Finding Aid for the David Adler papers, circa 1911-circa 1940 0000157

Finding aid prepared by Chris Marino
Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Arts Building Room 1434
University of California
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-7130

Title: David Adler papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000157
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 7.0 Linear feet (4 boxes and 1 flat file folder)
Date (inclusive): circa 1911-circa 1940
creator: Adler, David A., 1882-1949


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Preferred Citation note

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

Biographical/Historical note

David Adler was born on January 3, 1882 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Princeton University and graduated in 1904. Following Princeton, from 1904 to 1906, Adler attended the Ecole des Beaux- Arts working in the Atelier of Umbdenstock and Deglane. He worked as a draftsman at Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architects in Chicago, Illinois. Adler then went into a partnership with Henry C. Dangler to form Adler and Dangler, Architects. In 1917, Henry C. Dandler died, and Adler when into partnership with Robert Work to form Adler and Work, Architects, which lasted from 1917 to 1929. Adler primarily worked in Chicago where the majority of his work consisted of large-scale estates for the social elite. Adler received some commissions in California, however, often collaborating with his sister, interior designer, Frances Elkins. David Adler died in 1949.

Scope and Content note

The David Adler papers span 7 linear feet and date from circa 1911 to 1940. The collection contains black-and-white photographs and color kodachrome prints, a newspaper clipping, a stereoscope, and stereographic cards. The photographs and clipping are of the David B. Jones house on Pepper Hill in Montecito, California. The stereographic cards are unidentified images of nature.

Related Archival Materials note

The David Adler Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Adler, David A., 1882-1949
Architectural drawings
Photographic prints
Reprographic copies