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Finding Aid for the Mary McLaughlin Craig papers, 1921-1982, bulk circa 1924-1946 0000122
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  • Preferred Citation note
  • Custodial History note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Mary McLaughlin Craig papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000122
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.0 Linear feet (2 half record storage boxes and 2 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1925-1946
    Location note: Box 1-2/ADC - regular 2 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files
    creator: Craig, Mary McLaughlin, 1889-1964


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Preferred Citation note

    Mary McLaughlin Craig papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, 1976. Additional material gifted by Bennet Skewes-Cox, 1981.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Mary McLaughlin Craig was born in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1889. In 1911, following the death of her father, Mary moved with her mother to Pasadena, California. Six years later in 1917 Mary met James Osborne Craig and the two married in 1919. Mary assisted her husband with his architectural projects, despite her lack of formal training. When her husband James died suddenly, she took on his practice, finishing the Plaza de la Guerra restoration project as well as the Campbell Mansion in Goleta. The majority of Mary Craig’s work after her husband’s death in Santa Barbara comprised residential buildings in the Santa Barbara region. Mary McLaughlin Craig died at the age of 74, in 1964.

    Scope and Content note

    The Mary McLaughlin Craig papers span 8 linear feet and date from circa 1925 to 1946. The collection includes correspondence, specification reports organized by project, architectural drawings and reprographic copies, handwritten notes regarding the building process of Craig’s many projects, and a series of photographs of a topographical map of Santa Barbara County. The majority of architectural drawings and reprographic copies are of Mary Craig’s residential designs.

    Related Archival Materials note

    James Osborne Craig papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Arrangement note

    The following arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. The collection is organized into three series: personal papers, project records, and architectural drawings. Within project records, files are arranged in two subseries: materials about the Slater house, and specifications. The architectural drawings are organized alphabetically by client last name or name of project.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922
    Craig, Mary McLaughlin, 1889-1964
    Architectural drawings
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies