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Finding Aid for the Gladding, McBean & Company records, circa 1875-circa 1970 0000202
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  • Preferred Citation note
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  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Gladding, McBean & Company records
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000202
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet (1 record storage box)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1875-circa 1970
    creator: Gladding, McBean and Company.


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Preferred Citation note

    Gladding, McBean & Company records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Gladding, McBean & Company is a ceramics company located in Lincoln, California. The company was founded by Charles Gladding, Peter McGill McBean, and George Chambers in 1875. Gladding, McBean began by manufacturing clay sewage pipes and gradually moved towards decorative tiles and architectural terra-cotta. By the early 1890s the company had expanded its products and had begun manufacturing fire brick, roof tiles, chimney pipes, and ornamental garden pottery. Its first large scale architectural project was for the tile roofs of Stanford University. Gladding, McBean & Company is still in operation today.

    Scope and Content note

    The Gladding, McBean & Company records span 2 linear feet and date from circa 1875 to circa 1970. The collection contains oversize black-and-white photographs of church buildings in Mexico. The collection also contains a disbound large format scrapbook filled with: an alphabetical list of projects and their corresponding year, as well as black-and-white photographs of building exteriors with some pencil notations of building/project name.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Gladding McBean Company Archives, California State Library.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gladding, McBean and Company.
    Photographic prints