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Finding Aid for the Paul Tuttle papers, circa 1940-circa 2001 0000185
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  • Custodial History note
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  • Title: Paul Tuttle papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000185
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.3 Linear feet (1 record storage box and 1 flat file drawer)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1940-circa 2001
    creator: Tuttle, Paul, 1918-2002


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Andy Neumann, 2002. Additional materials gifted by Loma Griffith, 2003.

    Preferred Citation note

    Paul Tuttle papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Paul Tuttle was born in 1918 in Springfield, Missouri. He was stationed in India during WWII as a cartographer, an experience that he said made him want to go into design and architecture. After the war, Tuttle enrolled in what is known now as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, but quickly realized that school was not for him. Tuttle went on to work for his former professor, the designer Alvin Lustig. Tuttle participated in the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West Fellowship in Scottsdale Arizona during 1949. After Taliesin, Tuttle went on to work for architects Thornton Ladd and Welton Becket. In 1956, Tuttle moved to Santa Barbara where he began working intensely on his custom and manufactured furniture, as well as architectural and interior projects. His more notable work includes: the Arco chair, the Z chair, and the six residences he designed in Santa Barbara. Over the course of his career, Tuttle completed 200 pieces of custom furniture. His work was exhibited twice at the University of California, Santa Barbara Art Museum once in 1978 “Paul Tuttle, Designer” and then again in 2001 “Paul Tuttle Retrospective.” Paul Tuttle died in 2002 at the age of 84.

    Scope and Content note

    The Paul Tuttle papers span 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to circa 2001. The collection contains magazine and newspaper clippings regarding Tuttle's work (primarily from News Press, Arts and Architecture, House Beautiful, and Designers West); art catalogues (of Tuttle's exhibitions as well as those of other artists); Tuttle's diploma and awards spanning the dates 1966 to 1999; furniture design renderings, the University of California, Santa Barbara's Art Museum Tuttle exhibition blueprints of exhibit layout; blue prints for the George Dangerfield Beach House (1959); and guest book for the Tuttle exhibit at the Paintings/Pamela Auchingcloss Gallery.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Tuttle, Paul, 1918-2002