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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 10 series:

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

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
  • 2.2: Personal Correspondence, 1908-1989
  • 2.3: General Correspondence, 1922-1989
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.
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Hahn, Ruth McCoy, to James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, circa 1924-1961
1
32
McCoy, Clarence, to Esther McCoy, 1948-1962
1
33
McCoy, Clarence, to James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1919, 1937-1955
1
34
McCoy, Esther, correspondence with Ruth McCoy Hahn, circa 1938-1977, 1988
1
35-37
McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1917-1939
1
38-42
McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1940-1944
1
43-47
McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1945-1949
1
48-52
McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1950-1954
1
53-57
McCoy, Esther, correspondence with James L. and Katie Mae McCoy, 1955-1963
2
1-5
McCoy, Frank, to Esther McCoy, 1938
2
6
McCoy, Frank, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1924-1938
2
7
McCoy, James L., Personal and Business Correspondence, 1920-1945
2
8-10
McCoy, John, to Esther McCoy, circa 1940s-1950, 1975-1977
2
11
McCoy, Julia Stephens, to Frank McCoy, 1928-1937
2
12
McCoy, William, to Esther McCoy, 1952
2
13
Various Family Members, 1896-1916, 1933-circa 1970s
2
14-16
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.
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Babb, Dorothy, 1951, 1954
2
17
Bradbury, Ray, 1958-1989
2
18
Brand, Millen and Helen, 1948-1951, 1958
2
19
Collier, John and Harriet, circa 1953-1978
2
20-21
Darrow, Clarence, to Geoffrey Eaton, February 23, 1928
2
22
Dreiser, Helen, circa 1939-1955
2
23
Dreiser, Theodore, circa 1924-1943
2
24-28
Dreiser, Theodore, Undated Letters, circa 1926-1938
2
29
Dreiser, Vera, 1952
2
30
Durden, Jim, 1951-1985
2
31
Eaton, Geoffrey, 1926-1929
2
32-37
Eaton, Geoffrey, Undated Letters, circa 1926-1929
2
38-39
Evans, Jean, 1941-1979
2
40-41
Grainger, Boyne (Bonnie), 1931-1950s
2
42
Grotz, Dorothy, Paul and Stefan, circa 1958-1989
2
43
Hanson, Ruth, circa 1967-1989
2
44-45
Hunt, Nolya, circa 1923-1951
(includes photographs, possibly of Hunt, and illustrated letters)
2
46-48
Kahn, Gordon, circa 1951-1953
2
49-51
Kuifer, John, circa 1924-1925
2
52
Lee, Cora Vernon, Regarding Lee's Estate, 1952-1953
2
53
Metz, Kathryn (Kay), 1951, 1961-1989
(includes an original print by Metz)
3
1-8
Mitchell, John, 1928-1933
3
9-11
Mitchell, John, Undated Letters, circa 1928-1933
3
12-14
Mitchell, John, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1929-1932
3
15
Mumford, Lewis, 1953-1963, 1974
3
16
Powys, John Cowper, 1934, 1948
3
17
Read, Allan, 1928, 1935-1938, circa 1952
3
18
Robert, Albert, circa 1925, 1932-1934
3
19-21
Robert, Albert, circa 1935
3
22-26
Robert, Albert, 1936-1942
3
27-32
Robert, Albert, Undated Letters, circa 1932-1942
3
33-48
Robert, Albert, Undated Letters, circa 1932-1942
4
1-6
Robert, Albert, Photographs found with Letters to Esther McCoy, circa 1930s
4
7
Robert, Albert, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1930-1940
4
8
Spence, Andy and Sique, 1977-1989
4
9
Swanberg, William A., 1962-1965
4
10
Tobey, Berkeley, circa 1944-1959
4
11-14
Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1908-1909
4
15
Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1922-1940
4
16-19
Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1941-1952
4
20-23
University of Pennsylvania (regarding her donation of Dreiser's letters), 1950-1951
4
24
Van der Velde, Edward, 1928
4
25
Vick, John, 1923
4
26
Vick, John, 1924
4
27-31
Vick, John, 1925-1927
(includes photographs of Vick)
4
32-35
Vick, John, Undated Letters, circa 1923-1927
4
36
Weigel, Henrietta, 1955
4
37
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 Appendix for a list of selected correspondents from Series 2.3.
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General Correspondence, 1922-1929
4
38
General Correspondence, 1946-1952
4
39-42
General Correspondence, 1953-1959
4
43-46
General Correspondence, 1960-1965
4
47-51
General Correspondence, 1966-1968
5
1-4
General Correspondence, 1969-1970
5
5-8
General Correspondence, 1971-1973
5
9-13
General Correspondence, 1974
5
14-16
General Correspondence, 1975
5
17-19
General Correspondence, 1976-1978
5
20-24
General Correspondence, 1979
5
25-27
General Correspondence, 1980-1981
5
28-32
General Correspondence, 1982-1983
5
33-37
General Correspondence, 1984
5
38-41
General Correspondence, 1985
5
42-44
General Correspondence, 1986
5
45-47
General Correspondence, 1987
6
1-4
General Correspondence, 1988
6
5-7
General Correspondence, 1989
6
8-10
Undated Correspondence, A-Z, circa 1940s-1980s
6
11-14
Undated and Unidentified Correspondence, circa 1940s-1980s
6
15

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
  • 3.2: Notebooks, circa 1930s-1983
  • 3.3: Memoirs, circa 1940s-1989
  • 3.4: Fiction, circa 1929-1988
  • 3.5: Writings by Others, circa 1920s-1989, undated
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.
Description Container
Diary, "Sophomore Days, Volume 1,", 1919
6
16
Diary, "Sophomore Days, Book 3,", 1919
6
17
Diary, early 1920s
6
18
Diary, 1922-1924
6
19
Diary, 1926
6
20
"Journal: 1972 Trip to London, Paris, Vienna, Venice, Milan,", 1972
6
21
"Diary of European Tour," Katie Mae McCoy, 1956
6
22
"Diary of Alaskan Trip," Katie Mae McCoy, 1957
6
23
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.
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Notebook, circa 1930s
6
24
Notebooks, circa 1940s
6
25-26
Notebooks, 1950-1954
6
27-30
Notebooks, 1955
6
31-35
Notebooks, 1956
6
36-37
Notebooks, 1956
7
1-3
Notebooks, 1957
7
4-7
Notebooks, 1958-1959
7
8-12
Notebooks, circa 1950s
7
13-36
Notebooks, 1960-1962
8
1-5
Notebooks, 1963-1969
8
6-10
Notebooks, circa 1960s
8
11-23
Notebooks, 1970-1972
8
24-28
Notebooks, 1973-1974
8
29-32
Notebooks, 1975-1976
8
33-34
Notebooks, 1976-1983
9
1-4
Notebooks, circa 1970s
9
5
Loose Pages from Notebooks, circa 1940s-1950s
9
6
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.
