 34. At the time of his death he was in the midst of the de la Guerra restoration project.

    Scope and Content note

    The James Osborne Craig papers span 3.5 linear feet and date from circa 1918 to circa 1923, with one item dating from 2007. The collection is comprised of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives of Craig’s sketches and drawings for architectural projects; presentation and concept drawings for the design, restoration, and remodeling of buildings in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Pasadena, and Palm Springs. Projects include the Bernard Hoffman residence, El Paseo and the de la Guerra adobe restoration, and residences. Also included are specifications for three houses.

    Related Archival Materials

    Mary McLaughlin Craig papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    George Washington Smith papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Carleton Monroe Winslow, Sr. papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    James Osborne Craig drawings, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

    Arrangement note

    The following arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. The collection is organized into three series: Photographs and negatives, Specifications, and Architectural drawings. The contents of the personal papers series are arranged alphabetically. The contents of the project files series is arranged into two subseries: specifications and photographs and negatives. Each subseries is then arranged alphabetically by client name. The architectural drawings are organized alphabetically by client last name.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922
    Adobe houses
    Architectural drawings
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Santa Barbara -- 20th century
    Architecture, Spanish Colonial -- California, Southern
    Negatives
    Photographic prints
    Spanish Colonial Revival
    Specifications