Samuel B. Solter Architectural Drawings CSU.061

Summer Espinoza
California State University Archives
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University Library South, 5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: California State University Archives
Title: Samuel B. Solter Architectural Drawings
creator: California. Office of Architecture and Construction
creator: Solter, Samuel B. (Samuel Bernard Solter)
Identifier/Call Number: CSU.061
Physical Description: 28 items 4 oversized folders; Print copies mounted on artist board. One (1) architectural drawing is printed directly on the board and two (2) items on paper. Generally, the items are posterboard with dimensions of 16 x 20 in. and images with dimensions of 9 x 14 in.
Date (inclusive): 1966
Abstract: Architectural drawings of proposed California State University campus buildings (California State Colleges at the time of rendering) and California State buildings drawn by Samuel B. Solter (May 30, 1920-May 4, 2016).


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The California State University Archives acquired the Samuel B. Solter Architectural Drawings as a gift from Nancy Solter Amodeo and Tony Amodeo.


The drawings are arranged in four folders separated by California State University buildings, California State buildings, and unknown buildings.

Biographical Note

Samuel Bernard Solter (May 30, 1920- May 4, 2016) was an architectural illustrator and model-builder in the California Office of Architecture and Construction. He was born in Kerhonkson, New York to Harry and Sadie Solomiansky, Jewish immgrants from Eastern Europe. He moved to Los Angeles as a child where his family owned a grocery store and his father also worked in carpentry.
Solter served in World War II as a sergent in the Army Air Corps. After serving in the army, he attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles on the G.I. Bill (Government Issue). Throughout his life, Solter had various careers including hand-painted tie business, a family pearl business, and a family stained glass business in addition to his work for the State of California.
Solter was married to Marie Solter and they had two children: Ken Solter and Nancy Amodeo.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Samuel B. Solter Architectural Drawings, Courtesy of the California State University Archives at the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, University Library, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Processing Information

Processed in September 2019.

Scope and Contents

The architectural drawing are limited to California State University (California State College at the time of drawing) and California State buildings. All drawings are printed facsimilies that were likely presented to governing agencies who made decisions about the construction of State buildings. This includes the Board of Trustees of the California State University for drawings of the college campuses, as sometimes noted in the drawing's accompanied text.
All items, with the exception of three (3) are in color. Black and white drawings are of the Small College at California State University, Dominguez Hills, six (6) pages (counted as one item) of architectural rederings and a drawing of the California State University, Fullerton cafeteria, and one unidentified drawing on paper.
All California State University campuses are identified by a previous system name of "[Campus] State College". In one drawing, California State University, Fullerton is identified as Orange State College, a previous name noting the campus location in Orange County, California. The California Science Center is also identified by a previous name, as the Museum of Science and Industry. University names rendered by the archivist in this finding aid use the campus name only, (i.e. ...Fullerton campus).
In a few instances the head of the OAC (Office of Architecture and Construction), Carl C. McLevy (AIA), and the consulting architects Smith, Powell and Morgridge are identified in the drawings' accompanied text. Solter's signature is also painted in the drawings for most items. On the reverse of some of the boards is a stamp: "Hecht Color Laboratories, Incorporated, at Columbia Studios, 1339 No. Beachwood Drive., Hollywood 28, Calif. Phone: Hollywood 5-8311."
Although many of the drawings include a building name, it is unclear if all buildings in this collection have been constructed.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from the collection must be submitted in writing to the CSU Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Archive as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

California State University and Colleges
California State University
Campus planning—California
College buildings—California
California.--Office of Architecture and Construction
Chino, (Calif.)
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Northridge
San Bernardino, (Calif.)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Long Beach

box 1, folder 1

Small College at Dominguez Hills campus

Physical Description: 2 items2 drawings1 black and white drawing, 1 color drawing
Physical Description: The Small Campus Complex is not explicitly identified.
box 1, folder 1

Joseph Clayes III Performing Arts Building at Fullerton campus

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, folder 1

Cafeteria at Orange State College (Fullerton campus)

Physical Description: 1 item6 pages, stapled
Physical Description: Drawings include location on campus, floor plans (1-2), black and white drawing, and perspective drawings from north, south, east, and west.
box 1, Folder 1

College Commons. California State College at Fullerton

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, folder 1

Nursing Building. California State College at Long Beach

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, folder 1

South Tower rendering at Los Angeles campus

Physical Description: 2 items
Physical Description: Consists of a color rendering and magazine page with a portion of the rendering printed on one side and a presidential message from then president, Dr. Franklyn A.Johnson.
box 1, Folder 1

Sierra Complex at Northridge campus

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, folder 1

Bayramian Hall (Administration Building) at Northridge campus

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, folder 2

Student Housing Facilities, Cafeteria. California State Polytechnic College, Kellog-Voorhis Campus (Pomona campus)

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, Folder 2

Speech-Drama, Mall, and Cafeteria. San Diego State College

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, folder 2

Speech-Drama Building. San Diego State College

Physical Description: 3 items
Physical Description: Three architectural drawings of the Speech Drama Building. One drawing has an attached page from the magazine, Masonry Industry, dated November, 1966 with an advertisement for Super Concrete Emulsions, LTD., the maker of the Dutch White Norma Stonefaced Facebrick, used in making the building.
box 1, Folder 2

Science Building. San José State College

Physical Description: 2 item
box 1, Folder 3

Hall of Health. California Museum of Science and Industry (California Science Center)

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, Folder 3

Medical Psychiatric Institution. Department of the Youth Authority, Southern California Youth Center, Chino

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, folder 3

State Office Building, San Bernardino

Physical Description: 1 item
box 1, Folder 4

Unidentified buildings

Physical Description: 9 items

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Public buildings