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Willis Polk Collection
1934-01  
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Description
The Willis Polk collection documents Polk's architectural career, his professional involvement and his interest in the civic improvement of San Francisco. Architectural drawings from 1890-1924 form the bulk of the collection, as well as additional manuscript records. The collection is arranged into four series: Professional Papers, Office Records, Art and Artifacts, and Additional Donations.
Background
Born in Jacksonville, Illinois, Willis Polk (1867-1924) was the son of carpenter Willis Webb Polk. He began working with a local contractor at the age of eight, and within five years had become an office boy in the firm of architect Jerome B. Legg. By 1885, Polk and his father had established a partnership in Kansas City under the name W. W. Polk & Son. The company's projects were primarily for small suburban homes or row houses, and the younger Polk was responsible for the design of some of these commissions.
Extent
31 Linear Feet: 2 boxes, 5 flat boxes, 5 flat file drawers, 20 tubes, 3 frames
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Many of the Environmental Design Archives collections are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.