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.
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.