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Finding Aid for the Wallace Neff photographs and postcards, circa 1925-circa 1940 0000260
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Accruals note
  • Scope and Content note

  • Title: Wallace Neff photographs and postcards
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000260
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.0 Linear feet (1 box, 1 flat file folder)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1925-circa 1940
    Location note: Box 1/ADC - regular 1 flat file folder/ADC Flatfiles - Misc - drawer 546
    creator: Neff, Edwin Wallace


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Wallace Neff, 1975.

    Preferred Citation note

    Wallace Neff photographs and postcards, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Edwin Wallace Neff, Sr. was born on January 28, 1895 in La Mirada, California. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied architecture and graduated in 1917. Following school, Neff worked at the American Shipbuilding Company in San Pedro, California during WWI. In 1919, Neff worked as a draftsman for George Washington Smith in Santa Barbara before opening his own firm in Los Angeles. Wallace Neff died on June 8, 1982.

    Accruals note

    Perspective of ranch house exterior, 1938 sketch by Jamison (reproduction on heavy paper) added to collection Jan 4, 2016, from David Gebhard papers.

    Scope and Content note

    The Wallace Neff photographs and postcards span 2 linear feet and date from circa 1925 to circa 1940. The collection is primarily composed of black-and-white photographs taken of the exteriors of various homes and civic buildings designed by Neff. Projects documented in the collection include: the A. K. Bourne Estate (San Marino, Calif.), Boardman house, Tragerman house (Hollywood, Calif.), Eaton house, and the Doheny Memorial library (Camarillo, Calif.) Two postcards of the Mary Pickfair and Douglass Fairbanks house (Beverly Hill, Calif.) also part of the collection. One 1938 drawing of an unidentified ranch house (perspective sketch by Jamison), reproduced on heavy paper, was added to the collection, previously part of the David Gebhard papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Neff, Edwin Wallace
    Photographic prints