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Finding Aid for the John Elgin Woolf papers, circa 1941-circa 1980 0000197
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: John Elgin Woolf papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000197
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 100.0 Linear feet (25 1/2 record storage boxes, 2 card boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 3 rolls, and 20 flat file drawers)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1929-circa 1983
    Location note: Boxes 1-28 and rolls 1-3/ADC - regular 20 Flat File Drawers/ADC - flat files
    creator: Woolf, John Elgin, 1908-1980
    creator: Woolf, Robert Koch


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Robert Koch Woolf and Gene O. Woolf, 1987. Additional gift from the Florance R. Slinkard Estate, 2011.

    Preferred Citation note

    John E. Woolf papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    John Elgin Woolf was born January 4, 1908 in Georgia. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1929. After completing school, Woolf moved to Los Angeles, California. In the 1940s Woolf met Robert Koch, an interior designer. The two became partners and together created homes-- designing buildings, interiors, and remodellings--for many wealthy and famous Los Angeles residents. Woolf's style has been called Hollywood Regency and his more notable projects include: the James B. Pendleton Residence; a remodeling of Case Study House 17, originally designed by Rodney Walker; as well as homes for celebrities such as Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, among others. John Elgin Woolf died on September 24, 1980.

    Scope and Content note

    The John Elgin Woolf papers span 100 linear feet and date from circa 1929 to circa 1983. The collection contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies, receipts concerning design purchases, fabric swatches, correspondence with clients, newspaper and magazine clippings regarding projects, and black-and-white as well as color photographs documenting the exteriors and interiors of the office's designs.

    Arrangement note

    The following arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a usable original order. The collection is organized into three series: personal papers, office files, and architecture and design projects. The contents of the personal papers and office files are each arranged in chronological order. The architecture and design project series is divided into subseries by client/project name, and subsequently arranged by format (for example: architectural drawings, photographs, project files, and slides).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Woolf, John Elgin, 1908-1980
    Woolf, Robert Koch
    Architects -- California
    Architectural drawings
    Architectural photographs
    Architecture -- California
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Conceptual drawings
    Detail drawings
    Exterior elevations
    Floor plans
    Interior design
    Photographic prints
    Presentation drawings (proposals)
    Reprographic copies