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Finding Aid for the Max and Rita Lawrence Architectural Pottery Records, ca. 1950-1994
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Container List

 

Business Records

 

Development and Operations

 

Designers

 

Follis, John

Box 1, Folder 1

Sketches and letters to Rita Lawrence, 1957.

 

Baronian and Danielson

Box 1, Folder 2

Adaptation of Architectural Pottery's Bowl IN-03 to Outdoor Light, 1957. Photographs and specifications. Not produced.

 

Unsigned

Box 1, Folder 3

Sketches, 1959 and n.d. Installation plan for Farm and Home Savings, and product sketch.

 

Leland, Malcolm

Box 1, Folder 4

Letters to Rita Lawrence and sketches, 1962 and n.d.

 

Carruthers, John

Box 1, Folder 5

Letters to Rita Lawrence, enclosing sketches and design statements, 1960.

 

Vanderveen, Loet

Box 1, Folder 6

Letter to Rita Lawrence and sketches, 1962.

 

Taylor, William Paul

Box 1, Folder 7

Planter sketches, 1962.

 

Deeds, Douglas

Box 1, Folder 8

Letters from Ron Yeo to Rita Lawrence and designs, 1967. Yeo was another fiberglass designer. Design for newspaper vending.

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, memos, and sketches, 1964-1970.

Box 1, Folder 10

Photograph of trash receptacles, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 11

Clippings.

Box 1, Folder 12

Sketches of indoor outdoor chair, etc.

Box 1, Folder 13

Lawrence Halprin plans, n.d. Sketch on notepaper From the desk of Robert Alan Martin.

Box 1, Folder 14

Photographs of Deeds (?) and indoor outdoor chair and other furniture and of an automobile, No date 5 pcs.

Box 1, Folder 15

Design philosophy, 1969.

Box 1, Folder 16

Memos to / about / from Rita Lawrence, 1966-1970.

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence and memos, 1966-1967.

Box 1, Folder 18

Letter to House Beautiful, 1968. Photocopy. For an award(?).

 

Tackett, LaGardo

Box 1, Folder 19

Correspondence, 1966-1970.

Box 1, Folder 20

Design statements for stone ware, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 21

Dinner ware clippings, 1965-1967. Samarkand, Arabia, etc.

Box 1, Folder 22

Portfolio of drawings of stoneware, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 23

Design statement and drawings (blueprints) for Matrix / 30 stoneware, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 24

Box art sketches, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 25

Topiary planters drawings. Also slide and color print.

Box 1, Folder 26

Sketches for The City Tree, n.d.

 

Crawford, Elsie

Box 1, Folder 27

Sketches, 1968. Of round seat planter (FGPE-631, FGPE-832) other design not produced.

 

Production and Management

 

Communications

Box 1, Folder 28

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 1 of 4), 1968-1973. Primarily inter-office memos re marketing, finance, personnel, publicity.

Box 1, Folder 29

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 2 of 4), 1967-1973. Primarily inter-office memos re management, production, marketing.

 

Development and Marketing

 

Production and Management

 

Communications

Box 1, Folder 30

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 3 of 4), 1969-1973. Primarily inter-office memos re production, personnel.

 

Development and Operations

 

Production and Management

 

Communications

Box 1, Folder 31

Lawrence, Max and Rita (file 4 of 4), 1970-1971. Primarily inter-office memos.

Box 1, Folder 32

Lawrence, Max. Note transmitting article Man on Top Sends Small Business to Bottom, 1973. Article in: Southern California Industrial News, volume 25, issue 45. July 16, 1973. p.1 with note evidently from Max Lawrence.

 

Designs

 

Work Center

Box 2, Folder 1

Photographs.

Box 2, Folder 2

Press releases, 1969.

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence, December 1968-August 1970. With magazines, Museum of Modern Art; mimeographs of photos with explanation.

Box 2, Folder 4

Clippings about similar systems.

Box 2, Folder 5

Printed brochure. 1 copy.

Box 2, Folder 6

Specifications, n.d.

 

Terra Major

Box 2, Folder 7

Printed descriptions / catalog. Program from California Ceramics at Los Angeles Furniture Mart, Peter Breck catalog.

Box 2, Folder 8

Development and publicity, January 1969- . 3 copies of Beginning Vocabulary to Develop a Consumer Brochure on Table-Top Ware, estimate for first production, list of marketing questions.

Box 2, Folder 9

Related clippings. Lead Poisoning from pottery article, clip of personal pitch for Terra Major from unknown writer and publisher.

