Finding Aid for the Barton Myers papers, circa 1968-circa 2004 0000161

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

Title: Barton Myers papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0000161
Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1552.5 Linear feet (627 record storage boxes, 1,630 tubes, 52 boxes of drawings, 65 bagged drawings, 2 flat file drawers, 243 presentation boards, and 4 models)
Date (inclusive): circa 1968-circa 2004
Location note: 627 record storage boxes/Mosher - regular 52 boxes of rolls (approx.1,630 tubes)/Mosher 65 bagged drawings/Mosher 4 Models/Mosher Lawrence Wolf house (Toronto, Canada): Sectional model, 1972-1974; model made 1991 model 2? Myers house (Toronto, Canada): sectional model, 1969-1971; model made 1991 NJPAC?
creator: A. J. Diamond and Barton Myers Architects.
creator: Barton Myers Associates.
creator: Myers, Barton, 1934-


Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

Custodial History note

Gift of Barton Myers, 2000, 2008, and 2011.

Preferred Citation note

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

Biographical/Historical note

Barton Myers was born in 1934 in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1952-1956 he attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. After serving as a pilot, stationed in the UK, Myers went back to school in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1964. Afer school, Myers found work as a draftsman for his former teacher, Louis I. Kahn, in Philadelphia. Two years later, in 1968, Myers launched his architectural career in Toronto, Canada, in partnership with A. J. Diamond. A. J. Diamond and Barton Myers became known especially for projects that promoted urbanism that preserved the life and scale of neighborhoods.
In 1975 Myers moved to Los Angeles, where he established the office of Barton Myers and Associates. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, beginning in 1980 and was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, at the University of Pennsylvania, and at Arizona State University.
In addition to his sensitive urban design projects, many of them competition entries, Myers established a reputation for his theater designs, including the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and a series of steel houses, including his own home in Santa Barbara.

Scope and Content note

The Barton Myers papers span approximately 800 linear feet and date from circa 1968 to circa 2004. The collection contains architectural drawings and reprographic copies, photographs, contracts, specifications, and correspondence.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Myers, Barton, 1934-
Architectural drawings
Reprographic copies