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[About Her Mother], circa 1960s
9
7
[Abraham Christopher Columbus III], circa 1960s
9
8
[Annie the Dog], circa 1970s
9
9
"Auction at Four-Ten" ("Daga at Four-Ten"), circa 1950s
9
10
"The Dream,", circa 1975
9
11
"Driving in England,", circa 1950s
9
12
"Family Eating: 1919" and "Family Reading: 1919,", 1958
9
13
"Geoff/Bo: Paris,", circa 1950s
9
14
"Happy Birthday RMS,", circa 1950
9
15
[Malibu in the 1930s], circa 1960s
9
16
"My Life in the Arts,", cira 1963
9
17
"My Summer in the Museum of Modern Art,", 1946-1947
9
18
[New York in the 1920s], circa 1950s
9
19
"Outward Journey,", 1946-1947
9
20
"A Pail of Roasting Ears,", 1955
9
21
"Patchin Place,", circa 1950s
9
22
"Reading," ("How to Read"), circa 1940s
9
23
"Robert Venturi: To Whom it May Concern,", 1987-1988
9
24
"Story of Jean,", circa 1950s
9
25
[Theodore Dreiser,], circa 1960s-1989
9
26
Loose Notes on 1974 Presidential Impeachment, 1974
9
27
Notes and Fragments Writings for Memoirs, circa 1950-1960s, 1979
9
28
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.
Description Container
Records of Published and Unpublished Writings (incomplete), circa 1940s-1950s
9
29
Stories Submitted to H.L. Mencken, 1943
9
30
7 O'Clock Train from Rome, circa 1957
9
31
1849: New York City, circa 1940s
9
32
The Adoption, 1960
9
33
And Devoutly Kneeling, circa 1940s
9
34
Anna's Eye ( Mourning Bride), circa 1940s
9
35-36
The Bearer and the Borne, 1946
9
37
Bifel In That Season ( In That Season On That Day), circa 1950s
9
38
The Big Project, circa 1960
9
39
Big Town, circa 1950s
9
40
Blackberry Winter, 1930
9
41
The Blindness of Mrs. Moore, circa 1950
9
42
Blonde Bomber ( The Impossible Takes Longer), circa 1942
9
43
The Blue Rug, 1962
9
44
The Bonzai Tree ( The Earthward Tree), 1960
9
45-46
The Boy Lost Forever ( Beefy Brenda), circa 1950s
9
47
[Brasilia] (Fragments), circa 1959-1961
9
48
But Not Love, 1938
9
49
The Candy Kid, circa 1950s
9
50
The Cape, 1946-1949
9
51
Cause of Death ( The Window), circa 1950s
9
52
The Character of Lucy Barr, 1948
9
53
A Circuit Rider's Wife, circa 1940s
9
54
The Client, circa 1955
9
55
The Coffee is All Right ( The Clinic), circa 1950s
9
56
Cover Shot, circa 1940s
9
57
Dance of Death, 1942
9
58
The Day of the Twenty-Third Confession, circa 1950
9
59
The Day the Picassos Were Gone, circa 1940s
9
60
Dear Jim, circa 1940s
9
61
Divorce in Cuernavaca, circa 1950s
9
62
A Dog Poisoner, 1953
9
63
Don't Make Me Cry, circa 1940s
9
64
Duffy, Manuel, and the Aquaduct, circa 1940s
9
65
The Dummy, circa 1940s
9
66
Emergency, circa 1959
9
67
Fairy Story, circa 1929
9
68
The Family Plot, 1949-1951
9
69
Family Style: Circa 1920, circa 1950s
9
70
The Featherbed Rut, 1961-1962
10
1-2
Fire Bug, 1963
10
3
The Fire in the Moon, circa 1959
10
4
The Giver and the Gift, circa 1960
10
5
Goodtime Charley, circa 1946
10
6
The Hidden One, 1946-1952
10
7
High Heels, 1948-1950
10
8
High Street, circa 1940s
10
9
The House, circa 1950s
10
10
The House That Refused to Die, circa 1950s
10
11
I Am Roger, circa 1955
10
12
I Call to Simon, circa 1950s
10
13
If You Wait Long Enough, 1936
10
14
The Important House, 1948, 1963
10
15
Is She a Teenage Mother?, circa 1968
10
16
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 1, circa 1988
10
17-18
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 2, circa 1988
10
19
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 3, circa 1988
10
20-21
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 4, circa 1988
10
22-24
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft 5, circa 1988
10
25-26
June is the Cruelest Month, Draft Fragments and Notes, circa 1988
10
27-29
The Lady from the Sea, circa 1947
10
30
LA, LA, Draft 1, circa 1960s
10
31
LA, LA, Draft 2, circa 1960s
10
32
LA, LA, Draft 3, circa 1968
11
1
LA, LA, Draft 4, circa 1960s
11
2-3
LA, LA, Draft 5, 1968-1969
11
4
LA, LA, Draft Fragments, circa 1968-1969
11
5
LA, LA, Notes and Printed Material, circa 1950-1968
11
6
Land Gerard, Draft 1, circa 1940s-1960s
11
7
Land Gerard, Draft 2, circa 1940s-1960s
11
8-11
Land Gerard, Draft 3, circa 1940s-1960s
11
12
Land Gerard, Draft 4, circa 1940s-1960s
11
13-15
Land Gerard, Draft 5, circa 1940s-1960s
11
16-18
Land Gerard, Draft Fragments, circa 1940s-1960s
11
19
Leo Gallagher, circa 1940s
11
20
Lily Bird, 1941-1946
11
21
Limbo, 1938
11
22
Listen Caroline, 1942
11
23
Lost Sister, circa 1950s
11
24
Luke, 1943-1945
11
25
Main Street, Heaventown, circa 1940s
11
26
The Male Grapes, 1946-1947
11
27
The Man Who Dreamed of Murder ( Suspense), circa 1940s
11
28
The Man Who Remembered Everything, 1958
11
29
The Man With the Birthmark, circa 1953
11
30
Miss Vanity Fair, circa 1940s
11
31
The Mortgage, circa 1951
11
32
Mother Lies in the Baggage Coach, 1943-1945
11
33
Murder at the Oleanders, circa 1940s
11
34
Murder to Music, circa 1940s
11
35
The New Terrain, 1954-1957
11
36
The Old House, circa 1940s
11
37
One and Divisible, 1943-1947, 1958
