Finding Aid for the Soule, Murphy and Hastings drawings, circa 1913-circa 1953 0000177

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: Soule, Murphy and Hastings drawings
Identifier/Call Number: 0000177
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 22.0 Linear feet (7 flat file drawers and 1 box)
Date (inclusive): circa 1913-circa 1953
creator: Hastings, Theordore Mitchell
creator: Murphy, John Frederic, 1887-1957
creator: Soule, Murphy and Hastings.
creator: Soule, Winsor, b. 1883


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Donald Bensen, 1968. Additional materials gifted by Malcom C. Kirkbride, 1969.

Preferred Citation note

Soule, Murphy and Hastings drawings, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical/Historical note

The firm Soule, Murphy and Hastings, composed of Winsor Soule, John Frederic Murphy, and Theodore Mitchell Hastings, was founded in 1921 and dissolved in 1926, when Hastings retired. After Hastings retirement, Soule and Murphy continued in partnership from 1926 to 1953. Winsor Soule was born in New York State in 1883; he earned degrees in architecture at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon graduation Soule worked as a draftsman for two Bostonian architectural firms before moving to California, eventually settling in Santa Barbara in 1911. John Frederic Murphy was born in Winterset, Iowa on September 25, 1887. From 1906-1908 he attended Grinnell College and in 1912 graduated with his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. Murphy worked with the architectural firm of Poudgood, Bird and Tawson of Des Moines and in 1914 came to Santa Barbara and was associated with Winsor Soule from 1915 to 1921, until he became a partner. Theodore Mitchell Hastings was born in Philadelphia on July 16, 1876. He studied architecture at Harvard and continued his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in France. From 1903 to 1919, Hastings was a partner in the firm Brockie and Hastings in Philadelphia and then relocated to Santa Barbara where he became a partner with Soule and Murphy.

Scope and Content note

The Soule, Murphy and Hastings drawings span 22 linear feet and date from circa 1913 to circa 1953. The collection contains architectural drawings, reprographic copies and presentation boards. The majority of the drawings present in the collection, however, were produced by the firm Soule and Murphy (after Hastings retired post 1926). Also present in the collection is the work of Soule and Russell Day, as well as, the independent work of Winsor Soule.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hastings, Theordore Mitchell
Murphy, John Frederic, 1887-1957
Soule, Murphy and Hastings.
Soule, Winsor, b. 1883