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Finding aid for the James De Long Papers 0000340
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Description
The James De Long papers contain personal papers, architectural drawings and photographs of De Long's design practice from 1946-1988, as well as materials related to his training and work at Taliesin as a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice and Fellow, 1946-1947. Publications, photographs, and letters cover De Long's years as architecture editor at House Beautiful in 1963-1974, as well as his work for the journal of the Taliesin Fellowship. The De Long papers hold approximately 5,000 drawings and 10 linear ft. of documents, photographs, and publications.
Background
James E. De Long was born in 1921 in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, and attended Eagle Rock High School, Pasadena Junior College and, for six months in 1940, the Chouinard Institute of Art. He began an apprenticeship with the architect Harry Schwartz and started studies in architecture (reportedly at Berkeley) before switching to civil engineering. He dropped out in May 1941 to work in Alaska as a surveyor for an engineering firm engaged in heavy construction. He returned after a year to serve in the Army Air Corps. At some point during these early years he also worked with building projects in Boulder City, Nevada.
Extent
42.64 Linear feet
Availability
Open for use by qualified researchers.