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Finding Aid for the John Hudson Thomas papers, circa 1913-circa 1940 0000184
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note

  • Title: John Hudson Thomas papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000184
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 28.0 Linear feet (1 record storage box and 9 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1913-circa 1940
    creator: Thomas, John Hudson, 1878-1945


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Richard Riemann, 1979.

    Preferred Citation note

    John Hudson Thomas papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    John Hudson Thomas was born in 1878 in Nevada and moved to northern California as a young child. In 1902, Thomas graduated from Yale and then went on to graduate school in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1904. From 1904 to 1906, he worked for the architect John Galen Howard. In 1907, Thomas formed a partnership with architect George Plowman and together they completed 50 residential projects in the Arts & Craft style. Three years later in 1910, Thomas went into practice independently. His more well known projects include: the Hume Cluster in Buena Vista Hills, the Capitan Maury residence, and the Spring Mansion in Berkeley. John Hudson Thomas died in 1945.

    Scope and Content note

    The John Hudson Thomas papers span 28 linear feet and date from circa 1913 to circa 1940. The collection is composed primarily of architectural drawings and reprographic copies of residences and some commercial buildings in the San Francisco Bay area (Berkeley, Piedmont, Richmond, and Oakland). Specifications for the Anthony A. Gertrude residence, the Julia S. Hackney residence, the Ida Wickson residence, and the First National Bank; along with photographs and negatives of the Boise and Kelly residences, also compose the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Thomas, John Hudson, 1878-1945
    Architectural drawings
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies