Verna Cook Shipway Papers

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Mandeville Special Collections Library
The UCSD Libraries
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University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shipway, Verna Cook, 1890-
Title: Verna Cook Shipway Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1894 - 1979
Extent: 13.40 linear feet (7 archives boxes and 71 oversize folders)
Abstract: Papers of Verna Cook Shipway, American architect and author. Shipway designed homes in New York State and California, and wrote, with her husband Warren Shipway, five books on contemporary Mexican residential architecture and interior design. The papers include correspondence, travel diaries, sketches, plans and photographs of her homes and details of interiors, and measured drawings of furniture details. Also included are manuscript materials, photographs and paste-ups for her books. The collection dates from 1894 to 1979 and is arranged in four series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS, and 4) ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS.
Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0105
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Not Available

Preferred Citation

Verna Cook Shipway Papers, MSS 0105. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Biography

Verna Cook Shipway was born October 19, 1890, in Spokane, Washington. She attended the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and the School of Architecture at Columbia University where she met and married Edgar Salomonsky, also a student of architecture. Together they opened an architectural firm in 1920. When Edgar died in 1929, Verna continued to run the business on her own, specializing in Georgian, colonial and English style homes. She published a study of American furniture entitled MASTERPIECES OF FURNITURE DESIGN (1931).
Shipway designed homes built in numerous New York suburbs including Berkley and Scarsdale. In 1936, she was selected to design the first "Ideal House" for HOUSE AND GARDEN. In 1939, Shipway designed a model home for the New York World's Fair that was practical and affordable for the American family in the suburbs. Her home designs featured abundant closet space, natural light, circular staircases, bay windows, large hallways, and light-colored walls to make rooms appear larger.
In the 1940s, Verna Salomonsky married Warren Butler Shipway, an architectural engineer, and moved to California in 1947.
During a tour to Mexico, the Shipways met a builder who encouraged them to write a book on Mexican architecture. Warren documented the construction of homes and took photographs, while Verna noted the planning and design and drew sketches. Together they published five books on Mexican architecture and design: THE MEXICAN HOUSE, OLD AND NEW (1960), MEXICAN INTERIORS (1962), MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964), DECORATIVE DESIGN IN MEXICAN HOMES (1966), and HOUSES OF MEXICO: ORIGINS AND TRADITIONS (1970).
After the death of her husband in 1972, Shipway moved to La Jolla, California, where she died in 1978.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Verna Cook Shipway Papers consist of correspondence, sketches and measured drawings, manuscripts and production materials for many of Shipway's published books, photographs of architectural details and furniture, travel logs, diaries, and newspaper and magazine clippings. The materials cover the years 1904-1979, occupy 3.6 linear feet and are arranged in four series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS, and 4) ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS.
SERIES 1: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series, arranged alphabetically, includes address books, documents, reference notebooks on design and culture, sketchbooks, travel diaries, and other memorabilia. An early photograph of Verna Cook is also included.
SERIES 2: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series consists of personal correspondence, as well as professional correspondence pertaining to Shipway's architect's license. The materials arranged alphabetically.
SERIES 3: WRITINGS
The WRITINGS series is arranged alphabetically, and includes photographs, layouts and text for her books books on Mexican architecture and design. The series also includes the specifications for Shipway's home design for the New York World's Fair in 1939 and are accompanied by a proof of a booklet of the housing exhibit, "The Home Building Center."
SERIES 4: ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS
The ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS series is arranged in three subseries: A) Measured Drawings, B) Photographs and Illustrations, and C) Architectural Plans.
A) The Measured Drawings subseries contains Shipway's analysis of furniture and design details and includes published drawings, as well as sketchbooks containing original pencil drawings.
B) The Photographs and Illustrations subseries, arranged alphabetically, includes photographs of Shipway-designed homes that show interiors and exteriors. There are also photographs pertaining to Mexico, and illustrations from a book on French architecture.
C) The Architectural Plans subseries, arranged chronologically, document's Shipway's plans for specific homes. Undated plans are located at the end of the subseries.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Shipway, Verna Cook, 1890- -- Archives
Solomonsky, Edgar
Architecture, Domestic -- United States
Architecture, Domestic -- United States -- Designs and plans
Architecture, Domestic -- California -- Designs and plans
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century
Architecture, Domestic -- Mexico
Women architects -- United States
Interior decoration -- Mexico
Architectural drawings.
Photographic prints -- 20th century.