Box 2, Folder 10

Invoices, 1970. Completed and cancelled sales orders.

Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs, n.d.

Box 2, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1970.

 

Lounge Furniture

Box 2, Folder 13

Design statement and printed description, 1969. Indoor/outdoor chair.

Box 2, Folder 14

Sales, 1970. Sales invoices.

 

Designers (Tile)

 

Cressey, David

Box 2, Folder 15

Clippings, 1964- . Artist-in-residence brochure, clips from other manufacturers.

Box 2, Folder 16

Memos and correspondence, 1965-1970. Sales and production.

 

Designs

 

Tile

Box 2, Folder 17

Correspondence and notes, 1970-1973. David Cressey notes, color texture descriptions, color name development.

Box 2, Folder 18

Photographs, 1964-1967. Snapshots (w/negatives) and glossy prints of installations: Los Angeles County Museum, Mechanic's Bank, Richmond, California, John Deere Building, Moline, Illinois.

Box 2, Folder 19

Clippings, n.d. Indian Hill Ceramics.

Box 2, Folder 20

Press Releases, 1970. Purchase of Indian Hill Ceramics, poster, price list.

 

Warehouse

 

Communication

Box 2, Folder 21

Memos, 1966-1968. Shipping, repairs, quality control.

Box 2, Folder 22

Forms and form letters. re definition of substitution of equivalents for products.

Box 2, Folder 23

Invoices, 1973.

 

Showroom

 

Remodeling

Box 2, Folder 24

Blueprint and correspondence (agreement), 1972. Tile installation in showroom.

 

Foreign

 

South America / Argentina

Box 2, Folder 25

Correspondence, 1969-1975. Personal and business correspondence with licensees in Paraguay, Argentina, Colombia, letter from Max Lawrence and Rita Lawrence May 1, 1975 re selling of Group Artec.

 

International

Box 2, Folder 26

Correspondence, 1960-1970. Business correspondence with India, Soviet Union, Puerto Rico, Spain, South Africa, Middle East.

 

Asia

Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence File 1 of 2, 1969-1973. Personal and business correspondence with Japan, Korea, India, license agreement with Semica Interior Incorporated (Japan).

Box 3, Folder 2

Correspondence File 2 of 2, 1973-1975. Personal and business correspondence with licensees in Japan, 1972 Japanese licensee (Semica) catalog.

 

Mexico

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1966-1975. Personal and business correspondence, license agreement with Consorcio de Disenos.

 

Israel

Box 3, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1969-1972. Personal and business.

 

Australia

Box 3, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1974 (and before). About installation at Sydney Opera House.

 

Group Artec

Box 3, Folder 6

Royalty agreements.

Box 3, Folder 7

Patent information, 1972-1977. For Thompson System.

 

Thompson System

Box 3, Folder 8

European patent, 1973-1977.

 

Possible Ventures

 

CSI

Box 3, Folder 9

Venture capital firm, 1969. Correspondence, board meeting minutes.

 

Foreign

 

Europe

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence (file 1 of 2), 1969-1971. Personal and business correspondence with Thomas Szekely, Toby Rodes, and others.

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence (file 2 of 2), 1971-1972. Personal and business correspondence with Thomas Szekely, Toby Rodes, and others.

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence re sale of business, 1974-1975. 3 letters.

 

Devlopment and Operations

 

Foreign

 

Europe

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence and Catalogs. Personal and business correspondence with Scotland and other countries.

 

Development and Operations

 

Foreign

 

Sintoform

Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1973-1982. Personal and business.

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1972-1974. Personal and business.

Box 4, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1958-1972. Personal and business.

 

Canada

Box 4, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1965-1970. Through licensee Knoll International / Canada.

 

Sales

 

Catalogs, etc.

Box 4, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1970.

Box 4, Folder 10

Exhibit of class work, 1950. Group photograph which constitutes the first mailing and offering.

Box 4, Folder 11

Earliest. Village Station address.

Box 4, Folder 12

After 1953 (Village Station), 1954 or 1955(?). Includes price list.

Box 4, Folder 13

King's Road Address, 1958-1960.

Box 4, Folder 14

Production Photos, n.d. Photos of plant and workmen.

Box 4, Folder 15

Kings Road Address, June 1959. Includes price list.

Box 4, Folder 16

Robertson Blvd. Address 1, March 1961. Includes price list.

