Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989

A Finding Aid to the Esther McCoy Papers, circa 1876-1990, bulk 1938-1989, in the Archives of American Art, by Stephanie Ashley and Erin Kinhart

Download PDF Version of this page [Download PDF Version]

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Table of Contents:



Biographical Information

Esther McCoy (1904-1989) is remembered best for her pioneering work as an architectural historian, critic, and proponent of Southern California modern architecture of the early to mid-twentieth century. Although her professional interests ranged from writing fiction to studying the folk architecture and crafts of Mexico, McCoy achieved her most notable success for her numerous articles, books, and exhibitions about Southern California architecture and the architects associated with the modernist movement.

Born in Arkansas in 1904, Esther McCoy grew up in Kansas and attended various schools in the Midwest. In 1926 she left the University of Michigan to launch a writing career in New York, where she moved in avant-garde literary circles and conducted research for Theodore Dreiser. She began writing fiction in New York and continued to write after moving to Los Angeles in 1932, working on short stories, novels, and screenplays. She published numerous short stories between 1929 and 1962, with works appearing in the New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, and university quarterlies. Her short story, "The Cape," was reprinted in Best Short Stories of 1950. Many of the novels that she wrote from the mid-1960s through the 1980s were related thematically to architects and architecture.

During the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s, McCoy participated in the politically radical movements of the period and wrote for leftist publications. Her interest in the lowcost housing projects of modern architects was prompted by one of her articles about slums for Epic News. During World War II she entered a training program for engineering draftsmen at Douglas Aircraft and in 1944 was hired as an architectural draftsman for the architect R.M. Schindler. As she became increasingly interested in modern architecture and design, she combined her two major career interests and began to focus her energies on architectural research, writing, and criticism. Her first article on architecture, "Schindler: Space Architect," was published in 1945 in the journal Direction.

McCoy began writing about architecture in earnest in 1950 as a free-lance contributor to the Los Angeles Times. From then until her death in 1989, she wrote prolifically for Arts & Architecture magazine, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Architectural Record, L'Architectura, Zodiac (Italy), Progressive Architecture, Lotus (Italy), and Architectural Forum. In addition to her numerous articles, McCoy wrote several books on Southern California modern architecture and architects. Her first major work, Five California Architects, published in 1960, is now recognized as a classic work in modern architectural history. It promoted a serious study of modern architecture in Southern California and introduced to the world several leading California architects and their work: Bernard Maybeck, Irving Gill, Charles and Henry Greene, and R.M. Schindler. That same year, she published another important book focusing on the work of the California architect Richard Neutra. Other books by McCoy include Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses (1962), Craig Ellwood (1968), Vienna to Los Angeles: Two Journeys (1979), and The Second Generation (1984).

In addition to these books, McCoy organized and wrote catalogs for several significant exhibitions focusing on contemporary architects. Her first was the R.M. Schindler Retrospective, a 1954 exhibition at the Landau Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Her other exhibitions and accompanying catalogs include Roots of California Contemporary Architecture, 1956, Los Angeles Municipal Art Department; Felix Candela, 1957, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Irving Gill, 1958, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Juan O'Gorman, 1964, San Fernando Valley State College; and Ten Italian Architects, 1967, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Moreover, McCoy contributed numerous essays to other exhibition catalogs and publications, lectured at the University of Southern California, participated in preservation projects, organized tours for the Society of Architectural Historians, and contributed to a number of documentary films. Her energy and interests also led her to catalog and transcribe Richard Neutra's papers at the University of California Los Angeles Archives.

McCoy received national recognition from the American Institute of Architects for her seminal and prolific work in the field of Southern California modern architectural history and criticism. Her interests, however, were not exclusively bound to California. She traveled the world and was interested in both Italian and Mexican architecture as well as the folk art and crafts of Mexico and South America. She made five extended trips to Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, publishing regularly about the architecture there and curating the exhibition Ten Italian Architects. She was a contributing editor to two Italian journals, Zodiac and Lotus, and was awarded the Star of Order of Solidarity in 1960 by the Republic of Italy for her research and writing.

Esther McCoy died of emphysema on December 30, 1989, at the age of eighty-five. Her last contribution was an essay for the exhibition catalog Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study House. The show opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles one month before her death.

1904
Born November 18 in Horatio, Arkansas. Raised in Kansas.
1920
Attended preparatory school at Central College for Women, Lexington, Missouri.
1922-1925
College education: Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; University of Michigan.
1924
Visited Theodore Dreiser in Michigan.
1926-1938
Began writing in New York City.
1926-1938
Researched and read for Theodore Dreiser.
1926-1938
Worked for editorial offices and publishers.
1926-1938
Traveled to write in Paris (1928), Key West, Florida (1930), and Los Angeles, California (1932-1935).
1938
Moved to Santa Monica, California.
1941
Married Berkeley Greene Tobey.
1942-1944
Employed as engineering draftsman at Douglas Aircraft.
1944-1947
Worked as architectural draftsman for R.M. Schindler.
1945
Began architectural writing career.
1950
Wrote script for film Architecture West.
1950
Joined editorial board of Arts & Architecture.
1950-1968
Worked as free-lance writer for the Los Angeles Times.
1951-1955
Traveled to, researched, and wrote about Mexico and Mexican art and architecture.
1954
R.M. Schindler Retrospective exhibition at the Landau Art Gallery, Los Angeles.
1956
Roots of California Contemporary Architecture exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Art Department.
1957
Felix Candela exhibition, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
1958
Irving Gill exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Traveled to Italy.
1959-1968
Contributing editor to Italian periodicals Zodiac and Lotus.
1960
Five California Architects (New York: Reinhold).
1960
Richard Neutra (New York: G. Braziller).
1960
Awarded Star of Order of Solidarity by the Republic of Italy for reporting on arts and crafts in Italy.
1962
Death of Berkeley Greene Tobey.
1962
Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses (New York: Reinhold) (reprinted as Case Study Houses, Los Angeles: Hennessey and Ingalls, 1978).
1963
Resident Fellow at Huntington Hartford Foundation.
1964
Juan O'Gorman exhibition, San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge, Calif.
1965
Consultant for the California Arts Commission.
1965-1966
Wrote and produced the film Dodge House.
1965-1968
Lecturer at University of California at Los Angeles, School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
1966
Resident Fellow at MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire.
1967
Ten Italian Architects exhibition, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
1967
Honorary Associate of the Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
1967
Regents' Lecturer at University of California, Santa Barbara.
1968
Craig Ellwood (New York: Walker).
1968
Distinguished Service Citation from the California Council of AIA.
1969-1970
Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
1969-1989
Contributing editor of Progressive Architecture.
1971-1978
Graham Foundation Grants.
1974
Regents' Lecturer at the University of California,Santa Cruz.
1979
Vienna to Los Angeles: Two Journeys (Santa Monica, Calif.: Arts & Architecture Press).
1979
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
1981
Los Angeles Chapter Women's Architectural League Honorary Member.
1982
Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Modern and Contemporary Art Council Award for Distinguished Achievement.
1983
Home Sweet Home: The California Ranch House exhibition at California State University.
1984
The Second Generation (Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books).
1985
American Institute of Architects, Institute Honor.
1986
High Styles exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
1987
Vesta Award for outstanding scholarship.
1989
Award from the Historical Society of Southern California.
1989
Award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
1989
Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study House exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Died in Santa Monica, California, December 30.

Return to top


Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of Southern California architectural historian, critic, and writer Esther McCoy measure 42.6 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1990 (bulk 1938-1989). The collection documents McCoy's career, as well as her family and personal life through biographical material, extensive correspondence, personal and professional writings, project files, Southern California architects' files, clippings and other printed material, a large collection of photographs and slides, and taped interviews of Southern California modern architects.

Biographical and family material consists of awards, resumes, identification documents, and other documentation of McCoy's personal life. Included are a transcript of a 1984 interview of McCoy by Makoto Watanabe and material relating to her friend, Theodore Dreiser.

Correspondence focuses on her personal relationships with family, friends, and lovers, and general correspondence relating primarily to her work as a writer. McCoy's personal correspondence is valuable to researchers who are interested in her personal life, her struggles as a young writer, and the way in which her family, friends, lovers, mentors, and colleagues helped to shape her work and career. As documented in this correspondence, her life offers a glimpse into twentieth-century American social and political history, especially the radical leftist movements of the 1920s and 1930s. Researchers interested in the roots of feminism in the United States should also find these papers useful in documenting the life of a creative and productive woman who was successful in a field then almost entirely dominated by men. Correspondents of note include her husband Berkeley Tobey, lovers Geoffrey Eaton and Albert Robert, writers Ray Bradbury and Theodore Dreiser, and artists and architects, such as Dorothy Grotz, Craig Ellwood, A. Quincy Jones, Hans Hollein, and J. R. Davidson. General correspondence is primarily with researchers, professors, architects, publishers, and professional organizations.

Personal writings include McCoy's diaries, notebooks, and memoirs, and writings by others including friends, lovers, and colleagues. Also included are drafts of McCoy's fictional works, both published and unpublished, including short stories, teleplays, and novels.

The collection contains in-depth documentation of McCoy's pioneering study of the modernist work of twentieth-century architects in Southern California. The bulk of her papers consist of her writing files for books, exhibition catalogs, articles, and lectures on architecture. Because many of the architects about whom McCoy wrote were her contemporaries, she developed personal relationships with several of them through her research and writing. Her writing files include drafts, notes, research material, photographs, and correspondence. McCoy also traveled extensively, particularly in Italy and Mexico, and wrote about architecture, craft, and culture in those countries. Project files document McCoy's other activities related to architectural history, such preservation projects, juries, grants, the Dodge House Preservation Campaign and related film project, her work for the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), and her work at the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning, compiling a slide library and cataloging the Richard Neutra's papers. McCoy also maintained architect files which may contain correspondence, notes, photographs, research material, interview transcripts, about architects and their works. Among these extensive records, the files documenting the careers of R. M. Schindler, Irving Gill, Richard Neutra, and Juan O'Gorman are particularly rich.

Printed material in this collection documents McCoy's career as well as her personal interests. Included are books, clippings, magazines, newsletters, press releases, as well as publications arranged by subject such as architecture, art, Italy, and Mexico. McCoy also collected literary and leftist publications. The small amount of artwork in this collection consists of artwork sent to her by friends, including a drawing of her by Esther Rollo and etchings by various artists including Thomas Worlidge.

There are personal photographs of family and friends and of McCoy at different times in her life, as well as photographs gathered during the course of her research on architecture. Found here are photographs of architects and their works, including a large number depicting the work of Gregory Ain, Luis Barragan, J. R. Davidson, Irving Gill, Bernard Maybeck, Juan O'Gorman, R. M. Schindler, and Raphael Soriano. Many of these photographs were taken by notable architectural photographers Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand. Also found are photographs of architecture designed for the Case Study House program of Arts & Architecture magazine; exhibition photographs, primarily for the exhibition "Ten Italian Architects" in 1967; and other research photographs primarily documenting architecture and craft in other countries and the history of architecture in California. This series also includes approximately 3,600 slides of architecture.

Audio and video recordings include a videocassette of McCoy's 80th birthday party and 55 taped interviews with architects, people associated with architectural projects, and artists.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 10 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following index terms:

  • Ain, Gregory, 1908-1988
  • Barrag�n, Luis, 1902-
  • Bradbury, Ray, 1920-
  • Davidson, Julius Ralph, b. 1889
  • Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945
  • Ellwood, Craig
  • Gill, Irving, 1870-1936
  • Grotz, Dorothy
  • Historic American Buildings Survey
  • Hollein, Hans, 1934-
  • Jones, A. Quincy (Archie Quincy), 1913-1979
  • Maybeck, Bernard R.
  • Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970
  • O'Gorman, Juan, 1905-
  • Rand, Marvin
  • Schindler, R. M. (Rudolph M.), 1887-1953
  • Shulman, Julius
  • Society of Architectural Historians.
  • Soriano, Rafael, 1920-
  • University of California, Los Angeles.. School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
  • Watanabe, Makoto
  • Worlidge, T., (Thomas), 1700-1766
  • Architects--California
  • Architects--Italy
  • Architectural historians--California
  • Architecture, Domestic--California
  • Architecture, Modern--20th century--California
  • Architecture, Modern--20th century--Europe
  • Architecture, Modern--20th century--Mexico
  • Art critics--California
  • Authors--California
  • Diaries
  • Drawings
  • Etchings
  • Feminism
  • Interviews
  • Memoirs
  • Photographs
  • Slides (photographs)
  • Sound recordings
  • Transcripts
  • Video recordings

Provenance

The collection was given to the Archives of American Art by Esther McCoy in 1986. Before her death in 1989, McCoy assisted in the organization and identification of the papers.

Separated and Related Materials

Also in the Archives of American Art are eight sound cassettes of a transcribed interview with Esther McCoy conducted by Joseph Giovannini, June 8-November 14, 1987.

How the Collection was Processed

A generous grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation supported the initial organization and description of the papers in 1993. Additional processing and description was completed by Stephanie Ashley in 2005. The arrangement and finding aid was further refined by Erin Kinhart in 2009-2010 and the collection was fully digitized in 2010-2011 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of audiovisual recordings without access copies requires advance notice.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Esther McCoy papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

This site provides access to the papers of Esther McCoy in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010-2011, and total 920 images.

Many of the sound recordings of interviews were digitized in 2009 and are available for use by appointment. McCoy's Dodge House film has been preserved on film and video access copies are also available.

How to Cite this Collection

Esther McCoy papers, circa 1876-1990, bulk 1938-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Return to top

Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical and Family Material, 1881-1989
(Box 1, 48; 0.6 linear feet)

Material found in this series includes resumes, wills, awards, address books, passports and other official identification, as well as a transcript from an interview of McCoy from 1984. One folder contains biographical statements, publication lists, and resumes for McCoy with related notes and correspondence. Also found is a notebook of a radical writers group, correspondence and legal documentation relating to a property dispute in Santa Monica, California, and documentation regarding McCoy witnessing a raid on the John Reed Club in Los Angeles.

The two folders of material relating to Theodore Dreiser include a transcript of proceedings for his funeral in 1945, Dreiser's pen knife, and two newspaper articles written by McCoy. There is a wallet that presumably belonged to R.M. Schindler and contains Schindler's business cards and fragments from a 1918 calendar with notes.

This series also contains McCoy family documents including genealogy notes, memorabilia, and reports of deaths. Unless the name of another family member is mentioned in the folder title it can be assumed that material found here relates specifically to Esther McCoy, with the exception of a folder of wills, which contains a 1948 letter relating to James L. McCoy's will.

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Records are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Box Folder
1 1-2 Address Books, circa 1940s-1980s
1 3 Affidavit of McCoy's Christening, Medical Report, 1939, 1942
1 4 Autograph Books, Katie Mae McCoy, 1881-1892
1 5-6 Awards, 1961-1989
(oversized items housed in OV 48)
1 7 Biographical Statements, Publication List, and Resumes, circa 1948-1989
1 8 Business Cards, circa mid-1900s
1 9 Certificates Belonging to Berkeley Tobey, 1907, 1948
1 10 Deposition: Esther McCoy vs. Greyhound, Inc., 1959
1 11 Documentation, Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc., 1942-1943
1 12 Documentation and Letters, McCoy's Trip to Europe, circa 1926-1928
1 13 Documentation, Raid on Los Angeles John Reed Club, 1933
1 14 Drivers License, Social Security Card, and Identification Card, 1937, 1957, 1963, 1979
1 15 Family Genealogy Notes, circa 1950s-1980s
1 16 Family Memorabilia and Printed Material, 1908-1963
1 17 "Hollywood Writers Radical Group" Notebook, circa 1940s
1 18 Interview Transcript, Ester McCoy Interviewed by Makoto Watanabe, 1984
1 19 Items belonging to Clarence McCoy, 1889-1919
1 20 News Clippings and Papers regarding death of Frank McCoy, 1939-1940
1 21 Passports, 1927, 1956-1982
1 22 Report of Death, Berkeley Tobey, 1962
1 23 Request for Birth Certificate, Katie Mae McCoy, 1956
1 24 R.M. Schindler Wallet and Contents, circa 1918
1 25-28 Santa Monica Residence Problems, 1959-1980
1 29-30 Theodore Dreiser Material, 1939-1986
1 31 Wills, 1947, 1948, 1962, 1966, 1977
Box
OV 48 Oversized Awards, 1961-1989
(Scanned with Box 1, Folders 5-6)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1896-1989
(Boxes 1-6, 4.9 linear feet)

This series contains copies of McCoy's outgoing letters and incoming letters focusing on her personal relationships with family, friends, and lovers, and general correspondence relating primarily to her work as a writer.

The series is organized into three subseries:

2.1: Family Correspondence, 1896-1988

This subseries contains correspondence between McCoy and her parents, James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, and between her brothers Clarence, William, John, and Frank, sister Ruth McCoy Hahn, and various other family members. Files for some of the family members represented here, including James L. McCoy, also contain business papers documenting activities such as the family lumber business. The folder of correspondence between various family members includes letters from Esther McCoy.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Folders are arranged alphabetically; within folders, material is chronological. If letters are strictly from the sender to a particular person, it is indicated in the folder title e.g. Katie Mae McCoy to Esther McCoy.

Box Folder
1 32 Hahn, Ruth McCoy, to James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, circa 1924-1961
1 33 McCoy, Clarence, to Esther McCoy, 1948-1962
1 34 McCoy, Clarence, to James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1919, 1937-1955
1 35-37 McCoy, Esther, correspondence with Ruth McCoy Hahn, circa 1938-1977, 1988
1 38-42 McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1917-1939
1 43-47 McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1940-1944
1 48-52 McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1945-1949
1 53-57 McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1950-1954
Box Folder
2 1-5 McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1955-1963
2 6 McCoy, Frank, to Esther McCoy, 1938
2 7 McCoy, Frank, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1924-1938
2 8-10 McCoy, James L., Personal and Business Correspondence, 1920-1945
2 11 McCoy, John, to Esther McCoy, circa 1940s-1950, 1975-1977
2 12 McCoy, Julia Stephens, to Frank McCoy, 1928-1937
2 13 McCoy, William, to Esther McCoy, 1952
2 14-16 Various Family Members, 1896-1916, 1933-circa 1970s

2.2: Personal Correspondence, 1908-1989

This subseries contains personal correspondence between McCoy and her friends, lovers, and colleagues. The letters concern McCoy's personal and love relationships, her views on politics, culture, and the literary world, and her struggles as a writer.

Correspondence between McCoy and lovers, including Geoffrey Eaton, John Mitchell, John Vick, Albert Robert (also known as "Timmie"), and her husband, Berkeley Tobey, is especially well represented. Much of the extensive correspondence between McCoy and Albert Robert is undated. A few letters between McCoy and her lovers include photographs.