Contributors

Shipway, Verna Cook. -- Decorative designs in Mexican homes
Shipway, Verna Cook. -- Houses of Mexico
Shipway, Verna Cook. -- Mexican homes of today
Shipway, Verna Cook. -- Mexican house old and new
Shipway, Verna Cook. -- Mexican interiors


Collection Contents

 

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

box 1, folder 1

Address books

box 1, folder 2

Alien registration booklets and identity cards - England 1945 - 1946

Note

Includes Certificate of Registration for Warren Shipway, 1945.
box 1, folder 3

Family history scrapbook of Josephine Merryman Van Ness

Note

Photocopies.
box 1, folder 4, oversize MC04317

Diplomas and certificates 1907 - 1946

Note

Washington state high school and university diplomas, State of Connecticut Arch. Board License (1935), North Council of Arch. (1937), and American National Red Cross (1946) certificates.
box 1, folder 5

Memorabilia

Note

Includes a mounted photograph of Verna Cook at the age of 6 (1894), ration and clothing books (1945/46), health certificates (1945), her calling card, American National Red Cross certificate and collage. Also includes a photograph of unidentified people.
box 1, folder 6

Newspaper articles about Shipway 1937 - 1979

box 1, folder 7

Notebook: Personal Reference Guide (Part 1)

Note

Notes on design, architecture and Mexican and South American culture. Includes newspaper clippings.
box 1, folder 8

Notebook: Personal Reference Guide (Part 2)

Note

Includes clippings and notes.
box 1, folder 9

Sketchbook

Note

Artwork.
box 1, folder 10

Sketchbook

Note

Artwork.
box 1, folder 11

Travel Diary - London 1945 - 1946

Note

October 23 - April 17. Typescript of diary entries with some editing.
box 1, folder 12

Travel Diary - London 1945 - 1946

Note

Typescript carbon.
box 2, folder 1

Travel Diary - London 1945 - 1946

Note

October 23 - January 10.
box 2, folder 2

Travel Diary - London 1946

Note

January 10 - April 4.
box 2, folder 3

Travel Diary - Paris 1946

Note

April 5 - May 7.
box 2, folder 4

Travel Log - "Our European Whiz" 1953

Note

October 15 - November 27.
box 2, folder 5

Travel log - Europe

Note

Ca. 1960. Includes reference notes.
box 2, folder 6

Travel log - "Go Around; With Lena Gordon" - Europe 1966

Note

August 22-December 12.
box 2, folder 7, oversize MC04318

Wallpaper samples

 

CORRESPONDENCE

box 2, folder 8

Architectural licensing 1930 - 1947

Note

Includes registration materials and brochures.
box 2, folder 9

A-H Miscellaneous

box 3, folder 1

J-M Miscellaneous

box 3, folder 2

P-Y Miscellaneous

 

WRITINGS

box 3, folder 3

Bird House Architecture: A Bird's Eye View of the Comfortable Well Designed House. THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL 1931

Note

March.
box 3, folder 4, oversize FB21103

DECORATIVE DESIGNS IN MEXICAN HOMES (1966)

Note

Work drawings and photographs.
box 3, folder 5, oversize FB21104

DECORATIVE DESIGNS IN MEXICAN HOMES (1966)