11
38
People Never Learn, 1936
11
39
The Pepper Tree, Drafts, circa 1941-1948
12
1-3
The Pepper Tree, Notes and Related Writings, circa 1940s
12
4
The Pepper Tree, Research Material, 1941-1947
12
5
The Pepper Tree, Published Copies, 1953
12
6
The Pickpocket Murder, circa 1948
12
7
A Poem About War Ending, 1946-1947
12
8
Poetry, circa 1970-1985
12
9
The Print, circa 1943
12
10
The Quarrel ( The Summer House), 1950-1951
12
11
The Quiet Season ( The Woman Who Was Trained), 1948-1951
12
12
Remind God, 1937
12
13
Return, 1945
12
14
Robin's Sister, 1945-1950
12
15
The Sin of Puppchen Graff, 1947
12
16
The Snapshot, 1947
12
17
Solitaire, 1932
12
18
The Special Delivery Letter, 1954-1956
12
19
Stay With Me Flagons, circa 1940s
12
20
St. Bernard, circa 1940s
12
21
St. Stephen, 1943
12
22
Suicide Clinic, circa 1940s
12
23
The Sweet Gum Tree, circa 1946
12
24
The Sweet River Trip, circa 1950s
12
25
Tell Me, Tell Me, 1937
12
26
There's No Place To Run, circa 1950s
12
27
They Designed it Themselves, 1951
12
28
Tomorrow's Soldier, circa 1950s
12
29
Trouble With Phillip ( The Lightening Holes), 1944-1951
12
30
The Try-Out ( The Summer House), 1962
12
31
Two Dollar Job, 1937
12
32
Uncle Haz and the Leafage, 1946
12
33
Uncle Walt and the Dalton Boys, circa 1950
12
34
The U. S. Marshalls Mrs. Bounds Knew (See Also Uncle Walt and the Dalton Boys), 1937
12
35
Valentine's II Less Six, circa 1947
12
36
The Vickery Job, Draft 1, Book 1, circa 1970s
12
37
The Vickery Job, Draft 2, Book 1, circa 1970s
12
38
The Vickery Job, Draft 2, Book 2, circa 1970s
12
39
The Vickery Job, Draft 3, circa 1970s
12
40
The Vickery Job, Draft 4, Book 3, circa 1970s
12
41
The Vickery Job, Draft 5, Book 1, circa 1970s
12
42
The Vickery Job, Draft 5, Book 2, circa 1970s
12
43
The Vickery Job, Draft 6, Book 1, circa 1970s
12
44
The Vickery Job, Draft 6, Book 2, circa 1970s
12
45
The Vickery Job, Draft Fragments, circa 1970s
12
46
The Vickery Job, Notes, circa 1968-1977
12
47
The Voices, 1944-1951
13
1
Ward and Associates, Draft 1, circa 1960s
13
2-4
Ward and Associates, Draft 2, circa 1960s
13
5-6
Ward and Associates, Draft 3, circa 1960s
13
7-8
Ward and Associates, Draft 4, circa 1960s
13
9-11
Ward and Associates, Draft Fragments, circa 1960s
13
12-16
Ward and Associates, Outlines and Notes, circa 1960s
13
17-19
Ward and Associates, Source Material, circa 1963-1969
13
20
When Writing Mention This Number, circa 1950
13
21
The Wind's Eye, Draft 1, circa 1949
13
22
The Wind's Eye, Draft 2, circa 1949
13
23-24
The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 1, circa 1949
13
25
The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 2, circa 1949
13
26
The Wind's Eye, Draft 3, Part 3, circa 1949
13
27
The Wind's Eye, Draft 4, Part 2, circa 1949
13
28
Work for the Night is Coming, 1943-1944
14
1
Untitled Writings, Fragments, and Notes, circa 1940s-1970s
14
2-3
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.
Description Container
Denise Scott Brown, "Knowing Esther McCoy" and "Esther McCoy and The Second Generation,", 1988-1989
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4
J. K. Cruz, "Pressure at Their Respective Crises Zones" ("The Variances"), circa 1970s
14
5
Jean Evans, "Three Studies in Conflict,", circa 1952
14
6
Jean Evans, "The Golden Years (Introduction),", undated
14
7
Yona Friedman, "A Research Program for a Scientific Method of Planning,", undated
14
8
Cecil Gray, "Chameleon's Dish,", undated
14
9
Paul Sterling Hoag, "Wisdom From the Doheny's Back Hall,", 1987
14
10
Raymond Marcel, "Builders and Humanists: The Renaissance Popes as Patrons of the Arts,", 1966
14
11-13
Gabriel Garcia Maroto, "Popular Architecture in Mexico,", undated
14
14
Mrs. J. L. McCoy, "A Fictionalized Story of the Book of Philemon,", undated
14
15
John Mitchell, Various Writings, circa 1920s-1930s
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16-18
Paul B. Ohannesian, "Letters from Pauline Schindler: 1969-1977,", circa 1977
14
19
Albert Eide Parr, "Paths of Dispersal and Encounter in the City,", circa 1970
14
20
Albert Robert, "Temporary Gentlemen,", circa 1930s
14
21
Stephen Spender, "I Think Continually?,", 1934
14
22
Pierre St. Clement (Albert Robert), "Heroism and Other Magic,", circa 1930s
14
23
Eleanor Walker, "The Nineteen Forty-Niners of Malibu Hills,", circa 1949
14
24
Evans Woollen, "Towards an Architecture of Process,", 1984
14
25
Various Authors, Department of Architecture, National Institute of Fine Arts, Mexico, Conference Presentations, 1954
14
26
Unidentified Authors, Miscellaneous Writings, 1949, 1971, undated
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27

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
  • 4.2: Exhibition Catalogs, circa 1942-1990
  • 4.3: Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers, 1948-1989
  • 4.4: Lectures, 1960-1988
  • 4.5: Other Writings and Research Notes, 1937-1989, undated
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.
