Finding Aid for the Walter S. White papers, circa 1935-2002 0000193

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: Walter S. White papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000193
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 96.0 Linear feet (39 record storage boxes, 18 flat file drawers, and 2 models)
Date (inclusive): circa 1948-circa 1992
creator: White, Walter S., 1917-2002


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Pamela Haines, 1998.

Preferred Citation note

Walter S. White papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Walter S. White was born in 1917. White worked in the Los Angeles offices of Harwell Hamilton Harris, R.M. Schindler, Leopold Fisher, and briefly with Albert Frey. White was also an inventor and industrial designer. His patented inventions include the hyperbolic paraboloid roof structure which is also known as the saddle roof (1960), as well as, the heat exchanger window which was patented in 1975. White is most well known as a California Modernist practicing industrial design and architecture in southern California during the 1950s, Colorado during the 1960s, and back in California during the 1980s. Walter S. White died in 2002, at the age of 85.

Scope and Content note

The Walter S. White papers span 96 linear feet and date from circa 1948 to circa 1992. The collection contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies of primarily residential and residential remodel designs. The collection also includes office records in the form of time cards, day planners, literature regarding federal regulations pertaining to architecture, and telephone log books. The collection also encompasses White’s records regarding his architectural projects and inventions in the form of black-and-white as well as color still images and slides of his designs in the process of construction and when completed; letters to and from clients; certificates and awards; White’s handwritten research notes on green structures; internal projects lists; and cassette tapes containing interviews concerning solar energy.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

White, Walter S., 1917-2002
Architectural drawings
Photographic prints