Finding Aid for the Paul Tuttle papers, circa 1940-circa 2001 0000185

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

Title: Paul Tuttle papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000185
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4.3 Linear feet (1 record storage box and 1 flat file drawer)
Date (inclusive): circa 1940-circa 2001
creator: Tuttle, Paul, 1918-2002


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Andy Neumann, 2002. Additional materials gifted by Loma Griffith, 2003.

Preferred Citation note

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

Biographical/Historical note

Paul Tuttle was born in 1918 in Springfield, Missouri. He was stationed in India during WWII as a cartographer, an experience that he said made him want to go into design and architecture. After the war, Tuttle enrolled in what is known now as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, but quickly realized that school was not for him. Tuttle went on to work for his former professor, the designer Alvin Lustig. Tuttle participated in the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West Fellowship in Scottsdale Arizona during 1949. After Taliesin, Tuttle went on to work for architects Thornton Ladd and Welton Becket. In 1956, Tuttle moved to Santa Barbara where he began working intensely on his custom and manufactured furniture, as well as architectural and interior projects. His more notable work includes: the Arco chair, the Z chair, and the six residences he designed in Santa Barbara. Over the course of his career, Tuttle completed 200 pieces of custom furniture. His work was exhibited twice at the University of California, Santa Barbara Art Museum once in 1978 “Paul Tuttle, Designer” and then again in 2001 “Paul Tuttle Retrospective.” Paul Tuttle died in 2002 at the age of 84.

Scope and Content note

The Paul Tuttle papers span 4.3 linear feet and date from circa 1940 to circa 2001. The collection contains magazine and newspaper clippings regarding Tuttle's work (primarily from News Press, Arts and Architecture, House Beautiful, and Designers West); art catalogues (of Tuttle's exhibitions as well as those of other artists); Tuttle's diploma and awards spanning the dates 1966 to 1999; furniture design renderings, the University of California, Santa Barbara's Art Museum Tuttle exhibition blueprints of exhibit layout; blue prints for the George Dangerfield Beach House (1959); and guest book for the Tuttle exhibit at the Paintings/Pamela Auchingcloss Gallery.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Tuttle, Paul, 1918-2002