Scope and Contents Note
Collection Title: Howard Moïse Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1911-1964
Collection Number: 1965-1
Moïse, Howard, 1887-1965
Extent: 8 boxes, 1 flat file drawer
Environmental Design Archives.
University of California, Berkeley.
Abstract: The collection spans the years 1911-1964 and documents Moïse's architectural and teaching careers and his personal travels.
The records include correspondence, photographs, slides, news clippings, class notes, sketches, and architectural drawings.
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
[Identification of item], Howard Moïse Collection, (1965-1), Environmental Design Archives. University of California, Berkeley.
The collection was donated in 1965.
Architecture--Study and teaching--California--Berkeley.
University of California, Berkeley--School of Architecture.
Howard Moïse (1887-1965)
Howard Moïse was born in 1887 in New Mexico and lived in Denver and Los Angeles. He attended Harvard University, earning his
bachelor's degree in 1915, and his master's of architecture in 1916. He formed a partnership with Maurice M. Osborn in Boston,
which lasted until the summer of 1917 when both partners entered the Army during World War I.
His work during the Boston partnership included an addition to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and the Holbrook Cow Barn.
Later he took a job in the New York office of James Gamble Rogers. Some of his projects there included the exterior design
of the main group of buildings at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the planning designs of that institution's
Neurological Institute Building, Bard Hall, and Medical Student's Dormitory. He also was responsible for the design of additions
to the Taft School at Watertown, New York, and a new campus at Rochester for the Colgate Rochester Divinity School.
During the 1930s, Moïse was considered one of America's most modern designers. In 1932 he was invited to become a professor
at the School of Architecture at University of California, Berkeley. From 1946 he also practiced in Berkeley, where he did
mostly residential work. During this period he was responsible for the addition and alterations to the Architecture Building
(The Ark), in association with Ellsworth Johnson and Carlton Steiner.
After his retirement in 1955 Moïse was invited to teach courses at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. He died
in California in 1965.
Scope and Contents Note
The Howard Moïse collection spans the years 1911-1964 and documents Moïse's architectural and teaching careers and his personal
travels. The collection is organized in six series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, Office Records,
Project Records, and Art. The records include correspondence, photographs, slides, news clippings, class notes, sketches,
and architectural drawings.
Personal papers relate to Moïse's education, Army career, and travels. Professional and faculty records contain reports, speeches,
course materials, and reference files. Project records primarily document Moïse's work in the Bay Area, though some early
East Coast projects are documented in photographs. Art collected by Moïse includes publications by Grabhorn Press.
Title: Howard Moïse Papers,
Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-B 979
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