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Inventory of the William W. Wurster/Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons Collection, 1922-1974
1976-2  
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Series Descriptions

 

Series I. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, 1931-1969

Physical Description: Boxes 1-5

Series Scope and Content Summary

Documents Wurster's professional activities outside of the firm. Includes correspondence with other architects, as well as correspondence, reports, and newsletters from organizations such as the American Institute of Architects and the San Francisco Housing Association. Writings and presentations are minimal, but of note is a talk given by Wurster on the topic of war housing. Awards include Wurster's individual and firm awards. Wurster's work on the juries of the Governor's mansion and Boston city hall are also represented.
 

A. Correspondence

 

B. Writings & Presentations

 

C. Associations & Committees

 

D. Awards

 

E. Jurying

 

Series II. OFFICE RECORDS, 1927-1977

Physical Description: Boxes 6-38
 

A. Administrative

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains correspondence and drawings in relation to the location of the firm office.
 

B. Correspondence

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains a letter/ink drawing from Theodore Bernardi to the office. The drawing is a representation of Bernardi's New Mexico campsite.
 

C. Public Relations

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Subseries C and D consist of materials that illustrate and promote the firm's work. Includes photographs of completed projects, presentation boards, a model of the Golden Gateway apartments, and clippings of articles about Wurster and WBE projects. The clippings were partially color-coded to indicate which partner was lead architect, and this information has been noted on the articles.
 

D. Photographs & Presentation Boards

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Portraits of the partners and photographs by noted architectural photographer Roger Sturtevant can be found in Subseries D.
 

Series III. WWW PROJECT RECORDS, 1922-1944

Physical Description: Boxes 39-120
 

A. Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Correspondence, contracts, telephone notes, preliminary sketches, reports, specifications, financial records, vendor information, legal documents, and notes. Records in Series III were generated by the firm William W. Wurster, with the exception of a few projects he completed independently in 1922 and a few projects completed as the firm Wurster & Bernardi (1944-1945).

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project.
 

B. Photographs

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Construction photographs (and negatives) taken by the architects during the course of a project.

Arrangement

Included in project files.
 

C. Drawings

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Drawings of the firm's projects from 1922-1944. Residential projects are documented more completely than commercial and institutional commissions. Selected projects are also available on microfilm roll numbers 17-18.

Arrangement

Arranged by alphabetically project.
 

Series IV. WBE PROJECT RECORDS, 1945-1969

Physical Description: Boxes 123-209 and Tubes
 

A. Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Correspondence, contracts, construction photographs, telephone notes, preliminary sketches, reports, specifications, financial records, vendor information, legal documents, and notes. Series IV contains project files dating after the organization of the WBE partnership. The bulk of these records date from 1950-1962, the years of Wurster's greatest involvement in the firm. Projects involving Thomas Church or Lockwood deForest may include correspondence or landscape drawings by these individuals. A few projects from 1944-1945 were created by the partnership of Wurster and Bernardi, prior to Emmons' arrival at the firm.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project.
 

B. Photographs

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Construction photographs (and negatives) taken by the architects during the course of a project.

Arrangement

Included in project files.
 

C. Drawings

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Drawings of the firm's projects from 1945-1974. Residential projects are documented more completely than commercial and institutional commissions. Selected projects are also available on microfilm roll numbers 17-18.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project.
 

D. Specifications

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains large bound volumes of specifications for non-residential projects from 1949-1969. Specifications for most projects will be found interfiled with the files or drawings.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project.
 

Series V. UNITED STATES HOUSING AGENCY, 1939-1947

Physical Description: Boxes 210-223

Series Scope and Content Summary

Correspondence, reports, financial records, notes, drawings, related to Wurster's work as an architect for the United States Housing Agency and as architect on defense housing projects in Vallejo and Sacramento. Reports and correspondence include records created by contractors, vendors, inspectors, and government housing agencies. This series also include files, specifications and drawings for Bernardi's independent work on housing projects in Wurster's absence. Some housing authority projects are also represented in photograph and clippings files in the Office Records series.

Arrangement

Arranged by contract number.
 

