The Charles Warren Callister Collection spans the years 1936 to 2007, and includes files created by Callister and his numerous
firms. The collection is organized into four series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project Records.
These records contain correspondence, notebooks, project files, drawings, photographs, slides, research notes, articles, lectures,
manuscripts, and patent files.
Charles Warren Callister (1917-2008) was born in Rochester, NY. He studied at the University of Texas, Austin from 1935-1941
before serving in the United States Corps of Engineers during WWII from 1941-1955, where he helped to build the ALCAN Highway
in Alaska and later served as a pilot for the Air Force. Upon returning from the war, Callister, his wife Mary Frances, and
their two sons moved to Northern California where he and his former Texas classmate Jack Hillmer (1918-2007) established an
architectural practice in San Francisco. Their first project was Hall House in Kentfield (1947), considered to be the first
residential application of post-tensioned concrete slab technology in the United States. Callister and Hillmer were both active
in Telesis, an organization of architects and urban planners who wanted to create art that would make a better world.
215.0 Linear feet.
13 cartons, 46 document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 flat file drawer, 518 tubes
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
Collection is open for research.