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Finding Aid for the Frank Baden papers, circa 1927-circa 1985 0000107
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  • Custodial History note
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  • Biographical/Historical note
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  • Title: Frank Baden papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000107
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 21.0 Linear feet (2 record storage boxes, 12 boxes of drawings, 1 flat file drawer (14 flat file folders), and furniture)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1927-circa 1985
    Location note: Box 1/ADC - regular Box 2/ADC - oversize* Flat File Drawer/ADC - flat files Boxes 3-4/Mosher - 3-D objects (boxes of furniture parts) Boxes 5-16/Mosher - rolls 2 3-D objects/Mosher - shelved as 2 boxes
    creator: Baden, Frank


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Mowry Baden and Joan Ross, 1986 and 1988.

    Preferred Citation note

    Frank Baden papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Frank Baden studied architecture at the University of Southern California and graduated in 1927. Throughout his time at the University of California until 1929, Frank worked in the office of Webber, Staunton and Spaulding. After 1929, Baden focused almost exclusively on designing furniture. Baden designed and manufactured custom furniture for twelve years in his own cabinet factory. He taught at the University of Southern California and at Chouinard Art Institute from 1939 through 1942. Baden also created set design for motion pictures and built custom furniture for actors.

    Scope and Content note

    The Frank Baden papers span 21 linear feet and date circa 1927 to circa 1986. The collection documents Baden’s career through architectural drawings and reprographic copies, furniture parts and entire furniture pieces, AIA Board Annual Reports, correspondence regarding specific architecture or furniture design projects, journals such as Pencil Points and Architectural Form, and Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity Official Reports.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Baden, Frank
    Architect-designed furniture -- United States -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Furniture design