Description Container
Photograph of Publications (Books), circa 1970s
14
28
Collier's Encyclopedia, "Richard Josef Neutra,", 1959, 1985
14
29
Contemporary Architects, Various Essays, 1978-1985
14
30
Craig Ellwood: Architecture (1969)
Drafts, circa 1968
14
31
Project Documents, 1967-1970
14
32
Five California Architects (1960, 1975)
Acknowledgements and Introduction, circa 1975
14
33
Captions and Credits, 1959
14
34
Correspondence (photocopies), 1908, 1911-1918, 1936
14
35
Correspondence, circa 1956-1963
14
36-38
Correspondence, 1967-1987
14
39-40
Drafts and Notes, Irving Gill, 1950s
14
41-46
Drafts and Notes, Bernard Maybeck, 1950s
14
47-49
Drafts and Notes, Bernard Maybeck, 1950s
15
1-2
Drafts and Notes, R. M. Schindler, 1950s
15
3-7
Financial Records, 1959-1965, 1974-1975
15
8
Notes, Greene and Greene, circa 1950s
15
9
Photographs, Irving Gill, 1950s
15
10
Photographs, Bernard Maybeck, circa 1959
15
11
Publicity and Reviews, circa 1959-1975
15
12
Research Material, Irving Gill, 1922-1933, 1958
15
13
Research Material, Bernard Maybeck, 1950s
15
14
Symposium and Home Tour, 1988
15
15
Francisco Artigas (1972; Foreword and Introduction by Esther McCoy)
Correspondence, 1970-1973
15
16
Foreword, 1971
15
17
Illustrations, circa 1971
15
18
Interview Transcripts, 1970-1971
15
19
Introduction, 1971
15
20
Notes, circa 1971
15
21-22
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, Various Essays, 1980-1982
15
23-24
Modern California Houses: Case Study Houses 1946-1962 (1962, 1977)
Bibliography, circa 1960s
15
25
Blueprints, Craig Ellwood, Case Study House #16 (Salzman House), 1952
(Oversized rolled items housed in RD 49)
15
26
Blueprints, Charles Eames, Case Study Houses #8 and #9, circa 1949
(Oversized rolled items housed in RD 50)
15
27
Correspondence, 1960-1965, 1975-1978
15
28
Draft Fragments, circa 1962
15
29
Drafts, First Edition, circa 1962
15
30
Drafts, Second Edition, circa 1977
15
31
Notes and Research Material, circa 1960s
15
32-33
Photographs, circa 1940s-1950s
(Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand photographs not scanned.)
15
34
Publicity and Reviews, 1962-1978
15
35
Richard Neutra (1960)
Correspondence, 1958-1967
15
36
Drafts and Notes, 1950s-1960
15
37-39
Printed Material, circa 1960, 1977
15
40
The Second Generation (1984)
Bibliography, Captions, and Index, circa 1980s
15
41-42
Building Plans used in Book, circa 1970s
15
43
Corrections to Galleys, 1983
15
44
Correspondence, General, 1977-1987
15
45-48
Correspondence, Gregory Ain, 1969-1972
16
1
Correspondence, J. R. Davidson, circa 1965-1982
16
2
Correspondence, Harwell Harris, 1978-1984
16
3-5
Drafts, Gregory Ain, circa 1980s
16
6-12
Drafts, J. R. Davidson, circa 1980s
16
13-16
Drafts, Harwell Harris, circa 1980s
16
17-22
Drafts, Raphael Soriano, circa 1980s
16
23-24
Financial Records, 1976, 1982-1984
16
25
Notes and Research Material, Gregory Ain, 1955, 1960s-1980s
16
26-28
Notes and Research Material, J. R. Davidson, circa 1960s-1980s
(oversized items housed in Box 42)
16
29-32
Notes and Research Material, General, circa 1970s-1980s
17
1-2
Notes and Research Material, Harwell Harris, circa 1960s-1980s
17
3-7
Notes and Research Material, Raphael Soriano, 1956-1982
17
8-9
Publicity and Reviews, circa 1984-1986
17
10
Vienna to Los Angeles: Two Journeys (1979)
Acknowledgements and Bibliography, 1970s
17
11
Article, "Letters Between R. M. Schindler and Richard Neutra, 1914-1924" by Esther McCoy, 1974
17
12-15
Correspondence, General, circa 1958-1980
17
16
Correspondence, Philip and David Lovell (photocopies), 1926-1928, 1977
17
17
Correspondence, Erich Mendelsohn (photocopies), 1922
17
18
Correspondence, Pauline Schindler (photocopies), 1930-1976
17
19
Correspondence, R. M. Schindler (photocopies), circa 1914-1954
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20-22
Correspondence, R. M. Schindler correspondence with Richard Neutra (photocopies), 1912-1924
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23-25
Correspondence, R. M. Schindler correspondence with Richard Neutra, Draft Translations, circa 1972
17
26-27
Correspondence, R. M. Schindler correspondence with Richard Neutra, Typescripts, circa 1972
17
28-32
Correspondence, Frank Lloyd Wright re: Barnsdall House (photocopies), circa 1916-1925, 1934
17
33-36
Draft One, 1978
17
37
Draft Two, circa 1978
18
1
Draft Fragments, circa 1970s
18
2
Essay, "Taliesin in 1919" by Pauline Schindler, circa 1973
18
3
Foreword, 1970s
18
4
Introduction, 1973
18
5
Notes and Research Material, 1928-1970s
18
6-14
Photographs and Captions, circa 1910-1979
(Julius Shulman photographs not scanned.)
18
15-21
Publicity and Reviews, 1979-1980
18
22
Oversized Blueprints, Case Study House #16, 1952
(Scanned with Box 15, Folder 26)
RD 49
Oversized Blueprints, Case Study Houses #8 and #9, circa 1949
(Scanned with Box 15, Folder 27)
RD 50
Oversized Notes and Research Material, J. R. Davidson, circa 1960s-1980s
(Scanned with Box 16, Folders 29-32)
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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.
