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Thomas, John Hudson Collection, 1913-1940
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  • Biographical Note
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  • Contributing Institution: University of California, Berkeley. College of Environmental Design. Environmental Design Archives
    Title: John Hudson Thomas Collection
    Creator: Thomas, John Hudson
    Identifier/Call Number: 2015.05
    Physical Description: 28 Linear Feet: 9 flat file drawers and 1 document box
    Date (bulk): 1913-1940
    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], John Hudson Thomas Collection, Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.


    The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.

    Biographical Note

    John Hudson Thomas was born in 1878 in Nevada and moved to northern California as a young child. In 1902, Thomas graduated from Yale and then went on to graduate school in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1904. From 1904 to 1906, he worked for the architect John Galen Howard. In 1907, Thomas formed a partnership with architect George Plowman and together they completed fifty residential projects in the Arts & Craft style. In 1910, Thomas went into practice independently. Well-known projects include: the Hume Cluster in Buena Vista Hills, the Capitan Maury residence, and the Spring Mansion in Berkeley. John Hudson Thomas died in 1945.

    Systems of Arrangement

    This collection is organized into one series, Project Records. It is comprised of manuscripts, drawings, and photographs ranging from circa 1931 to circa 1940.

    Scope and Contents

    The John Hudson Thomas collection span 28 linear feet and date from circa 1913 to circa 1940. The collection is composed primarily of architectural drawings and reprographic copies of residences and some commercial buildings in the San Francisco Bay area (Berkeley, Piedmont, Richmond, and Oakland). Specifications for the Anthony A. Gertrude residence, the Julia S. Hackney residence, the Ida Wickson residence, and the First National Bank; along with photographs and negatives of the Boise and Kelly residences, also compose the collection.

    Custodial History

    Gift of Richard Riemann, 1979.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Architecture -- California.
    Architects -- California.
    Architects -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.