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Finding Aid for the Victor Cusack papers, 1915-2005, bulk 1932-1989 0000125
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Personal papers 1915-1947

Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Contents note

Series includes biographical documents, professional resume, and clippings and photographs relating to Cusack, as well as Cusack family research. Cusack's interest in Frank Lloyd Wright and his year at Taliesin with Wright (October 1938-December 1940) are documented in photographs, drawings of nature and landscape, and an unfinished Taliesin memoir. His war service is documented through the Buccaneer newsletters, which Cusack was in charge of producing while he was stationed with the U.S.S. Pittsburgh.
Box-folder 1/1

Resume of architectural practice 1944-1993 ca. 1993

Box-folder 1/2

Biographical materials n.d.

Box-folder 1/3

Biographical photos and clippings ca. 1934-1960

Box-folder 1/4

Birth certificate (photocopy) 1915

Box-folder 1/5

Cusack family research

Scope and Contents note

Cusack-Hooke family tree, coat of arms, and family history.
Box-folder 1/6

Yale University diploma 1943

Box-folder 1/7

California State Board of Architectural Examiners certificate 1952

Box-folder 3/1

AIA, certificate of membership 1957

Box-folder 1/8

Appointment to Naval Reserve, certificate 1944

Box-folder 1/9

Buccaneer Newsletters 1944-1945

Scope and Contents note

Cusack was editor and illustrator, while stationed with the U.S.S. Pittsburgh.
Box-folder 1/10

Taliesin memoir: manuscript excerpt, “F. L. Wright at Yale” 1994

Box 2

A Taliesin memoir 1935-1940 circa 1994

Scope and Contents note

145 pp of text, photographs, and supporting material for Cusacks unfinished account of his time at Taliesin West and the significance of F. L. Wright in his training as an architect.
Box-folder 3/2

Photographs taken at Taliesin East (Wisconsin) and Taliesin West (Arizona) 1938-1940

Scope and Contents note

Photographic prints by Cusack, Edgar Tafel, and others of people and the sites.
Box-folder 1/11

Drawings done at Taliesin 1938-1940

Scope and Contents note

Cusack’s drawings from nature.
Box-folder 1/12

“Guggenheim redux,” Journal of the Taliesin Fellowship, #12 1993-1994

Scope and Contents note

Article recounts the F.L. Wright exhibition at the Guggenheim, on which Victor Cusack worked for Wright, building models.
Box-folder 1/13

“Two Retrospectives in Retrospect,” Victor Cusack, in Journal of the Taliesin Fellowship, #13 1994

Box-folder 1/14

Cusack materials from David Russell

FlatFile folder 1

4 watercolor drawings 1934, 1937, 1954

Box-folder 1/15

Notes on evenings with Claire Falkenstein 1991-1993, 1997, 2004

Physical Description: 8.0 Items (8 pages)

Scope and Contents note

Typed notes that document Victor Cusacks's conversations with Claire Falkenstein about her work and career, that took place between 1991 and 1997, the date of his last conversation with her. Some of the notes were typed up years later, presumeably from his hand-written notes.

Papers relating to William Pereira ca. 1970-1985

Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet

Scope and Contents note

Includes manuscripts and a drawing by William Pereria, and printed materials about him as well as a video recording of interviews with people who knew him.
Box-folder 1/16

Pereira manuscript on planning

Scope and Contents note

Edited typescript and original handwritten mss.
Box-folder 1/17

Clippings and printed materials about Pereira

Box-folder 1/18

Manuscript draft of Pereira's speech to the FAA, Washington, D.C. 1971

Box-folder 1/19

Time magazine issue with Pereira on cover Sept. 6, 1963

Box 1

“Legacy of William L. Pereira”: VHS recording by Bronya Pereira

Scope and Contents note

Includes interview with Victor Cusack, among others.

