Finding Aid for the Herbert J. Powell papers, circa 1920-circa 1960 0000204

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
805-893-2724
adc@museum.ucsb.edu


Title: Herbert J. Powell papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000204
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 8.0 Linear feet (5 record storage boxes and 1 flat file drawer)
Date (inclusive): circa 1920-circa 1960
creator: Powell, Herbert J., 1898-

Access

Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Preferred Citation note

Herbert J. Powell papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Herbert J. Powell was born on January 30, 1898 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1920, he graduated from the University of Redlands from which he received an A.B. degree. Four years later, Powell graduated from Harvard University with an A.M. degree in architecture. After school he went to work in the office of McKim, Mead & White. From 1925 to 1926 Powell worked in the office of Thomas H. Ellet in New York, before coming to Los Angeles to work for the firm of Marston, Van Pelt & Maybury in Pasadena. In 1929, Powell became a partner in the firm of Marsh, Smith and Powell. Powell’s more notable projects include: the Memorial Chapel and Currier Gymnasium at Redlands University, Hollywood High School, Newport Harbor Union High School, and many other schools across southern California. Herbert J. Powell died in 1996.

Scope and Content note

The Herbert J. Powell papers span 8 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to circa 1960. Boxes 1 through 5 of collection contain Powell’s postcard collection of art and architecture around the world (primarily Europe) organized by region; as well as 11 volumes of a series entitled El Arte En Espana, where each volume is devoted to one Spanish architectural monument (for example The Cathedral of Burgos); letters; ticket stubs; and the Liverpool Cathedral official handbook (1924). The collection also includes one flat file drawer that contains oversize black-and-white photographs of high schools designed by the firm Marsh, Smith and Powell, as well as architectural drawings, reprographic copies, and Powell’s student work from his time at Harvard University.

Related Archival Materials note

ADC Study collection, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Powell, Herbert J., 1898-
Architectural drawings
Photographic prints
Postcards
Reprographic copies