Guide to the Arthur Brown Papers

compiled by University Archives staff
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
January 2011
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Overview

Call Number: SC0707
Creator: Brown, Arthur, 1874-1957
Title: Arthur Brown papers
Dates: 1910-1961
Physical Description: 7 linear feet
Summary: The papers of Arthur Brown, Jr. include correspondence, professional papers, clippings, and architectural drawings, pertaining to Hoover Tower and other buildings designed for Stanford University.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Information about Access

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Cite As

[Identification of item], Arthur Brown Papers (SC0707). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Separated Materials

The following items were removed from the Arthur Brown Papers during processing and added to the Stanford University Archives Architectural Drawings collection: 1. Blueprint: Large Dormitory No. 2, Front Elevation, Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge (stored under number 06-010); 2. Blueprint: History Corner, South Elevation, C. E. Hodges [printed in reverse] (stored under number 01-200); 3. Blueprint: Natural Sciences Building, North Elevation, Henry A. Schulze, 1899 [signed by Charles Lathrop 1901] (stored under number 01-120 / 01-160).

Biographical/Historical note

Arthur Brown, Jr. and John Bakewell, Jr. formed their San Francisco architectural firm, Bakewell and Brown, in 1906. They became associated with Stanford University in 1913. They designed a number of campus buildings, including the education building, art gallery, library (1919), Hoover tower, women's gymnasium, and several dormitories.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Arthur Brown, Jr. and John Bakewell, Jr. formed their San Francisco architectural firm, Bakewell and Brown, in 1906. They became associated with Stanford University in 1913. They designed a number of campus buildings, including the education building, art gallery, library (1919), Hoover tower, women's gymnasium, and several dormitories.

Scope and Contents note

The papers of Arthur Brown, Jr. include correspondence, professional papers, clippings, and architectural drawings, pertaining to Hoover Tower and other buildings designed for Stanford University. The correspondence dates from 1923-61 and largely pertains to the design and construction of Hoover Tower, including the carillon bells. Correspondents include Ray Lyman Wilbur, Ralph H. Lutz, Herbert Hoover, Hunter and Hudson (consulting engineers), F. E. Terman (re installation of radio antennae on the tower), Clifford M. Swan (acoustical engineer), and Frank F. Walker. The correspondence file labeled "Stanford Question," 1929-39 pertains to Brown's dispute with Bakewell and Weihe on responsibility for work at Stanford and use of corporate names. Also included in the correspondence are letters from Herbert Hoover to Mrs. Brown after Arthur Brown's death, 1957-61. The professional papers include drawings, notes, reports, and photographs pertaining to Stanford buildings, including Hoover Tower, the education building, and proposed law and chemistry buildings. The architectural drawings and specifications date from 1916-41, with many drawings undated; Stanford buildings include Hoover Tower, Memorial Auditorium, education building, library, dormitories, Encina Gym, Home for Convalescent Children, and proposed law quad and dormitories. There are also drawings and specifications for a new wing at the Stanford Hospital in San Francisco.

Description of the Collection

These papers of Arthur Brown, Jr. include correspondence, professional papers, clippings, and architectural drawings, pertaining to Hoover Tower and other buildings designed for Stanford University. The correspondence dates from 1923-61 and largely pertains to the design and construction of Hoover Tower, including the carillon bells. Correspondents include Ray Lyman Wilbur, Ralph H. Lutz, Herbert Hoover, Hunter and Hudson (consulting engineers), F. E. Terman (re installation of radio antennae on the tower), Clifford M. Swan (acoustical engineer), and Frank F. Walker. The professional papers include drawings, notes, reports, and photographs pertaining to Stanford buildings, including Hoover Tower, the education building, and proposed law and chemistry buildings. The architectural drawings and specifications date from 1916-41, with many drawings undated; Stanford buildings include Hoover Tower, Memorial Auditorium, education building, library, dormitories, Encina Gym, Home for Convalescent Children, and proposed law quad and dormitories. There are also drawings and specifications for a new wing at the Stanford Hospital in San Francisco.

Access Terms

Bakewell and Brown
Brown, Arthur
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Lutz, Ralph Haswell, 1886-1968
Stanford University--Buildings
Swan, Clifford M.
Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982
Walker, Frank Fish, 1896-1978
Wilbur, Ray L., (Ray Lyman), 1875-1949
Architectural drawings
Architecture--California


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Papers

 

Subseries 1 Correspondence 1923-1961

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1923-1935

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1937-1938

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1939

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1940 Jan-Mar

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence 1940 Apr-Aug

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence 1940 Sep-Oct

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence 1940 Nov-Dec

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence 1941 Jan

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence 1941 Feb-Mar

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence 1941 Apr-May

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence 1941 Jun-Jul

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence 1941 Aug-Dec

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence 1942-1945, 1953

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence with Frank Walker 1941-1943

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence on "Stanford Question" 1929-1939

