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Finding Aid for the R. M. (Rudolph M.) Schindler papers, 1904-1954 0000100
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  • Custodial History note
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
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  • Title: R. M. Schindler papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000100
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: 1-2
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    Physical Description: 175.0 Linear feet (52 boxes, 36 flat file drawers, 1 oversize drawing)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1916-1953
    Date (inclusive): 1904-1954
    Location note: Boxes 1 - 52/ADC - regular 36 Flat Files Drawers/ADC - flat files James Howe Residence Drawing/ ADC - oversize*** Frame from Kings Rd house rendering behind range 20 8 Furniture - Mosher Chair (1968.3) Light wood, brown upholster on seat (30 x 23 in) Buffet (1969.66) redwood was part of build-in units) Skolnik Chair (1998.90.1) plywood, pigment, fabric (28 x 16 x 20 in) Dinning Table with 2 leaves (1998.91.a-.d) wood top base covered in carpeting (59 3/8 x 41 5/8 x 27 in) Lamp reproduction (1998.92) nickel coated aluminum standing floor lamp (54 in) Box chair reproduction (1998.93) redwood, blue canvas (29 x 29 x 22 in) Children's Box Chair (1998.94) oak ( 21 x 15 x 14 1/2in) Unit Chair (1998.95) wood, metal, fabric (28 x 36 x 33 1/2 in)
    Abstract: The R. M. Schindler papers contain the work of the Viennese-born American architect, Rudolph Michael Schindler (1887-1953), primarily from his time in California. Schindler trained in Vienna at the Technische Hochschule, from which he graduated in 1911 and at the Akademie der bildenden Kunsteunder where he studied under Otto Wagner. He also came under the influence of Adolf Loos and his informal salons in Vienna. Schindler emigrated to the U.S. in 1914. Between 1917-1921, he worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, first in Chicago and Taliesin, then in Los Angeles where he moved in 1920 to help supervise the Barnsdall Hollyhock house. In 1921-1922 he designed and built his own house on Kings Road in Los Angeles. The collection includes personal papers, correspondance and specifications, product literature and publications, manuscript writings, photographs and drawings. The bulk of the Schindler collection was acquired in 1967 from Schindler's son. Most of materials are in English, however there is significant material in German, especially correspondence. The collection includes original photographs and negatives taken by Schindler of his buildings, travels, the work of other architects (especially Frank Lloyd Wright) and his family and friends. His drawings and photographs by Schindler and others document most of his circa 450 architectural and design projects. The archive is arranged in four series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, and Project records.
    creator: Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M. ), 1887-1953 -- Archives

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Mark Schindler, 1968. Additional materials gifted by Mrs. Wineld Park Blum in 1999 and Kathryn Smith and Randall Kennon, 2007.

    Preferred Citation

    R. M. Schindler papers, Architecture & Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Rudolf Michael Schindler (1887-1953) was born in Vienna, Austria, where he studied architecture and engineering, graduating from the Royal Technical Institute and the Academy of Art. He also studied briefly with Otto Wagner and was part the circle of architects around by Adolf Loos. In 1914 he came to the United States where he worked first for the Chicago firm of Ottenheimer, Stern and Reichert, and then, from 1918-1919, with Frank Lloyd Wright in Spring Green, WI. He moved to Los Angeles in 1920 to supervise the construction of Wright’s Aline Barnsdall commission. There he set up his own architectural practice, working briefly with the engineer, Claude Chase (1921-1923), and as a partner with Richard Neutra in The Architecture Group for Industry and Commerce (1926-1927). In his lifetime he completed about 150 buildings, most of them in Los Angeles. His uncanny ability to design three-dimensional spaces (he called himself a “space architect”) sets him apart from most other modern architects. His house, which he designed and built on Kings Road in Los Angeles, is considered by some historians to be the “first modern house.”

    Scope and Content note

    R.M. Schindler papers, 1904-1954, (bulk 1916-1953) comprise 175 linear feet (52 boxes, 36 flat file drawers. The collection includes personal papers, correspondence, specifications, product literature and publications, manuscript writings, photographs and negatives, and architectural drawings. Most of materials are in English, however there are significant materials in German. The collection includes original photographs and negatives taken by Schindler of his buildings, travels in the Southwest of the U.S., the work of other architects (especially Frank Lloyd Wright) and his family and friends. His drawings and photographs by Schindler and others document most of his circa 450 architectural and design projects, as well as designs by Frank Lloyd Wright from the period when Schindler was working in Wright's office, and work by the Architectural Group for Industry and Commerce, a short-lived collaboration of Schindler, architect Richard Neutra, and planner Carol Aronovici, formed in 1926-1927.

    Related Archival Materials

    David Gebhard papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Esther McCoy research papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California Santa Barbara.
    Esther McCoy papers, 1920-1989, bulk 1920-1989. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
    Frank Lloyd Wright correspondence with R. M. Schindler, 1914-1929, bulk 1918-1922, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 960076.
    Historic American Building Survey records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Richard Neutra Papers, Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970
    Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M. ), 1887-1953
    Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M. ), 1887-1953
    Wright, Lloyd, 1890-1978
    Architect-designed furniture -- United States -- 20th century
    Architectural drawings
    Architectural photographs
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources
    Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California
    Correspondence
    Dwellings -- Design and construction -- Economic aspects -- United States
    Los Angeles (Calif.) Buildings, structures, etc.
    Modern movement (Architecture) -- California
    Negatives
    Prefabricated houses -- United States
    Reprographic copies
    Specifications
    Transparencies