There is also significant correspondence with fellow writers, including Theodore Dreiser, Ray Bradbury, Millen Brand, John Collier, John Cowper Powys, and historian Lewis Mumford. Correspondence with Ray Bradbury includes discussions of theater, art and architecture. Letters from Helen Dreiser include Dreiser's opinions on manuscripts written by McCoy. Theodore Dreiser's letters provide insight into the research assignments McCoy carried out for Dreiser and his opinions of her writing. The letters include the typescript of a poem, possibly written by Dreiser. William A. Swanberg, who wrote a book on Dreiser, sought McCoy's opinions and impressions of the author, and their correspondence includes many observations and theories concerning Dreiser's personal life. Also of note is extensive correspondence between McCoy and her close friend Katheryn (Kay) Metz.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Folders are arranged alphabetically; within folders, material is chronological.

Box Folder
2 17 Babb, Dorothy, 1951, 1954
2 18 Bradbury, Ray, 1958-1989
2 19 Brand, Millen and Helen, 1948-1951, 1958
2 20-21 Collier, John and Harriet, circa 1953-1978
2 22 Darrow, Clarence, to Geoffrey Eaton, February 23, 1928
2 23 Dreiser, Helen, circa 1939-1955
2 24-28 Dreiser, Theodore, circa 1924-1943
2 29 Dreiser, Theodore, Undated Letters, circa 1926-1938
2 30 Dreiser, Vera, 1952
2 31 Durden, Jim, 1951-1985
2 32-37 Eaton, Geoffrey, 1926-1929
2 38-39 Eaton, Geoffrey, Undated Letters, circa 1926-1929
2 40-41 Evans, Jean, 1941-1979
2 42 Grainger, Boyne (Bonnie), 1931-1950s
2 43 Grotz, Dorothy, Paul and Stefan, circa 1958-1989
2 44-45 Hanson, Ruth, circa 1967-1989
2 46-48 Hunt, Nolya, circa 1923-1951
(includes photographs, possibly of Hunt, and illustrated letters)
2 49-51 Kahn, Gordon, circa 1951-1953
2 52 Kuifer, John, circa 1924-1925
2 53 Lee, Cora Vernon, Regarding Lee's Estate, 1952-1953
Box Folder
3 1-8 Metz, Kathryn (Kay), 1951, 1961-1989
(includes an original print by Metz)
3 9-11 Mitchell, John, 1928-1933
3 12-14 Mitchell, John, Undated Letters, circa 1928-1933
3 15 Mitchell, John, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1929-1932
3 16 Mumford, Lewis, 1953-1963, 1974
3 17 Powys, John Cowper, 1934, 1948
3 18 Read, Allan, 1928, 1935-1938, circa 1952
3 19-21 Robert, Albert, circa 1925, 1932-1934
3 22-26 Robert, Albert, circa 1935
3 27-32 Robert, Albert, 1936-1942
3 33-48 Robert, Albert, Undated Letters, circa 1932-1942
Box Folder
4 1-6 Robert, Albert, Undated Letters, circa 1932-1942
4 7 Robert, Albert, Photographs found with Letters to Esther McCoy, circa 1930s
4 8 Robert, Albert, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1930-1940
4 9 Spence, Andy and Sique, 1977-1989
4 10 Swanberg, William A., 1962-1965
4 11-14 Tobey, Berkeley, circa 1944-1959
4 15 Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1908-1909
4 16-19 Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1922-1940
4 20-23 Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1941-1952
4 24 University of Pennsylvania (regarding her donation of Dreiser's letters), 1950-1951
4 25 Van der Velde, Edward, 1928
4 26 Vick, John, 1923
4 27-31 Vick, John, 1924
4 32-35 Vick, John, 1925-1927
(includes photographs of Vick)
4 36 Vick, John, Undated Letters, circa 1923-1927
4 37 Weigel, Henrietta, 1955

2.3: General Correspondence, 1922-1989

This subseries primarily contains letters concerning McCoy's career in architectural history and criticism. Her career in fiction writing is covered to a lesser degree. Among the correspondents are researchers, writers, professors, architects, art professionals, publishers, and professional associations. Topics covered include research and writing projects, Los Angeles area preservation and restoration projects, and grant projects.

Major correspondents in this series include the American Institute of Architects, the Graham Foundation, City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board, Domus Magazine, Los Angeles Times, editor Monica Pidgeon, architectural critics Reyner Banham, David Gebhard, William Jordy, Robin Middleton, Allan Temko, and Nathan Shapira, and architects J. R. Davidson, Craig Ellwood, Joseph Giovannini, Hans Hollein, A. Quincy Jones, and Bruno Zevi. Also found is extensive correspondence with the University of California, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. Correspondence for 1959 contains a letter from Albert Camus requesting McCoy's assistance with helping Spanish refugees, and correspondence for 1989 contains photographs of Esther McCoy and others at the Athenaeum at Caltech for the third annual gala of the Historical Society of Southern California.

See index for a select list of correspondents.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Material is arranged chronologically. The bulk of McCoy's correspondence with architects is arranged in Series 6: Architect Files. Additional correspondence pertaining to specific projects can be found in Series 4: Architectural Writings and in Series 5: Project Files. Correspondence in this series complements the files found in these other series and they should be consulted together for a better understanding of McCoy's career.

Box Folder
4 38 General Correspondence, 1922-1929
4 39-42 General Correspondence, 1946-1952
4 43-46 General Correspondence, 1953-1959
4 47-51 General Correspondence, 1960-1965
Box Folder
5 1-4 General Correspondence, 1966-1968
5 5-8 General Correspondence, 1969-1970
5 9-13 General Correspondence, 1971-1973
5 14-16 General Correspondence, 1974
5 17-19 General Correspondence, 1975
5 20-24 General Correspondence, 1976-1978
5 25-27 General Correspondence, 1979
5 28-32 General Correspondence, 1980-1981
5 33-37 General Correspondence, 1982-1983
5 38-41 General Correspondence, 1984
5 42-44 General Correspondence, 1985
5 45-47 General Correspondence, 1986
Box Folder
6 1-4 General Correspondence, 1987
6 5-7 General Correspondence, 1988
6 8-10 General Correspondence, 1989
6 11-14 Undated Correspondence, A-Z, circa 1940s-1980s
6 15 Undated and Unidentified Correspondence, circa 1940s-1980s

Series 3: Personal Writings, 1919-1989
(Boxes 6-14; 8.1 linear ft.)

This series contains writings not directly relating to McCoy's career as an architectural historian and critic. Included are scattered diaries, drafts of her personal memoirs, and numerous notebooks. Also found are drafts of published and unpublished works of fiction written by McCoy, and writings by McCoy's friends and colleagues.

The series is organized into five subseries:

3.1: Diaries, 1919-1972

This series contains six diaries belonging to Esther McCoy as well as two travel diaries belonging to her mother, Katie Mae McCoy. Esther McCoy's "Sophomore Days" volumes contain journal entries and mementos from her 1919 school year. Two diaries document her time at Central College for Women (1920) and Baker University (1922-1924), and a diary from 1926 records her first year in New York City. Also found is a personal journal documenting her 1972 trip to Europe.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
6 16 Diary, "Sophomore Days, Volume 1,," 1919
6 17 Diary, "Sophomore Days, Book 3,," 1919
6 18 Diary, early 1920s
6 19 Diary, 1922-1924
6 20 Diary, 1926
6 21 "Journal: 1972 Trip to London, Paris, Vienna, Venice, Milan,," 1972
6 22 "Diary of European Tour," Katie Mae McCoy, 1956
6 23 "Diary of Alaskan Trip," Katie Mae McCoy, 1957

3.2: Notebooks, circa 1930s-1983

Found here are notebooks kept by McCoy throughout her professional career. The notebooks consist of travel itineraries, travel notes, notes about architecture and folk art seen during trips, notes on interviews with architects, notes about architects and buildings, notes for articles, and other miscellaneous jottings and writings. The notebooks are difficult to decipher, as most were handwritten in pencil.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Because many notebooks are not dated and do not appear to have subject headings, they are arranged in rough chronological order.

Box Folder
6 24 Notebook, circa 1930s
6 25-26 Notebooks, circa 1940s
6 27-30 Notebooks, 1950-1954
6 31-35 Notebooks, 1955
6 36-37 Notebooks, 1956
Box Folder
7 1-3 Notebooks, 1956
7 4-7 Notebooks, 1957
7 8-12 Notebooks, 1958-1959
7 13-36 Notebooks, circa 1950s
Box Folder
8 1-5 Notebooks, 1960-1962
8 6-10 Notebooks, 1963-1969
8 11-23 Notebooks, circa 1960s
8 24-28 Notebooks, 1970-1972
8 29-32 Notebooks, 1973-1974
8 33-34 Notebooks, 1975-1976
Box Folder
9 1-4 Notebooks, 1976-1983
9 5 Notebooks, circa 1970s
9 6 Loose Pages from Notebooks, circa 1940s-1950s

3.3: Memoirs, circa 1940s-1989

This series contains autobiographical writings by Esther McCoy documenting various moments in her life. Many of these writings are in a short story format and were given a title by McCoy. Subjects covered in her memoirs, some of which were published, include her mother, childhood, and living in New York and Malibu. Also of note is the piece of writing titled "Geoff/Bo: Paris" describing her time in Paris in 1928 and her relationship with Geoffrey Eaton, and the story "Happy Birthday RMS" about working for architect R. M. Schindler. A folder of manuscripts about Theodore Dreiser contains drafts of three manuscripts relating to Helen and Theodore Dreiser and other literary figures McCoy knew in New York during the 1920s and 1930s. One titled manuscript about Dreiser, "Outward Journey" (1946-1947), can also be found in this subseries.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Folders are arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder
9 7 [About Her Mother], circa 1960s
9 8 [Abraham Christopher Columbus III], circa 1960s
9 9 [Annie the Dog], circa 1970s
9 10 "Auction at Four-Ten" ("Daga at Four-Ten"), circa 1950s
9 11 "The Dream,," circa 1975
9 12 "Driving in England,," circa 1950s
9 13 "Family Eating: 1919" and "Family Reading: 1919,," 1958
9 14 "Geoff/Bo: Paris,," circa 1950s
9 15 "Happy Birthday RMS,," circa 1950
9 16 [Malibu in the 1930s], circa 1960s
9 17 "My Life in the Arts,," cira 1963
9 18 "My Summer in the Museum of Modern Art,," 1946-1947
9 19 [New York in the 1920s], circa 1950s
9 20 "Outward Journey,," 1946-1947
9 21 "A Pail of Roasting Ears,," 1955
9 22 "Patchin Place,," circa 1950s
9 23 "Reading," ("How to Read"), circa 1940s
9 24 "Robert Venturi: To Whom it May Concern,," 1987-1988
9 25 "Story of Jean,," circa 1950s
9 26 [Theodore Dreiser,], circa 1960s-1989
9 27 Loose Notes on 1974 Presidential Impeachment, 1974
9 28 Notes and Fragments Writings for Memoirs, circa 1950-1960s, 1979

3.4: Fiction, circa 1929-1988

Fictional works found in this subseries include drafts of novels, short stories, and teleplays written by McCoy. A folder of stories submitted to H.L. Mencken includes introductions endorsing the stories by Theodore Dreiser and Edgar Lee Masters with related correspondence. Many of the short stories in this subseries were published in literary magazines and journals, and files may contain correspondence regarding publication and related notes. Of note is a series of files for McCoy's short story, The Pepper Tree, which includes related writings and research material about Japanese internment camps during World War II.

The life of a California architect forms the basis for drafts of three novels, L.A. L.A., The Vickery Job, and Ward and Associates. These three sets of draft manuscripts appear to be closely connected, although it is not clear if they were stages in the development of a single novel. Other draft novels found here include Land Gerard, June is the Cruelest Month, and The Wind's Eye. None of these novels were published.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Works of Fiction are arranged by title. In some cases McCoy used more than one title for a developing story, and alternative titles are provided in parentheses. Numbers were assigned to drafts to facilitate research and do not necessarily indicate that the drafts were written sequentially according to the numbers. Though an effort has been made to ensure that related papers are filed together, most of the drafts are undated, and it is impossible to be sure when, and in what order, they were written. Date spans for folders may indicate the date writing began and/or the date of publication and sale. Where possible, these dates have been taken from notations on the manuscripts or from information provided on publication lists.

Box Folder
9 29 Records of Published and Unpublished Writings (incomplete), circa 1940s-1950s
9 30 Stories Submitted to H.L. Mencken, 1943
9 31 7 O'Clock Train from Rome, circa 1957
9 32 1849: New York City, circa 1940s
9 33 The Adoption, 1960
9 34 And Devoutly Kneeling, circa 1940s
9 35-36 Anna's Eye ( Mourning Bride), circa 1940s
9 37 The Bearer and the Borne, 1946
9 38 Bifel In That Season ( In That Season On That Day), circa 1950s
9 39 The Big Project, circa 1960
9 40 Big Town, circa 1950s
9 41 Blackberry Winter, 1930
9 42 The Blindness of Mrs. Moore, circa 1950
9 43 Blonde Bomber ( The Impossible Takes Longer), circa 1942
9 44 The Blue Rug, 1962
9 45-46 The Bonzai Tree ( The Earthward Tree), 1960
9 47 The Boy Lost Forever ( Beefy Brenda), circa 1950s
9 48 [Brasilia] (Fragments), circa 1959-1961
9 49 But Not Love, 1938
9 50 The Candy Kid, circa 1950s
9 51 The Cape, 1946-1949
9 52 Cause of Death ( The Window), circa 1950s
9 53 The Character of Lucy Barr, 1948
9 54 A Circuit Rider's Wife, circa 1940s
9 55 The Client, circa 1955
9 56 The Coffee is All Right ( The Clinic), circa 1950s
9 57 Cover Shot, circa 1940s
9 58 Dance of Death, 1942
9 59 The Day of the Twenty-Third Confession, circa 1950
9 60 The Day the Picassos Were Gone, circa 1940s
9 61 Dear Jim, circa 1940s
9 62 Divorce in Cuernavaca, circa 1950s
9 63 A Dog Poisoner, 1953
9 64 Don't Make Me Cry, circa 1940s
9 65 Duffy, Manuel, and the Aquaduct, circa 1940s
9 66 The Dummy, circa 1940s
9 67 Emergency, circa 1959
9 68 Fairy Story, circa 1929
9 69 The Family Plot, 1949-1951
9 70 Family Style: Circa 1920, circa 1950s
Box Folder
10 1-2 The Featherbed Rut, 1961-1962
10 3 Fire Bug, 1963
10 4 The Fire in the Moon, circa 1959
10 5 The Giver and the Gift, circa 1960
10 6 Goodtime Charley, circa 1946
10 7 The Hidden One, 1946-1952
10 8 High Heels, 1948-1950
10 9 High Street, circa 1940s
10 10 The House, circa 1950s
10 11 The House That Refused to Die, circa 1950s
10 12 I Am Roger, circa 1955
10 13 I Call to Simon, circa 1950s
10 14 If You Wait Long Enough, 1936
10 15 The Important House, 1948, 1963
10 16 Is She a Teenage Mother?, circa 1968
10 17-18 June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 1, circa 1988
10 19 June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 2, circa 1988
10 20-21 June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 3, circa 1988
10 22-24 June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 4, circa 1988
10 25-26 June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 5, circa 1988
10 27-29 June is the Cruelest Month, Draft Fragments and Notes, circa 1988
10 30 The Lady from the Sea, circa 1947
10 31 LA, LA, Draft 1, circa 1960s
10 32 LA, LA, Draft 2, circa 1960s
Box Folder
11 1 LA, LA, Draft 3, circa 1968
11 2-3 LA, LA, Draft 4, circa 1960s
11 4 LA, LA, Draft 5, 1968-1969
11 5 LA, LA, Draft Fragments, circa 1968-1969
11 6 LA, LA, Notes and Printed Material, circa 1950-1968
11 7 Land Gerard, Draft 1, circa 1940s-1960s
11 8-11 Land Gerard, Draft 2, circa 1940s-1960s
11 12 Land Gerard, Draft 3, circa 1940s-1960s
11 13-15 Land Gerard, Draft 4, circa 1940s-1960s
11 16-18 Land Gerard, Draft 5, circa 1940s-1960s
11 19 Land Gerard, Draft Fragments, circa 1940s-1960s
11 20 Leo Gallagher, circa 1940s
11 21 Lily Bird, 1941-1946
11 22 Limbo, 1938
11 23 Listen Caroline, 1942
11 24 Lost Sister, circa 1950s
11 25 Luke, 1943-1945
11 26 Main Street, Heaventown, circa 1940s
11 27 The Male Grapes, 1946-1947
11 28 The Man Who Dreamed of Murder ( Suspense), circa 1940s
11 29 The Man Who Remembered Everything, 1958
11 30 The Man With the Birthmark, circa 1953
11 31 Miss Vanity Fair, circa 1940s
11 32 The Mortgage, circa 1951
11 33 Mother Lies in the Baggage Coach, 1943-1945
11 34 Murder at the Oleanders, circa 1940s
11 35 Murder to Music, circa 1940s
11 36 The New Terrain, 1954-1957
11 37 The Old House, circa 1940s
11 38 One and Divisible, 1943-1947, 1958
11 39 People Never Learn, 1936
Box Folder
12 1-3 The Pepper Tree, Drafts, circa 1941-1948
12 4 The Pepper Tree, Notes and Related Writings, circa 1940s
12 5 The Pepper Tree, Research Material, 1941-1947
12 6 The Pepper Tree, Published Copies, 1953
12 7 The Pickpocket Murder, circa 1948
12 8 A Poem About War Ending, 1946-1947
12 9 Poetry, circa 1970-1985
12 10 The Print, circa 1943
12 11 The Quarrel ( The Summer House), 1950-1951
12 12 The Quiet Season ( The Woman Who Was Trained), 1948-1951
12 13 Remind God, 1937
12 14 Return, 1945
12 15 Robin's Sister, 1945-1950
12 16 The Sin of Puppchen Graff, 1947
12 17 The Snapshot, 1947
12 18 Solitaire, 1932
12 19 The Special Delivery Letter, 1954-1956
12 20 Stay With Me Flagons, circa 1940s
12 21 St. Bernard, circa 1940s
12 22 St. Stephen, 1943
12 23 Suicide Clinic, circa 1940s
12 24 The Sweet Gum Tree, circa 1946
12 25 The Sweet River Trip, circa 1950s
12 26 Tell Me, Tell Me, 1937
12 27 There's No Place To Run, circa 1950s
12 28 They Designed it Themselves, 1951
12 29 Tomorrow's Soldier, circa 1950s
12 30 Trouble With Phillip ( The Lightening Holes), 1944-1951
12 31 The Try-Out ( The Summer House), 1962
12 32 Two Dollar Job, 1937
12 33 Uncle Haz and the Leafage, 1946
12 34 Uncle Walt and the Dalton Boys, circa 1950
12 35 The U. S. Marshalls Mrs. Bounds Knew (See Also Uncle Walt and the Dalton Boys), 1937
12 36 Valentine's II Less Six, circa 1947
12 37 The Vickery Job, Draft 1, Book 1, circa 1970s
12 38 The Vickery Job, Draft 2, Book 1, circa 1970s
12 39 The Vickery Job, Draft 2, Book 2, circa 1970s
12 40 The Vickery Job, Draft 3, circa 1970s
12 41 The Vickery Job, Draft 4, Book 3, circa 1970s
12 42 The Vickery Job, Draft 5, Book 1, circa 1970s
12 43 The Vickery Job, Draft 5, Book 2, circa 1970s
12 44 The Vickery Job, Draft 6, Book 1, circa 1970s
12 45 The Vickery Job, Draft 6, Book 2, circa 1970s
12 46 The Vickery Job, Draft Fragments, circa 1970s
12 47 The Vickery Job, Notes, circa 1968-1977
Box Folder
13 1 The Voices, 1944-1951
13 2-4 Ward and Associates, Draft 1, circa 1960s
13 5-6 Ward and Associates, Draft 2, circa 1960s
13 7-8 Ward and Associates, Draft 3, circa 1960s
13 9-11 Ward and Associates, Draft 4, circa 1960s
13 12-16 Ward and Associates, Draft Fragments, circa 1960s
13 17-19 Ward and Associates, Outlines and Notes, circa 1960s
13 20 Ward and Associates, Source Material, circa 1963-1969
13 21 When Writing Mention This Number, circa 1950
13 22 The Wind's Eye, Draft 1, circa 1949
13 23-24 The Wind's Eye, Draft 2, circa 1949
13 25 The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 1, circa 1949
13 26 The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 2, circa 1949
13 27 The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 3, circa 1949
13 28 The Wind's Eye, Draft 4, Part 2, circa 1949
Box Folder
14 1 Work for the Night is Coming, 1943-1944
14 2-3 Untitled Writings, Fragments, and Notes, circa 1940s-1970s

3.5: Writing by Others, circa 1920s-1989, undated

This series contains writings, some in draft form, by McCoy's friends and colleagues. Included are several pieces of writing about architecture, urban planning, and design. Of note are two essays about Esther McCoy written by architect Denise Scott Brown, and writings by architects Evans Woollen, Yona Friedman, and Paul Sterling Hoag. Also found are short stories written by McCoy's lovers, John Mitchell and Albert Robert, including a story by Albert Robert as "Pierre St. Clement," and unidentified writings not written by McCoy.