Architectural projects 1941-1989

Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet (1 box and 1 flat file drawer)
Box-folder 1/20

Ellsworth house (Simsbury, Conn.): elevation 1941

FlatFile Folder 2

John G. Ross house (West Hartford, Conn.) 1941

Box-folder 1/21

Small Hillside House, by Victor Cusack, published in Arts & Architecture 1946

FlatFile folder 3

Jack Lieberman house, Los Angeles 1946


Emory Eckley house (Catalina Is., Calif.) 1947

Box-folder 6/1

Plan and perspective mounted on board

FlatFile folder 4



Community Hospital (Hobbs, New Mexico), 1950 1950

Scope and Contents note

Clipping: William Pereira, architect; Victor Cusack, designer.

Robert Rissman house (Los Angeles, Calif.) 1948-1949

Scope and Contents note

3 drawings on trace, mounted on separate boards: perspective, plan, revised plan and perspective.
Box-folder 6/3

Proposed Cairn Lea School for Joan Landon (Brentwood, Los Angeles, Calif.): plan and elevation 1949

Box-folder 1/23

Jack Lear house (Los Angeles, Calif.) 1949-1950

Box-folder 1/23, FlatFile folder 5

Elevations 1949


Photograph 1950


J. S. Hutchison house (Chatsworth Park, Calif.) 1950, 1975

Physical Description: 4.0 Linear feet
creator: Cusack, Victor A., b. 1915
creator: Pereira and Luckman, Architects, Engineers and Planners.
FlatFile foler 6

Blueprints 1950

Physical Description: 18.0 Items
Box-folder 1/24-25

Photographs 1950, circa 1975

Scope and Contents note

Photographs from 1950 and color photographs and real estate brochure from circa 1975. Designed by Victor Cusack for William Pereira Associates.
Box-folder 1/26

El Paso Medical Center (El Paso, Tx) 1951, 1953

Scope and Contents note

William Pereira, architect; Victor Cusack, designer: photograph of drawing and printed page with text and construction photos.
Box-folder 1/27

Farmers and Stockmen’s Bank (Phoenix, Az.) 1950-1951

Scope and Contents note

William Pereira, architect.
Box-folder 1/27

Photographs, clippings and printed ephemera circa 1951

FlatFile folder 7

Drawings 1950-1951

Box-folder 1/28

Library for Cal Tech (Pasadena, Calif.) circa 1952

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of drawings: William Pereira, architect; Victor Cusack, designer.
Box-folder 1/29

Los Angeles Music Center proposal, printed ephemera circa 1952

FlatFile folder 8

S. M. Lazarus house: perspective and plan 1952

Box-folder 1/30

Union Oil Center building (Los Angeles, Calif) 1952-1957

Scope and Contents note

Photographs, drawings, notes, printed ephemera.
FlatFile FF

Communications City master plan 1953

Scope and Contents note

Plan on tracing paper, mounted on board. Cuscak was the designer for Pereira & Luckman.
Box-folder 1/31

Edwards Air Force base, master plan circa 1953

Scope and Contents note

Printed ephemera. Cusack was the project captain for this project.
Box-folder 1/32

Resort development master plan, Malaga Spain 1954-1955

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of preliminary design: site plan and perspectives.

Mrs. V. E. Stephens house (Malaga, Spain) circa 1955


Hertzka & Knowles assorted projects circa 1956-1958

Scope and Contents note

Printed ephemera and photographs of projects on which Victor Cusack worked for this San Francisco firm: Lakeshore Towers Apartments (Oakland, Calif.); Study for Standard Oil Company office building (San Francisco); New Store for Moore’s (San Francisco); Market Street office annex to Crocker Bank (San Francisco); C2 building at Skidmore; America-Fore Insurance Co. building.

