Finding Aid for the Wallace Neff photographs and postcards, circa 1925-circa 1940 0000260

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: 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: 2.0 Linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): circa 1925-circa 1940
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.

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 compose the collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Neff, Edwin Wallace
Photographic prints