Note

Miscellaneous photographs.
box 3, folder 6

DECORATIVE DESIGNS IN MEXICAN HOMES (1966) - pp.1-99

Note

Photographs and layouts.
box 3, folder 7, oversize FB21101

DECORATIVE DESIGNS IN MEXICAN HOMES (1966) - pp.100-199

Note

Photographs.
box 3, folder 8, oversize FB21105

DECORATIVE DESIGNS IN MEXICAN HOMES (1966) - pp. 200-247

Note

Photographs.
box 3, folder 9

DECORATIVE DESIGNS IN MEXICAN HOMES (1966)

Note

Photographs not used, final discards.
box 3, folder 10

Dignity and the Small House. From HOUSE PLANS FROM THE AMERICAN HOUSE, pp.87-90

box 3, folder 11

Elegant Card Table is Returning

Note

From FURNITURE MANUFACTURER, July 1931:18-20, 48.
box 3, folder 12

Exemplar of Old and New Colonial Details 1927

Note

THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL. A series of 12 installments.
box 3, folder 13

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - Foreword and table of contents 1970

box 3, folder 14

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970)

Note

Lists of photograph headings and captions.
box 3, folder 15, oversize FB21302

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970)

Note

Drawings and photographs.
box 4, folder 1

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.1-35

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 4, folder 2

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.36-80

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 4, folder 3

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.81-107

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 4, folder 4

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.108-135

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 4, folder 5

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.136-157

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 4, folder 6

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.158-189

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 5, folder 1

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.190-210

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 5, folder 2

HOUSES OF MEXICO (1970) - pp.211-249

Note

Photographs and layout.
box 5, folder 3, oversize FB21304

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964)

Note

Miscellaneous photographs.
box 5, folder 4, oversize FB21303

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964) - pp.1-109

Note

Photographs.
box 5, folder 5, oversize FB21401

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964) - pp. 111-246

Note

Photographs.
box 5, folder 6

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964)

Note

Sketches and photographs.
box 5, folder 7

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964)

Note

Contents, picture locations, foreword and glossary.
box 5, folder 8

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964)

Note

Photograph captions and credits.
box 5, folder 9

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964) - Suggested layout

Note

Part 1.
box 5, folder 10

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964) - Suggested layout

Note

Part 2.
box 5, folder 11, oversize FB21402

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964) - Final layout

Note

Part 1.
box 5, folder 12, oversize FB21403

MEXICAN HOMES OF TODAY (1964) - Final layout

Note

Part 2.
box 5, folder 13, oversize FB21404

MEXICAN HOUSE OLD AND NEW (1960)

Note

Miscellaneous photographs.
box 5, folder 14, oversize FB21405

MEXICAN HOUSE OLD AND NEW (1960)

Note

Original scale drawings.
box 5, folder 15

MEXICAN HOUSE OLD AND NEW (1960) - pp.1-99

Note

Photographs.
box 6, folder 1, oversize FB21501

MEXICAN HOUSE OLD AND NEW (1960) - pp.100-187

Note

Photographs and drawings.
box 6, folder 2, oversize FB21503

MEXICAN HOUSE OLD AND NEW (1960)

Note

Paste-up proofs.
box 6, folder 3

MEXICAN INTERIORS (1962)

Note

Photograph, p. 181.
box 6, folder 4, oversize FB21505

Period Furniture 1925

Note

May - December. Eight installments.
box 6, folder 5

Phyfe Table a Family Heirloom 1931

Note

From FURNITURE MANUFACTURER, September 1931, pp. 32-33.
box 6, folder 6

MASTERPIECES OF FURNITURE 1967

Note

Record of complimentary copies and receipt.
box 6, folder 7, oversize FB21502

Residences Designed by Verna Cook Salomonsky, Architect 1936

box 6, folder 8

Small Tables and Stands

Note

From FURNITURE MANUFACTURER, August 1931, pp. 24-26.
box 6, folder 9

Specification of Labor and Materials Required for the Erection and Completion of Housing Exhibit No.13... 1938 - 1939

