Harold C. Broderick / Arthur Elrod Associates, Inc. Collection

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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


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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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