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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Oral History
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard and Dion Neutra Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1970
    Collection number: 1179
    Creator: Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970.
    Extent: 661 boxes 486 oversize boxes 379 oversize folders 374 oversize boxes [deposit]
    Abstract: Richard Josef Neutra (1892-1970) was born in Vienna. He was the city architect for Luckenwalde, then worked as a draftsman-collaborator with Erich Mendelsohn in Berlin before immigrating to the United States in 1923. He worked with Frank Lloyd Wright (1924) before settling in Los Angeles. His most productive years were during 1930s and 1940s. The collection consists of travel sketches, papers, drawings, rolled plans, blueprints, audio recordings, and photographs related to Richard Neutra's career as an architect.
    Language: English
    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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Selected digitized images from this collection.

    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 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.
    Drawings cannot be copied except with the prior written permission of Mr. Dion Neutra.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Richard Neutra, 1954.
    • Gift of Dione Neutra, 1976-86.
    • Gift of Dion Neutra, 1981-97.
    • Gift of Raymond Neutra, 1994.

    Processing Note

    Processing of the Richard and Dion Neutra papers was funded by a grant from the Getty Research Institute.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard and Dion Neutra Papers (Collection 1179). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    Richard Josef Neutra was born in 1892 in Vienna; immigrated to US, 1923; Frank Lloyd Wright invited him to Taliesin during the fall of 1924; Neutra moved to Los Angeles, CA, 1925; most productive years were during 1930s and 1940s; spent most of his last decade in partnership with his son, Dion; published several books, including Wie baut Amerika? (1927) and Survival Through Design (1954); died in 1970.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of travel sketches, papers, drawings, rolled plans, blueprints, audio recordings, and photographs related to the career of architect Richard Joseph Neutra. Includes office files containing correspondence, client files, manuscripts, architectural models, clippings, magazines, and photographs generated by Neutra and his architectural firm. Also includes awards and honors received by Neutra. The earliest pieces in the collection, pencil drawings of Baroque interiors from Neutra's student trip through Italy in 1913, reveal his developing skills as a delineator of architectural space.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following record groups and series:
    1. Dione Neutra Papers
      1. Correspondence
      2. Office Records
      3. Personal Records
      4. Travel Correspondence
      5. Writings
    2. Neutra and Alexander Office Records
      1. Administrative Records
      2. Correspondence
      3. Models
      4. Prospects
    3. Office Records
      1. Administrative Records
      2. Construction Reference Files
      3. Correspondence
      4. Financial Records
      5. Presentation Materials
      6. Product Literature/Vendor and Contractor Correspondence
      7. Prospects
      8. Public Relations Material
      9. Scrapbooks and Clippings
      10. VDL Research House
      11. Visual Material
    4. Personal Papers
      1. Biographical Information
      2. Correspondence
      3. Photographs
      4. Travel Records
      5. Travel Sketches
    5. Professional Papers
      • Associations and Committees
      • Awards and Honors
      • Correspondence
      • Presentations
      • Recordings
      • Reference Files
      • Research Material
      • Writings
    6. Project Records
      • Client Files
      • Drawings
      • Models
      • Oversized Rolled Plans
      • Photographs
    7. Richard J. Neutra Institute Records.
      • Administrative Records
      • Correspondence

    Indexing Terms

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


    Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970 --Archives.
    Richard and Dion Neutra, Architects and Associates --Archives.
    Architects --California --Los Angeles --Archival resources.
    Architecture --California --20th century.
    Architecture, Domestic --California, Southern.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural drawings.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Neutra, Dion.
    Richard and Dion Neutra, Architects and Associates.

    Related Oral History

    The following oral histories are available through the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research:
    • To tell the truth [oral history transcript] / Dione Neutra, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1978. Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.
    • Interview of Dione Neutra 

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2470343