A. Files

 

B. Drawings

 

Series VI. ADDITIONAL DONATIONS, 1939-2004

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes all materials acquired from donors other than Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons. Records of the Pierce residence consist of drawings; records of the Sexton residence include drawings and correspondence. The Wiley residence is documented with drawings, correspondence, specifications, and financial and legal records. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Exhibit materials include mounted photographs of Wurster and WBE projects as well as models made from Wurster/WBE drawings by model makers at a later date. The Valencia Gardens HABS Cultural Report was completed prior to the demolition of the buildings in 2003 and includes several photographs. Blueprints and specifications of Valencia Gardens previously retained by the planning department were also transferred at this time.
 

A. Statement of Partnership

 

B. Catherine Bauer Wurster Portraits

 

C. Pierce Residence

 

D. Sexton Residence

 

E. Wiley Residence

 

F. Catherine Bauer Wurster AIP Award

 

G. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Exhibit

 

H. United States Housing Agency: Low Rent Housing - Valencia Gardens HABS Cultural Report

Container List

 

SERIES I. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS, 1931-1969

 

A. Correspondence

Box/Folder 1 : 1-6

Correspondence, 1938-1941, 1966

 

B. Writings & Presentations

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Magazine of Art: "San Francisco Bay Portfolio", 1944

Box/Folder 1 : 8-9

Things to Know About Buying or Building a Home, 1945

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Kingsley Art Club: "War Housing", 1942

 

C. Associations & Committees

Box/Folder 1 : 11

American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1931-1942

Box/Folder 1 : 12

San Francisco Housing Association, 1940-1941

Box/Folder 1 : 13

State Association of California Architects: Legislative Committee, 1941

Box/Folder 1 : 14

AIA: Committee on Post-War Reconstruction, 1942-1943

Box/Folder 1-2 : 15-16

Professional Activities, 1946-1949

Box/Folder 2 : 17-18

National Capital Park & Planning Commission, 1948-1950

Box/Folder 2 : 19

AIA: Civic Design Committee, 1949

Box/Folder 2 : 20-21

U.S. Foreign Building Office: Architectural Advisory Committee, 1959-1960

Box/Folder 3 : 22-23

AIA: 1960 Convention, 1959-1962

Box/Folder 3 : 24

American Institute of Architects (AIA), 1960-1967

Box/Folder 3 : 25

Proposed Changes to Building Code, 1961

Box/Folder 3-4 : 26-30

AIA: 20/20 Committee, 1961-1962

Box/Folder 4 : 31

Washington DC Redevelopment Land Agency, 1962

Box/Folder 4 : 32

San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association, 1969

 

D. Awards

FF 1

AIA Awards, 1966

Box/Folder 4, 5 : 33, 36-37

AIA Awards, n.d., 1966, 1969

Box/Folder 5 : 38

Wurster Honorary Degree, 1964

 

E. Jurying

Box/Folder 4 : 34

California Governor's Mansion, 1961-1963

Box/Folder 4 : 35

Boston City Hall Competition, 1962

 

SERIES II. OFFICE RECORDS, 1927-1977

 

A. Administrative

FF 2

On Site Signs, n.d.

FF 26

William Wurster Office: Newhall Building, 1938

Box/Folder 6 : 1

List of Stored Blueprints, 1939

Box/Folder 6 : 1a

WB&E Partner Time Cards, 1946

Box/Folder 6 : 2

WB&E Office: (Proposed) North Point St., 1952-1956

Box/Folder 6 : 3-4, Tube

WB&E Office: 202 Green St., 1954-1961

Box/Folder 6-7 : 5-8, Tube

WB&E Office: 1620 Montgomery St., 1960-1966

Box/Folder 7 : 9

Fee Evaluation, 1961-1962

Box/Folder 7 : 10

Office Reorganization Proposal, 1962

 

B. Correspondence

Box/Folder 7 : 11-21

Correspondence, 1933-1962

 

C. Public Relations

Box/Folder 7 : 22

Project Descriptions, n.d.

Box/Folder 7 : 23

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Exhibit, 1940-1941

Box/Folder 7 : 24

House & Garden Blueprints for Tomorrow Contest, 1945

Box/Folder 7 : 25

WB&E Brochure Materials, 1963

Box/Folder 7 : 26

"Den Funktionelle Tradition", 1950

Box/Folder 7 : 27

Engineering News-Record "California", 1967

Box/Folder 7 : 28

William Wurster Biographical Materials, 1957-1973

Box/Folder 7-10 : 29-189

Portfolio - Individual Projects: ** See Project Index

Box/Folder 10 : 190-199

Portfolio - Master

 

