The Robert Frederick Olwell Collection is comprised of personal and professional papers documenting his life and work as an
architect. The personal papers consist of photographs, files related to his education, and military service, and his personal
art work. The professional papers contain manuscript material, drawings, prints, and photographs of design work done during
his employment with the San Francisco architecture firm of Reid and Tarics. Also included are materials created or collected
by his niece for a book about him that she had intended to write. These files contain correspondence and interviews with friends
Robert Frederick Olwell was born in 1917 in Everett, Washington to William W. Olwell a business manager at Weyerhauser Timber
Co. and Helen Margaret Olwell. As a boy he played the organ for silent movies. He graduated from Everett High School with
the desire to be a theater set designer, and attended the University of Washington (1935-1937) and upon the receipt of a scholarship,
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1937-1940). Sadly for financial reasons, he was forced to leave school one class
short. He loved small aircraft volunteering for the navy hoping to serve as a pilot, and served as a Lieutenant Commander
on aircraft carriers in the Pacific during WWII.
5 linear feet
(1 carton, 3 tubes, 1 flat box, 41 oversize folders)
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privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for
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Collection is open for research.