Description Container
A. Quincy Jones: A Tribute (1980)
Catalog, 1980
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23
Drafts, circa 1979
18
24-25
Notes and Research Material, circa 1970s-1980
18
26
Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study House (1989)
Correspondence, 1985-1989
18
27
Drafts, circa 1989
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28-29
Notes, circa 1989
18
30
Project Description, 1989
18
31
Publicity and Reviews, 1987-1990
18
32
Video, "The Case Study House Program, 1945-1966,", 1989
(1 videocassette (VHS))
18
33
Felix Candela (1957)
Catalog and Printed Material, 1957
18
34
Correspondence, 1957-1959
18
35-36
Drafts and Notes, 1956-1957
18
37-38
Exhibition Arrangements, 1957
18
39
Photographs, circa 1950s
18
40
High Styles (1986)
Checklist Documents, circa 1985
18
41
Correspondence, 1983-1986
18
42-44
Drafts, circa 1985
19
1-2
Exhibition Arrangements, 1984-1985
19
3
Fabric Samples, circa 1956-1968
19
4
Museum Catalog Records (photocopies), circa 1985
19
5
Notes, circa 1984-1985
19
6
Photographs, circa 1942-1985
(photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand not scanned)
19
7-8
Research Material, circa 1960s-1985
19
9
Reviews, 1985-1986
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10-11
Home Sweet Home: The California Ranch House (1983)
Correspondence and Exhibition Planning Documents, 1983-1984
19
12
Drafts, circa 1983
19
13
Notes, circa 1983
19
14
Photographs, 1945, 1958, undated
19
15
Printed Material, 1971, 1983-1984
19
16
Irving Gill (1958)
Catalog, 1958
19
17
Correspondence, 1958-1960
19
18
Drafts, circa 1958
19
19
Exhibition Arrangements, 1958
19
20
Photographs for Catalog, 1958
(photographs by Marvin Rand not scanned)
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21-23
Juan O'Gorman (1964)
Catalog, 1964
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24
Correspondence, 1958, 1963-1964
19
25
Drafts and Exhibition Arrangements, circa 1958-1964
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26-27
Report on Theft, 1964
19
28
Marmo: The New Italian Stone Age, Introduction by Esther McCoy, circa 1988-1989
19
29
Naives and Visionaries (1975)
Correspondence, 1974-1977, 1984
19
30
Drafts, circa 1974-1975
19
31
Notes, circa 1974-1975
19
32
Photographs, circa 1960s-1970s
19
33
Printed Material, 1967-1981
19
34
Ten Italian Architects (1967)
Acknowledgements and Captions, circa 1967
19
35
Blueprints, Ignazio Gardella, 1965
19
36
Catalog, 1967
19
37
Correspondence, 1963-1968
19
38-40
Financial Records, circa 1966-1968
19
41
Notebooks, circa 1963-1967
19
42-44
Notes, circa 1963-1967
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1-2
Photograph Album, circa 1963-1967
20
3
Proposals, circa 1964
20
4
Publicity, 1967
20
5
Research Material, Franco Albini, circa 1963-1965
20
6
Research Material, General, circa 1957-1966
20
7
Research Material, Angelo Mangiarotti, 1963-1968
20
8
Research Material, Gino Valle, circa 1960s
20
9
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.
Description Container
AIA Review, "The Dodge House,", 1965
20
10
AIA Review, "Is Mies Doing Anything Interesting?,", 1968
20
11
Angeles, "Homage to Reyner Banham" (September 1988), 1988
20
12
Architectural Digest, "City Map Guide No. 23: Los Angeles" (No. 7), 1974
20
13
Architectural Forum, "Dr. Salk Talks about His Institute" (December 1967), 1967
20
14-15
Architectural Forum, "A Health Center with Muscles" (March 1969), 1969
20
16
Architecture, Review: "R. M. Schindler by August Sarnitz,", 1989
20
17
Architecture and Urbanism, "Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown" (December 1981), 1981
20
18
Arts & Architecture
Correspondence, 1951-1966, 1982, 1985
20
19-20
"Architecture in Mexico" (August 1951), 1951
20
21
"The New University City of Mexico" (August 1952), 1952
20
22
"The Bradbury Building" (April 1953), circa 1953
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23-24
"Notes on Greene and Greene" (July 1953), 1953
20
25
"Four Houses of the '20s by R. M. Schindler, Architect" (September 1953), 1953
20
26
"R. M. Schindler 1890-1953" (May 1954), 1954
20
27
"Weaving by Saul Borisov" (June 1954), 1954
20
28
"Pier Luigi Nervi - Concrete Sections from Two New Stadiums" (September 1956), 1956
20
29
"Concrete Shell Forms - Felix Candela" (May 1957), 1957
20
30
"Tribute to Sardinia" (November 1962), 1962
20
31
"William Morris, Designer, Craftsman, Victorian" (March 1963), 1960-1963
20
32-33
"Italian Designs" (May 1963), 1963
20
34
"Mosaics of Juan O'Gorman" (February 1964), 1964
20
35
"West Coast Architects II: William Wilson Wurster" (July 1964), 1964
20
36
"West Coast Architects III: Victor Gruen" (October 1964), 1964
20
37
"Pure Research,", 1964
20
38
"West Coast Architects V: John Lautner" (August 1965), 1965
20
39
"Young Architects: The Small Office" (February-March, 1966), circa 1962-1966
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40-43
[Death of Susan Jonas,], circa 1960s
20
44
"Gregory Ain" (Winter 1981), 1979-1982
20
45
"The Greenhouse" (Spring 1982), circa 1982
20
46
"The Death of Juan O'Gorman" (Spring 1982), 1982
20
47
"Garrett Eckbo: The Early Years" (Fall 1982), 1982
20
48
"Retrospect: Bruce Goff" (Summer 1983), 1983
20
49
"John Entenza" (Winter 1984), 1984
20
50
Arts in Society, "Avant-Garde Architecture" (1962), 1962
20
51
California Magazine, "Geography as Destiny" (March 1986), 1986
20
52
California Magazine, "Ray Eames" (1988), 1988
20
53
Design Book Review, "On the Edge of the World by Richard Longstreth" (1983, December 23), 1983
20
54
Design Quarterly, "Charles and Ray Eames" (1975), circa 1973-1975
20
55
Domus, "Review: Bruce Goff in Architecture" (July 1971), 1970-1971
20
56
Domus, "Post-Mies: Architecture di Anthony J. Lumsden" (November 1975), circa 1975
20
57
Global Architecture, "Gunnar Birkerts" (Volume 31), circa 1973-1974
20
58-60
Harvard Architecture Review, "Post Modern: Pelli and Gehry" (Unpublished), 1977-1979
20
61-62
Historic Preservation, "Irving Gill, Architect" (April-June 1972), 1972
20
63
Hudson Review, "Luis Barragan,", 1989
20
64
Journal of Architectural Education, Review of Beyond Metabolism: The New Japanese Architecture by Michael Franklin Ross, 1979
20
65
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, "Letters from Louis H. Sullivan to R. M. Schindler" (December 1961), 1961
21
1-2
L. A. Architect
"J. R. Davidson" (May 1977), 1977
21
3
"A Walk with Lutah Riggs" (July 1979), 1979
21
4
"Obituary: A. Quincy Jones: 1913-1979" (September 1979), 1979
21
5
"Gio Ponti: 1891-1979" (November 1979), 1979
21
6
"Konrad Wachsman: 1901-1980" (January 1981), 1981
21
7
"Ray Eames" (October 1988), 1988
21
8
