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Records of Alfred C. Williams, 1926-1991, (bulk 1926-1948)
2006-10  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Project Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alfred C. Williams records
    Dates: 1926-1991
    Dates: (1926-1948)
    Collection number: 2006-10
    Creator: Williams, Alfred C., 1906-2006
    Collector: Environmental Design Archives
    Collection Size: 2 boxes, 8 flat files, 3 flat boxes, 1 tube
    Repository: Environmental Design Archives

    College of Environmental Design
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California
    Physical location: Environmental Design Archives

    University of California, Berkeley

    Berkeley, California 94720-1820
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Records of Alfred C. Williams, 2006-10, Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired from family.

    Biographical Note

    Alfred C. Williams, 1906-2006
    Alfred Charles Williams was born on June 25, 1906 in San Francisco, California, shortly after the 1906 earthquake destroyed his parents' home. He attended Mission High School in San Francisco, where he ran track and was editor of the student paper. He then earned a B.A. in 1928 and an M.A. in 1932 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Architecture. He worked as a draftsman for Archie T. Newsom of Oakland, CA; Gehron and Ross of New York; Frank H. Holden of New York; and William Wilson Wurster of San Francisco, CA. He also spent six months traveling through Europe.
    Williams worked in Oregon in 1933 and returned to California in 1934. During World War II, Williams was employed as a project planner by the Federal Public Housing Authority. He designed some commercial and industrial structures, including department stores, but focused on designing modern houses. He developed a series of designs for modern living using contemporary materials (concrete masonry and interlocking block).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection, which spans the years 1926-1991 (bulk 1926-1948), consists of publications, drawings, photographs, and a smattering of correspondence relating to the architectural career of Alfred C. Williams. It includes a fair sampling of his student work, his travel sketchbooks, and project records relating to his work in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. The collection contains no records of his work outside the architectural field. The collection is organized in three series: personal papers, professional papers, and project records.
    The personal papers consist primarily of his student drawings and his sketchbooks from his travels through Europe. Noteworthy in both of these is his emerging interest in modern architecture, demonstrated by two student drawings of modern buildings based on the classical orders and by his sketches of modern buildings in Europe. Motifs from his European sketches can be found in his later residential designs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Architects--California.
    Architecture--California.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural records.
    Architectural drawings.
    Architectural photographs.

    Project Index

    The following is a list of architectural projects from the Alfred C. Williams Collection. For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm .
    The Project Index list is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, architect, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

    Project/Client Name (location, date, project type, architect) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs]

