Finding Aid for the James Osborne Craig papers, circa 1918-circa 1923 0000121

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino and Alexandra Adler
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
2015


Title: James Osborne Craig papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000121
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 3.5 Linear feet (1/2 record storage box and 15 flat file folders)
Date (inclusive): circa 1919-circa 1923, 2007
Location note: Box 1/ADC - regular 1 Flat File Drawer/ADC -flat files
creator: Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, 1976. Additional material gifted by Bennet Skewes-Cox, 1981. Drawing of cross for Craig's grave, gift of William Mahan, 2010.

Preferred Citation note

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

Biographical/Historical note

James Osborne Craig was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1888. He studied architecture at the Royal Academy of London and then found work at the office of Sir Ashton Webb in London. He traveled and studied architecture in Italy and Spain before relocating to New York, where he worked for the architectural firm Carrere & Hastings. In 1915 James Craig moved to Santa Barbara. His most notable works in Santa Barbara include the Bernard Hoffman house and guest cottages, as well as the restoration of Plaza de la Guerra and the de la Guerra adobe. James was married to Mary McLaughlin Craig, also an architect, who assisted him throughout their marriage and helped to complete his projects at the time of his death. James Craig died suddenly at the age of 34. At the time of his death he was in the midst of the de la Guerra restoration project.

Scope and Content note

The James Osborne Craig papers span 3.5 linear feet and date from circa 1918 to circa 1923, with one item dating from 2007. The collection is comprised of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives of Craig’s sketches and drawings for architectural projects; presentation and concept drawings for the design, restoration, and remodeling of buildings in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Pasadena, and Palm Springs. Projects include the Bernard Hoffman residence, El Paseo and the de la Guerra adobe restoration, and residences. Also included are specifications for three houses.

Related Archival Materials

Mary McLaughlin Craig papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
George Washington Smith papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
Carleton Monroe Winslow, Sr. papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
James Osborne Craig drawings, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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: Photographs and negatives, Specifications, and Architectural drawings. The contents of the personal papers series are arranged alphabetically. The contents of the project files series is arranged into two subseries: specifications and photographs and negatives. Each subseries is then arranged alphabetically by client name. The architectural drawings are organized alphabetically by client last name.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922
Adobe houses
Architectural drawings
Architecture -- California -- 20th century
Architecture -- California -- Santa Barbara -- 20th century
Architecture, Spanish Colonial -- California, Southern
Negatives
Photographic prints
Spanish Colonial Revival
Specifications

 

Photographs and negatives 1910- circa 1924, undated

Physical Description: (9 folders)
creator: Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922

Scope and Contents note

Series includes photographs of drawings and sketches, including a portrait of James O. Craig, and a few photographs of buildings designed by Craig. Items dated from circa 1910 to circa 1924.
Box 1, Folder 3

Portrait of James Osborne Craig undated

Scope and Contents note

Photographic print of a portrait of James Osborne Craig as well as the negative.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 1

Alexander, J.B. house (Montecito, Calif.): oversize photographs undated

Scope and Contents note

4 gelatin silver prints: exterior views of house.
Box 1, Folder 1

El Paseo Sketch (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1921

Scope and Contents note

Photographic print and negative of a sketch of the El Paseo in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Box 1, Folder 2

"French" Street Sketch 1910

Scope and Contents note

Photographic print and negative of a sketch of a European street, possibly in France.
Box 1, Folder 8

De La Guerra adobe restoration and addition (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1923

Scope and Contents note

One negative of the ground floor plan of the De La Guerra adobe.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 6, Box 1, Folder 9

Hoffman, Bernard house (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1921

Scope and Contents note

Two photographic prints of sketches of the exterior of the Hoffman house, one negative of the grille gates at the gallery stairs and one negative of the first floor plan.

Scope and Contents note

5 gelatin silver prints: exterior views of the house.
Box 1, Folder 4

Santa Inez Mission sketch 1919

Scope and Contents note

Photographic print and negative of a sketch of three different views of the Santa Inez Mission.
Box 1, Folder 10

Unidentified house (Montecito, Calif.) circa 1919

Box 1, Folder 11

Plaza de la Guerra (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1922

Scope and Contents note

Photographic prints of sketches of the plaza and the adobe as well as floor plans. Also contains negatives.
 

