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Harold C. Broderick / Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Harold C. Broderick / Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. Collection
    Dates: 1950’s to 2000’s (bulk 1950’s-1980’s)
    Collection Number: 15-2007
    Creator/Collector: Harold C. Broderick Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc.
    Extent: 21 linear feet excluding book collection
    Repository: Palm Springs Art Museum
    Palm Springs, California 92263
    Abstract: Upon his death Harold C. Broderick A.S.I.D. (1925-2006) donated to the Palm Springs Art Museum his collection of materials dealing with his association with the company Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. along with some personal materials. Arthur Elrod (1926-1974) began his interior design career at Bullock’s in Palm Springs, CA. In 1952 he left that position and joined W. and J. Sloane Company in San Francisco. In 1954 he moved to Palm Springs and formed his own furniture and interior design company, Arthur Elrod Limited. He later changed the name of the company to Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. with offices at 886 North Palm Canyon Drive and later 850 North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. His company was quite successful in designing interiors for the Hollywood elite and wealthy individuals across the country. Elrod was killed in an automobile accident in 1974 but the company continued its work under the leadership of its President, Harold Broderick. Unfortunately, when Broderick closed down the company and moved to Sonoma, CA, he retained only files he was particularly interested in and discarded most of the remaining business records. The folder “Job folders filed in warehouse” (IE44) reflect several hundred files of which only a few were retained in the collection. The collection also contains very little personal material relating to Arthur Elrod. There are more personal materials related to Broderick than Elrod.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is open to qualified researchers by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    No interpretive restriction is placed on material. Separate permissions to be obtained for publishing material. Property rights to the physical object belong to the Palm Springs Art Museum. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where Palm Springs Art Museum does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    Harold C. Broderick / Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. Collection. Palm Springs Art Museum

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Calvin R. Vander Woude.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection of business papers and original designs documenting specific residential and commercial interior design projects, personal correspondence with clients, photographs and slides of interior design projects, books, other published materials and periodicals known collectively as: Harold C. Broderick / Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. Collection (15-2007). Many items are flagged representing their interior design work along with Arthur Elrod (1925-1974), Steve Chase (1941-1994), and William Raiser (1916-1974) designs. The Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. interior design business was inherited by Harold C. Broderick and continued operating until retirement; Calvin R. Vander Woude, the donor, inherited the archives from Broderick. The collection is organized into 5 series: Series I: Arthur Elrod Ltd. / Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. Series II: Miscellaneous Series III: Photographs Series IV: Books Series V: Magazines Series VI: Addendum

    Indexing Terms

    Interior Design – California - Palm Springs
    Interior Decorating – California - Palm Springs
    Interior Decoration - California - Palm Springs
    Architecture - California - Palm Springs
    Broderick, Harold C. (1925-2006) - Archives
    Elrod, Arthur (1926-1974) - Archives
    Chase, Steve Chase (1941-1994) - Archives
    Raiser, William Raiser (1916-1974) - Archives
    Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. - Archives
    Arthur Elrod Ltd. - Archives
    Palm Springs, California
    Interior Designer – California - Palm Springs
    Interior Decorators - California - Palm Springs

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