This subseries has been partially scanned.

Files are arranged alphabetically by author.

Box Folder
14 4 Denise Scott Brown, "Knowing Esther McCoy" and "Esther McCoy and The Second Generation,," 1988-1989
14 5 J. K. Cruz, "Pressure at Their Respective Crises Zones" ("The Variances"), circa 1970s
14 6 Jean Evans, "Three Studies in Conflict,," circa 1952
14 7 Jean Evans, "The Golden Years (Introduction),," undated
14 8 Yona Friedman, "A Research Program for a Scientific Method of Planning,," undated
14 9 Cecil Gray, "Chameleon's Dish,," undated
14 10 Paul Sterling Hoag, "Wisdom From the Doheny's Back Hall,," 1987
14 11-13 Raymond Marcel, "Builders and Humanists: The Renaissance Popes as Patrons of the Arts,," 1966
14 14 Gabriel Garcia Maroto, "Popular Architecture in Mexico,," undated
14 15 Mrs. J. L. McCoy, "A Fictionalized Story of the Book of Philemon,," undated
14 16-18 John Mitchell, Various Writings, circa 1920s-1930s
14 19 Paul B. Ohannesian, "Letters from Pauline Schindler: 1969-1977,," circa 1977
14 20 Albert Eide Parr, "Paths of Dispersal and Encounter in the City,," circa 1970
14 21 Albert Robert, "Temporary Gentlemen,," circa 1930s
14 22 Stephen Spender, "I Think Continually?,," 1934
14 23 Pierre St. Clement (Albert Robert), "Heroism and Other Magic,," circa 1930s
14 24 Eleanor Walker, "The Nineteen Forty-Niners of Malibu Hills,," circa 1949
14 25 Evans Woollen, "Towards an Architecture of Process,," 1984
14 26 Various Authors, Department of Architecture, National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico, Conference Presentations, 1954
14 27 Unidentified Authors, Miscellaneous Writings, 1949, 1971, undated

Series 4: Architectural Writings, 1908-1990
(Boxes 14-24, 42, 49, 50; 10.2 linear feet)

McCoy published numerous articles, essays, books, and exhibition catalogs about modern architecture. She also lectured extensively on this subject. This subseries contains records of her research for, and publication of, these writings and lectures. Found here is correspondence relating to her research; drafts; financial records; printed material including publicity for, and reviews of, her work; research material; and related photographs.

The series is arranged as 5 subseries:

4.1: Books, 1908-1988

Esther McCoy wrote and published six books on architecture, and contributed writings for several other book projects during her career. This subseries contains records of these writing projects. Files for books written by McCoy may consist of correspondence, draft versions, notes, research material, financial records, photographs, and publicity and reviews. Correspondence may include original correspondence between McCoy and the architects who were the subject of her work; correspondence with publishers and others relating to her work; and copies of correspondence that McCoy used for research. For example, files for her book Vienna To Los Angeles: Two Journeys include copies of correspondence between Richard Neutra and R.M. Schindler and between Frank Lloyd Wright and Aline Barnsdall. Research material and notes document the formation of her ideas and may include notes made during tours of buildings and exhibitions, interview notes, printed material, and excerpts from sources relating to her research, including previous writings about the subjects by McCoy and others.

This series also contains records of McCoy's work on other book projects, such as writing essays for Contemporary Architects, and writing the introduction for Francisco Artigas. The Artigas material also includes interview transcripts. McCoy's records for Vienna To Los Angeles: Two Journeys includes material for a related article "Letters Between R. M. Schindler and Richard Neutra" and an essay written by Pauline Schindler about Taliesin.

The bulk of this subseries has been scanned. Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand and other select folders have not been scanned.

Titles of works are arranged alphabetically and individual files are also arranged alphabetically. McCoy's books Five California Architects and The Second Generation featured sections on specific architects, and her correspondence, drafts, and research material are all alphabetically arranged by architect.

Box Folder
14 28 Photograph of Publications (Books), circa 1970s
14 29 Collier's Encyclopedia, "Richard Josef Neutra,," 1959, 1985
14 30 Contemporary Architects, Various Essays, 1978-1985
14 Craig Ellwood: Architecture (1969)
14 31 Drafts, circa 1968
14 32 Project Documents, 1967-1970
14 Five California Architects (1960, 1975)
14 33 Acknowledgements and Introduction, circa 1975
14 34 Captions and Credits, 1959
14 35 Correspondence (photocopies), 1908, 1911-1918, 1936
14 36-38 Correspondence, circa 1956-1963
14 39-40 Correspondence, 1967-1987
14 41-46 Drafts and Notes, Irving Gill, 1950s
14 47-49 Drafts and Notes, Bernard Maybeck, 1950s
Box Folder
15 1-2 Drafts and Notes, Bernard Maybeck, 1950s
15 3-7 Drafts and Notes, R. M. Schindler, 1950s
15 8 Financial Records, 1959-1965, 1974-1975
15 9 Notes, Greene and Greene, circa 1950s
15 10 Photographs, Irving Gill, 1950s
15 11 Photographs, Bernard Maybeck, circa 1959
15 12 Publicity and Reviews, circa 1959-1975
15 13 Research Material, Irving Gill, 1922-1933, 1958
15 14 Research Material, Bernard Maybeck, 1950s
15 15 Symposium and Home Tour, 1988
15 Francisco Artigas (1972; Foreword and Introduction by Esther McCoy)
15 16 Correspondence, 1970-1973
15 17 Foreword, 1971
15 18 Illustrations, circa 1971
15 19 Interview Transcripts, 1970-1971
15 20 Introduction, 1971
15 21-22 Notes, circa 1971
15 23-24 Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, Various Essays, 1980-1982
15 Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses 1946-1962 (1962, 1977)
15 25 Bibliography, circa 1960s
15 26 Blueprints, Craig Ellwood, Case Study House #16 (Salzman House), 1952
(Oversized rolled items housed in RD 49)
15 27 Blueprints, Charles Eames, Case Study Houses #8 and #9, circa 1949
(Oversized rolled items housed in RD 50)
15 28 Correspondence, 1960-1965, 1975-1978
15 29 Draft Fragments, circa 1962
15 30 Drafts, First Edition, circa 1962
15 31 Drafts, Second Edition, circa 1977
15 32-33 Notes and Research Material, circa 1960s
15 34 Photographs, circa 1940s-1950s
(Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand photographs not scanned.)
15 35 Publicity and Reviews, 1962-1978
15 Richard Neutra (1960)
15 36 Correspondence, 1958-1967
15 37-39 Drafts and Notes, 1950s-1960
15 40 Printed Material, circa 1960, 1977
15 The Second Generation (1984)
15 41-42 Bibliography, Captions, and Index, circa 1980s
15 43 Building Plans used in Book, circa 1970s
15 44 Corrections to Galleys, 1983
15 45-48 Correspondence, General, 1977-1987
Box Folder
16 1 Correspondence, Gregory Ain, 1969-1972
16 2 Correspondence, J. R. Davidson, circa 1965-1982
16 3-5 Correspondence, Harwell Harris, 1978-1984
16 6-12 Drafts, Gregory Ain, circa 1980s
16 13-16 Drafts, J. R. Davidson, circa 1980s
16 17-22 Drafts, Harwell Harris, circa 1980s
16 23-24 Drafts, Raphael Soriano, circa 1980s
16 25 Financial Records, 1976, 1982-1984
16 26-28 Notes and Research Material, Gregory Ain, 1955, 1960s-1980s
16 29-32 Notes and Research Material, J. R. Davidson, circa 1960s-1980s
(oversized items housed in Box 42)
Box Folder
17 1-2 Notes and Research Material, General, circa 1970s-1980s
17 3-7 Notes and Research Material, Harwell Harris, circa 1960s-1980s
17 8-9 Notes and Research Material, Raphael Soriano, 1956-1982
17 10 Publicity and Reviews, circa 1984-1986
17 Vienna to Los Angeles: Two Journeys (1979)
17 11 Acknowledgements and Bibliography, 1970s
17 12-15 Article, "Letters Between R. M. Schindler and Richard Neutra, 1914-1924" by Esther McCoy, 1974
17 16 Correspondence, General, circa 1958-1980
17 17 Correspondence, Philip and David Lovell (photocopies), 1926-1928, 1977
17 18 Correspondence, Erich Mendelsohn (photocopies), 1922
17 19 Correspondence, Pauline Schindler (photocopies), 1930-1976
17 20-22 Correspondence, R. M. Schindler (photocopies), circa 1914-1954
17 23-25 Correspondence, R. M. Schindler correspondence with Richard Neutra (photocopies), 1912-1924
17 26-27 Correspondence, R. M. Schindler correspondence with Richard Neutra, Draft Translations, circa 1972
17 28-32 Correspondence, R. M. Schindler correspondence with Richard Neutra, Typescripts, circa 1972
17 33-36 Correspondence, Frank Lloyd Wright re: Barnsdall House (photocopies), circa 1916-1925, 1934
17 37 Draft One, 1978
Box Folder
18 1 Draft Two, circa 1978
18 2 Draft Fragments, circa 1970s
18 3 Essay, "Taliesin in 1919" by Pauline Schindler, circa 1973
18 4 Foreword, 1970s
18 5 Introduction, 1973
18 6-14 Notes and Research Material, 1928-1970s
18 15-21 Photographs and Captions, circa 1910-1979
(Julius Shulman photographs not scanned.)
18 22 Publicity and Reviews, 1979-1980
Box
RD 49 Oversized Blueprints, Case Study House #16, 1952
(Scanned with Box 15, Folder 26)
Box
RD 50 Oversized Blueprints, Case Study Houses #8 and #9, circa 1949
(Scanned with Box 15, Folder 27)
Box
42 Oversized Notes and Research Material, J. R. Davidson, circa 1960s-1980s
(Scanned with Box 16, Folders 29-32)

4.2: Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1942-1990

This subseries contains records of McCoy's work on several exhibition catalogs. McCoy worked on major museum exhibitions about architecture, such as Blueprints for Modern Living at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Ten Italian Architects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and High Styles at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In some instances she was a curator for the exhibition and wrote the catalog, and in others she was asked to contribute an essay for the catalog. Files include correspondence, published catalogs, draft writings and photographs used for the catalogs, notes and research material, publicity and reviews, and other documentation of exhibition details. Of particular note are a video about the Case Study House Program that was released in conjunction with the Blueprints for Modern Living exhibition, and documentation regarding theft of items from the Juan O'Gorman exhibition.

The bulk of this subseries has been scanned. Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand and other select folders have not been scanned.

Files are grouped alphabetically by exhibition title.

Box Folder
18 A. Quincy Jones: A Tribute (1980)
18 23 Catalog, 1980
18 24-25 Drafts, circa 1979
18 26 Notes and Research Material, circa 1970s-1980
18 Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study House (1989)
18 27 Correspondence, 1985-1989
18 28-29 Drafts, circa 1989
18 30 Notes, circa 1989
18 31 Project Description, 1989
18 32 Publicity and Reviews, 1987-1990
18 33 Video, "The Case Study House Program, 1945-1966,," 1989
(1 videocassette (VHS))
18 Felix Candela (1957)
18 34 Catalog and Printed Material, 1957
18 35-36 Correspondence, 1957-1959
18 37-38 Drafts and Notes, 1956-1957
18 39 Exhibition Arrangements, 1957
18 40 Photographs, circa 1950s
18 High Styles (1986)
18 41 Checklist Documents, circa 1985
18 42-44 Correspondence, 1983-1986
Box Folder
19 1-2 Drafts, circa 1985
19 3 Exhibition Arrangements, 1984-1985
19 4 Fabric Samples, circa 1956-1968
19 5 Museum Catalog Records (photocopies), circa 1985
19 6 Notes, circa 1984-1985
19 7-8 Photographs, circa 1942-1985
(photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand not scanned)
19 9 Research Material, circa 1960s-1985
19 10-11 Reviews, 1985-1986
19 Home Sweet Home: The California Ranch House (1983)
19 12 Correspondence and Exhibition Planning Documents, 1983-1984
19 13 Drafts, circa 1983
19 14 Notes, circa 1983
19 15 Photographs, 1945, 1958, undated
19 16 Printed Material, 1971, 1983-1984
19 Irving Gill (1958)
19 17 Catalog, 1958
19 18 Correspondence, 1958-1960
19 19 Drafts, circa 1958
19 20 Exhibition Arrangements, 1958
19 21-23 Photographs for Catalog, 1958
(photographs by Marvin Rand not scanned)
19 Juan O'Gorman (1964)
19 24 Catalog, 1964
19 25 Correspondence, 1958, 1963-1964
19 26-27 Drafts and Exhibition Arrangements, circa 1958-1964
19 28 Report on Theft, 1964
19 29 Marmo: The New Italian Stone Age, Introduction by Esther McCoy, circa 1988-1989
19 Naives and Visionaries (1975)
19 30 Correspondence, 1974-1977, 1984
19 31 Drafts, circa 1974-1975
19 32 Notes, circa 1974-1975
19 33 Photographs, circa 1960s-1970s
19 34 Printed Material, 1967-1981
19 Ten Italian Architects (1967)
19 35 Acknowledgements and Captions, circa 1967
19 36 Blueprints, Ignazio Gardella, 1965
19 37 Catalog, 1967
19 38-40 Correspondence, 1963-1968
19 41 Financial Records, circa 1966-1968
19 42-44 Notebooks, circa 1963-1967
Box Folder
20 1-2 Notes, circa 1963-1967
20 3 Photograph Album, circa 1963-1967
20 4 Proposals, circa 1964
20 5 Publicity, 1967
20 6 Research Material, Franco Albini, circa 1963-1965
20 7 Research Material, General, circa 1957-1966
20 8 Research Material, Angelo Mangiarotti, 1963-1968
20 9 Research Material, Gino Valle, circa 1960s

4.3: Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers, 1948-1989

This subseries documents McCoy's work for journals, magazines, and newspapers, including publications for which she was a contributing editor, such as Arts and Architecture, Lotus, and Progressive Architecture. Articles are primarily on the topic of architecture, but also include a few writings on design, art, crafts, and travel. Files generally contain drafts of articles and related notes, but may also include related correspondence and photographs, as well as a clipping of the published article. Also found are general correspondence files regarding her work as an editor for Arts and Architecture, Progressive Architecture, and Lotus.

McCoy also worked for nearly two decades as a free lance writer for the L. A. Times, primarily writing about architecture and travel for the Home Magazine supplement. Found here are numerous draft articles, including regular features on California architects, and writings about Italy and Mexico.

Of note are articles on young architects written for Arts and Architecture and Zodiac magazines, an article on Brasilia for the L. A. Times, and an article about the Charles Eames office for Progressive Architecture.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Titles of publications found in this subseries are arranged alphabetically, and individual articles are arranged chronologically by publication date. The exact publication date, when known, is given in parentheses.

