Finding Aid for the Curlett & Beelman records, circa 1924-circa 1932 0000124

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130
805-893-2724
adc@museum.ucsb.edu


Title: Curlett & Beelman records
Identifier/Call Number: 0000124
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: 551
Physical Description: 9.0 Linear feet (2 record storage boxes, 4 boxes of rolls,1 flat file drawer)
Date (inclusive): circa 1924-circa 1932
creator: Beelman, Claud W., 1884-1963
creator: Curlett & Beelman.
creator: Curlett, Alexander E., 1880-1942

Access

Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Preferred Citation note

Curlett & Beelman records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

The Curlett & Beelman firm was formed by Alexander (Aleck) Curlett (1880-1942) and Claud W. Beelman (1884-1963) in 1919. They are well known for their large scale architecture and the fact that their firm planned, designed, and superintended the construction of most of their buildings. Some of their more noted projects, many of which are designated Historic Monuments and/or listed in the National Register of Historic Places, include: Barker Brothers, Elks Temple, Pershing Square Building, Insurance Exchange Building, LA Fur Mart Building, Commercial Club: Hotel Case, Harris Newark Building, Board of Trade Building, and Culver Hotel, as well as buildings in Pasadena and Long Beach. Their office was located in Beverly Hills, California. By 1932, however, the firm had dissolved.
Claud Beelman attended architectural school at Harvard. Following his formal education, he worked in the Midwest and South before moving to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles he obtained his building license and went into partnership with Alexander Curlett, whose father was an established architect in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.

Scope and Content note

The Curlett & Beelman records span 9 linear feet and date from circa 1924 to circa 1932. This collection is primarily composed of specifications, but also includes two flat file folders of architectural reprographic copies of the Eastern Outfitting Company building and the Barker Brothers building.

Related Archival Materials note

Herbert M. Baruch Corporation Records (Collection 1512). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Marcus P. Miller records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Beelman, Claud W., 1884-1963
Curlett & Beelman.
Curlett, Alexander E., 1880-1942
Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
Reprographic copies
Specifications