Proposed Lake Park Hotel and apartments (Oakland, Calif.) circa 1957

Box-folder 1/34

Photograph of rendering

FlatFile FF

Drawing for Lake shore tower apartments


Pacific Employers Insurance Co. (San Francisco, Calif.) circa 1957

Box-folder 1/35

Photographs of renderings

FlatFile FF


FlatFile FF

Van Ness Avenue Hotel and office building (San Francisco, Calif.) circa 1957

Box-folder 1/36

University of California Santa Barbara Master Plan: photograph of rendering circa 1959

Box-folder 1/37

Hotel-Office complex (Los Angeles, Calif.): photographs of renderings circa 1960

Scope and Contents note

Charles Luckman is architect of record. Cusack was the designer.
Box-folder 1/38

Los Angeles County Museum of Art 1960, 1987

Box-folder 1/38

Agreement for architectural services between William Pereira and Museum Associates (LACMA) 1960

Box-folder 1/39

Victor Cusack's letter regarding LA TImes review 1987

Scope and Contents note

Clippings and manuscript of Cusack's letter to the Los Angeles Times, regarding the review by the LA Times critic, John Dryfuss of the architectural design by Pereira.

Community Design Hospital competition entry 1961

Box-folder 1/40

Photographs and printed ephemera

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of model, clipping, and grand prize certificate of award for design by Victor Cusack, Ronald Meza and James Moore.
FlatFile FF

Large format photographs of model

Box-folder 6/4

California State Governor's Residence competition entry 1962

Scope and Contents note

Drawings on two boards: elevations, plans, and sections

World's Fair, American Pavilion (Flushing, NY) 1962-1964

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Victor Cusack for Charles Luckman and Associates.
Box-folder 1/41

Photographs of drawings, sketches, printed ephemera

FlatFile 14

Drawings and sketches

FlatFile 15

Union Oil Company building (Los Angeles, Calif.) 1963

Scope and Contents note

Elevation, bird's eye view perspective, and site plan (reproductions). Victor Cusack chief designer for William Pereira. Project later credited to Charles Luckman Associates when Luckman bought out Pereira.
Box-folder 1/42

Santa Monica Airport complex 1963

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of model. Charles Luckman, architect; Victor Cusack, designer.

California Federal Savings and Loan headquarters (Los Angeles, Calif.) 1965

Box-folder 1/43

Photographs and printed ephemera

FlatFile 16



Lockheed Corporation headquarters 1963, 1979, 1983

Scope and Contents note

William Pereria & Associates, Victor Cusack designer.
Box-folder 1/44-45

Photographs and printed ephemera

Box-folder 3/3

Photographs of drawing and model

FlatFile 17


FlatFile 18

Study sketches 1979

Box-folder 1/46

Chapman College Natural Sciences building (Orange, Calif.) 1968

Scope and Contents note

Printed empemera and photographs; William Pereira & Associates, Victor Cusack, designer.
Box-folder 1/47

Occidental College Administration and residence buildings 1968

Scope and Contents note

Printed ephemera and photographs; William Pereira & Associates, Victor Cusack designer.

TransAmerica building Annex (San Francisco, Calif.) 1975

Box-folder 1/48


FlatFile FF

Design book

Scope and Contents note

Photocopied drawings, photographs, annotations
Box-folder 1/49

Hollywood-Burbank Airport Master plan 1975

Scope and Contents note

Draft, final report; William Pereira & Associates
FlatFile FF

University of California, Irvine, Faculty Club 1977

FlatFile FF

University of Southern California, Hydrocarbon Institute 1979


Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Bulk, 1980-1982 circa 1954-2004

Box 4

Chronology of the Master Plan development circa 1980

FlatFile FF

LAX Terminal building schematic not after 1954

FlatFile FF

LAX West Terminal building original concept sketch circa 1955

Box-folder 1/51

West Terminal building circa 1980-1982

Scope and Contents note

Photographs and printed ephemera
Box-folder 1/52

West Terminal and Theme building circa 1980-1982

Scope and Contents note

Clippings, photographs, printed ephemera
Box-folder 1/53

Dana Goodyear, "Hotel California," profile of Paul Revere Williams in New Yorker

Box-folder 1/54

Accounts of the LAX Theme building

Scope and Contents note

Clippings and printed ephemera
Box 2

Victor Cusack and Harrison Lewis Whitney, "An Illustrated Account of the conception, development and construction of the Theme building, LAX" circa 2004

Scope and Contents note

Early manuscript for the book eventually published by the Flight Path Museum, 2005.

Publications circa 1960-circa 1990

Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)