The Julia Morgan materials at the University of California, Berkeley represent the papers and records of one of the earliest
female architects in the United States. The materials serve as a window into California architecture and design in the early
20th century. The collections, when taken together, provide insight into the method of practice undertaken by Morgan, especially
for residential projects. Important to note in the collection are the number of female clients she worked with, as well as
her professional collaborations with other architects such as Ira Hoover, Bernard Maybeck, and Edward Hussey, and engineer
Walter Steilberg. Important records include documentation from her work designing buildings and residences for William Randolph
Hearst, including the residences at San Simeon and Wyntoon in Northern California. The collections also contain papers from
her education at the University of California, Berkeley and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Julia Morgan was born in 1872 in Oakland, California where she continued to live throughout her life. Immediately after Morgan's
graduation from Oakland High School, she enrolled in the College of Civil Engineering at University of California, Berkeley,
receiving her degree in 1894. While at Berkeley she was introduced to Bernard Maybeck, who was an instructor of drawing at
the university and taught architecture privately, since at that time the school of architecture did not exist. Maybeck encouraged
students interested in architecture to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the foremost architectural program at the
time. After graduation Morgan worked briefly for Maybeck, and then traveled to Paris in 1896 intending to enroll in the Ecole.
6.5 boxes, 1 flat box, 13 flat file drawers, 34 tubes, 1 oversize volume, 1 portfolio, l model
(77 linear feet)
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