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Inventory of the Sam Davis Collection, 1967-2006
2006-10  
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Series Description

Boxes 1, 3

I. Personal Papers 1967-2006

 

A. Student Work

 

B. Photographs

Boxes 1, 3

II. Professional Papers 1969-1999

 

A. Correspondence

 

B. Writings

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Davis' writings are collected on public housing, product and interior design, and a historical overview of UC Berkeley architecture. One early design paper argues for boats as a model of environmental design. Using projects such as Summertree/Pajaro and Roosevelt Island as examples, he also writes on his housing philosophy and his teaching methods. Finally, this series provides evidence of his three published books: The Form of Housing, Designing for the Homeless, and The Architecture of Affordable Housing.
 

C. Awards

Boxes 1, 3

III. Faculty Papers 1971-2006

 

A. Administration

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The Administration subseries contains memoranda to committee members in the Department of Architecture (eventually the College of Environmental Design) and on the Berkeley campus at large, including Davis' graduate student advising.
 

B. Course Materials

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Course Materials consists of collected syllabi from Arch 110, 120, 200B, 201, 229F, 282, Environmental Design 3 (ED 3) and ED 4. Many syllabi also contain some course problems. In addition to syllabi, slides of design examples, used for teaching are contained, as well as course notes from Arch 200A and ED 3. There is also a building blocks problem, complete with directions and the actual blocks.
 

C. Student Work

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Slides of completed projects from early in his teaching career (1972-1981) are collected from Arch 200, 201, 280, and ED 3. Written student projects from Arch 120, 200A, 200B, 201, and ED 3 are also collected, as well as a major course project from ED 3.
 

D. Professor Review and Advancement

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Consists of material relating to Davis' career advancement as a UC Berkeley professor. Included is Davis' 2006 curriculum vitae, that provides a complete career overview, including courses taught and sample course materials, his advancement in academia, awards received, professional affiliations, projects completed, lectures and exhibits, public service, a record of publications about Davis and his work, and a bibliography and copies of published writings. Material is organized into three time periods, 1971-1986 and 1994-2002, and his 2006 review.
Box 1

IV. Office Records 1970-2005

 

A. Public Relations

 

B. Clippings

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Includes articles about Davis and his projects throughout his career, which is divided into three sections: public and affordable housing, solar and other energy efficient methods, and interior design. Both his early award-winning Roosevelt Island design and later Lark-Inn project are well-represented in his housing work. The award-winning Summertree, its later actual manifestation the Pajaro condominium complex, and the California State Water Resources office building, are of note in the solar and energy efficient category.
 

C. Portfolio

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Consists of two different portfolios. The first portfolio of early work is organized into three folders, by type of project, i.e., examples of his housing, commercial-institutional experimental, and design and graphics work. Importantly, some projects in the portfolio are without project files (however, these projects may have slides; see Project Index). These include the Marascuilo residence addition in El Cerrito, California; Dauntless Marina Condominiums in Essex, Connecticut; a home renovation in Berkeley, California; Wilbar's Boutiques in the Eastern U.S.; the Lebby Optometery Office in Thousand Oaks, California; Carriage House renovation in New Haven, Connecticut; and the Worthington-Hooker playground in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, many unique examples of his designs and graphics are also contained. For the second portfolio, the many projects of Davis and his partner Joyce are represented and include floor plans and finished photographs, which are not contained in Project Records.
Boxes 2, 3

V. Project Records 1970-2003

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains project records from throughout Davis' career. Most records contain finished plan drawings and photographs. There are complete plans for University Village in Albany, UC Davis' Arboretum Village, and Yerba Buena Alternative Study, as well as numerous other studies.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project.
 

A. Files

 

B. Photographs

 

C. Drawings

 

D. Slides

Container List

 

I. Personal Papers

 

A. Student Work

Box 1, Folder 1

Commencement address 1969

Box 1, Folder 1

Student portfolio 1967-1969

Box 1, Folder 2

Report, Multi-Service Facility for the Oakland Poverty Target Areas 1966

Box 1, Folder 2

Project, Steel Housing c.a. 1969

Box 1, Folder 2

Slides, Steel Housing 1972-1973

Box 1, Folder 2

Study on Architecture Education 1971

Box 1, Folder 3

Manuscript - The All Plastic House c.a. 1969

 

B. Photographs

Box 3, Folder 4

Student photographs, Berkeley c.a. 1968

 

II. Professional Papers

 

A. Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1974-1995

 

B. Writings

Box 1, Folder 2

By Davis 1974-1999

Box 1, Folder 3

On Davis and his professional career 1973-2002

 

C. Awards

Box 1, Folder 4

Awards 1969-1995

Box 3, Folder 5

Awards

 

III. Faculty Papers

 

A. Administrative

Box 1, Folder 1

Departmental memos 1972-1993

Box 1, Folder 2

Departmental report, Arch 200 A/B/C 1976

 

B. Course Materials

Box 1, Folder 3

Syllabi 1972-2001

Box 1, Folder 4

Course notes and problems n.d.

Box 1, Folder 4

Design Exercise, problem n.d.

Box 4, Folder 1

Design Exercise, blocks n.d.

 

C. Students' Work

Box 1, Folders 5-6

Slides 1972-1981

Box 1, Folder 7

Papers, Arch 120 1997

Box 1, Folder 7

Pictures, Rincon Hill study 1983

Box 1, Folder 8

Project, ED 3, Spatial Enclosure Subsystems 1971

 

D. Professor Review

Box 1, Folder 9

Merit review documents 1971-1986

Box 1, Folder 10

Merit review documents 1994-2002

Box 1, Folders 11-14

Curriculum vitae for off-scale review 2006

 

IV. Office Records

 

A. Public Relations

Box 1, Folder 1

Brochures, Passive Solar Energy House 1977

Box 1, Folder 1

Brochures, The Form of Housing c.a. 1977

 

B. Clippings

Box 1, Folder 2

Affordable & homeless housing projects 1975-2002

Box 1, Folder 3

Solar & energy efficient projects 1977-1984

Box 1, Folder 4

Interior design and others 1970-1993

 

C. Portfolio

Box 1, Folders 5-7

Early Work 1970-1975

Box 1, Folder 7

Slides, Design and graphics 1972-1973

Box 1, Folder 8

Davis & Joyce 1994

 

V. Project Records

 

A. Files

 

**See Project Index

 

B. Photographs

 

**See Project Index

 

C. Drawings

 

**See Project Index

 

D. Slides

 

**See Project Index