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Records of Bernard J. S. Cahill, ca. 1889-1938
19XX-3  
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Series Description

Boxes 1

I. Personal Papers n.d., 1929

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains typescript autobiography, photo of Cahill, and a bookplate. The incomplete autobiography primarily discusses his childhood.
 

A. Biographical Information

 

B. Photographs

 

C. Ephemera

Boxes 1

II. Professional Papers n.d., 1932

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains articles written by Cahill on the plan for San Francisco and on memorial buildings.
 

A. Writings

Boxes 2-3

III. Office Records 1889-1917

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs related to Cahill's projects, primarily his funerary architecture.
 

A. Photographs

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Consists of project photographs, including photographs of Woodlawn Memorial Park, unidentified projects, and others.
 

B. Clippings and Scrapbooks

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Consists of clippings, photographs, and ephemera--loose or contained within scrapbooks. Includes two volumes of scrapbooks featuring Cahill’s work, as well as a copy of a third deconstructed scrapbook and the material that was removed from it. Also includes issues of the California Architect and Building News that feature the Phoebe Hearst Architectural Competition.
Boxes 1, 4, Flat Files Flat Files 1-4

IV. Project Records 1909-1938

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by project, within subseries.

Series Scope and Content Summary

Contains specifications, correspondence, photographs, and drawings of projects, including the Cypress Abbey Cemetery in San Francisco, the Diamond Head Cemetery in Honolulu, St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum in Sacramento. The only residential project in the collection is the Skaggs residence in Piedmont (2 photographs). Includes material written and collected by Cahill on the San Francisco Civic Center, including a 1909 letter of protest sent to the San Francisco Chronicle (but not published) opposing the opening of the Civic Center design contest to architects worldwide instead of limiting it to west coast architects.
 

A. Drawings

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Consists of project drawings by Cahill and contributors, including a sketch for the Phoebe Hearst Architectural Competition for the University of California, a sketch of the plan to beautify San Francisco, the I.O.O.F. cemetery buildings in Salinas, and others.
 

B. Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Consists of documents and specifications for Cahill's projects. Also includes a scrapbook entitled "Pencil, Pen, and Paint" that contains copies of sketches, drawings and other material relating to Cahill’s projects.
 

C. Photographs

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Consists of project photographs of Diamond Head Memorial Park in Honolulu, St. Mary's Mausoleum in Sacramento, and the Skaggs' Residence in Piedmont.
Boxes 1, 5

V. Cahill World Map Company 1913-1933

Series Scope and Content Summary

Consists of brochures and promotional materials related to the company, a three-dimensional octahedral map, and an embossing stamp.
 

A. Product Literature

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains brochures and promotional materials relating to the Cahill World Map Company. Includes photograph of Cahill demonstrating his creation.
 

B. Artifacts

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Contains butterfly map globe and Cahill''s embossing stamp.

Container List

 

I. Personal Papers

 

A. Biographical Infromation

Box 1, Folder 1

Autobiography manuscript 1929

 

B. Photographs

Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs n.d.

 

C. Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 3

Bookplate after 1933

 

II. Professional Papers

 

A. Writings

Box 1, Folder 1

Manuscript for Argonaut article "From the Opera House to the Ocean Beach" n.d.

 

B. Writings

Box 1, Folder 2

The Architect and Engineer issue featuring Cahill in "Memorial Buildings" article 1932

 

III. Office Records

 

A. Photographs

Box 2, Folder 3

Project Photographs n.d., 1894, 1911

Box 2, Folder 4

Photographs, Unidentified Projects n.d.

Box 2, Folder 8

Woodland Memorial Park -- Photographs n.d.

 

B. Clippings and Scrapbooks

Box 2, Folder 1

Clippings and Postcards 1911-1916

Box 2, Folder 2

Phoebe Hearst Architectural Competition, California Architect and Building News, Nov. 1889, Sept. 1899, Dec. 1899 issues 1889, 1899

Box 2, Folder 5

Scrapbook Clippings 1895-1911

Box 2, Folder 6

Scrapbook Photographs n.d., 1911, 1920

Box 2, Folder 7

Scrapbook - copy n.d.

Box 2, Folder 9

"Crematories, Columbariums, etc.: The work of B.J.S. Cahill" 1936

Box 3, Folder 1-3

Work of B.J.S. Cahill Scrapbook Vol. II - Photos, Clippings n.d.

Box 3, Folder 4-6

Work of B.J.S. Cahill Scrapbook Vol. III - Photos, Clippings n.d.

 

IV. Project Records

 

A. Drawings

Box 4, Folder 4

Miscellaneous Renderings n.d.

 

**See Project Index

 

B. Files

 

**See Project Index

 

C. Photographs

 

**See Project Index

 

V. Cahill World Map Company, 1913-1933

 

A. Product Literature

Box 1, Folder 1

Butterfly Map and Cahill World Map Company Promotional Materials 1913-1933

 

B. Artifacts

 

Butterfly Map Globe n.d.

 

Cahill Embossing Stamp n.d.