Los Angeles Herald Examiner
Article on Craig Ellwood, 1955
21
9
"Case Study House #17" (1956, April 8), 1956
21
10
"Candela Exhibition" (1957, April 28), 1957
21
11
"Los Angeles: A Private Proving Ground" (1980, February 6), 1980
21
12
Los Angeles Times
Home Magazine, "Mexico" Issue (1952, October 19), 1952
21
13
"Then and Now" (1952, December 14), 1952
21
14
"House With Sloping Walls,", 1952
21
15
"Who Starts a Style?" (1953, July 19), 1953
21
16
"Northwest Roundup,", 1953
21
17-20
Home Magazine, "Mexico" Issue (1954, January 24), 1954
21
21-22
"La Jolla's First Architect" (1954, March 28), 1954
21
23
"60 Years of Architectural Progress Hailed by AIA" (1954, August 29), 1954
21
24
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (J. R. Davidson, 1954, November 21), 1954
21
25
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Gregory Ain, 1955, January 2), 1954
21
26
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Thornton Abell, 1955, May 1), 1955
21
27
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (John Lautner, 1955, May 16), 1955
21
28
"Great Maya Builders of Yucatan" (September 1955), 1955
21
29
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Irving Gill, 1955, November 6), 1955
21
30
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (George Russell, 1955, November 20), 1955
21
31
"Bolton Hall,", 1955-1980s
21
32
"The Subject of the Researches is Man" (1956, January 22), 1956
21
33
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons, 1956, February 19), 1956
21
34
"California Landscaping No. 1" (1956, February 26), 1956
21
35
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Richard Neutra, 1956, March 18), 1956
21
36
"California Landscaping No. 2" (1956, May 13), 1956
21
37
"Salute to AIA, Well Earned" (1956, May 13), 1956
21
38
"What I Believe? A Statement of Architectural Principles" (Milton Sessions, 1956, November 18), 1956
21
39
"Roots of California Contemporary Architecture,", circa 1956
21
40
"California Landscaping No. 9" (1957, April 21), 1957
21
41
"Italy Boasts Finest Greek Marble" (1958, February 2), 1958
21
42
"Where to Look for Arts and Crafts on Travels Abroad" (1958, April 2), 1958
21
43
"In Sardinia Design is Ruled by Spontaneity" (1958, October 14), 1957-1958
21
44-46
"The War and Ensenada" (1958, November 16), 1958
21
47
Various Articles on Italian Crafts, circa 1958
21
48
"Those Crazy Domes" (1959, February 22), circa 1959
21
49
"Room for 2 Million in the Hills" (1959, March 18), circa 1958-1959
21
50
"Italy's Marble" (1959, November 1), 1959
21
51-52
"Brasilia" (1959, November 22), Correspondence, 1959-1960
21
53
"Brasilia" (1959, November 22), Notes and Research Material, 1959-1960
21
54
"Brasilia" (1959, November 22), Photographs, circa 1959
21
55-56
"The Time Kendall Tried to Build a Modern House" (1960, March 20), 1960
21
57
"Chess in Cuernavaca" (1960, July 31), 1960
21
58
"Wanted: Architect (preferably a dead one)" (1960, August 21), 1960
21
59
"Israeli Craft: A Fusion of Many Cultures" (1960, October 9 and 1961, June 4), 1960-1961
21
60-62
"Flying off the Handle at International Airport" (1962, October 14), 1962
21
63
"Santa Monica's Inspiration Point - It's at End of the Line" (1962, October 28), 1962
21
64
"Megastructures for Megalopoli" (1967, January 15), 1966-1967
21
65
"Richard Neutra" (1968, February 11), 1967-1968
21
66
"Architecture in California: 1868-1968,", 1968
21
67
Various Articles, circa 1957-1977
21
68
Lotus
Correspondence, 1963-1983
(Includes general correspondence with editor, Bruno Alfieri)
21
69-71
"Buildings in the United States, 1966-1967" (1967-1968, v. 4), 1966-1968
21
72-74
"R. M. Schindler" (1968, v. 5), 1968
21
75
Documents used for Lotus 5, circa 1968
21
76
"17 Miles Between Mesa and Apache Junction" (1974, v. 8), 1974
21
77
Mademoiselle's Living
"Two Grangers in Three Acts,", 1948-1949
21
78
"Kirk House on Finn Hill, Seattle,", 1949
21
79
"Gregory Ain's Mar Vista Project for Veterans,", 1950
21
80
"Kumler House, Phoenix, Arizona,", 1950-1951
21
81
New West, "Palms" (1976, June 7), 1976
22
1
New York Times, Article on Japanese Design, 1959
22
2
The Pacific Spectator, "West Coast Architecture: A Romantic Movement Ends,", 1952
22
3
Perspecta, "Case Study Houses" (1976, v. 15), circa 1976
22
4-5
Progressive Architecture
Correspondence, 1964, 1969-1974
22
6-10
Correspondence, 1975-1989
22
11-15
Financial Records, 1969-1976
22
16
General Notes, 1966-circa 1970s
22
17
"Owens Valley Study,", circa 1970
22
18
"Central City" (March 1970), 1970
22
19
"Who's Hurting Here" (July 1971), 1971
22
20
"Designing for a Dry Climate" (1971, n. 8), 1971
22
21
"Toward the G Intensity Silhouette,", circa 1971
22
22-23
"Performing Arts Building, UC Santa Cruz,", 1971-1972
22
24
"St. Paul's Cathedral" (January 1972), 1970-1972
22
25
"Gamble House" (November 1972), 1971-1972
22
26
Article on Charles Moore and Christopher Alexander, 1972
22
27
"Hearst Castle" (January 1973), 1972-1973
22
28
"Scottsdale" (March 1973), 1972-1973
22
29
"Interior Design: The Charles Eames Office, An Affection for Objects" (August 1973), circa 1973
22
30-34
"High Tech Images" (February 1974), 1974
22
35
"Report from Guanajuato" (September 1974), 1974
22
36
"Before the Silvers" (1976, n. 10), 1976
22
37
"Pacific Design Center" (October 1976), 1976
22
38
"Annenberg Building" (March 1977), 1976-1977
22
39
"Everyman's Casa" (July 1978), 1977-1978
22
40
"Something to Wrap the Herring In" (February 1986), 1986
22
41
"Frank Gehry" (October 1986), 1986
22
42
"Second Guessing Schindler" (1989, n. 4), 1989
22
43
Various Articles, 1969
22
44
Various Articles, 1970
22
45-46
Various Articles, 1971
22
47
Various Articles, 1972
22
48-49
Various Articles, 1973-1974
22
50
Various Articles, 1975
22
51
Various Articles, 1976
22
52
Various Articles, 1977
22
53
Various Articles, 1978-1979
22
54
Various Articles, 1980-1981
22
55
Various Articles, 1982-1983
22
56
Various Articles, undated
22
57
Review (Society of Architectural Historians), "Charles Greene's Presence" (Spring 1982), 1981
22
58
Sunset Magazine, Various Articles, 1952, 1955
22
59
UCLA Alumni Magazine, "The New North Campus, 1966-1967,", circa 1967
22
60
Ville Giardini, Various Articles, circa 1977-1983
22
61
Western Architect and Engineer, "Wilshire Boulevard" (September 1961), circa 1961
23
1-4
Zodiac, "Neutra in California" (1961, v. 8), 1961
23
5
Zodiac, "Young Architects in the United States" (1961, v. 8), 1960-1961
23
6-8
Zodiac, "Young Architects in the United States: 1963" (1964, v. 13)
Correspondence, 1962-1964
23
9-10
Drafts, circa 1963, 1964
23
11
Notes and Research Material, 1960-1963
23
12-14
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.
