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Finding Aid for the Edward A. Killingsworth papers, circa 1940-circa 2004 0000148
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  • Custodial History note
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  • Title: Edward A. Killingsworth papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000148
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 358.0 Linear feet (65 record storage boxes, 80 flat file drawers, and 18 models)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1940-circa 2004
    creator: Killingsworth, Edward A., 1917-2004


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Laura C. Killingsworth, 2006.

    Preferred Citation note

    Edward A. Killingsworth papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Edward Abel Killingsworth was born in Taft, California in 1917. He attended the University of Southern California where he began his academic career studying painting but after a year, decided to switch his course of study to architecture. Killingsworth graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1940. He served in WWII as a Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers where he supervised the production of more than 8 million photo-maps in preparation of the allied invasion of Europe. After being discharged from the military in 1946, Killingsworth got a job as a draftsman at the Kenneth S. Wing architectural firm, a job he kept until 1953. In 1953, Killingsworth partnered with Jules Brady and Waugh Smith to form Killingsworth, Brady and Smith Associates. The firm designed Case Study House 25 also known as the Frank House, the Richard Opdahl House, and Case Study House 23 also known as the Triad. Killingsworth, Brady and Smith Associates dissolved in 1962. In 1963, Killingsworth continued his partnership with Brady as Killingsworth, Brady and Associates. Then in 1984 Killingsworth became a partner in Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson and Associate Incorporated. Over his career, Killingsworth won over 42 American Institute of Architects awards. His projects became known for their tall doors, glass walls, association with exterior planting, and the integration of his buildings with the environment. As time progressed Killingsworth’s projects grew in size from residential buildings in Southern California to luxury hotels in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia. He served as the master planning architect for California State Long beach for more than 40 years. Edward A. Killingsworth died on July 6, 2004, at the age of 86.

    Scope and Content note

    The Edward A. Killingsworth papers span 358 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to circa 2004. The collection is composed of correspondence organized chronologically, Killingsworth’s student work at the University of Southern California, personal (travel photographs) and professional (organized by project) black-and-white photographs, newspapers clippings, lectures, American Institute of Architects annual reports, office manuals, meeting minutes, awards, press releases, telephone logs organized chronologically, and project records containing architectural drawings and reprographic copies, correspondence, calculations, and project proposals. This collection also includes 18 models.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Killingsworth, Stricker, Lindgren, Wilson and Associates, Incorporated .
    Brady, Jules Ellsworth
    Killingsworth, Brady and Associates .
    Killingsworth, Brady, Smith and Associates.
    Killingsworth, Edward A., 1917-2004
    Smith, Waugh
    Architects -- California
    Architecture -- California
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
    Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources
    Architecture--California--20th century--Designs and plans
    Case Study House No. 2 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Case Study House No. 23 (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.) 1920-1940
    Los Angeles (Calif.) Buildings, structures, etc.
    Modern movement (Architecture) -- California