Box 4, Folder 17

Robertson Blvd. Address, June 1959.

Box 4, Folder 18

Robertson Blvd. Address, March 1961.

Box 4, Folder 19

1964 (circa).

Box 4, Folder 20

Pro-Artisan, August 1965.

 

Development and Operations

 

Sales

 

Catalogs, etc.

Box 4, Folder 21

Retail Price List, April 1966.

 

Development and Operations

 

Sales

 

Catalogs, etc.

Box 4, Folder 22

Craftsman One, 1963 (and before). Before Artist in Residence and Pro-Artisan Line.

Box 4, Folder 23

Artist in Residence program, 1963.

Box 4, Folder 24

Sweets, n.d. Catalog text.

Box 5, Folder 1

General information--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Installation List, August 1963. Color and texture samples.

Box 5, Folder 2

Building Products Division--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Brochure (n.d.), photos of AF molds used in building Santa Barbara Community College (May 1964).

Box 5, Folder 3

Work Center System--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Brochures (n.d.).

Box 5, Folder 4

Seating--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Price list and photos (n.d.), various brochures w/photos (no dates), benches brochure (1968), clipping made into brochure, Salem, Oregon (1966).

Box 5, Folder 5

Planters, Receptacles, Sand Urns--Architectural Fiberglass (early). Complete brochure w/cover (September 1965), New Ideas brochure (n.d., production schedule (Rita Lawrence notes), various brochures, covers, photos.

Box 5, Folder 6

Catalog 64, 1964. 3 copies w/color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 7

Architectural Fiberglass; Planters, Benches, Trash Receptacles, Street Furniture (1965). 3 copies w/ color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 8

Pro-Artisan (1966). 3 copies w/ color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 9

Architectural Fiberglass, 1968 (and after). 3 copies w/ color and black and white photos.

Box 5, Folder 10

Architectural Fiberglass; Net Price Schedule, 1969. 2 copies, no photos.

Box 5, Folder 11

Architectural Pottery / Architectural Fiberglass, 1971 (and before). 1 copy with photos.

Box 5, Folder 12

Arcon Furniture / Architectural Fiberglass, 1972. 1 copy w/photographs.

Box 5, Folder 13

Arcon Textiles, Arcon Furniture, Architectural Furnishings, 1973. Price lists only.

Box 5, Folder 14

Architectural Furnishings, 1974. Price list only.

Box 6, Folder 1

Architectural Pottery Samples #102. Color & texture samples from various divisions of Architectural Fiberglass.

Box 6, Folder 2

Duraclay. 3 black and white brochures for dinnerware (n.d.), 3 color brochures for planters (n.d.), Catalog 64.

Box 6, Folder 3

Additions; Architectural Pottery, 1971. Supplementary catalog showing reflective glazes.

Box 6, Folder 4

Catalog 64, 1971. 2 copies, copyright 1971.

Box 6, Folder 5

Price List, 1973. 2 copies.

Box 7, Folder 1

Arcon Furniture; The Hump System, 1971. 2 copies.

Box 7, Folder 2

Architectural Pottery; Additions, 1971 (and after). 1 copy.

Box 7, Folder 3

Architectural Furnishings; Fiberglass Planters, 1974. 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 4

Artec Containers; A/F Planters, 1973 (and after). 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 5

Ceramic Surfaces: Terrestra Collection / Architectural and Artec, 1971 (and after). Photos, 2 copies Artec and 3 copies Architectural w/ color photos.

Box 7, Folder 6

Artec Containers; A/P Planters, 1973 (and after). 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 7

Architectural Pottery; Pro-Artisan. 2 general price lists, 3 Lamp Collection w/photos and price list.

Box 7, Folder 8

Arcon Furniture, 1971 (and after). 3 copies of Public Seating, 3 copies of Lounge Furniture.

Box 7, Folder 9

Arcon Furniture; Office Systems, 1971-1973 (and after). 3 copies Office Systems, 3 copies Thompson R/S, 2 copies Office Systems / Thompson R/S.

Box 7, Folder 10

Architectural Pottery; Price List, 1970. 3 copies w/color sample.

Box 7, Folder 11

Artec Containers; Pro-Artisan Containers. 3 copies.

Box 7, Folder 12

Graphic Structures. Photos, brochures.

Box 7, Folder 13

Europe, n.d. 3 copies.

 

Publicity

Box 7, Folder 14

Advertisement, 1981. In: Arts + Architecture, Fall 1981 (premier issue), p.25 ad for Architectural Pottery.