D. Photographs & Presentation Boards

Box/Folder 11 : 200

Wurster Office Photograph, c. 1938

Box/Folder 11 : 201-204

Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons Portraits, c. 1949

Box/Folder 5 : 204a

Wurster Portrait w/ Daughter Sadie, c. 1970

Box/Folder 11-14 : 205-364

Project Photographs: ** See Project Index

Box/Folder 15 : 365

A.I.A. Exhibition , 1938

Box/Folder 15-33 : 366-638

Mounted Project Photos: ** See Project Index

Box/Folder 34-35 : 639-759

Project Negatives: ** See Project Index

Box/Folder 36-37 : 760-780

Presentation Boards: ** See Project Index

Box/Folder 38 : 781

United Nations Competition, 1946

FF 3-25

Oversize Presentation Boards

 

SERIES III. WWW PROJECT RECORDS, 1922-1944

 

A. Files

Box/Folder 39 : 1

Job Lists, 1940

Box/Folder 39 : 2

Project Maps, c. 1960

FF 27

Project Maps, c. 1960

Box/Folder 39-118 : 3-759

** See Project Index

 

B. Photographs

Box/Folder 119-120 : 760-981

Project Negatives

Box/Folder 39-118 : 3-759

** See Project Index

 

C. Drawings

FF 28-473

** See Project Index

 

Digital Images

 

Clark, Dearborne Beach House, Aptos, CA, 1937

 

First Congregational Church, Stockton, CA, 1929

 

Green, Robert C.: Green Camp, Mt Diablo, CA, 1938

 

Gregory, Mrs. Warren: Farmhouse, Scotts Valley, CA, 1926-1929

 

Lyman, Oliver B. Residence, Tiburon, CA, 1940

 

Schuckl & Co.: Office Building, Sunnyvale, CA, 1941-1954

 

Sherman Clay & Co. (alterations), San Francisco, CA, 1936

 

United States Housing Authority: Low Rent Housing - Valencia Gardens, San Francisco, CA, 1939-1943

 

Voss, Carl L. Residence, Big Sur, CA, 1931

 

SERIES IV. WBE PROJECT RECORDS, 1945-1969

 

A. Files

Box/Folder 123-188 : 1-1723

** See Project Index

 

B. Photographs

Box/Folder 120 : 1724-1747

Project Negatives

Box/Folder 123-188 : 1-1723

** See Project Index

 

C. Drawings

Box/Folder 189-206 : 1547-1690, Tubes, FF : 474-515

** See Project Index

 

D. Specifications

Box/Folder 207-209 : 1691-1722a

** See Project Index

 

Digital Images

 

Baer, Morley Residence, Garrapata Creek, Big Sur, CA, 1963

 

Case Study House #3, Orinda, CA, 1947

 

Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, 1954-1960

 

Coleman, James V. Residence, San Francisco, CA, 1956-1966

 

Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA, 1965

 

Golden Gateway, San Francisco, CA, 1964-1967

 

Heller, E.H. Residence, Crystal Bay, NV, 1950-1955

 

Prebilt House, San Anselmo, CA, 1944-1947

 

SERIES V. UNITED STATES HOUSING AGENCY, 1939-1947

 

A. Files

Boxes 210-223

** See Project Index

 

B. Drawings

FF 516-528, Tubes

** See Project Index

 

Digital Images

 

United States Housing Authority: Defense Housing - Carquinez Heights, Vallejo, CA, 1941-1942

 

SERIES VI. ADDITIONAL DONATIONS, 1939-2004

Box/Folder 224 : 1

A. Statement of Partnership, 1955

Box/Folder 224 : 2

B. Catherine Bauer Wurster Portraits, n.d., 1942-1960

FF 365

C. Pierce Residence, 1939

Box/Folder 224 : 3

D. Sexton Residence, 1945-1947

Box/Folder 224 : 4-6

E. Wiley Residence, 1962-1967

FF 1

F. Catherine Bauer Wurster AIP Award, 1967

Box/Folder 5 : 11, Framed Storage

G. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Exhibit, 1995

 

H. United States Housing Agency: Low Rent Housing - Valencia Gardens HABS Cultural Report

Box/Folder 224 : 7-8

United States Housing Agency: Low Rent Housing - Valencia Gardens HABS Cultural Report, 2004

Box/Folder 225 : 9-10

United States Housing Agency: Low Rent Housing - Valencia Gardens Photographs, 2003

FF 529-532

United States Housing Agency: Low Rent Housing - Valencia Gardens Drawings, 1941