Finding Aid for William R. Current architectural photography 0000342

Finding aid prepared by J. Gibbs
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

Title: William R. Current architectural photography
Identifier/Call Number: 0000342
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.5 Linear feet (4 boxes)
Date (inclusive): circa 1960-circa 1980
creator: Current, William R., 1923-1986

Custodial History note

Gift of Karen Sinsheimer.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains 136 black-and-white vintage photographic prints by William R. Current of architecture in California. Included are buildings in Pasadena and Los Angeles from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as structures in Northern California, including well-known building in the San Francisco area. The photographs date from approximately 1960 to approximately 1980.
Also included is Current's carefully constructed mock-up of his book with his wife, Karen Current (later Karen Sinsheimer), Greene & Greene: Architects in the Residential Style (Amon Carter Museum, 1974). Boards with miniature photographic images for the book are encased in a hand-made box. Also part of this collection is a copy of the now out-of-print publication.

Biographical/Historical note

Willliam R. Current was born 1923 in Pasadena and died in San Francisco in 1986. He studied at Art Center, Los Angeles during 1947-1949. He lived in Carmel, California in the 1960s and became friends with photographers Brett Weston and Wynn Bullock. An admirer and friend of photographer Ansel Adams, his many exhibitions and publications attest to his fascination with the landscape and architecture of California and the West.

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Preferred Citation note

William Current architectural photography, Architectur and Design Collection, Art Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Sinsheimer, Karen