Finding Aid for the Ernest Born Collection of Italian Medieval and Renaissance Architectural and Art Photographs, ca. 1890-1920

Processed by Simon Elliott; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ernest Born Collection of Italian Medieval and Renaissance Architectural and Art Photographs
Date (inclusive): ca. 1890-1920
Collection number: 456
Creator: Born, Ernest, 1898 -
Extent: 27 photograph albums in 27 oversize boxes.
Abstract: Ernest Born was born in 1898. He studied architecture under John Galen Howard at the University of California, Berkeley and then went to work in Europe. After the war Born returned to architectural practice in San Francisco. He also became professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he designed additions and alterations to the William Randolph Hearst Theater on the Berkeley campus, and began his association with Walter Horn. The collection consists of 2128 photographs in 27 photograph albums. Most are silver prints, with a few albumen prints as well. The majority of the photographs are by the Alinari Company, but there are smaller but significant groups of photographs by Brogi, Anderson and others.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of of Ludwig Lauerhass Jr., October, 2004.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ernest Born Collection of Italian Medieval and Renaissance Architectural and Art Photographs (Collection 456). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5616220 

Biography

Ernest Born was born in 1898. He studied architecture under John Galen Howard at the University of California, Berkeley and then went to work in Europe. On his return he worked in New York for almost ten years with the distinguished architects Gehron and Ross, and Arthur Loomis Harmon, and on special projects with Corbett, Harrison and McMurray. In the 1930s he worked as art director with Architectural Records and then with Architectural Forum. Born's architectural practice in San Francisco began with exhibit buildings and exhibit design at the 1939/40 Golden State International Exposition in Treasure Island. He spent the war years in Manaus, Brazil, with architect Gardner Dailey, and then in the US on special military projects. After the war Born returned to architectural practice in San Francisco. He also became professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he designed additions and alterations to the William Randolph Hearst Theater on the Berkeley campus, and began his association with Walter Horn. Throughout the 1960s Born was consultant to the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). He was appointed to the San Francisco Art Commission by several mayors, and served as chairman of its Civic, Design, Planning and Architecture committee. Through the 1970's Born devoted himself almost exclusively to working on The plan of St. Gaul with Walter Horn.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 2128 photographs in 27 photograph albums. Most are silver prints, with a few albumen prints as well. The majority of the photographs are by the Alinari Company, but there are smaller but significant groups of photographs by Brogi, Anderson and others. The prints are mostly 9" x 12", and most include identifications at the bottom of the print.

Organization and Arrangement

The photographs are contained in 27 cloth bound volumes and are arranged by subject and by country.

Processing Note

Processed by Simon Elliott, February 2006.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Born, Ernest, 1898- --Archives.
Architectural photography --Archival resources.
Architecture, Medieval --Italy --Photographs.
Architecture, Renaissance --Italy --Photographs.
Art, Medieval --Italy --Photographs.
Art, Renaissance --Italy --Photographs.

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints.
Photograph albums.


Container List

Box 1, album Album No. 1

Architecture: Firenze

Physical Description: 76 photographs.
Box 2, album Album No. 2

Architecture: France medieval

Physical Description: 110 photographs.
Box 3, album Album No. 3

Architecture: France medieval

Physical Description: 90 photographs.
Box 4, album Album No. 4

Architecture: Italy A-B

Physical Description: 80 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Albenga, Amalfi, Ancona, S. Antimo, Aosta, Arezzo, Assissi, Asti, Bergamo and Bologna.
Box 5, album Album No. 5

Architecture: Italy B-G

Physical Description: 60 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Bologna, Brescia, Cefalu, Chivasso, Citta di Castello, Como, Cremona, Ferrara, Fiesole, Foligno,Fossanova, Genova and San Gimignano.
Box 6, album Album No. 6

Architecture: Italy G-M

Physical Description: 67 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Includes San Gimignano, Grotta Ferrata, Gubbio, Lucca, Milano, Modena and Monreale.
Box 7, album Album No. 7

Architecture: Italy M-P

Physical Description: 56 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Montepulciano, Monza, Novara, Nux, Orvieto, Padova, Palermo, Parma and Pavia.
Box 8, album Album No. 8

Architecture: Italy P

Physical Description: 65 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Pavia, Perugia, Piacenza, Pienza, Pisa and Pistoia.
Box 9, album Album No. 9

Architecture: Italy P-S

Physical Description: 73 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Pistoia, Pomposa, Prato, Randazzo, Ravello, Ravenna, Rimini, Ruvo and Siena.
Box 10, album Album No. 10

Architecture: Italy S-V

Physical Description: 67 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Siena, Spoleto, Sulmona, Taormina, Torino, Treviso, Udine, Urbino, Verona, Vicenza and Vicovaro.
Box 11, album Album No. 11

Architecture: Rome

Physical Description: 53 photographs.
Box 12, album Album No. 12

Architecture: Venezia

Physical Description: 88 photographs.
Box 13, album Album No. 13

Bridges

Physical Description: 53 photographs.
Box 14, album Album No. 14

Ceramics, Textiles, Tapis

Physical Description: 56 photographs.
Box 15, album Album No. 15

Furniture: France

Physical Description: 76 photographs.
Box 16, album Album No. 16

Metal work: Italy

Physical Description: 100 photographs.
Box 17, album Album No. 17

Miscellaneous paintings: Italy

Physical Description: 127 photographs.
Box 18, album Album No. 18

Mosaics

Physical Description: 86 photographs.
Box 19, album Album No. 19

Mural paintings

Physical Description: 83 photographs.
Box 20, album Album No. 20

Paintings: Italy

Physical Description: 90 photographs.
Box 21, album Album No. 21

Photographs: Architecture Italy, North Africa, Miscellaneous

Physical Description: 157 photographs.