Note

Design for the New York World's Fair. Includes "The Home and Building Center" preliminary proof pages.
box 6, folder 10

Study of Fret Cut Work of the Chippendale Era

Note

From FURNITURE MANUFACTURER, March 1932, p. 30.
box 6, folder 11

Miscellaneous materials and photographs

Note

Relating to the Mexican architecture books.
 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS

 

Measured Drawings

box 6, folder 12, oversize FB21102

The Architect's Assistant or, an Exemplar of Colonial Mouldings...

box 6, folder 13, oversize FB21201

Drawings of interior doorways

box 6, folder 14, oversize MC04319

Empire Sideboard

Note

Blueprint of furniture design.
box 6, folder 15

House drawings and details by Edgar and Verna Cook Salomonsky

Note

Includes Sheets No. 1-3, 5-9, 11-12 and Second Series Sheets No. 1-3, 5-11 Colonial School.
box 6, folder 16

Measured drawings and sketches - Part 1

box 6, folder 17, oversize FB21305

Measured drawings and sketches - Part 2

box 6, folder 18

Measured Drawings of Card Table, Duncan Phyfe Lyre Back Chair, and Double Chair Style of Chippendale

Note

From FURNITURE MANUFACTURER, 1931-1933.
box 6, folder 19

Measured Drawings of American Maple Table and American Walnut Highboy

Note

From THE ARCHITECTURAL FORUM, January and February 1923.
box 6, folder 20, oversize FB21504

Measured drawings of tables

Note

Includes a photograph.
box 6, folder 21

Sketchbook #2

box 6, folder 22

Sketchbook #4

box 6, folder 23

Sketchbook

Note

"July 30, 1932."
box 6, folder 24

Sketchbook

box 6, folder 25

Measured Colonial Details sketchbook

box 6, folder 26

Miscellaneous measured drawings by others

 

Photographs and Illustrations

box 6, folder 27

Illustrations of French architecture 1926

Note

From THE SMALLER HOUSES AND GARDENS OF VERSAILLES FROM 1680-1815, by Leigh French, Jr. and Harold D. Eberlein.
box 6, folder 28, oversize FB21202

Homes Designed by Verna Cook Shipway - Part 1

box 6, folder 29, oversize FB21203

Homes Designed by Verna Cook Shipway - Part 2

box 6, folder 30, oversize FB21301

Homes Designed by Verna Cook Shipway - Part 3

box 6, folder 31

Miscellaneous photographs of homes - Interiors and exteriors

box 6, folder 32

Miscellaneous photographs including Mexican design and architecture

 

Architectural Plans

box 7, folder 1, oversize MC02513

1923: Salomonsky, Edgar - Edgemont, Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 2, oversize MC02514

1926: Phillips - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans only.
box 7, folder 3, oversize MC02403

1926: Salomonsky, Edgar - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans only.
box 7, folder 4, oversize MC02404

1928: Clark, P.A

Note

Plans only.
box 7, folder 5, oversize MC02512

1928: Crocker, Weyman - Massachusetts

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 6, oversize MC02511

1929: Owen, Margaret - Bedford, N.Y

Note

Details only.
box 7, folder 7, oversize MC02405

1929: Lots 77 and 79 - Berkeley, Scarsdale, N.Y

box 7, folder 8, oversize MC02406

1929: Phillips, Lot #2 - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 9, oversize MC02510

1929: Waught, George M. - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans only.
box 7, folder 10, oversize MC02401

1929: Waught, George, Jr. - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 11, oversize MC02509

1932: Lot #67 - Berkeley, Scarsdale

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 12, oversize MC02508

1933: Brown, Marjorie Warren - North Castle, N.Y

Note

Plans only.
box 7, folder 13, oversize MC02507

1933: Brown, Marjorie Warren - Whipporwil, N.Y

Note

Details only.
box 7, folder 14, oversize MC04201

1933: Greenwood, Ernest C

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 15, oversize MC04202

1933: Ledbetter - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 16, oversize MC04203

