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Finding Aid for the Edla Muir papers, circa 1917-1986 0000160
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  • Access
  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Related Archival Materials note
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Edla Muir papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000160
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 43.79 Linear feet (7 half record storage boxes, 1 oversize storage box and 9 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1917-1986
    Location note: Boxes 1-7/ADC - regular Box 8*/ADC - oversize* Drawers 222-230/ADC
    creator: Muir, Edla, 1906-1970

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Clyde Lambie, 1972.

    Preferred Citation note

    Elda Muir papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Elda Muir, also known by her married name, Elda Muir Lambie, was born in San Francisco, California on January 23, 1906. At the age of 13, Muir worked summers and weekends in the architectural firm of John Byers. When she graduated from Inglewood High School in 1923, she worked as an office assistant for Byers until 1926, when she was promoted to draftswomen and designer. In 1934, after receiving her architectural license, Byers and Muir formed a partnership, renaming the firm John Byers and Edla Muir, Associated Architects. When the firm dissolved in 1942, Muir became the principle of her own firm in West Los Angeles. Muir focused on designing modern private homes and her designs were featured in Sunset magazine, Architectural Digest, and other publications, as representative of the modern California home. She also designed some public and commercial buildings, such as a supermarket and the City Hall in Ellensburg, Washington, and a corporate office in Mexico City. Her firm Elda Muir, Architect continued from 1946 until 1971, the year she died at the age of 65.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Elda Muir papers span 43.79 linear feet and date from circa 1917 to 1986. The collection consists of architectural drawings, photographic prints and manuscript material organized by project documenting the construction and finished product for many of her architectural projects in Southern California and Washington state. The collection also includes reference material including photographic prints and magazine clippings and articles which document different architectural styles as well as personal material including articles and clippings, correspondence and photographic prints.

    Related Archival Materials note

    John Byers papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Elliott Welsh 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, reference, and project series. The contents of the personal papers series are arranged into three subseries: articles and clippings, correspondence and photographs and negatives. Each subseries is then arranged chronologically by date of the materials. The contents of the reference series is arranged into two subseries: articles and clippings and photographs and negatives. Each subseries is then arranged alphabetically by the subject of the materials. The project series is organized into subseries by client alphabetically and subsequently arranged by format (for example: architectural drawings, photographs, and project files).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Muir, Edla, 1906-1970
    Architects -- California
    Architectural drawings
    Architectural photographs
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
    Blueprints
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Commercial buildings
    Los Angeles (Calif.) Buildings, structures, etc.
    Negatives
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies
    Specifications
    Women architects