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence, personal 1937-1958

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence, drafts of letters to H. Hoover 1952 and undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Correspondence, Herbert Hoover to Mrs. Brown 1957-1961

Box 1, Folder 19

Greeting cards and postcards

 

Subseries 2 Professional Papers 1914-1951

Box 1, Folder 20

Bakewell & Brown ads featuring Stanford buildings

Box 1, Folder 21

Bakewell & Brown, Stanford plans (photographic reproductions) 1914, 1921

Box 1, Folder 22

Chemistry building, Stanford 1939

Box 1, Folder 23

Education building, Stanford 1938

Box 1, Folder 24

Hoover Tower, original scheme and estimate 1937

Box 1, Folder 25

Hoover Tower, correspondence and drawings 1937

Box 1, Folder 26

Hoover Tower, designs, memos, correspondence, notes 1937-1938

Box 1, Folder 27

Hoover Library, costs 1939

Box 1, Folder 28

Hoover Library, notes 1938-1941

Box 1, Folder 29

Hoover carillon, photographs and notes

Box 2, Folder 1

Hoover Tower, text for Commission for Relief in Belgium plaque

Box 2, Folder 2

Hoover Tower, dedication 1940-1941

Box 2, Folder 3

Memo on computing stack capacity in terms of volumes

Box 2, Folder 4

Law building, Stanford, requirements 1924

Box 2, Folder 5

Stanford University cost data

Box 2, Folder 6

Stanford general plan 1941

Box 2, Folder 7

Stanford photographs, mostly pertaining to Bakewell & Brown buildings late 1930s-early 1940s

Box 2, Folder 8

Stanford report, data and correspondence 1941

Box 2, Folder 9

Stanford, miscellany and ephemera

Box 2, Folder 10

"Carillons at Christmas," holiday booklet put out by Hermann Safe Company, San Francisco 1951

Box 2, Folder 11

Gladding, McBean & Co., "Shapes of Clay" 1926 Aug

Box 2, Folder 12

Drawings, miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 13

Notes, miscellaneous

 

Subseries 3 Clippings

Box 2, Folder 14

Herbert Hoover

Box 2, Folder 15

Herbert Hoover's 75th birthday 1949

Box 2, Folder 16

Herbert Hoover, birthday speech of 1951

Box 2, Folder 17

Hoover / MacArthur, GOP 1952

Box 2, Folder 18

Herbert Hoover Jr.

Box 2, Folder 19

Stanford, Hoover Tower, etc.

Box 2, Folder 20

Miscellaneous

 

Subseries 4 Publications 1940-1945

Box 2

Mumford, Lewis, "The School of Humanities at Stanford" circa 1945

Box 2

Laroza, Enrique, "Observations on my visit to some Educational Institutions of the United States" 1943

Box 2

The Hoover Library on War, Revolution, and Peace, Annual Report of the Chairman 1940-1941

 

Subseries 5 Oversize Materials

Box 3

Preliminary studies for Law Group at Stanford University, Bakewell & Brown (2 items) 1938

Box 3

Ink and watercolor elevation of a church, Bakewell & Brown 1925 Jun 24

Box 3

Photo of Bakewell & Brown elevation of a dorm group 1921 Jul 25

Box 3

Photos of Bakewell & Brown "Plan of Existing and Proposed Buildings, Stanford University" 1920 Aug

Box 3

Aerial photo of Stanford (after Memorial Hall but before Hoover Tower)

Box 3

Two pages of printed images of Stanford men's dormitory interiors

Box 3

Blueprint, additions to dining room, Stanford Union building 1938

Box 3

Pencil drawing of Hoover Tower (mounted on board), signed "AB Mar. 25 1939"

Box 3

Assorted drawings (blueprint and others) mostly of Hoover Tower

Box 3

Assorted drawings on tissue, 1924-1939, including Memorial Auditorium, 1937, Art Gallery/Memorial Hall, 1937, Typical Stack floor Hoover Tower, 1939, floor plans Hoover Tower, 1927-39, and many sketches of tower shapes

Box 3

Photo of Hoover Tower model

Box 3

Three elevations of Hoover Tower on one sheet (2 copies)

Box 3

Mounted photo of Hoover Tower, prior to landscaping 1940

Box 3

Copy of the Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge / Olmsted print of The Leland Stanford Jr. University [same as SUA print P001]

Box 3

Blueprint of Hoover Tower stack scheme

Box 3

Print labeled Stanford University of the Present and of the Immediate Future (Crandall aerial image) [same as SUA print P019] 1922

Box 3

Bakewell & Brown Proposed Hoover Library - War Memorial and Law School Group (mounted on board) 1925