Description Container
California Polytechnic, "Architecture in Transition,", 1970
23
15
Columbia University, "Architecture in the West as a Cottage Industry,", 1972
23
16
House Tours, Schedules and Notes, 1966-1979
23
17-18
La Jolla, "Post Modern,", 1977
23
19
Lecture on Brasilia, circa 1960
23
20
Lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright, circa 1970s
23
21
Lecture on "Italian Modern,", circa 1970s
23
22
Lecture on "Library Use,", 1985
23
23
Lecture on Modern Architecture, circa 1970s
23
24
Lectures on R. M. Schindler, circa 1970s
23
25
Lecture on "Schindler in California,", circa 1970s
(includes slides and 1 sound cassette)
23
26-27
Lecture on Tony Lumsden, 1975
23
28
Lecture Tour, "Case Study Houses,", 1978
23
29-30
Lecture Tours, "The Second Generation,", 1977, 1983-1984
23
31-32
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "The Architecture of R. M. Schindler,", 1967
23
33
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Lecture on Museums, 1981
23
34
National Trust for Historic Preservation, "The Architecture of Irving Gill,", 1971
23
35
Rice Design Alliance, Lecture on Five California Architects, 1976
23
36
San Diego Museum of Art, "Gill's Birthday,", 1979
23
37
Santa Barbara Museum, "The Modern Tradition in Southern California,", 1971
23
38
Southern California Institute of Architecture, "Schindler,", 1979
23
39
University of California Extension, "The American Home as a Work of Art,", 1968
23
40
University of California Extension, "Fantasy and Reality in Italian Design,", 1979
23
41
University of California, Los Angeles
"Ain,", 1982
23
42
"Case Study Houses,", 1974
23
43
"The Colloquium: From Vienna to Los Angeles,", 1988
23
44
Lecture on R. M. Schindler, 1975
23
45
"Maybeck and Gill,", 1975
23
46
"Mexican Architecture,", 1980
23
47
"Richard Neutra and the Second Generation Moderns in Southern California,", 1975
23
48
University of California, Santa Barbara, Lecture on Case Study Houses, circa 1970s
23
49
University of California, Santa Barbara, "The Office of R. M. Schindler,", 1967
23
50
University of California, Santa Barbara, "Roots of Modern Architecture,", 1969-1970
23
51-55
University of California, Santa Barbara, "The Building as Environment Shaper,", 1970
23
56
University of California, Santa Cruz, "Observing Architecture,", 1973-1974
24
1-2
University of Southern California, "The Forties,", 1979
24
3
University of Southern California, "Landscape Architecture in the Urban Scene,", 1965
24
4
University of Southern California, "Memorial for Wachsman,", 1981
24
5
Women's Building, "Conversation with Lutah Maria Riggs, FAIA,", 1978
24
6
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.
Description Container
Book Reviews, circa 1950s-1985
24
7
Miscellaneous Unidentified Writings and Notes, circa 1950s-1980s
24
8
Writings By Title
"Architecture West,", 1950
24
9
"Bethlehem Baptist Church Story,", 1939, undated
24
10
"Broadway Plaza,", circa 1973
24
11
"Bunker Hill,", undated
24
12
"Derwin Ranch,", circa 1960s
24
13
"Edward Weston,", undated
24
14
"Heth Wharton,", 1958
24
15
"Interview with Wayne Williams on Color,", undated
24
16
"John Entenza,", circa 1980
24
17
"Julius Shulman,", 1989
24
18
"LA, LA" Book Proposal, circa 1985-1986
24
19
"Los Angeles Slums,", 1937-1938
24
20
"Pallladio of Vicenza,", undated
24
21
"Ranch House: Sugar Bush Hill,", circa 1940s
24
22
"Report to the Board,", undated
24
23
"Richard Lechner House: Studio City,", undated
24
24
"Suave Fruits from Mexico,", 1955
24
25
"Thoughts on the Eye,", circa 1980s
24
26
"Watts Towers,", circa 1965
24
27
"Wiltern Theatre,", 1980
24
28
Writings and Notes by Subject
Architecture, circa 1950s-1988
24
29-30
Creativity, circa 1960-1970
24
31
Italian Architecture and Culture, circa 1950s-1960s
24
32
Louis Kahn Interview, 1964
24
33
Mexico's University City (Ciudad Universitaria), circa 1952-1954
24
34
Mexican Architecture and Culture, circa 1950-1957
24
35-37
Mexican Gardens and Nurseries, circa 1955
24
38
New Mexico, 1949
24
39

Series 5: Projects , circa 1953-1988
(Boxes 24-26, 47, FC 53-56; 2.5 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
  • 5.2: Grants, 1956-1985
  • 5.3: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), 1960-1980
  • 5.4: Juries, 1957-1982
  • 5.5: L. A. Art Index, circa 1980
  • 5.6: Preservation Projects, 1965-1980
  • 5.7: Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), 1959-1982
  • 5.8: UCLA, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1961-1988
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 1916, as part of the preservation efforts. The film was directed by Robert Snyder. Documentation of this film project includes correspondence, photographs used for the film, draft film scripts written by McCoy, lab notes, and the finished film.
