Finding Aid for the Frank Baden papers, circa 1927-circa 1985 0000107

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino
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: 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