 

Catalog Photographs

Box 8, Folder 1

Architectural Fiberglass Seating.

Box 8, Folder 2

Arcon Furniture Seating.

Box 8, Folder 3

Architecutural Fiberglass Planters.

Box 8, Folder 4

Pro-Artisan Planters.

Box 8, Folder 5

Architectural Pottery - Other.

Box 8, Folder 6

Architecural Pottery Planters.

Box 8, Folder 7

Architectural Pottery Planters (early).

 

Showroom Photographs

Box 8, Folder 8

Photographs before 1964 Renovation. Snapshots.

Box 8, Folder 9

Photographs after renovation, 1964. Glossy prints and snapshots.

 

Catalog Photographs

Box 8, Folder 10

Chair Height Sandurns SW-02, A-2, A-01, J-22, L-15, AC-17, AX-17, LTW-15.

Box 8, Folder 11

Original for Planter LL-20.

Box 8, Folder 12

Original for Planter L-15, L-20.

Box 8, Folder 13

Original for Planter SW-03. Includes news release.

Box 8, Folder 14

Original for Planter SW-04.

Box 8, Folder 15

Original for Planter E-31.

Box 8, Folder 16

Original for Planter G-25.

Box 8, Folder 17

Original for planter F-112.

Box 8, Folder 18

Original for Planter F-508.

Box 8, Folder 19

Original for Planter FX-2.

Box 8, Folder 20

Original for Cylinder photos.

Box 8, Folder 21

Original for Planters CC-30, CC-19, CC-28, CC-23.

Box 8, Folder 22

Original for Planters CB 8-12, CB-8, CB-16-11, CB-12-12, cb-12-7, CB-8-8.

Box 8, Folder 23

Original for Planters CS-12, CS-27, CS-21.

Box 8, Folder 24

Original for Planters C-12, C-18, C-26.

Box 8, Folder 25

Original for Planter G-99.

Box 8, Folder 26

Original for Planter K-97.

Box 8, Folder 27

Original for Planters CB-16, CB-12, CB-18, CB-22, CB-22.

 

Showroom Photographs

Box 9, Folder 1

After renovation, 1964. Negatives only. Filed separately for preservation. See photos in previous boxes.

 

Catalog Photographs

Box 9, Folder 2

Planters. 8 x 10 Negatives.

Box 9, Folder 3

Miscellaneous. Color transparencies for cylinders, snapshots of various locations (installations?) and products.

 

Publicity

Box 9, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1956-1970. News releases, cover letter to architecture schools, etc.

Box 9, Folder 5

Memos and photographs, 1962-1973. News releases with photos.

 

Procedures

 

Letterhead and Invoices

Box 9, Folder 6

Samples.

 

Outreach

 

Publicity

Box 9, Folder 7

Installation Photographs. Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania, Architectural Fiberglass in Australia, Arco Building in Los Angeles, Mattel Corporation, a shoe store and others.

Box 9, Folder 8

Story ideas, 1970. Correspondence re publicity.

Box 10, Folder 1

Article Economia di Penseriero, Economia di Progretto, 1994. In: Abitare, issue 329, May 1994. p.248 mention in article about post-war design in Los Angeles.

Box 10, Folder 2

Article Decorative Shards, 1983. In: Arts + Architecture, vol.2.2, p.37, article about design at Architectural Pottery.

Box 10, Folder 4

Mentions with photographs, 1976. In: California Design 76, p.40 shows Thompson Office System, p.38 shows Artec seating.

Box 10, Folder 5

Program from The Celebration of the 53rd Anniversary of UCLA, April 23, 1972. 3 copies of program honoring Rita Lawrence with Professional Achievement Award.

Box 10, Folder 6

Article Alumni Recognize Stein, Lawrence Contribution, April 27, 1972. In: UCLA Daily Bruin. p.23 article about Rita Lawrence winning Professional Achievement Award.

Box 10, Folder 7

Fashion layout, February 1970. In: California Stylist. Several page fashion layout using Architectural Pottery pieces as background.

Box 10, Folder 8

Article The 1969 Design Review, 1969. In: Industrial Design, vol.16 no.10. December 1969, p.49. Architectural Fiberglass and Group Arcon furniture, designed by Douglas Deeds.

Box 10, Folder 9

Article The 1967 Design Review, December 1967. In: Industrial Design, vol.14 no.10, p.32 Architectural Fiberglass seating.