Box Folder
20 10 AIA Review, "The Dodge House,," 1965
20 11 AIA Review, "Is Mies Doing Anything Interesting?,," 1968
20 12 Angeles, "Homage to Reyner Banham" (September 1988), 1988
20 13 Architectural Digest, "City Map Guide No. 23: Los Angeles" (No. 7), 1974
20 14-15 Architectural Forum, "Dr. Salk Talks about His Institute" (December 1967), 1967
20 16 Architectural Forum, "A Health Center with Muscles" (March 1969), 1969
20 17 Architecture, Review: "R. M. Schindler by August Sarnitz,," 1989
20 18 Architecture and Urbanism, "Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown" (December 1981), 1981
20 Arts & Architecture
20 19-20 Correspondence, 1951-1966, 1982, 1985
20 21 "Architecture in Mexico" (August 1951), 1951
20 22 "The New University City of Mexico" (August 1952), 1952
20 23-24 "The Bradbury Building" (April 1953), circa 1953
20 25 "Notes on Greene and Greene" (July 1953), 1953
20 26 "Four Houses of the '20s by R. M. Schindler, Architect" (September 1953), 1953
20 27 "R. M. Schindler 1890-1953" (May 1954), 1954
20 28 "Weaving by Saul Borisov" (June 1954), 1954
20 29 "Pier Luigi Nervi - Concrete Sections from Two New Stadiums" (September 1956), 1956
20 30 "Concrete Shell Forms - Felix Candela" (May 1957), 1957
20 31 "Tribute to Sardinia" (November 1962), 1962
20 32-33 "William Morris, Designer, Craftsman, Victorian" (March 1963), 1960-1963
20 34 "Italian Designs" (May 1963), 1963
20 35 "Mosaics of Juan O'Gorman" (February 1964), 1964
20 36 "West Coast Architects II: William Wilson Wurster" (July 1964), 1964
20 37 "West Coast Architects III: Victor Gruen" (October 1964), 1964
20 38 "Pure Research,," 1964
20 39 "West Coast Architects V: John Lautner" (August 1965), 1965
20 40-43 "Young Architects: The Small Office" (February-March, 1966), circa 1962-1966
20 44 [Death of Susan Jonas,], circa 1960s
20 45 "Gregory Ain" (Winter 1981), 1979-1982
20 46 "The Greenhouse" (Spring 1982), circa 1982
20 47 "The Death of Juan O'Gorman" (Spring 1982), 1982
20 48 "Garrett Eckbo: The Early Years" (Fall 1982), 1982
20 49 "Retrospect: Bruce Goff" (Summer 1983), 1983
20 50 "John Entenza" (Winter 1984), 1984
20 51 Arts in Society, "Avant-Garde Architecture" (1962), 1962
20 52 California Magazine, "Geography as Destiny" (March 1986), 1986
20 53 California Magazine, "Ray Eames" (1988), 1988
20 54 Design Book Review, "On the Edge of the World by Richard Longstreth" (1983, December 23), 1983
20 55 Design Quarterly, "Charles and Ray Eames" (1975), circa 1973-1975
20 56 Domus, "Review: Bruce Goff in Architecture" (July 1971), 1970-1971
20 57 Domus, "Post-Mies: Architecture di Anthony J. Lumsden" (November 1975), circa 1975
20 58-60 Global Architecture, "Gunnar Birkerts" (Volume 31), circa 1973-1974
20 61-62 Harvard Architecture Review, "Post Modern: Pelli and Gehry" (Unpublished), 1977-1979
20 63 Historic Preservation, "Irving Gill, Architect" (April-June 1972), 1972
20 64 Hudson Review, "Luis Barragan,," 1989
20 65 Journal of Architectural Education, Review of Beyond Metabolism: The New Japanese Architecture by Michael Franklin Ross, 1979
Box Folder
21 1-2 Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, "Letters from Louis H. Sullivan to R. M. Schindler" (December 1961), 1961
21 L. A. Architect
21 3 "J. R. Davidson" (May 1977), 1977
21 4 "A Walk with Lutah Riggs" (July 1979), 1979
21 5 "Obituary: A. Quincy Jones: 1913-1979" (September 1979), 1979
21 6 "Gio Ponti: 1891-1979" (November 1979), 1979
21 7 "Konrad Wachsman: 1901-1980" (January 1981), 1981
21 8 "Ray Eames" (October 1988), 1988
21 Los Angeles Herald Examiner
21 9 Article on Craig Ellwood, 1955
21 10 "Case Study House #17" (1956, April 8), 1956
21 11 "Candela Exhibition" (1957, April 28), 1957
21 12 "Los Angeles: A Private Proving Ground" (1980, February 6), 1980
21 Los Angeles Times
21 13 Home Magazine, "Mexico" Issue (1952, October 19), 1952
21 14 "Then and Now" (1952, December 14), 1952
21 15 "House With Sloping Walls,," 1952
21 16 "Who Starts a Style?" (1953, July 19), 1953
21 17-20 "Northwest Roundup,," 1953
21 21-22 Home Magazine, "Mexico" Issue (1954, January 24), 1954
21 23 "La Jolla's First Architect" (1954, March 28), 1954
21 24 "60 Years of Architectural Progress Hailed by AIA" (1954, August 29), 1954
21 25 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (J. R. Davidson, 1954, November 21), 1954
21 26 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Gregory Ain, 1955, January 2), 1954
21 27 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Thornton Abell, 1955, May 1), 1955
21 28 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (John Lautner, 1955, May 16), 1955
21 29 "Great Maya Builders of Yucatan" (September 1955), 1955
21 30 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Irving Gill, 1955, November 6), 1955
21 31 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (George Russell, 1955, November 20), 1955
21 32 "Bolton Hall,," 1955-1980s
21 33 "The Subject of the Researches is Man" (1956, January 22), 1956
21 34 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, 1956, February 19), 1956
21 35 "California Landscaping No. 1" (1956, February 26), 1956
21 36 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Richard Neutra, 1956, March 18), 1956
21 37 "California Landscaping No. 2" (1956, May 13), 1956
21 38 "Salute to AIA, Well Earned" (1956, May 13), 1956
21 39 "What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Milton Sessions, 1956, November 18), 1956
21 40 "Roots of California Contemporary Architecture,," circa 1956
21 41 "California Landscaping No. 9" (1957, April 21), 1957
21 42 "Italy Boasts Finest Greek Marble" (1958, February 2), 1958
21 43 "Where to Look for Arts and Crafts on Travels Abroad" (1958, April 2), 1958
21 44-46 "In Sardinia Design is Ruled by Spontaneity" (1958, October 14), 1957-1958
21 47 "The War and Ensenada" (1958, November 16), 1958
21 48 Various Articles on Italian Crafts, circa 1958
21 49 "Those Crazy Domes" (1959, February 22), circa 1959
21 50 "Room for 2 Million in the Hills" (1959, March 18), circa 1958-1959
21 51-52 "Italy's Marble" (1959, November 1), 1959
21 53 "Brasilia" (1959, November 22), Correspondence, 1959-1960
21 54 "Brasilia" (1959, November 22), Notes and Research Material, 1959-1960
21 55-56 "Brasilia" (1959, November 22), Photographs, circa 1959
21 57 "The Time Kendall Tried to Build a Modern House" (1960, March 20), 1960
21 58 "Chess in Cuernavaca" (1960, July 31), 1960
21 59 "Wanted: Architect (preferably a dead one)" (1960, August 21), 1960
21 60-62 "Israeli Craft: A Fusion of Many Cultures" (1960, October 9 and 1961, June 4), 1960-1961
21 63 "Flying off the Handle at International Airport" (1962, October 14), 1962
21 64 "Santa Monica's Inspiration Point - It's at End of the Line" (1962, October 28), 1962
21 65 "Megastructures for Megalopoli" (1967, January 15), 1966-1967
21 66 "Richard Neutra" (1968, February 11), 1967-1968
21 67 "Architecture in California: 1868-1968,," 1968
21 68 Various Articles, circa 1957-1977
21 Lotus
21 69-71 Correspondence, 1963-1983
(Includes general correspondence with editor, Bruno Alfieri)
21 72-74 "Buildings in the United States, 1966-1967" (1967-1968, v. 4), 1966-1968
21 75 "R. M. Schindler" (1968, v. 5), 1968
21 76 Documents used for Lotus 5, circa 1968
21 77 "17 Miles Between Mesa and Apache Junction" (1974, v. 8), 1974
21 Mademoiselle's Living
21 78 "Two Grangers in Three Acts,," 1948-1949
21 79 "Kirk House on Finn Hill, Seattle,," 1949
21 80 "Gregory Ain's Mar Vista Project for Veterans,," 1950
21 81 "Kumler House, Phoenix, Arizona,," 1950-1951
Box Folder
22 1 New West, "Palms" (1976, June 7), 1976
22 2 New York Times, Article on Japanese Design, 1959
22 3 The Pacific Spectator, "West Coast Architecture: A Romantic Movement Ends,," 1952
22 4-5 Perspecta, "Case Study Houses" (1976, v. 15), circa 1976
22 Progressive Architecture
22 6-10 Correspondence, 1964, 1969-1974
22 11-15 Correspondence, 1975-1989
22 16 Financial Records, 1969-1976
22 17 General Notes, 1966-circa 1970s
22 18 "Owens Valley Study,," circa 1970
22 19 "Central City" (March 1970), 1970
22 20 "Who's Hurting Here" (July 1971), 1971
22 21 "Designing for a Dry Climate" (1971, n. 8), 1971
22 22-23 "Toward the G Intensity Silhouette,," circa 1971
22 24 "Performing Arts Building, UC Santa Cruz,," 1971-1972
22 25 "St. Paul's Cathedral" (January 1972), 1970-1972
22 26 "Gamble House" (November 1972), 1971-1972
22 27 Article on Charles Moore and Christopher Alexander, 1972
22 28 "Hearst Castle" (January 1973), 1972-1973
22 29 "Scottsdale" (March 1973), 1972-1973
22 30-34 "Interior Design: The Charles Eames Office, An Affection for Objects" (August 1973), circa 1973
22 35 "High Tech Images" (February 1974), 1974
22 36 "Report from Guanajuato" (September 1974), 1974
22 37 "Before the Silvers" (1976, n. 10), 1976
22 38 "Pacific Design Center" (October 1976), 1976
22 39 "Annenberg Building" (March 1977), 1976-1977
22 40 "Everyman's Casa" (July 1978), 1977-1978
22 41 "Something to Wrap the Herring In" (February 1986), 1986
22 42 "Frank Gehry" (October 1986), 1986
22 43 "Second Guessing Schindler" (1989, n. 4), 1989
22 44 Various Articles, 1969
22 45-46 Various Articles, 1970
22 47 Various Articles, 1971
22 48-49 Various Articles, 1972
22 50 Various Articles, 1973-1974
22 51 Various Articles, 1975
22 52 Various Articles, 1976
22 53 Various Articles, 1977
22 54 Various Articles, 1978-1979
22 55 Various Articles, 1980-1981
22 56 Various Articles, 1982-1983
22 57 Various Articles, undated
22 58 Review (Society of Architectural Historians), "Charles Greene's Presence" (Spring 1982), 1981
22 59 Sunset Magazine, Various Articles, 1952, 1955
22 60 UCLA Alumni Magazine, "The New North Campus, 1966-1967,," circa 1967
22 61 Ville Giardini, Various Articles, circa 1977-1983
Box Folder
23 1-4 Western Architect and Engineer, "Wilshire Boulevard" (September 1961), circa 1961
23 5 Zodiac, "Neutra in California" (1961, v. 8), 1961
23 6-8 Zodiac, "Young Architects in the United States" (1961, v. 8), 1960-1961
23 Zodiac, "Young Architects in the United States: 1963" (1964, v. 13)
23 9-10 Correspondence, 1962-1964
23 11 Drafts, circa 1963, 1964
23 12-14 Notes and Research Material, 1960-1963

4.4: Lectures, circa 1960-1988

This subseries contains many of the lectures given by McCoy at museums, galleries, universities, colleges, and architecture societies. Some of the lectures are for classes that McCoy taught at the University of California (Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz) between 1965 and 1975. Others are exhibition and gallery lectures for the shows that she curated. Also included are lectures and talks she gave regarding her publications and tours. Files may consist of drafts of lectures, notes, and related printed material. One lecture, "Schindler in California" was released by Pidgeon Audio Visual as part of a series of talks about architecture. Included are a sound cassette of the lecture by McCoy and series of 24 slides. This subseries also includes two files of schedules and notes for house tours that McCoy led for various organizations.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
23 15 California Polytechnic, "Architecture in Transition,," 1970
23 16 Columbia University, "Architecture in the West as a Cottage Industry,," 1972
23 17-18 House Tours, Schedules and Notes, 1966-1979
23 19 La Jolla, "Post Modern,," 1977
23 20 Lecture on Brasilia, circa 1960
23 21 Lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright, circa 1970s
23 22 Lecture on "Italian Modern,," circa 1970s
23 23 Lecture on "Library Use,," 1985
23 24 Lecture on Modern Architecture, circa 1970s
23 25 Lectures on R. M. Schindler, circa 1970s
23 26-27 Lecture on "Schindler in California,," circa 1970s
(includes slides and 1 sound cassette)
23 28 Lecture on Tony Lumsden, 1975
23 29-30 Lecture Tour, "Case Study Houses,," 1978
23 31-32 Lecture Tours, "The Second Generation,," 1977, 1983-1984
23 33 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Architecture of R. M. Schindler,," 1967
23 34 Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Lecture on Museums, 1981
23 35 National Trust for Historic Preservation, "The Architecture of Irving Gill,," 1971
23 36 Rice Design Alliance, Lecture on Five California Architects, 1976
23 37 San Diego Museum of Art, "Gill's Birthday,," 1979
23 38 Santa Barbara Museum, "The Modern Tradition in Southern California,," 1971
23 39 Southern California Institute of Architecture, "Schindler,," 1979
23 40 University of California Extension, "The American Home as a Work of Art,," 1968
23 41 University of California Extension, "Fantasy and Reality in Italian Design,," 1979
23 University of California, Los Angeles
23 42 "Ain,," 1982
23 43 "Case Study Houses,," 1974
23 44 "The Colloquium: From Vienna to Los Angeles,," 1988
23 45 Lecture on R. M. Schindler, 1975
23 46 "Maybeck and Gill,," 1975
23 47 "Mexican Architecture,," 1980
23 48 "Richard Neutra and the Second Generation Moderns in Southern California,," 1975
23 49 University of California, Santa Barbara, Lecture on Case Study Houses, circa 1970s
23 50 University of California, Santa Barbara, "The Office of R. M. Schindler,," 1967
23 51-55 University of California, Santa Barbara, "Roots of Modern Architecture,," 1969-1970
23 56 University of California, Santa Barbara, "The Building as Environment Shaper,," 1970
Box Folder
24 1-2 University of California, Santa Cruz, "Observing Architecture,," 1973-1974
24 3 University of Southern California, "The Forties,," 1979
24 4 University of Southern California, "Landscape Architecture in the Urban Scene,," 1965
24 5 University of Southern California, "Memorial for Wachsman,," 1981
24 6 Women's Building, "Conversation with Lutah Maria Riggs, FAIA,," 1978

4.5: Other Writings and Research Notes, 1937-1989, undated

This subseries contains other architectural writings and research notes written by McCoy that were either unpublished or for which the publication information is unknown. Found here are writings arranged by title and by subject. Titled writings include essays about her colleagues John Entenza and Julius Shulman. Subject files include writings about architecture, creativity, and Italian and Mexican architecture and culture. Also included here are notes and handwritten transcripts of an interview of architect Louis Kahn, conducted by McCoy in 1964. A recording of this interview is available in Series 10: Audio and Video Recordings. Additional material in this subseries includes book reviews written by McCoy and other unidentified writings and notes.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Box Folder
24 7 Book Reviews, circa 1950s-1985
24 8 Miscellaneous Unidentified Writings and Notes, circa 1950s-1980s
24 Writings By Title
24 9 "Architecture West,," 1950
24 10 "Bethlehem Baptist Church Story,," 1939, undated
24 11 "Broadway Plaza,," circa 1973
24 12 "Bunker Hill,," undated
24 13 "Derwin Ranch,," circa 1960s
24 14 "Edward Weston,," undated
24 15 "Heth Wharton,," 1958
24 16 "Interview with Wayne Williams on Color,," undated
24 17 "John Entenza,," circa 1980
24 18 "Julius Shulman,," 1989
24 19 "LA, LA" Book Proposal, circa 1985-1986
24 20 "Los Angeles Slums,," 1937-1938
24 21 "Pallladio of Vicenza,," undated
24 22 "Ranch House: Sugar Bush Hill,," circa 1940s
24 23 "Report to the Board,," undated
24 24 "Richard Lechner House: Studio City,," undated
24 25 "Suave Fruits from Mexico,," 1955
24 26 "Thoughts on the Eye,," circa 1980s
24 27 "Watts Towers,," circa 1965
24 28 "Wiltern Theatre,," 1980
24 Writings and Notes by Subject
24 29-30 Architecture, circa 1950s-1988
24 31 Creativity, circa 1960-1970
24 32 Italian Architecture and Culture, circa 1950s-1960s
24 33 Louis Kahn Interview, 1964
24 34 Mexico's University City (Ciudad Universitaria), circa 1952-1954
24 35-37 Mexican Architecture and Culture, circa 1950-1957
24 38 Mexican Gardens and Nurseries, circa 1955
24 39 New Mexico, 1949

Series 5: Projects, circa 1953-1988
(Boxes 24-26, 47; 2.1 linear feet)

This series contains McCoy's files on architecture-related projects. Included are records of her participation on juries; applications for grants; work for the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey; and her various projects at the UCLA, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Also found are files documenting her work on preservation projects, most notably the Dodge House Preservation Campaign.

The series is arranged as 8 subseries:

5.1: Dodge House Preservation Campaign, circa 1953-1983

Found here are documents regarding the campaign to preserve the architecturally significant Dodge House, built by Irving Gill. Preservation efforts began in 1963 and continued until the house was demolished in 1970. Esther McCoy was very active in the preservation efforts, serving on the Citizen's Committee for the Dodge House and a Dodge House Special Committee of the American Institute of Architects. This subseries includes various committee documents, clippings and other printed material, correspondence, and notes and writings by McCoy regarding the preservation efforts. In 1965 McCoy produced a film, "Dodge House" as part of the preservation efforts. Documentation of this film project includes correspondence, photographs used for the film, draft film scripts written by McCoy, and a film reel of the finished film.

The bulk of this subseries has been scanned. Photographs taken by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned.

Researchers should note that additional records about the Dodge House can be found in Series 5.3: Historic American Buildings Survey.

Box Folder
24 40 Clippings, circa 1963-1970
24 41 Committee Documents, 1963-1970
24 42-43 Correspondence, 1963-1970
24 Film, "Dodge House"
24 44 Correspondence, 1965-1983
24 45 Film Reel, "Dodge House,," 1965
(1 film reel: 16mm, 1 duplicate videocassette: Digital Betacam, 1 duplicate video disc: DVD; film reel housed in Box 47)
24 46-47 Financial Records, 1965
24 48-51 Photographs for Film, circa 1953-1965
(photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand not scanned)
24 52-53 Scripts, 1965
24 54 Floor Plans, circa 1950s-1960s
24 55-56 Notes and Writings, circa 1965-1970
24 57 Printed Material, circa 1965-1968
Box
47 Film Reel, "Dodge House,," 1965
(See also Box 24, Folder 45)

5.2: Grants, 1956-1985

This group of files contains correspondence, applications, proposals, and financial documents regarding McCoy's various grant projects. Included is documentation for grants awarded and not awarded. Several of these grants funded McCoy's travel, research, and writing projects.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Files are arranged alphabetically. Researchers should note that additional correspondence regarding grants may be found in Series 2.3: General Correspondence.