Description Container
Clippings, circa 1963-1970
24
40
Committee Documents, 1963-1970
24
41
Correspondence, 1963-1970
24
42-43
Motion Picture Film, "Dodge House 1916"
Correspondence, 1965-1983
24
44
Motion picture film, "Dodge House 1916", 1965
1 Film reel
duplicate projection print
16 mm
1 videocassettes (digital betacam)
duplicate
1 videodiscs (dvd)
duplicate
2 Film reels
original A + B roll
16 mm
1 sound track film reel
original fullcoat soundtrack
16 mm
A duplicate projection print (1 film reel), created from answer print of original film, is stored in film can numbered FC 53; the answer print of the original film and duplicate intermediate negative and soundtrack used to produce the projection print are stored off-site. Original A+B rolls and pre-print soundtrack, donated after the preservation project, are stored in film cans numbered FC 54-56. Lab records for A+B rolls are also found.
24
45
Financial Records, 1965
24
46-47
Photographs for Film, circa 1953-1965
(photographs by Julius Shulman and Marvin Rand not scanned)
24
48-51
Scripts, 1965
24
52-53
Floor Plans, circa 1950s-1960s
24
54
Notes and Writings, circa 1965-1970
24
55-56
Printed Material, circa 1965-1968
24
57
1 Reel Motion Picture Film from Box 24, folder 45
(See also Box 24, Folder 45)
FC 53
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.
Description Container
American Institute of Architects, Brunner Scholarship, 1956-1957
24
58
American Institute of Architects, Rehmann Scholarship, 1956-1958
24
59
Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1964
24
60
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1960
24
61
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1979-1980
24
62
Huntington Hartford Foundation Fellowship, 1963-1965
24
63
MacDowell Colony, 1976-1985
24
64
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1978-1979
24
65
Support Material for Unidentified Grants, circa 1960s
24
66
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.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1963-1976
24
67-68
Miscellaneous Records, 1961, 1968-1970
25
1-2
Notes, 1960-1970
25
3-4
Outline and Notes for HABS Book, circa 1973
25
5
Survey Documents
Barnsdall Park, 1965-1975
25
6
Bradbury Building, 1968-1969
25
7
Bullock's Wilshire, 1968-1969
25
8
Dodge House, 1963-1969
25
9
Ennis House, 1969-1970
25
10
Horatio West Court, 1968-1976
25
11
Los Angeles Central Library, 1968-1970
25
12
Lovell Beach House, 1968-1973
25
13
Miltimore House, 1969-1970
25
14
Pueblo Ribera Court, 1968
25
15
Richfield Building, circa 1968-1969
25
16-17
Samuel Freeman House, 1969-1970
25
18
Schindler House, 1969-1980
25
19-21
Sowden House, 1968-1970
25
22
Storer House, circa 1969
25
23
U. S. Customs House, circa 1972-1973
25
24
Veterans Administration Center, circa 1963-1968
25
25
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.
Description Container
American Institute of Architects Comprehensive Architectural Competition (Photographs), 1957
25
26
American Institute of Architects Honor Awards, 1967
25
27
American Institute of Architects Awards Program, Southern California Chapter, 1975
25
28
American Institute of Architects Awards Program, San Diego Chapter, 1976
25
29
American Institute of Architects Awards Program, Southern California Chapter (Photographs), 1977
25
30
Unidentified Design Competition, 1981
25
31
Beverly Hills Civic Center Design Competition, 1982
25
32-33
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.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1980
25
34
"L. A. Art Index," A-B, circa 1980
25
35
"L. A. Art Index," C-G (stops at Gh-), circa 1980
25
36
"Master File," A-D, circa 1980
25
37
"Master File," E-K, circa 1980
25
38
"Master File," L-R, circa 1980
25
39
"Master File," S-Z, circa 1980
25
40
Draft Files, circa 1980
25
41
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.
Description Container
Baker Residence Addition, La Jolla, California, 1978
25
42
Derby House, Glendale, California, 1978
25
43
Egyptian Village Café, Glendale, California, 1979-1980
25
44
George H. Scripps Building, La Jolla, California, circa 1977-1980
25
45
Laurelwood Apartments, Los Angeles, California, 1980
25
46
St. Paul's Cathedral, Los Angeles, California, 1980
25
47
Miscellaneous Preservation Documents, 1965-1976
25
48
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.
Description Container
Annual Meeting Presentation, "The Growth of Cubism in the Work of R. M. Schindler,", 1965
25
49
Annual Meeting Presentation, "Charles Rennie Mackintosh,", 1971
25
50
Annual Meeting Presentation, "J. R. Davidson Houses: 1937-1946,", 1977
25
51-52
Correspondence, 1959-1982
26
1-2
England Meeting and Tour Records, 1970, 1973
26
3
Organizational Records, circa 1961-1977
26
4-5
Tour Itineraries, circa 1965-1972
26
6
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.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1965-1988
26
7-9
Employment Records, 1967-1969
26
10
Library Committee Reports, 1965-1967
26
11
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1966-1969
26
12
Richard Neutra Archives
Correspondence, 1961, 1976-1972
26
13
Financial Material, circa 1966-1969
26
14
Inventories and Notes, circa 1966-1970
26
15-16
"List of Items and Description on Microfilm,", circa 1970
26
17
"Register of the Neutra Collection,", circa 1960s
26
18
Slide Library, Inventory and Notes, circa 1966-1969
26
19-20
Slide Library, Plan for Organization, 1967
26
21
Slide Library, Reports, 1966-1969
26
22
Teaching Materials, 1966-1970, 1974
26
23-26

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

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.
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.
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.
Description Container Select
Books, The Chapbook: A Miscellany, 1924
28
32
Books, Course in Making Mosaics, by Josef L. Young, 1957
28
33
Books, The Dance of Death by Hans Holbein, 1898
28
34
Books, Dante's Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Illustrated by M. Gustave Doré, circa 1885
28
35
Books, Dorothy M. Richardson by John Cowper Powys, 1931
28
36
Books, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos, 1925
28
37
Books, The Human Tragedy by Anatole France, circa 1920s
28
38
Books, Le Poém ?lectronique by Le Corbusier, circa 1958
28
39
Books, Little Blue Book, No. 659, "The Lost Phoebe" and "Old Rogaum and His Theresa" by Theodore Dreiser, 1918
28
40
Books, Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhaur, undated
28
41
Book Proofs, Cliff May, Western Ranch Houses Vol. II, circa 1985
(Oversized items housed in Box 42)
28
42