Box 10, Folder 10

Article Six Unlikely Tycoons, September 1967. In: Los Angeles, p.30 features story on Rita Lawrence and Max Lawrence and Architectural Pottery.

Box 10, Folder 11

Article Semi-custom Pottery, December 1966. In: Interiors, p.52 about new division of Architectural Pottery, (Pro-Artisan).

Box 10, Folder 12

Article New Pots from Architectural Pottery, August 1966. In: Interiors, p.100 about new line - Pro-Artisan.

Box 10, Folder 13

Article Expanded Showroom for Architectural Pottery, November 1964. In: Interiors, p.100 about new showroom facility.

Box 10, Folder 14

Article Planters and Sand Urns of Fiberglass, April 1964. In: Interiors, pp.147-148, new division Architecural Fiberglass.

Box 10, Folder 15

Article Planting Pots, November 1961. In: Arts + Architecture, p.22.

Box 10, Folder 16

Article Sensuous Forms and Colorful Glazes Add New Dash to Planters, July 1961. In: Interiors, p.108 Article on hand-thrown pottery mentions Architectural Pottery.

Box 10, Folder 17

Listing Architectural Pottery, May 1961. In: Arts + Architecture, p.108 products which have been merit specified for Case Study Houses.

Box 10, Folder 18

Photo essay about Architectural Pottery Production, 1970. Bound photo essay by John Jensen for class project, copy of letter from Rita Lawrence to Jensen's school.

 

Outreach

 

Awards

 

American Institute of Architects

Box 11, Folder 1

Presentation book. Text, December 1964. 1 leaf. Typescript [?]. Submitted by the Southern California Chapter of the American institute of Architects to the Committee on Institute Honors, The AIA.

Box 11, Folder 2

Presentation book. Photographs, December 1964. Submitted by the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to the Committee on Institute Honors, The AIA.

Box 11, Folder 3

Supporting letter from Robert J. Platt to AIA Committee on Institute Honors, November 24, 1964. 1 item, 2 pieces. Submitted by the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to the Committee on Institute Honors, the AIA.

 

AIA / UCLA Alumni Awards(?)

Box 11, Folder 4

A few words about Rita Lawrence prepared for the Los Angeles Times Home Magazine by A. Quincy Jones, F.A.I.A, January 3, 1972. 3 leaves. Typescript (photocopy). With a note from Elaine K. Sewell Jones (?).

 

AIA

Box 11, Folder 5

Presentation book. Group Artec book 1, 1973.

Box 11, Folder 6

Presentation book. Group Artec book 2, 1973.

 

Design

Box 11, Folder 7

Submissions, 1973. Entry forms, correspondence.

 

History

 

Documentation

 

History of Architectural Pottery

Box 11, Folder 9

A History of Architectural Pottery, 1971 or 1972. Written 1971 or 1972 and distributed with correspondence.

 

Museums

 

Exhibits

Box 11, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1983-1988. Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles, re Case Study Houses Exhibit; Philadelphia Museum of Art, re Design since 1945.

 

Outreach

 

Publicity

Oversize flat box 12

Scrapbook. Restricted pending conservation.

Oversize flat box 13

Scrapbook. Restricted pending conservation.

 

Development and Operations

 

Sales

 

Catalog Photographs

Oversize flat box 14

Group Arcon Furniture. 2 copies.

 

Outreach

 

Publicity

Box 14, Folder 2

Reprints of advertisement from Arts + Architecture, July 1953. 2 copies.

 

Sales

 

Catalogs, etc.

Box 14, Folder 3

Mailer #3.

 

Outreach

 

Publicity

Box 14, Folder 4

The Offices of the 70s, January 1970. In: Modern Office Procedures, pp.19-26 photograph of Office Systems desk, p.23.

Box 14, Folder 5

A Gentle Kind of Genius, February 12, 1972. 2 copies. In: Los Angeles Times Home Magazine, pp.12-33 article on Rita Lawrence and Architectural Pottery.

 

History

 

Museums

 

Exhibits

Box 14, Folder 6

Publicity clippings about Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art Case Study Houses exhibit, 1989. From: Sunset, Los Angeles Conservancy, and Los Angeles Times. Clippings do not mention Architectural Pottery.

 

Outreach

 

Publicity

Box 14, Folder 7

Miscellaneous clippings. Copy of Abitare (special Genoa issue). Sample design magazine.

 

Development and Operations

 

Product Research

 

Fiberglass

Box 14, Folder 8

Miscellaneous clippings.