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Grimes, Clyde Collection
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  • Access Statement
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Funding
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Berkeley. College of Environmental Design. Environmental Design Archives
    Title: Clyde Grimes next hit Collection
    Creator: previous hit Grimes, Clyde next hit
    Identifier/Call Number: 2019-08
    Physical Description: 8 Linear Feet: 4 cartons, 1 doc box, 2 flat boxes, and 12 flat file folders
    Date (inclusive): 1939-2010
    Date (bulk): 1960-1990
    Language of Material: English

    Access Statement

    Collection is open for research. Many of the Environmental Design Archives collections are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Curator.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], previous hit Clyde Grimes next hit Collection, Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.


    Arrangement and description of this collection were funded by a grant from the Joan Draper Endowment, Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design, U.C. Berkeley.

    Biographical Note

    previous hit Clyde Henry Grimes next hit was born in 1924 in Los Angeles, California. During WWII, Grimes enlisted and served as a member of the US Army Air Force intelligence team of the 477th Bomber Group until 1946. Grimes attended UC Berkeley and received a B.A. in Architecture in 1950. After graduating, his architectural career began under Paul R. Williams in Los Angeles. In 1956, Grimes started his own architectural firm in Los Angeles and later in Oakland. Under Governor Jerry Brown's first administration, Clyde became the first Black man to hold the position of Deputy State Architect in California. He later became the City of Oakland's Architect and advised the Oakland Unified School District. Grimes passed away in 2015.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection documents both the personal life and the architectural career of previous hit Clyde Grimes next hit . Organized into four series: personal papers, professional papers, office records, and project records; this collection spans 8 linear feet and dates from 1939 through 2010. Personal papers in the form of biographical information and student work from Grimes' high school education and college career studying Architecture at UC Berkeley compose the first series dating from 1939 to 2006. The second series, professional papers dating 1961-2007, is composed of correspondence and writings on architecture; committees and associations; employment history; documentation regarding terms served as Deputy State Architect and City Architect of Oakland; and awards and honors spanning his entire career. Office records, the third series, spanning 1956-circa 1985, is composed of correspondence, portfolios, job number lists, and official firm documents such as letterhead and statement of design. The architectural projects series documents 69 projects Grimes had a hand in over his architectural career, including drawings, photographs, 35mm slides, correspondence, and notes.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Architecture, Modern -- 20th century.
    Architectural drawings
    Architectural photographs.
    Architecture--Study and teaching--California--Berkeley.