1934: Crane - Berkeley Corp. - Taunton Rd., Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 17, oversize MC04204

1934: Lot #70 - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 18, oversize MC04205

1934: Lot #71 - Berkeley, Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 19, oversize MC04206

1934: Prange, Dr. Herman - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 20, oversize MC04207

1934: Sheridan - Cortland, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 21, oversize MC04208

1935: Davis, Phillip M. - Greenwich, Connecticut

Note

Plans and details, includes specifications.
box 7, folder 22, oversize MC04209

1935: Lot #46 - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 23, oversize MC04210

1935: Richbell Estates - Taunton Rd., Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 24, oversize MC04211

1936: Claxton, W.M. and Enid - Darien, Connecticut

Note

Plans only.
box 7, folder 25, oversize MC04212

1936: Cohen, Gertrude P. - Fairfield, Connecticut

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 26, oversize MC04213

1936: Ford, Hannah M. and Thomas M. - Pennsylvania

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 27, oversize MC04214

1936: Friedman - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details, includes specifications.
box 7, folder 28, oversize MC02501

1936: McCutchan, Dr. Frank - Salisburg, North Carolina

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 29, oversize MC02502

1936: Rigers, Frank C. - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 30, oversize MC02503

1936: Scott, Elmer P. - Pelham, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 31, oversize MC02402

1937: Chandler - Ridgefield, Connecticut

Note

Plans only.
box 7, folder 32, oversize MC02504

1937: Lowenthal - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 33, oversize MC02505

1937: Spates, Thomas G. - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 34, oversize MC02506

1937: Kelley, Walter M. - Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 35, oversize MC04301

N.D.: Eckstein, Adolph W. and Grace

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 36, oversize MC04302

1937: World's Fair #1 - Preliminary Scheme for Small House

box 7, folder 37, oversize MC04303

1938: Spencer, Herman, House #2 - Harrison, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 38, oversize MC04304

1938: New York World's Fair Lot #13

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 39, oversize MC04305

1939: Pugliese, Joseph, Lot #17 - Harrison, N.Y

Note

Details only.
box 7, folder 40, oversize MC04306

1939: Wilson, J.T. - Lynchburg, Virginia

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 41, oversize MC04307

1938: Hotckin, E.W., Game Room Elevation. 1938: Meyer Construction Co. - Munsey Pk., N.Y (plans only)

Note

1947: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ryan - Los Angeles, California (plans only).
box 7, folder 42, oversize MC04308

1939: Fitzgerald, Dr. Edgar - Wallace, Idaho (details only). Gerar Corp., Dwelling #2 - Scarsdale, N.Y

box 7, folder 43, oversize MC04309

1947: Shipway - Los Angeles, California

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 44, oversize MC04310

1957: Ryway - Rancho Santa Fe,

Note

Plans only, includes specifications.
box 7, folder 45, oversize MC04311

1959: Ryan - Rancho Santa Fe, CA (details only). 1930: Lot #1 - Scarsdale, N.Y. (plans only)

Note

1937: Scott - Lake Waramaang, Connecticut (plans only).
box 7, folder 46, oversize MC04312

N.D.: Shipway Drawings

Note

Miscellaneous.
box 7, folder 47, oversize MC04313

N.D.: Better Homes and Gardens, Bildcost Homes Plans for #806, 604, 510

Note

Includes two unidentified plans.
box 7, folder 48, oversize MC04314

N.D.: House #3 and 4, McLean Alterations, Spanish House, Sales Office - Harrison, N.Y

box 7, folder 49, oversize MC04315

N.D.: Marquart

Note

Plans and details.
box 7, folder 50, oversize MC04316

N.D.: Arthur V. Wilker Residence - Fox Meadow, Scarsdale, N.Y

Note

Plans and details.