Box Folder
24 58 American Institute of Architects, Brunner Scholarship, 1956-1957
24 59 American Institute of Architects, Rehmann Scholarship, 1956-1958
24 60 Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1964
24 61 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1960
24 62 Guggenheim Fellowship, 1979-1980
24 63 Huntington Hartford Foundation Fellowship, 1963-1965
24 64 MacDowell Colony, 1976-1985
24 65 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1978-1979
24 66 Support Material for Unidentified Grants, circa 1960s

5.3: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), 1960-1980

This subseries contains material regarding Esther McCoy's work for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documenting significant Southern California architecture. Found here is correspondence regarding her work on the project, miscellaneous records such as meeting agendas, meeting minutes, financial documents, and HABS reports, and general project notes written by McCoy. The bulk of this subseries consists of project files for each of the buildings that she surveyed. Included in these files are survey worksheets and reports, notes, research material about the property, and floor plans.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Files are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
24 67-68 Correspondence, 1963-1976
Box Folder
25 1-2 Miscellaneous Records, 1961, 1968-1970
25 3-4 Notes, 1960-1970
25 5 Outline and Notes for HABS Book, circa 1973
25 Survey Documents
25 6 Barnsdall Park, 1965-1975
25 7 Bradbury Building, 1968-1969
25 8 Bullock's Wilshire, 1968-1969
25 9 Dodge House, 1963-1969
25 10 Ennis House, 1969-1970
25 11 Horatio West Court, 1968-1976
25 12 Los Angeles Central Library, 1968-1970
25 13 Lovell Beach House, 1968-1973
25 14 Miltimore House, 1969-1970
25 15 Pueblo Ribera Court, 1968
25 16-17 Richfield Building, circa 1968-1969
25 18 Samuel Freeman House, 1969-1970
25 19-21 Schindler House, 1969-1980
25 22 Sowden House, 1968-1970
25 23 Storer House, circa 1969
25 24 U. S. Customs House, circa 1972-1973
25 25 Veterans Administration Center, circa 1963-1968

5.4: Juries, 1957-1982

This subseries contains files documenting McCoy's participation in award juries for architectural design. Most of these award programs were sponsored by chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Files may contain reports, notes, press releases, photographs of work by entrants, and correspondence. A few files contain only photographs of works entered into the competition.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Files are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
25 26 American Institute of Architects Comprehensive Architectural Competition (Photographs), 1957
25 27 American Institute of Architects Honor Awards, 1967
25 28 American Institute of Architects Awards Program, Southern California Chapter, 1975
25 29 American Institute of Architects Awards Program, San Diego Chapter, 1976
25 30 American Institute of Architects Awards Program, Southern California Chapter (Photographs), 1977
25 31 Unidentified Design Competition, 1981
25 32-33 Beverly Hills Civic Center Design Competition, 1982

5.5: L. A. Art Index, circa 1980

This subseries contains documentation about the "L. A. Art Index," a project coordinated in 1980 by California State University, Long Beach, to compile an index of artists and art groups (including architects and photographers) working in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Esther McCoy conducted research and compiled information for this project. Found here are correspondence, a portion of a draft index (stops at Gh-), and the "Master File" containing photocopies of a card file used for the index.

The bulk of this subseries has been scanned. Draft files have not been scanned.

Box Folder
25 34 Correspondence, 1980
25 35 "L. A. Art Index," A-B, circa 1980
25 36 "L. A. Art Index," C-G (stops at Gh-), circa 1980
25 37 "Master File," A-D, circa 1980
25 38 "Master File," E-K, circa 1980
25 39 "Master File," L-R, circa 1980
25 40 "Master File," S-Z, circa 1980
25 41 Draft Files, circa 1980

5.6: Preservation Projects, 1965-1980

This subseries contains scattered documentation of McCoy's architectural preservation projects independent of her work on the Historic American Buildings Survey or the Dodge House preservation campaign. Files for each property may include notes, legal documents, reports written by McCoy or others, photographs, news clippings, and correspondence.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Files are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
25 42 Baker Residence Addition, La Jolla, California, 1978
25 43 Derby House, Glendale, California, 1978
25 44 Egyptian Village Caf�, Glendale, California, 1979-1980
25 45 George H. Scripps Building, La Jolla, California, circa 1977-1980
25 46 Laurelwood Apartments, Los Angeles, California, 1980
25 47 St. Paul's Cathedral, Los Angeles, California, 1980
25 48 Miscellaneous Preservation Documents, 1965-1976

5.7: Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), 1959-1982

This subseries documents McCoy's membership in the Society of Architectural Historians. Included are drafts of three presentations that McCoy gave at annual meetings, her correspondence with the organization, and documentation for two meetings in England, including program schedules, tour notes, and printed material. Also found are general organizational records for the society including reports, newsletters, minutes, and member lists. McCoy was a member of the SAH Tour Committee, and found here are several tour itineraries for the Southern California region.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Files are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
25 49 Annual Meeting Presentation, "The Growth of Cubism in the Work of R. M. Schindler,," 1965
25 50 Annual Meeting Presentation, "Charles Rennie Mackintosh,," 1971
25 51-52 Annual Meeting Presentation, "J. R. Davidson Houses: 1937-1946,," 1977
Box Folder
26 1-2 Correspondence, 1959-1982
26 3 England Meeting and Tour Records, 1970, 1973
26 4-5 Organizational Records, circa 1961-1977
26 6 Tour Itineraries, circa 1965-1972

5.8: UCLA, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1961-1988

Esther McCoy was a lecturer at the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning from 1965 to 1969. The school was established just a year earlier, and she took an active role in the development of a program curriculum, architecture library, and slide library. This subseries documents her many activities at the school. Included are correspondence, employment records, general notes, and library committee reports. Also found is documentation of her work to establish a slide library, including reports, notes, and inventories. McCoy also oversaw the organization and cataloging of the Richard Neutra Archive, which had been donated to UCLA. Found here is correspondence regarding the project, a microfilm inventory, and collection descriptions. This subseries also contains four files of McCoy's teaching materials, such as lecture notes and course outlines. Researchers should note that McCoy's teaching materials from other Universities can be found in Series 4.4: Lectures.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.

Files are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
26 7-9 Correspondence, 1965-1988
26 10 Employment Records, 1967-1969
26 11 Library Committee Reports, 1965-1967
26 12 Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1966-1969
26 Richard Neutra Archives
26 13 Correspondence, 1961, 1976-1972
26 14 Financial Material, circa 1966-1969
26 15-16 Inventories and Notes, circa 1966-1970
26 17 "List of Items and Description on Microfilm,," circa 1970
26 18 "Register of the Neutra Collection,," circa 1960s
26 19-20 Slide Library, Inventory and Notes, circa 1966-1969
26 21 Slide Library, Plan for Organization, 1967
26 22 Slide Library, Reports, 1966-1969
26 23-26 Teaching Materials, 1966-1970, 1974

Series 6: Architect Files, 1912-1990
(Boxes 26-28, 42; 2.2 linear feet)

This series contains McCoy's research files on individual architects and their projects. Files may include correspondence, research material, photographs of the architects and their works, writings, interview transcripts and notes, blueprints, and printed material. Writings found here include writings by McCoy and writings by the architects. Of note is a draft memoir written by Konrad Wachsman and an essay on architecture in Mexico by Juan O'Gorman. This series also contains a large amount of material about R. M. Schindler, including statements by other architects about Schindler, and a two volume "Book of Documents" created by Schindler, containing copies of his biographical and professional records.

The bulk of this series has been scanned. Photographs taken by Julius Shulman have not been scanned.

The files are arranged alphabetically by name of architect. While this series contains scattered writings and notes by McCoy, the bulk of her writings about these architects can be found in Series 4: Architectural Writings. Additional photographs of works by these architects can be found in Series 9: Photographs and Slides.

Box Folder
26 Barragan, Luis
26 27 Correspondence, 1971-1983
26 28 Floor Plans, circa 1950s
26 29 Research Material, circa 1952-1980
26 30 Birkerts, Gunnar, 1968-1986
26 31 Botteiger, Peggy, circa 1950s
26 32-33 Candela, Felix, circa 1950-1970, 1981
26 34 Cetto, Max, circa 1951-1953, 1962-1963
26 35 Ciampi, Mario, 1954-1964
26 36 Coate, Roland, circa 1950s
26 37 Craiker, Chris, 1979, 1982-1983
26 Eames, Charles and Ray
26 38 Interview Transcript, 1974
26 39 Photographs, 1959-1962
26 40 Printed Material, 1941-1944, 1966, 1970
26 Gehry, Frank
26 41 Correspondence, 1973-1975, 1985
26 42 Notes and Research Material, circa 1970s, 1979
26 Gill, Irving
26 43 Correspondence, 1929-1989
26 44-45 Notes and Writings, circa 1950s-1970s
26 46 Research Material, 1936, 1959-1989
26 47 Goff, Bruce, 1968-1983
26 48 Grey, Elmer, 1953-1962
26 Harris, Harwell Hamilton
26 49 Correspondence, 1972-1984
Box Folder
27 1 Correspondence, 1985-1989
27 2 Research Material, 1962
27 3-4 Harris, Murry, circa 1948-1949
27 5 Lautner, John, circa 1985-1988
27 6 Le Corbusier, 1933, circa 1970s
27 7 Maybeck, Bernard, 1952, 1957, circa 1975
27 8 Moore, Charles, 1968-1969, 1977
27 9 Myers, Barton, circa 1977-1979
27 Neutra, Richard and Dion
27 10-11 Correspondence, 1953-1974
27 12 Photographs, circa 1930s-1984
(Photographs by Julius Shulman not scanned)
27 13 Research Material, circa 1950s-1967, 1976
27 O'Gorman, Juan
27 14-15 Clippings, 1953-1967
(oversized items housed in Box 42)
27 16-18 Correspondence, 1951-1984
27 19 "The Degeneration of Architecture in Mexico Today" by Juan O'Gorman, 1954-1955
27 20 Notes and Writings, circa 1942-1960s
27 21 Otto, Frei, circa 1965-1966
27 Pelli, Cesar
27 22-23 Correspondence, 1969-1990
27 24 Notes and Writings, circa 1970s
27 25 Research Material, 1968-1979
27 Ponti, Gio
27 26-27 Correspondence, 1966-1989
27 28 Research Material, circa 1971
27 Porset, Clara
27 29-30 Correspondence, 1951-1952
27 31 Photographs, circa 1952
27 32 Research Material, 1951-1952
27 Purcell, William
27 33-34 Correspondence, 1923-1964
27 35 Notes and Research Material, circa 1946-1959
27 36 Richards, Sim Bruce, 1960-1984
27 Schindler, R. M.
27 37-38 Correspondence, circa 1920-1988
27 39 Exhibition Documents, 1954, 1964-1967
27 40-41 Notes, General, circa 1950s-1970s
27 42 Notes, Gregory Ain Interview regarding Schindler, undated
27 43 Notes, "Talk with the Lovells,," 1958
27 44 Photographs, 1912-1970s
27 45 Research Material, Book of Documents, vol. I, circa 1949
27 46 Research Material, Book of Documents, vol. II, circa 1949
27 47-50 Research Material, General, 1922-1980
Box Folder
28 1 Statements by Other Architects Regarding Schindler, circa 1960s
28 2 Writings, [About Working for Schindler,], 1987
28 3 Writings, "Schindler House Restoration,," undated
28 4 Writings, Unidentified Draft Fragments, circa 1950s-1970s
28 Soriano, Raphael
28 5 Correspondence, circa 1961-1982
28 6 Photographs, circa 1960s-1970s
28 7 Sorkin, Michael, 1979-1987
28 8 Stenger, A. D., circa 1949-1950
28 9 Sullivan, Louis, circa 1967
28 Venturi, Robert
28 10-11 Correspondence, 1964-1987
28 12-13 Notes and Writings, circa 1975-1980
28 14-16 Research Material, 1963-1983
28 17-19 Victor Gruen Associates, circa 1965-1985
28 20-23 Wachsman, Konrad, circa 1972-1977
28 Wright, Frank Lloyd
28 24-25 Notes and Research Material, circa 1950s
28 26 Photographs, circa 1950s
28 Wright, Lloyd
28 27 Correspondence, circa 1959-1966
28 28 "Eric Wright Conversation,," 1979
28 29-30 Notes and Writings, circa 1949-1960
28 31 Research Material, 1965-1966
Box
42 Oversized Juan O'Gorman Clippings, 1953-1967
(Scanned with Box 27, Folders 14-15)

Series 7: Printed Material, circa 1885-1990
(Box 28-31, 42; 2.9 linear feet)

This series contains a large amount of printed material of interest to and collected by McCoy, much of it documenting her professional activities. Found here are books, clippings, magazines, postcards, newsletters, press releases, and publications by subject. News clippings include articles about McCoy, articles written by McCoy, articles about architecture not written by McCoy, and other miscellaneous subjects. Architecture, art, and literary magazines found here often include articles written by McCoy. Additionally, she collected leftist magazines such as New Masses and Left Front. Certain printed materials are arranged by subjects which were of interest to McCoy for her writing projects. Included are printed materials gathered during her travels to Italy, Mexico, and Israel. These files may contain brochures, exhibition announcements and catalogs, booklets, travel guides, newsletters and other miscellaneous items.

Portions of this series has been scanned. Items not directly relating to McCoy's career as a writer and architectural historian have not been scanned.

This series has been arranged alphabetically by type of item followed by an alphabetical arrangement of subject files. Items within each folder are arranged chronologically. Researchers should note that additional printed materials, especially clippings, are also found in Series 4: Architectural Writings, Series 5: Projects, and Series 6: Architect Files.

Box Folder
28 32 Books, The Chapbook: A Miscellany, 1924
28 33 Books, Course in Making Mosaics, by Josef L. Young, 1957
28 34 Books, The Dance of Death by Hans Holbein, 1898
28 35 Books, Dante's Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Illustrated by M. Gustave Dor�, circa 1885
28 36 Books, Dorothy M. Richardson by John Cowper Powys, 1931
28 37 Books, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos, 1925
28 38 Books, The Human Tragedy by Anatole France, circa 1920s
28 39 Books, Le Po�m ?lectronique by Le Corbusier, circa 1958
28 40 Books, Little Blue Book, No. 659, "The Lost Phoebe" and "Old Rogaum and His Theresa" by Theodore Dreiser, 1918
28 41 Books, Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhaur, undated
28 42 Book Proofs, Cliff May, Western Ranch Houses Vol. II, circa 1985
(Oversized items housed in Box 42)
28 43 Book Proofs, Unidentified, undated
Box Folder
29 1 Calendars, War Resistance League, 1983-1984
29 2-5 Clippings, About Architecture (Not written by McCoy), circa 1937-1989
29 6-7 Clippings, About Esther McCoy, circa 1925, 1928, 1958-1990
29 8-12 Clippings, Arts and Architecture Title Pages (Photocopies), 1940-1967
29 13-16 Clippings, Writings by Esther McCoy, 1936-1954
29 17-20 Clippings, Writings by Esther McCoy, 1955-1959
(oversized items housed in Box 42)
29 21-23 Clippings, Writings by Esther McCoy, 1960-1988
29 24 Clippings, Writings by Esther McCoy, undated
29 25-29 Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1926-1984
29 Magazines
29 30 The Architectural Digest, 1929
29 31 Architectural Record, 1957-1964
29 32 Evergreen Review, 1959
29 33 Historic Preservation, 1972-1973
29 34 L. A. Architect, 1977, 1987-1988
29 35 Left Front, 1934
29 36 Museos Y Arte De Mexico, 1953
29 37-41 New Masses, 1934-1936
29 42 New Mexico Quarterly, 1955, 1957
29 43 Pacific Weekly, 1935
29 44 Partisan Review & Anvil, 1936
29 45 Plain Talk, 1929
29 46 Miscellaneous Architecture Magazines, 1957, 1964
Box Folder
30 1 Miscellaneous Architecture Magazines, 1968-1984
(Oversized items housed in Box 42)
30 2 Miscellaneous Art Magazines, 1959
30 3 Miscellaneous Magazines, General, 1961, 1969, 1973
30 4-6 Miscellaneous Literary Magazines, 1925, 1933-1947, 1958
(partially scanned)
30 7 Miscellaneous Socialist Magazines, 1966, 1967, 1971
30 8 Newsletters, 1968, 1970, 1982, 1989
30 9 Newsletters, Council for Planning and Conservation, 1968-1969
30 10-11 Postcards from Travels (Blank), circa 1940s-1970s
30 12 Press Releases, 1979, 1981-1986
30 Publications by Subject
30 13-19 Architecture and Urban Design, 1939-1989
(oversized items housed in Box 42)
30 20-24 Artists, circa 1936-1988
30 25-27 California (Historical and Cultural Landmarks), 1956-1975
30 28 Cast Iron, circa 1973-1976
30 29-30 Israel, 1960-1970
30 31-33 Italy, 1930-1972
Box Folder
31 1-10 Italy, 1930-1972
(oversized items housed in Box 42; not scanned)
31 11-13 Labor, 1932-1942
31 14-15 Mexico, 1947-1968
(oversized items housed in Box 42)
31 16 Southern California Institute of Architecture, 1973
31 17-18 Theatre, 1920-1936
31 19 Tour Brochures, 1951-1954
31 20 Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1935-1985
Box
42 Oversized Book Proofs, Cliff May, Western Ranch Houses Vol. II, circa 1985
(See also Box 28, Folder 41)
42 Oversized Clippings, Writings by Esther McCoy, 1956-1957
(See also Box 29, Folders 17-20)
42 Oversized Miscellaneous Architecture Magazines, 1986
(See also Box 30; Folder 1)
42 Oversized Printed Material on Architecture and Urban Design, 1939-1989
(See also Box 30, Folders 13-19)
42 Oversized Printed Material on Italy, 1930-1972
(See also Box 31, Folders 1-10)
42 Oversized Printed Material on Mexico, 1947-1968
(See also Box 31, Folders 14-15)

Series 8: Artwork, 1924-1967, undated
(Box 31; 0.4 linear feet)

This series contains several minor prints and drawings collected by McCoy. Many of the drawings are by unidentified artists. Of note are a drawing of Esther McCoy by Esther Rollo, ink drawings by Forrest Wilson, and etchings which McCoy purchased, including several by Thomas Worlidge.

This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Items are arranged alphabetically by folder heading.

Box
31 21 Artwork sent to Esther McCoy, 1967, undated
31 22 Decorative Paper, undated
31 23 Drawing of Esther McCoy by Esther Rollo, circa 1963
31 24 Drawings by Forrest Wilson, 1966
31 25 Drawings by Unidentified Artists, 1924, undated
31 26 Etching by A. Brunet-Debaines, undated
31 27 Etching by Albrecht Durer, undated
31 28 Etching by S. Le Clerc, undated
31 29-33 Etchings by Thomas Worlidge, undated
31 34 Etching by Unidentified Artist, undated
31 35 Reproductions of Artwork by Hardy Hanson, 1961-1965

Series 9: Photographs and Slides, circa 1876-1989
(Boxes 31-38, 41-46, 51; 8.7 linear feet)

Most of the photographs arranged in this series are of architects, architecture, and related research subjects, and were taken by McCoy and others in support of her numerous articles, books, and exhibitions. Also included are McCoy's personal and family photographs. In addition, there are approximately 3,600 slides used by McCoy in her numerous lectures and talks.

The series is arranged as 6 subseries:

9.1: Personal and Family Photographs, circa 1876-1989

Found here are photographs of McCoy, her family, and friends. Included are many portraits and snapshots of McCoy, as a child and adult, as well as snapshots of her with her sister Ruth, other family members, her husband Berkeley Tobey, and various friends. Also found are photographs of McCoy and Tobey family members, dating back to the 1870s. Most photographs of family and friends are unidentified. Included are photographs of her colleague and editor of Arts and Architecture, John Entenza; photographs of artist Margeurite Wildenhain at Pond Farm; and photographs of Theodore Dreiser, Albert (Tim) Robert, Ray Eames, John Collier, and Reyner Banham.

This subseries also includes three photograph albums. One album contains photographs of McCoy from the age of 12 to 16, her sister Ruth, and childhood friends and family. The other two albums document awards dinners honoring McCoy. The Vesta Awards album also serves as a guest book for the event and includes photographs of each guest and brief handwritten notes to McCoy.