Box 4

Stanford Law Group drawing 1925

Box 4

Education Building and Memorial Auditorium drawing 1937

Box 4

Chemistry annex drawing 1941

Box 4

Proposed Clinic building drawing, Stanford Hospital, San Francisco

Box 4

Stanford planning, Quad II drawing 1937

Box 4

Freshmen's residence hall drawing 1941

Box 4

Hoover Library, lobby and exhibition room details drawing 1940

Box 4

Galvez street elevation [a dorm plan?] [several drawings, including Serra Street elevation with Memorial Arch intact] 1941

Box 4

Hoover Tower elevations

Box 4

Stanford steam conduit drawing

Box 4

Toyon & Branner dorm complex drawing 1922

Box 4

Stanford Quad II schematic sketches

Box 4

Hoover Tower, 1st and 2nd floor plans, original

Box 4

Hoover Tower blueprints

Box 4

Stanford Law Group plan 1937

Box 4

Stanford Library and School of Education, Lasuen Street elevation

Box 4

Hoover Tower, north elevation, blueprint circa 1940

map-folder 1

Sketches of proposed residence hall for Stanford University, Bakewell & Brown (2 items) 1922 Jul

map-folder 1

Hoover Tower elevator inscriptions, Bakewell & Brown 1941 Feb

map-folder 1

Inscription over elevator door, lobby of Hoover Tower, Bakewell & Brown 1941 Feb

map-folder 1

Hoover Tower proposed landscape treatment, Bakewell & Brown 1940 Mar 14

map-folder 1

Print: sketch of proposed Hoover Tower by Francis Todhunter

map-folder 1

Stanford bird's eye, old Quad [Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge design] with adaptation by Bakewell & Brown showing new library west of the Quad [compare to SUA Print P001a] 1916

oversize 1

Stanford Campus - general plan, focus on roads, blueprint (2 cc) 1921

oversize 1

Stanford Quad II Base Map [shows location of 1919 library]

oversize 1

Stanford Aerial Map [schematic of building placement] circa 1940

oversize 1

Hoover Library - large scale [multiple drawings]

oversize 1

Stanford residence hall plans 1922

oversize 1

Stanford General Plan (showing additions to 1919 library and other new structures), original pencil and blueprint copy 1941

oversize 1

V14 Stanford University Hospital New Wing - architectural

oversize 1

V15 Stanford University Hospital New Wing - structural

oversize 1

V16 Stanford University Hospital New Wing - F.S.D.

oversize 1

V17 Stanford University Hospital New Wing - electrical and mechanical

 

Accession ARCH-2006-256 Additional Papers

Access Information

Some oversize materials in this accession have not been fully processed. Please contact Stanford Unversity Archives staff for information about access.
Box 1, Folder 1

Apartment house, specifications 1926

Box 1, Folder 2

Entrance Gates, specifications 1930

Box 1, Folder 3

Home for Convalescent Children, Third Unit, Women's Auxiliary Board Unit, specifications 1929

Box 1, Folder 4

Home for Convalescent Children, original plus additions, specifications 1927

Box 1, Folder 5

Home for Convalescent Children, Gates, specifications 1930

Box 1, Folder 6-7

Hoover War Library, specifications 1939

Box 1, Folder 8

Hoover War Library, memoranda on costs 1939

Box 1, Folder 9

Lagunita Court, specifications 1934

Box 1, Folder 10

Lagunita Court, additions, specifications 1937

Box 1, Folder 11

Lagunita Court, clipping about steel frame 1937

Box 1, Folder 12

Lane Medical, San Francisco, laboratory building additions, specifications 1926

Box 1, Folder 13

Loeb Laboratory, HMS, Pacific Grove, specifications 1927-1928

Box 1, Folder 14

School of Education, specifications general 1937

Box 1, Folder 15

School of Education, specifications electrical 1937

Box 1, Folder 16

School of Education, specifications heating, ventilation, plumbing 1937

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Stanford Hospital additions, San Francisco, specifications 1930

Box 2, Folder 3

Memorial Hall, specifications general 1936

Box 2, Folder 4

Memorial Hall, specifications heating, plumbing, electric 1935-1936

Box 2, Folder 5

School of Nursing, San Francisco, photo undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Stanford University miscellaneous: correspondence and a copy of The Yale Alumni Weekly (Memorial Quadrangle Number) 1921-1931

Box 2, Folder 7

Stanford University photographs, including Crothers Hall, Memorial Arch, Encina Gym, Art Gallery, and Library (1919) circa 1905-1940

Box 2, Folder 8

Hoover War Library: photographs of the model and postcards of the constructed Tower

 

Library [unprocessed, architectural drawings and full scale details]

 

Union [unprocessed, full scale details]

 

Toyon Hall [unprocessed, full scale details]

 

Branner Hall [unprocessed, full scale details]

 

Loeb Laboratory [unprocessed, full scale details]

 

Carnegie Laboratory [unprocessed, architectural drawings]

 

Women's Gym [unprocessed, architectural drawings and full scale details]

 

Golf Club House [unprocessed, architectural drawings and full scale details]

 

Sigma Nu Fraternity [unprocessed, architectural drawings]