    • 5966 Zinn Drive House ( Oakland , CA ; 1942 ; Residential ) [ Ms ]
    • Belmont Country Club Properties: Four Residences ( Belmont , CA ; 1945 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Benson, Dr. Kenelm W. ( Berkeley , CA ; 1951 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Big Double Y Project Youth For Service and YWCA ( San Francisco , CA ; 1963-1965 ; Recreational ) [ Ms , Dr ]
    • Brockhoff, C.W. ( San Carlos , CA ; 1949 ; Residential ) Collaborator: Leo J. Sharps and Irving F. Brown, Associate Architects [ Ms Dr ]
    • Brown, Wallace Holmes, The Uplands ( Berkeley , CA ; 1951 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Building Industry Center ( San Francisco , CA ; 1944 ; Commercial ) [ Dr ]
    • Competition: A Design for a Model Kitchen as submitted in the Frigidaire Competition ( n/a; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Ms , Dr ]
    • Competition: American Home Architectural Contest ( unknown; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Competition: Oakland National Housing Exposition House Competition ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Competition: Pencil Points Competition, Design for an Eight-Room House ( unknown; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Competition: Pencil Points, Flat-Glass Industry Architectural Competition ( unknown; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: 3 Bedrooms, 8 Closets, View, Montclair Highlands ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: 3 Houses on Caldwell Road ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: 5 Room House in Oakland ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Book Dept., 1st Floor ( unknown; n.d. ; Commercial ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Country Estate ( Prescott Hills , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Duplex Residence ( unknown; 1966 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Four Room Dwelling with Attached Garage ( unknown; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Four Room Residence ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Four Room Residence Attached Garage ( unknown , ; 1939 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Plan No. 10, Schemes A, B, C, D ( unknown; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Possible Magazine Entry ( unknown ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Six Room Suburban Home ( unknown , ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Design: Untitled ( unknown; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Eberhart, Howard Berkeley View Terrace, Fairlawn Drive ( Berkeley , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Edward Sommarstrom and Son Builders ( unknown; n.d. ; Residential- multi ) [ Dr ]
    • Groezinger, Seacliff Project, O'Brien Lot ( Seacliff , CA ; ca. 1939 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • House in Alameda ( Alameda , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) Collaborator: G. Reagan, Contractor [ Ph ]
    • Kaplan, Walter, Alterations and Additions Green Street and Pierce Street ( San Francisco , CA ; 1937 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Koenig, Max Apartments ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential- multi ) [ Dr ]
    • Larson, Charles E. Green Oaks No. 2 in Lindenwood, Wisteria Way ( Atherton , CA ; 19(?)8 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Logan Residence ( San Francisco , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) Collaborator: Fracchia & Trufelli, Contractors [ Ph ]
    • Mechanical Floor Plan: Three Bedroom Duplex Unit ( Kern County , CA ; n.d. ; Governmental ) [ Dr ]
    • Morgan, D.W. ( Berkeley , CA ; 1951; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Porta, Raphael ( San Francisco , CA ; 1960 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Portfolio of Small Houses ( unknown ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Proposed Up-and-Down Duplex Cooperative Improvement Company ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Railton, Richard: Terrace Shelter, 6 Hazel Road ( Berkeley , CA ; 1951 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Residence in Berkeley ( Berkeley , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) Collaborator: Walter H. Anderson, (contractor) and Max Heinegg (photographer) [ Ph ]
    • Residence in Oakland ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) Collaborator: George Hastings, Contractor [ Dr , Ph ]
    • Richardson, George J., Rio Del Mar ( Santa Cruz , CA ; 1937 ; Residential ) Collaborator: Hays McClellan, Builder ; Photographer: unknown [ Ms , Dr , Ph ]
    • Silven, Arthur C.: Addition, Millbrae Circle ( Millbrae , CA ; 1939 ; Residential ) [ Ms , Dr ]
    • SM Co. Spec., four houses ( unknown ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Stone, Paul: Rear Garden Additions ( Berkeley , CA ; 1952 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Thiel, A.A. ( Piedmont , CA ; 1937-1938, 1971 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Twenty Designs for Modern Living in Concrete Masonry Homes and in Mortarless Interlocking Block Homes ( n/a, ; 1948 ; Residential ) [ Ms , Dr ]
    • UN Plaza Fountain, Suggested Design ( San Francisco , CA ; 1974 ; Civic ) [ Dr ]
    • Valencia Gardens, SF Housing Authority ( San Francisco , CA ; 1941 ; Governmental ) [ Dr ]
    • War Housing ( San Bruno , CA ; 1944 ; Governmental ) [ Dr ]
    • Williams, Alfred C., 2711 Woolsey Street, Additions and Alterations ( Berkeley , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Williams, Alfred C., 525 Arlington Road ( Redwood City , CA ; 1945 ; Residential )
    • Williams, Alfred C., 6391 Hillegass Avenue Deck Loggia ( Oakland , CA ; 1975 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Williams, Alfred C., 661 Caldwell Road ( Oakland , CA ; ca. 1941 ; Residential ) Max Heinegg, photographer [ Ms , Dr , Ph ]
    • Williams, Alfred C., One Hazel Road ( Berkeley , CA ; 1950 ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Williams, George A., 126 Florence Avenue ( Oakland , CA ; 1941-1942 ; Residential ) [ Ms ]
    • Williams, H.J. ( Oakland , CA ; n.d. ; Residential ) [ Dr ]
    • Williams, Robert E., Broadway Terrace ( Oakland , CA ; 1938 ; Residential ) Collaborator: Archie Waring, Contractor J.H. Piatt, Surveyor [Dr , Ph ]

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