This subseries has been scanned in its entirety except for negatives.

Box Folder
31 36-37 Photographs of Esther McCoy, 1905-circa 1939
31 38-39 Photographs of Esther McCoy, 1940s
Box Folder
32 1-2 Photographs of Esther McCoy, 1950s
32 3-4 Photographs of Esther McCoy, 1960-1989
32 5-6 Photographs of Esther McCoy by Deborah Sussman, 1977
32 7 Esther McCoy School Photographs, 1911-circa 1916
Box Folder
41 1 Esther McCoy School Photographs, circa 1920
(Rolled Photographs)
Box Folder
32 8-12 Photographs of Esther McCoy with Family and Friends, circa 1910-1989
32 13 Photographs of Esther McCoy with Berkeley Tobey, 1920s, 1941-1950s
32 14 Photographs of Berkeley Tobey, 1887, 1914-1956
32 15 Photographs of Esther McCoy's Sister, Ruth, 1917-circa 1920
32 16-21 Photographs of the McCoy Family, circa 1876-1953
32 22 Photographs of the Tobey Family, 1879-circa 1950s
32 23-28 Photographs of Family and Friends, circa late-1800s-1950s
32 29-30 Photographs of Friends, circa 1960s-1989
32 31 Photographs of John Entenza, circa 1960s-1980s
32 32-34 Photographs of Esther McCoy's 80th Birthday Party, 1984
32 35 Photographs of Coffeyville Lumber Co., circa 1887-early 1900s
32 36 Photographs of J. E. McCoy General Store, late-1800s
32 37 Photographs of McCoy Family Houses, circa 1910-1953
32 38 Photographs of Frank McCoy's Funeral, 1939
32 39 Photographs of Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm, circa 1949
32 40 Travel Snapshots, circa 1950s-1970s
32 41 Photographs of Long Beach Earthquake and Santa Monica Flood Damage, 1933, 1938
32 Photograph Albums
32 42 Loose Pages from an Album, circa 1915-1920
32 43 Album, 1916-1920
32 44 Schindler House Dinner Honoring Esther McCoy, 1980s
Box Folder
33 1 Vesta Awards (Dismantled), 1987
33 2 Vesta Awards, Loose Items, 1987
33 3 Miscellaneous and Unidentified Photographs, circa 1900-1960s
33 4-5 Negatives, circa 1920s-1950s
33 6-7 Copyprints of Negatives, circa 1920s-1950s
33 8 Negatives, circa 1950s-1970s

9.2: Architects, circa 1898-1980s

Found here are photographs of works by architects, which McCoy compiled for her books, exhibition catalogs, articles, and other professional projects. Photographs primarily depict architecture by Southern California architects, but also including works by architects working elsewhere in the United States, Italy, and Mexico. Some of these photographs also document architecture by young architects working in the U.S. during the mid-1960s. Photographs depict various interior and exterior views, construction, and occasionally found are photographs of the architect. A large number of photographs found here depict the work of Gregory Ain, Luis Barragan, J. R. Davidson, Irving Gill, Bernard Maybeck, Juan O'Gorman, R. M. Schindler, and Raphael Soriano. Photographs were taken by Esther McCoy, prominent architectural photographers Marvin Rand and Julius Shulman, and many others.

The bulk of this subseries has been scanned. Photographs taken by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned and are noted in the folder heading.

Files are arranged alphabetically by name of architect; works by that architect are arranged chronologically by construction date. Date of construction is included in parentheses when it is known. When only one or two photographs represent the work of an architect, it was placed in a file of "Miscellaneous Architects, A-Z." Researchers should note that additional photographs of architects and architecture can be found in Series 4: Architectural Writings, Series 5: Projects, and Series 6: Architect Files.

Box Folder
33 9 Abell, Thornton, Unidentified House, undated
33 Ain, Gregory
33 10 Photographs of Gregory Ain, circa 1950, 1955
33 11 Edwards House (1936), circa 1940s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
33 12 Ernst House (1937), circa 1960s
33 13 Scharlin House (1937), circa 1940
33 14 Dunsmuir Flats (1937-1938), 1939-1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 15 Becker House (1938), circa 1960s
33 16 Beckman House (1938), circa 1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 17 Vorkapinch House (1938), circa 1960s
33 18 Daniel House (1939), circa 1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 19 Hay House (1939), circa 1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 20 Tierman House (1939), circa 1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 21 Community Homes, Reseda (1945-1949), circa 1949
33 22 Avenel Cooperative Housing (1948), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 23 Mar Vista Housing (1948), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
33 24 Miller House (1948), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 25 Wilfong House (1949), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 26 Museum of Modern Art, Women's Home Companion Exhibition House (1950), 1950
33 27-30 Various Projects, 1929-1957, 1971
(photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
33 31 Unidentified Projects, undated
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
33 32 Artigas, Francisco, Various Projects, circa 1960s
33 33 Barnes, Edward Larrabee, Hallmark House, circa 1965
33 Barragan, Luis
33 34 Photographs of Luis Barragan, circa 1960s
33 35 Barragan House (1947-1948), circa 1948
(Oversized Items housed in Box 42)
33 36 Jardines del Pedregal (includes Alfred Ortega House), circa 1940s-1950s
(Oversized Items housed in Box 42)
33 37 Prieto Lopez House, undated
(Oversized Items housed in Box 42)
33 38 Birkerts, Gunnar, Tougaloo College (1965), circa 1965
33 39 Birkerts, Gunnar, Various Projects, circa 1960s
33 40 Blair, Donald and Saul Zaik, Salishan Village, 1965
33 41 Blake, Pater and Alan Chapman, Beach House, circa 1959
33 42 Blake, Peter and Julian Neski, Martinez House (1957), circa 1957
(Photographs by Hans Namuth have not been scanned)
33 43 C. F. Murphy Associates, Blue-Cross Blue-Shield Building, Chicago, circa 1970s
33 44 C. F. Murphy Associates, Chicago Civic Center (1965), circa 1965
33 Candela, Felix
33 45 Inglesia de la Virgen Milagrosa (1954), circa 1954
33 46 Chapel Coyoacou, circa 1950s
33 47 Mexican House (Transparencies), circa 1950s
33 48-49 Various Projects, circa 1950s-1960s
(photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
33 50 Cetto, Max, Cetto House, Jardines del Pedregal (1949), circa 1949
33 51 Cetto, Max, Various Projects, circa 1950
33 52 Cheval, Ferdinand, Le Palais Id�al (1923), circa 1960s
33 53 Ciampi, Mario J., Various Projects, circa 1950s-1960s
33 54 Clements, Stiles O., Richfield Oil Building (1929), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
33 55 Corbett, Mario, Unidentified House, circa 1950
33 Davidson, J. R.
33 56 Photographs of J. R. and Greta Davidson, 1902, 1922, 1942
33 57-58 Pfeifferling House (1919), circa 1919
(oversized items housed in Box 43)
33 59 Hi-Hat Restaurant (1929), circa 1929
33 60 Hotel Shoreland (1937), circa 1937
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
33 61 Maitland House (1937), circa 1937
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 62 Sardis Restaurant (1937), circa 1938
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 63-65 Stothart House (1937), circa 1930s-1940s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
33 66 Berkson House (1939), circa 1940s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 67 Gretna Green Apartments (1940), 1941-1944
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 68 Thomas Mann House (1941), circa 1940s
33 69 Vigeveno House (1941), circa 1940s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 70 Joseph Kingsley House (1946), circa 1948-1951
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 71 Mrs. Paul Kingsley House (1946), 1948
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 72 Davidson House and Studio (1947), circa 1940s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
33 73 Osherenko House (1949), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
Box Folder
34 1 Rachford Harris House (1950), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
34 2 Dann House (1952), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
34 3 Rabinowitz House (1957), circa 1957
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 4 Jokl House (1958), circa 1958
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 5 "House of the Book,," 1959
(Oversized Items housed in Box 43)
34 6-7 Various Projects, 1926-1931, 1940-1957
(Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 8 Unidentified projects, circa 1940s-1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 9 De la Lama, Victor, House, undated
34 10 Del Moral, Enrique, Del Moral House, circa 1952
34 11 Eggers, Henry, Unidentified House, circa 1950s
34 12 Ellwood, Craig, Scientific Data Systems Building (1966-1969), circa 1960s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 13 Ellwood, Craig, Various Projects, circa 1960s
34 14 Fletcher, Charles, Lummis House, circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 15 Franzen, Ulrich and Associates, Various Projects, circa 1967-1968
34 16 Fuller, R. Buckminster, Dome, 1967 World Exhibition, circa 1967
34 17 Gehry, Frank O., Various Projects, circa 1970s
34 Gill, Irving
34 18-19 Photographs of Irving Gill, circa 1910-1912
(2 folders)
34 20 McKenzie House (1898), circa 1898
34 21 Stephens house (1898), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 22 Birckhead House (1901-1902), circa mid-1900s
34 23 Ellen Mason House (1901-1902), circa early-1900s
34 24 Louis B. McCagg House (1901-1902), circa early 1900s
34 25 "Wildacre" Olmstead House (1901-1902), circa mid-1900s
34 26 Christian Science Church, San Diego (1904), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 27 George Marston House (1904), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 28 Douglas House (1905), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 29 Burnham House (1906), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 30 Lee Residence, No. 1 (1906), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 31 Bailey House (1907), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 32 Melville Klauber House (1907), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 33 Laughlin House (1907), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 34 3928 3rd Avenue (circa 1908), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 35 Blair House (1908), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 36 Darst Flats (1908), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 37 Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1908), circa mid-1900s
34 38 St. James Chapel (1908), circa mid-1900s
34 39 Wilson Acton Hotel (1908), circa mid-1900s
34 40-41 Bishop's School (1909-1916), circa 1910s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 42 Fountain, San Diego (1909), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 43 Miltimore House (1911), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 44 Riverside Portland Cement Co. (1911), circa mid-1900s
34 45 Thompson House (1912), circa mid-1900s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43; photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 46 Pacific Electric Railway Station (1913), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 47-48 Women's Club (1913), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 49 Community House and Playground, La Jolla (1914), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 50-52 Dodge House (1916), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 53 Dodge House, Demolition Photographs, 1970
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 54 Dodge House, Julius Shulman Photographs, circa 1950s
34 55-56 Dodge House, Duplicate Photographs, circa 1950s
34 57 Ellen Scripps House (1916), circa 1950s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
34 58 Horatio West Court (1919), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 59 Christian Science Church, Coronado (1929), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 60 City Hall, Oceanside (1929), circa 1930-1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 61 Fire House and Police Station, Oceanside (1929), circa 1930-1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 62 Navada Street School (1931), circa 1930s-1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 63 Rancho Barona Chapel (1933), circa 1930s-1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 64 7th Street House, undated
34 65-69 Various Projects, circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 70-71 Mounted Photographs of Various Projects, circa 1950s
34 72 Goldfinger, Myron Henry, House on Long Beach Island, NJ, circa 1960s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
34 73 Goodhue, Bertram, Balboa Park Buildings (1914), 1903-circa 1950s
34 74 Goodhue, Bertram, Los Angeles Public Library (1925), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
34 75 Grace, Harrison, Grace Bros. Farm, Texarkana, circa 1950s
Box Folder
35 Greene, Charles and Henry
35 1 Photographs of Charles and Henry Greene, 1953
35 2 Irwin House (1906), 1968
35 3 R. R. Blacker House (1907), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
35 4 D. B. Gamble House (1908), circa 1959
(Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
35 5 Crowe House (1913), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
35 6 Various Projects, circa 1959
35 7 Gregotti, Vittorio, Industrial Building, circa 1960s
35 8 Gregotti, Vittorio, La Rinascente Department Store, circa 1960s
35 9 Jones, A. Quincy, UCLA, University Research Library (1964), circa 1964
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
35 10 Jones, A. Quincy, Various Projects, circa 1956
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
35 Harris, Harwell Hamilton
35 11 Fellowship Park House (1935), circa 1930s
35 12 Havens House (1940), circa 1940
35 13-15 Various Projects, circa 1950s-1960s
35 16 Kahn, Louis, Salk Institute (1965), circa 1965
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
35 17 Koenig, Pierre, Photographs of Pierre Koenig, circa 1957
35 18 Koenig, Pierre, Various Projects, circa 1960s
35 19 Lautner, John, Photographs of John Lautner, undated
35 20 Lautner, John, Various Projects, circa 1950s-1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
35 21 Le Corbusier, Visual Arts Center, Harvard University, circa 1961
35 22 Lopez-Bermudez, "$1500 House,," circa 1952
35 23 Lustig, Alvin, Accessory Shop, 1952
35 24 Madaleno, Juan Sordo, Various Projects, circa 1950s
35 25 Maiden, Rowan, Nepenthe Restaurant, circa 1950
35 26 Mariscal, Nicolas, House, undated
35 27 Martinez, Ramon Torres, House, circa 1950s
35 Maybeck, Bernard
35 28 Photographs of Bernard Maybeck, circa 1940
35 29 Hearst Hall (1899), circa mid-1900s
35 30 Wyntoon on McCloud River (1902), circa mid-1900s
35 31 Unitarian Church, Paolo Alto (1906), circa mid-1900s
35 32 Lawson House (1907), circa 1950s
35 33-34 First Church of Christ Scientists (1910-1912), circa 1950s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43; photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
35 35 Chick House (1913), circa 1913
35 36 Palace of Fine Arts (1913-1915), undated
35 37 Marx Greene House (1916), 1959
35 38 Bingham House (1917), circa mid-1900s
35 39 Packard Agencies (1926-1929), circa mid-1900s
35 40 Earle C. Anthony House (1927), circa mid-1900s
35 41-43 Various Projects, circa 1910-1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
35 44 McCue and Associates, Chevron Research Laboratory, circa 1965
35 Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig
35 45 Photographs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, circa 1960
35 46 Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1958), circa 1958-1959
35 47 Seagram Building (1958), circa 1958-1959
35 48 Ron Bacardi Administration Building (1961), circa 1961
35 49 Redevelopment Project, circa 1960
35 50 Unidentified Administration Building, circa 1960
35 51 Miller, Leroy R., House, undated
35 52 Morgan, William, Various Projects, 1966-1968
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
35 53 Morrison, Manuel Rosen, Various Projects, circa 1960s
35 54-55 Nervi, Pier, Various Projects, circa 1960s
35 Neutra, Richard
35 56 Lovell House (1929), circa mid-1900s
35 57 Lovell House, Julius Shulman Photographs, circa mid-1900s
35 58 Lovell House, Negatives, circa mid-1900s
35 59 Bailey House (1946), circa 1940s
35 60 Tramaine House (1948), circa 1948
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
35 61 Various Projects, circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
35 O'Gorman, Juan
35 62 Photographs of Juan O'Gorman, circa 1950s-1960s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
35 63-67 O'Gorman House (1951), circa 1951
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
35 68-69 Central Library, University of Mexico (1952), circa 1952
(Oversized items housed in Box 43; photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
Box Folder
36 1 Chapultepec Castle (1960-1961) (Transparencies), circa 1960-1961
36 2 Primary School, circa 1950s-1960s
36 3 Taxco Mural, circa 1956
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 4 Communications Building, University of Mexico, circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 5 Various Projects, circa 1950s-1960s
36 6 Otto, Frei, German Pavilion at Expo 67, 1967
36 7-8 Palladio, Andrea, Various Projects, circa 1960s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
36 9 Pani, Mario, Various Projects, circa 1947-1950s
36 Pelli, Cesar
36 10 Photographs of Cesar Pelli, circa 1980s
36 11 San Bernardino City Hall (1972), circa 1972
36 12 International Jewelry Centre, circa 1965
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 13 Various Projects, circa 1960s-1970s
36 14 Pereira and Luckman, IBM Tower, circa 1956-1959
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 15 Pereira and Luckman, John Jay Hopkins Laboratory, 1958
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 16 Piano, Renzo and Richard Rogers, Various Projects, circa 1970s
36 17 Platt, Anthony C., Penn State Project, undated
36 18 Polshek, James, Research Laboratory in Japan, circa 1964
36 19 Polshek, James, Various Projects, circa 1960s
36 20 Ponti, Gio, Various Projects, circa 1957-1962
36 21 Rapson, Ralph, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1963
36 22 Reid, Merritt and James Watson Reid, Hotel del Coronado (1887), circa mid-1900s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 23 Revell, Viljo, Apartment House, Helsinki (1962), circa 1962
36 24 Ricci, Leonardo, "Birth of a Village in an Underdeveloped Area,," 1966
36 25 Ricci, Leonardo, Various Projects, circa 1963-1967
36 26 Roehrig, Frederick, Hotel Green (1903), circa 1960s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 27 Safdie, Moshe, Habitat 67, 1967
36 28 Sant'Elia, Antonio, Various Projects, circa 1960s
36 29 Sartoris, Alberto, Various Projects, circa 1960s
36 Schindler, R. M.
36 30 Hampden Club (1916-1917), circa 1916-1917
36 31 Kings Road House (1921-1922), circa 1920s-1953
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 32 Lowes House (1923), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 33 Pueblo Ribera Court (1923), circa 1923-1925
36 34 Gibling House (1926), circa 1926-1927
36 35 Lovell Beach House (1925-1926), circa 1926
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 36 Wolfe House (1928), circa 1928, 1937
36 37 Gisela Bernati Cabin (1937), circa 1937
36 38-39 Rodakiewicz House (1937), circa 1937
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 40 Daugherty House (Sugarbush Hill) (1945), circa 1945
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 41 Kallis House (1946), circa 1946
36 42 Erlik House (1950), circa 1950
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 43-45 Various Projects, circa 1915-1950s
36 46 Sedletsky, Marcel, Various Projects, circa 1965-1966
36 Soriano, Raphael
36 47 Photographs of Raphael Soriano, circa 1950s-1960s
36 48 Jewish Community Center (1939), circa 1939
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 49 Lukens House and Studio (1940), circa 1940
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 50 Colby Apartments (1952), circa 1952
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 51 Eichler House (1955), circa 1955
36 52 Adolph's Office Building and Research Laboratory (1958), circa 1958
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 53 McCauley House (1959), circa 1959
36 54 Cooke House (1961), circa 1961
36 55 San Francisco Tower (1969), circa 1969
36 56-57 Various Projects, circa 1930s-1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 58 Spaulding, Sumner and John Rex, Eckberg House, circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 59 Tigerman, Stanley, Instant City Project, circa 1965
36 60 Wong, Worley K. and John Campbell, Various Projects, circa 1950s
36 61 Wright, Frank Lloyd, Various Projects, circa 1920-1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 62 Wright, Lloyd, Various Projects, circa 1920s-1960s
36 63-64 Wyman, George, Bradbury Building (1893), circa 1950s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 65-66 Miscellaneous Architects, A-Z (Includes portraits of architects), circa 1950s-1980s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
36 67 Unidentified Architect, Church, undated
36 68 Unidentified Architect, Supermarket, San Olona Vittore, Italy, undated
36 69 Unidentified Photographs of Architects and Architecture, circa 1950s-1970s
(Oversized rolled items housed in RD 51)
Box
42 Oversized Photographs of Barragan House by Luis Barragan, circa 1948
(Scanned with Box 33, Folder 35)
42 Oversized Photographs of Jardines del Pedregal (includes Alfred Ortega House)by Luis Barragan, circa 1940s-1950s
(Scanned with Box 33, Folder 36)
42 Oversized Photographs of Prieto Lopez House by Luis Barragan, undated
(Scanned with Box 33, Folder 37)
Box
43 Oversized Photographs of Pfeifferling House by J. R. Davidson, circa 1919
(Scanned with Box 33, Folders 57-58)
43 Oversized Photographs of Hotel Shoreland by J. R. Davidson, circa 1937
(Scanned with Box 33, Folder 60)
43 Oversized Photographs of "House of the Book" by J. R. Davidson, 1959
(Scanned with Box 34, Folder 5)
43 Oversized Photographs of Thompson House by Irving Gill, circa mid-1900s
(Scanned with Box 34, Folder 45)
43 Oversized Photographs of Ellen Scripps House by Irving Gill, circa 1950s
(Scanned with Box 34, Folder 57)
43 Oversized Photographs of House on Long Beach Island, NJ, by Myron Goldfinger, circa 1960s
(Scanned with Box 34, Folder 72)
43 Oversized Photographs of First Church of Christ Scientists by Bernard Maybeck, circa 1950s
(Scanned with Box 35, Folders 33-34)
43 Oversized Photographs of Various Projects by William Morgan, circa 1966-1968
(Scanned with Box 35, Folder 52)
43 Oversized Photographs of Juan O'Gorman, circa 1950s-1960s
(Scanned with Box 35, Folder 62)
43 Oversized Photographs of Central Library, University of Mexico by Juan O'Gorman, circa 1952
(Scanned with Box 35, Folders 68-69)
43 Oversized Photographs of Various Projects by Andrea Palladio, circa 1960s
(Scanned with Box 36, Folders 7-8)
Box
RD 51 Oversized Unidentified Photographs of Architecture, undated
(See also Box 36, Folder 69; not scanned)

9.3: Case Study Houses, circa 1945-1962

Found here are photographs of architecture designed for the Case Study House program. McCoy researched and wrote about this program extensively, and researchers should note that additional photographs of these houses can be found within her writing files in Series 4 for both her book, Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses 1946-1962, and the exhibition catalog, Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study House. Some of these files also include a photograph of the architect(s). Most of the photographs were taken by Esther McCoy, Julius Shulman, Marvin Rand, or the architect.