Specifications circa 1920

Physical Description: (3 folders)

Scope and Contents note

Series includes specification for 3 houses designed by Craig.
Box 1, Folder 5

Burns, Mrs. J.N. house (Montecito, Calif.) circa 1920

Scope and Contents note

Two copies of typed plumbing specifications for the Burns house.
Box 1, Folder 6

Hayne, Mr. and Mrs. Robin house (Montecito, Calif.) 1920

Scope and Contents note

One set of typed specifications for the Hayne house with handwritten additions and a proposal letter sent to Craig from Alexander Mackellar.
Box 1, Folder 7

Nugent, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel cottage (Sandyland, Calif.) circa 1920

Scope and Contents note

One set of typed specifications for the Nugent cottage with handwritten notes in the margins.
 

Architectural drawings Series 3: circa 1919-1923

Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.5 (1 flat file drawer, 12 flat file folders)
creator: Craig, James Osborne, 1888-1922

Scope and Contents note

Series contains original drawings and some reproductions for 10 projects designed by Craig, most in the Santa Barbara area. Also included is a 2007 drawing by William Mahan for a replacement cross for Craig's gravesite.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 2

Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Lionel house (Pasadena, Calif.) nd

Scope and Contents note

3 blueprints: foundation and ground floor plan, second floor plan and roof plan, elevations and sections.
Drawer 86, Folder 3

Casa de la Guerra Adobe restoration and additions (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1922

Scope and Contents note

10 original drawings: second floor plan, ground floor plan, plan of attic space, plot plan, various renderings.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 4

El Encanto Hotel cottage (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920

Scope and Contents note

3 blueprints: first floor plan and details, elevations, roof plan and various details.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 5

Gring, R.B. house (Montecito, Calif.) 1919

Scope and Contents note

7 original drawings and 5 blueprints: renderings, elevations, first and second floor plans, basement plan and elevations and various details.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 7

Hoffmann, Bernard cottage #1 (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920-1921

Scope and Contents note

36 original drawings and 3 blueprints: elevations and details for garage, sections and elevations, elevations, first floor plan, second floor plan, plot plan, land survey, various renderings, roof plan, foundation plan, sewer plan.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 8

Hoffmann, Bernard cottage #2 (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1921

Scope and Contents note

5 original drawings and 2 blueprints: elevations, sections, floor and foundation plans, ground plan, detail of door.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 9-10

Hoffmann, Bernard house "Casa Santa Cruz" (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920-1921

Scope and Contents note

48 original drawings, 1 reproduction and 18 blueprints: colored pencil renderings, first floor plan, plan of servants quarters, second floor plan, elevations, various grill gates, ground floor plan, plot plan, longitudinal sections, cross sections, door details, elevations, room elevations, fireplace and mantel details, various room details, exterior and interior door plans, window details, foundation and basement plan, roof plan, map of water lines, garden plans, beam plan, interior sketches. House designed in collaboration with landscape designer Florence Yoch.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 11

Hoffmann, Bernard house remodel (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 1920

Scope and Contents note

2 original drawings and 1 blueprint: survey of property, views of house exterior from the north-west and the east.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 12

Kocher, J.J. cottage #1 and #2 (Palm Springs, Calif.) nd

Scope and Contents note

2 original drawings: half end of bench and door details.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 13

Leeds, Warner M. cottage (Sandyland, Calif.) 1920

Scope and Contents note

6 blueprints: foundation plan, floor plan, roof plan, north and south elevations, sections and details.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 14

Stewart, Mrs. Creighton B. house remodel (Montecito, Calif.) 1919

Scope and Contents note

5 original drawings and 1 blueprint: details of living room, east and west elevation, north and south elevation, section, ground floor plan.
Drawer 86, FlatFile 15

Replica of grave cross for James Osborne Craig (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 2007

Physical Description: 1.0 Items
creator: Mahan, William

Scope and Contents note

2 original drawings by Santa Barbara architect, William Mahan: a sketch and various details.