Finding Aid for the James Osborne Craig papers, circa 1918-circa 1923 0000121

Finding aid prepared by Jillian O'Connor and Chris Marino
This finding aid was made possible by a Getty Foundation Archival Arrangement & Description Grant.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
805-893-2724
adc@museum.ucsb.edu
2009


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
creator: Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922

Access

Partially processed collection, 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. After school, Craig 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 and working 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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

 

Specifications circa 1920

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Typed and annotated specifications for three houses.
Box 1, Folder 1

Burnes (James Nelson) house (Montecito, Calif.) circa 1920

Box 1, Folder 2

Hayne (Robin Y.) house (Montecito, Calif.) circa 1920

Box 1, Folder 3

Nugent (Daniel) cottage (Sandyland, Carpinteria, Calif.) circa 1920

 

Photographs circa 1918-1923

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 24.0 Items

Scope and Contents note

Photographic prints and negatives of sketches and drawings and completed projects.
Box 1, Folder 4

Assorted projects 1919-1923

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 9.0 Items

Scope and Content note

Folder contains photographs of drawings for Bernhard Hoffmann house: plan (negative), drawing for a gate (negative), perspective drawings (two photograhic prints); de la Guerra Adobe restoration and addition plan (one negative); house in Montecito circa 1919 (photographic print, two copies); El Paseo (one photographic print and one negative).
FlatFile 1

Alexander (J.B.) house (Montecito, Calif.) circa 1920

Physical Description: 4.0 Items (4 photographic prints)
FlatFile 2

Hoffman (Bernard) house and guest cottage (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920

Physical Description: 5.0 Items
Box 1, Folder 5

Sketches 1910-1918

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 Items

Scope and Content note

Includes sketches of the Santa Inez Mission, aself portrait, and a street in France (in three photographic prints and three negatives).
 

Drawings circa 1919-1923

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Architectural drawings for eleven design, restoration, and remodeling projects, with one unidentified drawing of an interior.
FlatFile 3

Armstrong (Lionel) house (Pasadena, Calif.) undated

FlatFile 4

El Encanto Hotel cottage (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920-1920

FlatFile 5

Gring (R. B. and Sally May) house (Montecito, Calif.) 1919

FlatFile 6

De la Guerra Adobe remodeling (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1922-1923

FlatFile 7

Hoffmann (Bernhard) Cottage number one (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920

FlatFile 8

Hoffmann (Bernhard) Cottage number two (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1921

FlatFile 9

Hoffmann (Bernhard) house “Casa Santa Cruz” (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920-1921

Scope and Contents note

House done in collaboration with landscape designer Florence Yoch.
FlatFile 10

Hoffmann (Bernhard) house remodeling (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920

FlatFile 11

Kocher (Dr. J. J.) Cottages one and two (Palm Springs, Calif.) undated

FlatFile 12

Leeds (Warner M.) Cottage (Carpinteria, Calif.) 1920

FlatFile 13

Stewart (Mrs. Creighton B.) house remodeling (Montecito, Calif) 1919-1919

FlatFile 14

Unidentified Interior undated

FlatFile 15

Replica of James O. Craig's grave cross 2007

Physical Description: 1.0 Items
creator: Mahan, William

Scope and Contents note

Drawing for replica cross for James Osborne Craig's grave. The original cross was moved to the Bernard Hoffman house.