Portions of this subseries have been scanned. Photographs taken by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned and are noted in the folder heading.

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by architect and then by project number.

Box Folder
36 70 Abell, Thornton, Case Study House #7, circa 1950s
36 71 Buff, Straub and Hensman, Case Study House #20, circa 1957-1958
(Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
36 72 Davidson, J. R., Case Study Houses #1, #11, #15, circa 1945-1947
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
Box Folder
37 1 Eames, Charles, Case Study House #8, circa 1949
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 2 Eames, Charles and Eero Saarinen, Case Study House #9, circa 1949
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 3 Ellwood, Craig, Case Study House#16, circa 1952-1953
(Photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
37 4 Ellwood, Craig, Case Study House #17, circa 1957
37 5 Ellwood, Craig, Case Study House #18, circa 1956-1958
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
37 6 Jones and Emmons, Case Study House #24, circa 1961
37 7 Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith, Case Study House #23, circa 1959-1960
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 8 Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith, Case Study Hosue #25, circa 1962
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 9 Knorr, Don, Case Study House #19, circa 1957
37 10 Koenig, Pierre, Case Study House #21, circa 1958-1960
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 11-12 Koenig, Pierre, Case Study House #22, circa 1959-1960
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 13 Neutra, Richard, Case Study Houses #6, #13, circa 1945-1946
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 14 Neutra, Richard, Case Study House #20, circa 1947-1948
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 15 Nomland, Kemper and Kemper Jr., Case Study House #10, circa 1945-1947
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 16 Smith, R. Whitney, Case Study Houses #5, #12, circa 1945-1946
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 17-18 Soriano, Raphael, Case Study House 1950, circa 1950
(Photographs by Marvin Rand have not been scanned)
37 19 Spaulding, Sumner, and John Rex, Case Study House #2, circa 1945-1947
37 20 Walker, Rodney, Case Study Houses #16, #17, #18, circa 1946-1948
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 21 Wurster, William W. and Theodore Bernardi, Case Study House #3, circa 1949
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)

9.4: Exhibition Photographs, circa 1952-1969

This subseries consists of exhibition photographs, the bulk of which document the 1967 exhibition "Ten Italian Architects" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photograph documentation of this exhibition includes installation views and photographs used for the exhibition catalog. Other photographs related to this exhibition are arranged by name of architect. Not all of the photographs found here were used in the catalog. Researchers should note that additional documentation of this exhibition catalog, written by McCoy, can be found among her architectural writings in Series 4.2: Exhibition Catalogs. Additional files in this subseries include installation views of an exhibition of work by Antoni Gaudi and copies of photographs used in three other exhibitions.

The bulk of this subseries has been scanned.

Box Folder
37 22 Art Institute of Chicago, "Louis Sullivan and the Architecture of Free Enterprise,," 1956
37 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Ten Italian Architects"
37 23 Installation Views, 1967
37 24 Photographs for Exhibition Catalog, 1967
37 25-26 Architect, Franco Albini and Franca Helg, circa 1960s
37 27-28 Architect, B. B. P. R. (Belgiojoso, Peressutti, and Rogers) (2 folders), circa 1952-1969
37 29 Architect, Giancarlo de Carlo, circa 1950s, 1964
37 30 Architect, Ignazio Gardella, circa 1954-1958
37 31-32 Architect, Angelo Mangiarotti, circa 1961-1963
37 33 Architect, Giovanni Michelucci, circa 1963-1967
37 34 Architect, Alberto Rosselli, circa 1960s
37 35 Architect, Gino Valle, circa 1963
37 36 Architect, Vittoriano Vigano, circa 1960s
37 37 Miscellaneous Photographs, circa 1960s
37 38 Photograph Negatives, circa 1960s
37 39 Photograph Transparencies, circa 1960s
37 40 Museum of Modern Art, "Architecture of Antoni Gaudi,," 1958
37 41 Museum of Modern Art, "Stairs,," 1963
37 42 Museum of Modern Art, "Architecture Without Architects,," 1964-1965

9.5: Research Photographs, circa 1915-1970s

Found here are photographs which were primarily compiled by McCoy as research photographs during her work as a writer. Many of these photographs were taken to accompany her series of travel articles written for the Los Angeles Times. Files are arranged by subject, and often document craft and architecture in various countries such as Italy, Mexico, Brazil, and Israel. Also found are files of photographs documenting California architectural history. Researchers should note that related photographs may be found among McCoy's architectural writings in Series 4.

The bulk of this subseries has been scanned.

Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box Folder
37 43 Art Deco in Los Angeles, circa 1930s-1960s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 44 Brazil, circa 1959
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
37 45 Brussels World's Fair, 1958
37 46-47 California Architectural History, circa 1920s-1970s
(Photographs by Julius Shulman have not been scanned)
37 48 Colorado, circa 1965
37 49 France, circa 1960s
37 50 Ghana, 1965
37 51 Guatemala, circa 1960s
37 52 Israel, circa 1960
37 Italy
37 53 Architecture and Design, 1956-circa 1960s
37 54 Basketry, circa 1950s
37 55-57 Ceramics, circa 1952-1960
37 58-60 Furniture, circa 1950s-1960s
Box Folder
38 1-2 Glass, circa 1950s-1960s
38 3 Handbags, circa 1950s
38 4 Ivrea (Olivetti Company), circa 1960s
38 5-6 Marble, circa 1954-1964
38 7-10 People and Landscapes, circa 1959-1960
38 11 Piedmont Castles, circa 1960s
38 12 Sculpture, circa 1950s
38 13 Textiles, circa 1950s
38 14 Wood Crafts, circa 1950s
38 Mexico
38 15 Cuernavaca, circa 1954
38 16-18 Folk Architecture, circa 1950s
38 19-20 Furniture and Crafts, circa 1950s
38 21 University of Mexico, Campus, circa 1950s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
38 22 University of Mexico, Estadio Olimpico, circa 1952
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
38 23-28 Miscellaneous, circa 1950s
38 29 Negatives, circa 1950s
38 30 Norwegian Crafts, circa 1960s
38 31 San Diego Architecture, circa 1915-1970s
(Oversized items housed in Box 43)
38 32 Shrines of Nigeria, 1967
38 33-35 Triennale of Milan 1957, circa 1957
38 36-37 Unidentified Architecture, circa 1950s-1970s
Box
43 Oversized Photographs of Brazil, circa 1959
(See also Box 37, Folder 44)
43 Oversized Photographs of University of Mexico, Campus, circa 1950s
(See also Box 38, Folder 21)
43 Oversized Photographs of University of Mexico, Estadio Olimpico, circa 1952
(Scanned with Box 38, Folder 22)
43 Oversized Photographs of San Diego Architecture, circa 1915-1970s
(Scanned with Box 38, Folder 31)

9.6: Slides, circa 1950s-1980s

Found her are approximately 3,600 slides of examples of architects' works collected by Esther McCoy over the course of her career. Most slides included a handwritten label.

This subseries has not been scanned.

Slides are arranged either by architect's name or geographic location (U.S. state or country).

Box Folder
44 1 Architects: A, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Abell, Thornton
  • Ain, Gregory
44 2 Architects: A-D, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Ain, Gregory
  • Albini, Franco
  • Artigas, Francisco
  • Barragan, Luis
  • BBPR
  • Buff, Straub, and Hensman
  • Byers, John
  • Cacho, J. Francisco Serrano
  • Callister, C. W.
  • Candela, Felix
  • Cheval, Ferdinand
  • Clements, Stiles O.
  • Coate, Roland E.
  • Le Corbusier
  • Davidson, J. R.
44 3 Architects: D-E, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Davidson, J. R.
  • Del Moral, Enrique
  • DeMars, Esherick, and Olsen
  • DMJM
  • Dorman, Richard
  • Eames, Charles
44 4 Architects: E-G, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Ehrlich, Steven
  • Ellwood, Craig
  • Fenyes, Eva Scott
  • Frey, Albert
  • Furness, Frank
  • Gardella, Iganzio
  • Gaudi, Antoni
  • Gebhard, David
  • Gehry, Frank
  • Gill, Irving
44 5 Architects: G-H, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Gill, Irving
  • Greene and Greene
  • Gropius, Walter
  • Harris, George
  • Harris, Harwell
44 6 Architects: H-M, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Harris, Harwell
  • Hollein, Hans
  • Honnold and Rex
  • Horta, Victor
  • Jenney, William L.
  • Jones, A. Quincy
  • Kahn, Louis
  • Kappe, Ray
  • Killingsworth, Brady, and Smith
  • Koenig, Pierre
  • Kump, Ernest J.
  • Loos, Adolf
  • Lumsden, Anthony
  • Mackintosh, Charles R.
Box Folder
45 1 Architects: M, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Mackintosh, Charles R.
  • Maillart
  • Mangiarotti, Angelo
  • Maston, Carl
  • May, Cliff
  • Maybeck, Bernard
  • McKim, Mead and White
  • Mendelsohn, Eric
  • Michelucci, Giovanni
  • Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig
  • Miller, Leroy
  • Moore, Charles
45 2 Architects: M-P, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Morgan, Julia
  • Morphosis
  • Mosher and Drew
  • Myers, Barton
  • Nervi, Pier L.
  • Neutra, Richard
  • O'Gorman, Juan
  • Olbrich, Joseph
  • Palladio, Andrea
  • Pani, Mario
  • Pei, I. M.
  • Pelli, Cesar
45 3 Architects: P-R, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Pelli, Cesar
  • Piano and Rogers
  • Ponti, Gio
  • Rapson, Ralph
  • Requa, Richard
  • Rice, Lillian
  • Richardson, Henry Hobson
45 4 Architects: R-S, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Riggs, Lutah
  • Roche, Kevin
  • Rosselli, Alberto
  • Sant'Elia, Antonio
  • Scarpa, Carlo
  • Schindler, R. M.
45 5 Architects: Schindler, R. M., circa 1950s-1980s
45 6 Architects: S, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Schindler, R. M.
  • Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
  • Schulitz, Helmut C.
  • Smith, G. W.
  • Smith, Jones and Contini
  • Smith, Neill
  • Smith and Williams
  • Smithson, Peter
  • Soleri, Paolo
  • Soriano, Raphael
Box Folder
46 1 Architects: S-W, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Soriano, Raphael
  • Spaulding and Rex
  • Sterling, James
  • Stern, Peter
  • Stickney and Hull
  • Stone, Edward D.
  • Terragni, Giuseppe
  • Trubeck and Wislocki
  • Valle, Gino
  • Venturi and Rauch
  • Vigano, Vittoriano
  • Voysey, Charles
  • Wagner, Otto
  • Walker, Rodney
  • Webb, Philip
  • Weston, Eugene
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd
46 2 Architects: W, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd
  • Wright, Lloyd
  • Wurster, William
46 3 Location, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Arizona
  • California
46 4 Location, circa 1950s-1980s
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • Austria
  • England
46 5 Location, circa 1950s-1980s
  • England
  • France
  • Italy
  • Japan
46 6 Location, circa 1950s-1980s
  • Japan
  • Mexico
Box Folder
38 38 Location, Mexico, 1969, 1978
38 39 Location, Netherlands, 1970
38 40 Location, Scotland, 1970
38 41 Personal Photographs, 1950-1979
38 42 Unidentified Slides, circa 1950s-1980s

Series 10: Audio and Video Recordings, 1930-1984
(Boxes 38-40, 47, 52; 2.5 linear feet)

Found here are interview recordings, commercially produced music recordings, and a videocassette of Esther McCoy's 80th birthday party. Interview recordings include taped, untranscribed interviews with architects, people associated with architectural projects, and artists. Recordings were made either on sound tape reels (3 in., 1/4 in. tape) or sound cassettes. All interviews were conducted by Esther McCoy, unless otherwise noted, as part of her research for magazine articles and books, including many interviews from 1964 and 1965 which were used for her article, "Young Architects: The Small Office," published in Arts & Architecture magazine (February/March 1966).

All of the sound tape reels have been digitized by the Archives of American Art for reference use. Some duplicate cassettes have also been created for reference use. All items listed are original recordings unless otherwise indicated in the item heading.

Interview recordings are arranged in rough alphabetical order by interviewee. Where different subjects were taped on the same reel, they are listed together in order to reflect the physical arrangement of the interviews on the reels.

Box Item
38 Interview Recordings
38 1 Gregory Ain, interviewed by Kathryn Smith, 1977
(1 sound cassette and 2 duplicate sound cassettes)
Box Item
39 1 Christopher Alexander, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 2 Donlyn Lyndon, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 3 Francisco Artigas, 1970
(4 sound cassettes and 3 duplicate sound cassettes)
39 4 Francisco Artigas, 1971
(4 sound cassettes and 4 duplicate sound cassettes)
39 5 Gunnar Birkerts, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
39 6 Ray Bradbury, 1972
(1 sound cassette)
39 7 Charles Brewer, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 8 Kevin Roche, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 9 Mario Ciampi, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
39 10 David Crane, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 11 Peter Chermayeff and Paul Dietrich, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 12 J. R. Davidson, 1974
(2 sound tape reels)
39 13 Robert Geddes, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
39 14 Virgil and Minna Geddes, circa 1965
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 15 Gerhard Kallman and Noel McKinnell, circa 1965
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 16 Paul Dietrich, 1965
(3 sides of 2 sound tape reels)
39 17 Peter Chermayeff, 1965
(2 sides of 2 sound tape reels)
39 18 John Harkness, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 19 Iqbal Geoffrey, 1965
(1 sound tape reel)
39 20 Dorothy Grotz, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 21 Konrad Wachsmann, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
39 22 Harwell Hamilton Harris, 1980
(3 sound tape reels and 3 duplicate sound cassettes)
39 23 Bernard Huet, circa 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
39 24 A. Quincy Jones, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
39 25 Robert Jones, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
39 26 Robert and Dorothy Kahan, 1980
(1 sound tape reel)
Box Item
40 1 Louis Kahn, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 2 Keith Kalb, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 3 Max and Rita Lawrence, 1977
(2 sound tape reels)
40 4 Leah Lovell, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
40 5 Philip Lovell, interviewed by Kathryn Smith and Esther McCoy, 1977
(1 sound cassette and 1 duplicate sound cassette)
40 6 Cliff May, interviewed by Evelyn Hitchcock, 1983
(1 sound cassette)
40 7 Peter Millard, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
40 8 Charles Brewer, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
40 9 Richard Neutra, 1960s
(1 sound tape reel and 2 duplicate sound cassettes)
(Interview conducted and tape produced by Bethlehem Steel)
40 10 Cesar Pelli, 1969
(1 sound tape reel)
40 11 Cesar Pelli, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
40 12 James Polshek, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 13 Martin Price, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 14 Jonas Salk, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 15 Louis Sauer, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 15 Aaron Schreier, undated
(1 sound tape reel)
40 17 Ben Southland, 1969
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
40 18 Edgardo Contini, 1969
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
40 19 Stickney & Hull, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 20 Paul Thiry, 1965
(1 sound tape reel)
40 21 Karl Van Leuven and Herman Guttman of Victor Gruen Associates, 1969
(1 sound tape reel)
40 22 Robert Venturi, 1964
(1 sound tape reel)
40 23 Tim Vreeland, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
40 24 Tim Vreeland and Ramaldo Giurgola, 1964
(2 sides of 2 sound tape reels)
40 25 Ramaldo Giurgola, 1964
(1 side of 1 sound tape reel)
40 26 Evans Woollen, undated
(2 sound tape reels)
40 27 Lloyd Wright, 1970
(2 sound cassettes and 1 duplicate sound cassette)
40 28 Lloyd Wright, undated
(2 sound tape reels)
Box Item
47 1 "Anthem of the U.S.S.R.,," circa 1945
(1 sound disc)
47 2 "Free and Equal Blues,," circa 1945
(1 sound disc)
47 3 "Preludio A Cristobal Colon,," 1930
(1 sound disc)
47 4 "Songs of the Red Army,," 1940
(Album, 3 sound discs)
Box Item
52 1 Esther McCoy's 80th Birthday Party, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1984
(1 videocassette and 2 duplicate videocassettes)

