Finding Aid for the Alfred Eichler papers, circa 1914-circa 1963 0000130

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

Title: Alfred Eichler papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000130
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 19.0 Linear feet (7 record storage boxes and 4 flat file folders)
Date (inclusive): circa 1914-circa 1963
creator: Eichler, Alfred W., 1895-1977


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Mr. Paul Werts, 2002.

Preferred Citation note

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

Biographical/Historical note

Alfred W. Eichler was born in Missouri on September 7, 1895, although he spent most of his childhood in San Francisco. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts Institute of Design in Paris, France. Out of school in 1924, Eichler partnered with architect Everett Radcliff Harman to form Harman and Eichler, Architects in Los Angeles, California. A year later, in 1925, Eichler began to work for the California Department of Public Works in the Division of Architecture. By 1949, he was promoted to a supervising architect. He retired in 1963. Alfred W. Eichler died on November 27, 1977, at the age of 82.

Scope and Content note

The Alfred Eichler papers span 19 linear feet and date from circa 1914 to circa 1963. The collection primarily consists of scrapbooks filled with black-and-white photographs and newspapers clippings regarding Eichler’s public works projects, but also includes negatives, correspondence, architectural journals such as The Architectural Review and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, spiral bound notebooks and three-ring binders containing planning data and architectural standards, and small sketch books filled with watercolor paintings and pencil sketches. This collection also is composed of architectural drawings and reprographic copies for the Whittier State School, the Glacier National Park Fish Hatchery, the Bureau of Fisheries House and Water Tanks, and unidentified projects that resemble University buildings.

Related Archival Materials note

Department of Public Works. Division of Architecture Design Section Records, F3274, California State Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Eichler, Alfred W., 1895-1977
Architectural drawings
Photographic prints
Reprographic copies
Watercolor paintings