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Walter T. Steilberg Collection, ca. 1910-1974
1973-1  
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Series Description

Flat Files

I. Personal Papers, ca. 1910

Scope and Content Note

Consists of Steilberg's student drawings.
Boxes 1-3, 13-17, Flat Files

II. Professional Papers, 1923-1965

 

A. Employment and Professional Assocations

 

B. Research Files

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence and printed and photographic materials relating to the structural properties of concrete, the Berkeley fire, termites, and housing projects.
 

C. Earthquake Research

Scope and Content Note

Consists of the book "Earthquakes Made Simple," which contains detail photographs and descriptions of Long Beach and San Francisco earthquakes. Also includes photographs, notes, printed materials, and research reports on seismic activity, primarily in California locations.
 

D. Photographic Materials

Scope and Content Note

Contains lantern slides and 35 mm slides depicting architectural drawings, buildings, construction scenes and earthquake damage. These materials were most likely used in teaching and research.
Boxes 4-7

III. Office Records, 1920-1972

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence includes Steilberg's communication with various publications, and outgoing letters regarding his projects. Includes correspondence with Gardner Dailey and other architects for whom Steilberg consulted. Product literature contains a large selection of manuals, technical booklets, publications, construction material specifications, and engineering pamphlets, alphabetically arranged.
 

A. Correspondence

 

B. Product Literature

Boxes 7-10, Flat Files, Tubes

IV. Project Records, 1910-1967

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically within subseries.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, notes, photographs, and drawings related to commercial and private construction, structural consulting, and repair projects. Includes information about Julia Morgan.
 

A. Files

 

B. Drawings

Boxes 10-12, Flat Files

V. University of California, 1913-1966

Scope and Content Note

Records of Sather Tower include information regarding its construction, repair of surface cracking, chime specifications, structure and maintenance plans, and artifacts. Additional projects include the original Architecture Building and the Faculty Club.
 

A. Sather Tower

 

B. Other University of California Projects

 

C. Drawings