Indexes

Index of Correspondents from Series 2.3: General Correspondence

  • Abbot, Mary Squire (McIntosh and Otis, Inc.), 1949, 1950, 1953, 1957
  • Adahura, Yuki, 1942
  • Adams, Christopher, 1962
  • Albinson, Don, 1989
  • Alexander, Christopher, 1965
  • Allen, Albert, 1968
  • Amantea, Kirjah, 1982
  • Ambre, Reuth, 1986
  • American Academy in Rome, 1970
  • American Federation of Arts, 1966
  • American Film Institute, 1975
  • American Institute of Architects, 1959, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • American Institute of Interior Designers, 1974
  • Anderson, Sherwood, undated
  • Andrews, Wayne, 1983
  • Architecture, 1985
  • Architecture in Australia, 1974
  • Architectural Forum, 1965, 1966, 1968
  • Architectural History Foundation, Inc., 1982, 1983, 1984
  • Architectural Publishing Co., 1967
  • Architectural Record, 1959
  • Archive of Women in Architecture, 1975
  • Archives of American Art, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
  • Arizona Quarterly, 1949
  • Arizona State University, 1969
  • Arts in Society, 1964
  • Ashton, Raymond J., 1948
  • Ashton, Ruth (KNX Radio), 1964
  • Atkinson, Janet Irene, 1980, 1985
  • Author and Journalist, 1951
  • Bailey, Van Evera, 1953
  • Baldauf, Lisa, 1989
  • Balint, Dr. D. P., 1963
  • Banham, Reyner (Peter) and Mary, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1988, 1989, undated
  • Barnette-Stratford, Mrs. Lou, 1968
  • Barsocchini, Michael, 1970
  • Beach, John, 1984
  • Beebe, Tina, 1989
  • Behrman, S. N., 1960
  • Belluschi, Pietro, 1949
  • Beltram Carla, 1966
  • Bendixson, T. M. P., 1961
  • Bennett, Janey, 1986
  • Berkeley, Ellen Perry, 1975, 1987, 1988, undated
  • Bicknell, Catherine, 1985
  • Birkmeyer, Karl, 1968
  • Blanton, John, 1988
  • Blau, Milton, 1947
  • Boaz, Joseph N., 1949
  • Bowlby, Bob, 1983, 1989
  • Boyer, John, 1982
  • Brant, Sandra, 1975
  • Brooks, Allen, 1975
  • "The Bradbury Girls," 1972
  • Brunati, Mario, 1963, 1965, 1966
  • California Coastal Commission, 1977, 1978
  • California Council of Architects, 1957
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1973
  • California Historical Society, 1979
  • California Magazine, 1985, 1986
  • California Polytechnic State University, 1978, 1984
  • California State Office for Historic Preservation, 1978
  • Camus, Albert, 1959
  • Carrott, Richard, 1973
  • Carson, Sam, 1969
  • Casabella (Gian Antonio Bernasconi), 1965
  • Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930
  • Chang, Ching Yu, 1977, undated
  • Chase, John, undated
  • Chermayeff, Serge, undated
  • Choate, Forrest, 1986
  • Christian Science Monitor, 1987
  • City Attorney, Santa Monica, California, 1968
  • City of Beverly Hills, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • City of Los Angeles, Cultural Heritage Board, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988
  • Clark, Alson, 1984, undated
  • Cochran, Victor E., 1953
  • Cohen, Elaine Lustig, 1985
  • Cohen, Stuart, 1979
  • Colgan, Susan, 1979
  • Collier's, 1953
  • Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., 1947, 1948
  • Columbia University, 1972, 1973
  • Communication Dynamics, 1963
  • Compagnia Nazionale Artigiana, 1956, 1960
  • Contini, Edgardo, 1963
  • Correa, Frederico, 1975
  • Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1983
  • Cragar, Robert, 1949, 1950
  • Craig, Mary, 1945
  • Crosbie, Michael, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Cross, Paula, 1981
  • Culot, Maurice, 1972, 1973
  • Curtis, William, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989
  • Dailey, Gardner A., 1948
  • Dale, John R., 1989
  • Davidson, Barnaby, 1984
  • Davidson, Carlos, 1984
  • Davidson, Erica, 1983, undated
  • Davidson, J. R. and Greta, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, undated
  • Davidson, Tom, 1981, undated
  • Day, Peter, 1985
  • De Bretteville, Peter and Sheila (The Woman's Building), 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
  • De Long, James, 1947
  • Dearborn-Massar, 1961
  • Delano, Leonard H., 1949
  • Design Quarterly, 1975, 1987
  • Dictionary of American Biography, 1975
  • Dictionary of Art, 1986
  • Diefenbach, John, 1973
  • Dimster, Frank, 1966
  • Dixon, John Morris, 1979
  • Domus (Lisa Licitra Ponti), 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1982
  • Donohoe, Victoria, 1965, undated
  • Dorman, Richard, 1970
  • Dougherty, Carole, 1989, undated
  • Downing, Holly, 1974
  • Dudley, George, 1984, 1988, undated
  • Dukeminier, Jesse, Jr., 1967
  • Dyson, Arthur, 1985, 1987
  • Easton, Bob, 1977
  • Eckbo, Gerrett, 1977, 1982
  • Eder, Richard, 1987, 1988
  • Edilizia Moderna, 1965
  • Eisner, Richard K., undated
  • Elliott, James, 1986
  • Ellwood, Craig, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1984, 1988
  • Elwyn, Adolph, 1946
  • Emanuel, Muriel, 1979
  • Emmons, Donn, 1975
  • E. P. Dutton and Co., 1975
  • Favro, Diane, 1987
  • Fetherson, Kate, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988
  • Feiss, Carl, 1948, 1949
  • Field, Ellen, 1964
  • Filler, Martin, 1986
  • Fisher, Shirley, 1978
  • Flack, Peter, 1975
  • Fonda-Bonardi, Mario, 1989
  • Ford, Edward R., 1986
  • Foreign Service of the United States of America, 1959, 1962
  • Forsyth, Robert J., 1961, 1962
  • Fortune, 1936
  • Francis, Marcia, 1979
  • Franks, Milton, 1962
  • Franzen, Ulrich, 1968, 1969
  • Frey, Albert, 1988
  • Friends of Cast Iron Architecture, 1972, 1974, 1977, undated
  • Friends of Kebyar, 1984
  • Fulton, Weldon, undated
  • Gebhard, David, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, undated
  • Geddes, Robert L., 1977
  • General Services Administration, 1973
  • Giella, Alfonso and Bobbi, 1967, 1974, 1982
  • Gill, Dorothy, 1985
  • Giovannini, Joseph (Gio), 1979, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1989, undated
  • Goldberger, Paul, 1972, 1973, 1975
  • Goldman, Shifra M., 1979, undated
  • Goldstein, Barbara, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1989, undated
  • Gordon, Don, 1980, undated
  • Gould, Jean, 1965
  • Graham Foundation for Studies in the Fine Arts (Carter Manny), 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, undated
  • Granger, Kathleen, 1981
  • Gray, Paul, 1977
  • Greenbaum, Katherine, 1980
  • Greene, Herb, 1971, 1972, 1976, undated
  • Greenhill, Nigel, 1973
  • Gregory, Dan, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987
  • Guss, Jack, 1961
  • Hall, Milly, 1970, 1976, 1977
  • Hanks, David, 1986
  • Harnish, John, 1960
  • Harper and Row, 1979
  • Harper's Bazaar, 1951, 1952, 1961
  • Harris, Robert, 1981, 1982
  • Harvard Architecture Review, 1977, 1979
  • Harvey, Harold E., 1972, 1973
  • Haupt, Peter, 1967
  • Hayden, Dolores, 1984, undated
  • Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, 1967, 1969
  • Hernandez, Diana, 1976, undated
  • Herron, Ron, 1969
  • Hess, Alan, 1985
  • Hillyer, Elinor, 1949
  • Hinerfeld, Susan and Robert, 1984
  • Hines, Tom, 1971, 1975
  • Historical Society of Southern California, 1988, 1989
  • Hitchcock, H. R., 1956
  • Hite, Garron S., 1972
  • Hoag, Paul Sterling, 1981
  • Hollein, Hans, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1976, 1984, undated
  • Hollywood Revitalization Committee, 1979
  • Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977
  • Houvener, Robert, 1969
  • Howe, John H., 1980
  • Howe, Sanora Babb, 1980, 1982, 1989
  • Humanities West, 1984, 1985
  • Huxley, Aldus, 1960
  • Ingalls, David K., 1987
  • Interiors, 1984, 1985
  • Istituto Nazionale per il Commercio Estero, 1970
  • Jansen, Virginia, 1978
  • Japan Architect, 1968
  • Jarrico, Paul, 1971
  • Johnson, Mark R., 1981
  • Jokl, Magda, 1978
  • Jonas, Susan, 1963
  • Jones, A. Quincy and Elaine, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, undated
  • Jordy, William H., 1959, 1961, 1967, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984
  • Jourdan, Erven, 1951
  • Jurney, David, 1957
  • Kahn, Louis, 1960
  • Kamerling, Bruce, 1980, 1985
  • Kappe, Raymond and Shelly, 1970, 1973
  • Kazin, Alfred, 1961, 1984
  • KCRW 89.9 FM, 1989
  • Kennedy, Jacqueline (letter to and reply from secretary), 1964
  • Kershner, Irvin, 1960
  • Khoury, E. M., 1960, 1963
  • Killingsworth, Edward, 1989
  • King, Jean, 1975, 1977, 1987, undated
  • King, Robert I., 1963
  • Kirsch, Jonathan, 1977
  • Koeper, Fred, 1980
  • Kotas, Jerry, 1971, 1973, undated
  • Kripacz, Francisco, 1985
  • Kultermann, Udo, 1967
  • Lagorio, Elena, 1975
  • La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1977, 1986
  • Lamb, Paul, 1982
  • Landau, Sarah B., 1971
  • Langer, Elinor, 1975, 1983
  • Lawson, John Howard (Jack), 1947
  • Lebovich, William, 1979
  • Lee, Joyce, 1975
  • Leedy, Walter, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, undated
  • Legorreta, Ricardo, 1971
  • Lehman, John, 1948
  • Le Veque, Ann, 1980
  • Library of Congress, 1983
  • Lindauer, Theodore, 1983
  • Lingeman, Richard, 1986, 1987
  • Longstreth, Richard, 1982
  • Lorman, William, 1954
  • Los Angeles Conservancy, 1984, 1986
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1966, 1967, 1982
  • Los Angeles Times, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985
  • Lovell, Gary, 1968, 1978
  • Lovell, Leah, 1960
  • Lovell, Philip, 1968, 1972
  • Lowenkopf, Anne, 1975
  • Lumsden, Anthony, 1969, 1974
  • Luna, Fernando, 1971, 1974
  • Lyman, Frederic, 1974, 1989
  • Lyndon, Maynard, 1983, 1984, undated
  • MacDowell Colony Fellows, 1988
  • Mangiarotti, Angelo, 1970
  • Manson, Grant, 1974
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
  • Maston, Carl, 1969, 1970, 1972
  • May, Cliff, 1983, 1985
  • McCoy, John, 1954, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • McCoy, Tori, 1974
  • McCulloch, Peter, 1962
  • McWilliams, Carey, 1980
  • Mendelsohn, Mrs. Eric, 1974, 1975
  • Meyer, Kurt, 1969
  • Middleton, Robin, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Mies Van Der Rohe Centennial Project, 1984
  • Miller, R. Craig, 1973
  • Miller, Donald M., 1986
  • Minister, Chancery of Pakistan, 1965
  • Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, 1966, 1969
  • Mouton, Pierre, 1986, 1988, 1989
  • Muller, Louis, 1988
  • Murphy, William (Bill), 1969, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, undated
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1976
  • Museum of Modern Art, 1961, 1964, 1976
  • Mutlow, John, 1982
  • Nakamura, Toshio, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985
  • National Building Museum, 1981
  • National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners, 1933
  • National Endowment for the Arts, 1971, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977
  • Nelson, June Kompass, 1985
  • Nelson, Sara, 1974
  • New West, 1976
  • New Yorker, 1953, 1962, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1876, undated
  • Nichols, Henry L., 1982, 1987
  • Nishimoto, Kenneth, 1959, 1968
  • Nixon, Peg and Chuck, 1976, 1989, undated
  • North Carolina State University, 1983
  • Novotny, Norbert, 1973
  • Nunis, Doyce, Jr., 1989
  • Oakley, Susan H., 1974
  • O'Gorman, Brit and Peter, 1983
  • O'Gorman, James F., 1973, 1984
  • Ohannesian, Paul B., 1978, 1979
  • On Site, 1975
  • Owen, Tom, 1963, undated
  • Pacific Design Center, 1985
  • Palazzo Dell'Edilizia, 1963, 1964
  • Pan American World Airways System, 1955, 1956
  • Pardee, Clark, 1989
  • Park, Donald, 1986
  • Park, Helen, 1979
  • Paul, Stella, 1988
  • Peregrine Press, 1971, 1977, 1986, 1989
  • Perspecta (Jeff Limerick), 1961, 1975, 1976, undated
  • Pflueger, Donald, 1989
  • Pidgeon, Monica, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1982, 1986
  • Plantin Press, Ltd., 1984
  • Praeger Publishers, Inc., 1972
  • Price, Joe D., 1969
  • Price, Martin, 1964
  • Prinsloo, Ivor, 1988
  • Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan, 1960
  • Pyne Press, 1974
  • Rand, Marvin, 1989
  • Read, Gardner, 1968
  • Reinhold Book Division, 1968
  • Reinhold Publishing Division, 1960, 1970
  • Rhode Island Historical Society, 1977
  • Rhode Island School of Design, 1977
  • Ricasoli, Bettino, 1960
  • Ricci, Leonardo, 1966
  • Rice Design Alliance, 1976
  • Richardson, Betty, 1982
  • Richardson, Sara, 1987
  • Riggs, Lutah Maria, 1978
  • Rinehart, Arley, 1977, 1978
  • Roark, I. L., Jr., 1948
  • Robertson, A. G., 1954
  • Robinson, Sidney, 1973
  • Roche, Kevin, 1968
  • Rosa, Joseph, 1987, 1988
  • Rose, Ronald, 1984
  • Rosenberg, George, 1952
  • Rosenstone, Robert, 1973, 1974
  • Ross, Michael Franklin, 1979
  • Ross, William D., 1952
  • Roth, Leland, 1978
  • Rouillard, Dominique, 1985
  • Rucker, Karen Conan, 1985, 1986
  • Ruff, Carl, 1977
  • Ruocco, Ilse, 1946
  • Russell, Julia, 1982
  • Rydell, Roy, 1974, 1976
  • Sadler, H. G., 1973
  • San Diego City Council, 1984
  • San Diego Museum of Art, 1979
  • San Francisco State College, 1968
  • Sanders, Terry, 1965
  • Sanguinetti, Vittorio, 1963, 1964
  • Santa Monica Landmarks Commission, 1981
  • Santini, Pier Carlo, 1964
  • Saturday Evening Post, 1959, 1960
  • Sauer, Louis, 1968
  • Sawelson-Gorse, Naomi, 1989
  • Secrest, Meryle, 1988
  • Serulnic, Mrs. George, 1967
  • Sewell, Elaine K., 1966
  • Shapira, Nathan, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1979, 1983, undated
  • Shaw, Lawrence C., 1948
  • Shultz, Susan, 1969
  • Simo, Melanie, 1987, 1988
  • Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1963
  • Smith, C. Ray, 1972
  • Smith, Frank Folsom, 1967
  • Smith, Kathryn, 1979, 1987, 1988, undated
  • Smith, Robert, 1972
  • Smith, Whitney, 1970
  • Smithson, Alison, 1983, 1985
  • Snow, C. P., 1960, 1961
  • Solomon, Barbara Probst, 1984
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture, 1989
  • Southwest Review, 1952
  • Space Design, 1984
  • Speiss, Fred, 1977, undated
  • Stahlberg, Arlen, 1976
  • Stanfield, Cecil E., 1949
  • Stegner, Wallace, 1947, 1951
  • Steinbrueck, Victor, 1964
  • Stern, Robert and Lynn, 1965, 1966, 1973
  • Sterner, Carl John, 1974
  • Stickney, Charles, 1964, 1967
  • Stone Magazine, 1965
  • Strand, Janann, undated
  • Straub, Calvin, 1970
  • Sunset Magazine, 1981
  • Sussman, Deborah, 1987, 1989, undated
  • Super, Rob, 1974
  • Taylor, Crombie, 1967
  • Tazewell, E. Bradford, Jr., 1967
  • Temko, Allan, 1957, 1966, 1970, 1988, 1989
  • The Modern Quarterly, 1948
  • The Pacific Spectator, 1947
  • Thiry, Paul, 1949
  • Tigerman, Stanley, 1965, 1977
  • Toland, James, 1955, 1957
  • Travers, David, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1977, 1987, undated
  • Tulane University, 1982, 1983, undated
  • Turner, George P., 1960
  • Underhill, Anna A., 1941
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1974, 1978
  • University of California Extension, 1974
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1982, 1987
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979
  • University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture, 1975
  • University of Oklahoma, 1949, 1985
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • University of Southern California, 1970
  • University Press of Kentucky, 1974
  • University Prints, 1957
  • University Women's Club, 1972, 1975, 1983
  • Vaccarino, Donna, 1989
  • Van Doren, Phyllis, 1984
  • Veret, Jean-Louis, 1960
  • Ventre, Francis T., 1985
  • Veronesi, Giulia, 1966, 1974
  • Via, 1976
  • Victor Gruen Foundation for Environmental Planning, 1972
  • Victor, Michael, 1983
  • Voelcker, John, 1968
  • Von Breton, Harriette, 1969
  • Von Eckardt, Wolf, 1981, 1983, 1984
  • Vreeland, Thomas, 1965, 1969, 1974, 1984
  • W. W. Norton and Co., 1966
  • Walker Art Center, 1975
  • Walker, Derek, 1982
  • Walker, Sam, 1985
  • Walton, Billy, 1986
  • Ward, Robert and Sandra Williams Photography of Architecture, 1977, 1978
  • Ward, Robertson, 1981
  • Wasserman, Steve, 1984, 1985, 1986
  • Waugh, Arthur B., 1959
  • Wayne, June, 1981, 1985
  • Weirick, James, 1970, 1974
  • Weiss, Peggy, 1982, 1984
  • Wemple, Emmet L., 1974, undated
  • Western Association of Art Museums, 1967
  • Wicks, Ebba L., 1949
  • Wight, Frederick S., 1966
  • Wilk, Christopher, 1987
  • William Morris Agency, 1957
  • William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1950
  • Williams, Alexander Kruse, 1985
  • Williams, Wayne R., 1952, 1953, 1972
  • Wills, David, 1969
  • Wilson, Forrest, 1972, 1975, 1983,1987
  • Wilson, Richard Guy, 1981
  • Winslow, Carleton Monroe, 1969, undated
  • Winter, Bob, 1964, 1975, 1976, undated
  • Woman's Building, 1987
  • Woman's Day, 1957
  • Women's Architectural League, 1981
  • Wood, Donna, 1981
  • Woodbridge, Sally, 1977, 1982
  • Woollen, Evans, 1983, 1984
  • Wright, Eric Lloyd, 1984
  • Writers Guild of America, West, 1967, 1969
  • Wurster, William, 1964
  • Zevi, Bruno, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1974