Finding Aid for the Robert Vincent Derrah papers, circa 1929-circa 1942 0000128

Finding aid prepared by Jocelyn Gibbs, 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: Robert Vincent Derrah papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000128
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 18.0 Linear feet (4 record storage boxes and 5 flat file drawers)
Date (inclusive): circa 1929-circa 1942
creator: Derrah, Robert Vincent, 1895-1946


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Jensen, 1992.

Preferred Citation note

Robert Vincent Derrah papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

Robert Vincent Derrah was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 14, 1895. Derrah was a graduate of both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University with degrees in architecture. He came to Southern California in 1924 and established his firm Derrah and Associates in Beverly Hills. His most notable Los Angeles projects include: the Southern California Gas Company building # 1 in downtown Los Angeles, Crossroads of the World, Acme Brewery, and the streamline modern style Coca Cola Company Plant on Central Avenue. Derrah died in Los Angeles on October 9, 1946, at the age of 51.

Scope and Content note

The Robert Vincent Derrah papers span 18 linear feet and date circa 1929 to circa 1942. The collection is primarily composed of architectural drawings, reprographic copies, and presentation boards of commercial and residential buildings in the Los Angeles area. The collection also includes clippings, correspondence in the form of letters and telegraphs, architectural pamphlets, black-and-white photographs and negatives of Derrah’s Coca-Cola building, Crossroads of the World, residential buildings, and the Southern California Gas Company building.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Derrah, Robert Vincent, 1895-1946
Architectural drawings
Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California
Photographic prints
Presentation drawings (proposals)
Reprographic copies