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Inventory of the Michael Goodman Collection, 1920-1970
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Project Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Michael Goodman collection
    Dates: 1920-1970
    Collection number: 19XX-3
    Creator: Goodman, Michael, 1903-1991
    Collector: Environmental Design Archives
    Collection Size: 10 boxes, 1 flat file drawer
    Repository: Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design.
    University of California, Berkeley.
    Berkeley, California
    Physical location: Environmental Design Archives University of California Berkeley, California, 94720-1820
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.

    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], Michael Goodman Collection, 2007-8, Environmental Design Archives. College of Environmental Design. University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Note

    Michael Arthur Goodman was born on January 6, 1903 in Vilna, Lithuania. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, he traveled from Eastern Russia to San Francisco, California, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1927. Beginning in 1925, his professional life revolved primarily around architectural and interior design. He joined the Department of Architecture faculty at UC Berkeley in 1927 where he taught until his retirement in 1971.
    During his career, Goodman completed many projects on the Berkeley and other UC campuses. At Berkeley, these projects included alterations to the Faculty Club and Hearst Memorial Mining Building; the electron microscope installation, the Bio-Organic Chemistry Laboratory design and construction, the Brick Muller Room addition in Memorial Stadium, and the Farm Bureau Building alterations for the University Extension Division. Although Goodman proposed a major alteration and rehabilitation plan for the Life Sciences Building in 1957, the University withdrew the plans from their building program. This decision on the part of the University was largely regretted when, thirty-four years later, the project was reopened and in need of new plans, a credit to Goodman's original foresight and work. In addition to the Berkeley campus, Goodman oversaw various projects on the Davis campus, including the Radiobiology Laboratory, an expansion of the Clinic Building, and the Cruess Hall Unit 2 for Food Technology.
    Off-campus, Goodman had a productive career designing such buildings as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Woolen Process Laboratory in Albany, CA, the East Bay Municipal Utilities Distract branch office in Berkeley, and countless other such facilities. Additionally, he was responsible for the interior decoration and/or overall design of many Bay Area homes.
    As a UC Berkeley faculty member, Goodman was extremely active in campus life serving for many years on the Committee for Public Ceremonies. He was also a dedicated member of the Berkeley Planning Commission, acting as negotiator between the university and the city. In this position, Goodman was called upon to temper the city's fears that university expansion would never cease following the release of its large-scale building plans. Goodman was also a member of many other groups and councils, including the Commonwealth Club of California.
    Over the course of his career, Goodman received many professional honors and awards. He received the San Francisco Art Association Gold Medal in 1925, followed by the American Graphic Artists Society Award in 1930. Both were given on the basis of his design work. In 1945 he was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Finally, he received the Berkeley Citation in 1970 for outstanding service to the University of California. Following a long illness, Goodman died at home at the age of 88 on April 12, 1991.


    Sources: DeMars, Vernon A, Sanford S. El-berg, Henry Lager, and Errol W. Mauchlan. Michael Arthur Goodman Obituary. 1993, University of California: In Memoriam. Retrieved October 2008 from the University of California History Digital Archives, Link 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection, which encompasses the years 1920-1970, consists of records, drawings, and photographs relating to Michael Goodman's architectural and teaching careers. The collection is organized into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Faculty Papers, Office Records, and Project Records. It contains records of projects completed throughout the Bay Area, including interior design, commercial design, and large and small alterations, as well as project studies, such as the Pioneer Housing Study. The collection also contains records of Goodman's plans for the University of California, predominantly for buildings or building alterations at the Berkeley campus. It also includes records relating to a limited number of project on the Davis campus. Additionally, this collection holds records of Goodman's work as a Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Architecture.
    "Personal Papers" contains Goodman's C.V. as well as various items of interest such as a published sketch he created as a student of Wheeler Hall. "Professional Papers" includes Goodman's work with the Office of Civilian Defense, and correspondence with the Higher Education Organization and his study on Berkeley public health. "Faculty Papers" largely consists of course development plans and photos of student work from various courses, while "Office Records" houses various correspondence and reference materials.
    The largest series, Project Records, consists of Goodman's major commercial, residential, religious, and educational projects around the Bay Area (primarily in Berkeley) and on the UC campuses. It also contains proposed plans and housing studies.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    University of California, Berkeley. School of Architecture.
    University of California, Berkeley -- Planning.
    Architecture -- Study and teaching -- California -- Berkeley.
    Campus planning -- California -- Berkeley.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Architectural records.
    Architectural drawings.
    Architectural photographs.

    Project Index

    The following is a list of architectural projects from the Michael Goodman collection. For instructions on interpreting the Project Index, see The Guide to the Project Index at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/pindex/guide.htm .
    The Project Index list is arranged alphabetically by Project/Client Name and contains information, where available, about the location, date, project type, collaborators, photographers, and formats for each project in the collection.

    Project/Client Name (location, date, project type) Collaborator (role), Photographer [Format - Ms=Manuscripts, Dr=Drawings, Ph=Photographs]

    • American Potato and Basic Vegetable (Blackfoot and King City, ID, CA; industrial) [Ph]
    • Argiewiez, Arthur (Mill Valley, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Ascot Apartments [see Kimball, John and Mary] (Moraga, CA) [Dr]
    • Banker, Franklin (Piedmont, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Blumberg, Frank (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Boynton, Ray (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • California: Farm Bureau Federation Building (Berkeley, CA; commercial) [Dr, Ph]
    • California Ink Company (Berkeley, CA; 1951; commercial) [Dr, Ph]
    • Carter, Harold (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • City Club (San Francisco, CA; recreational) [Ms]
    • Clements, Traverse (Los Gatos, CA ; residential) [Ms, Ph]
    • Clough, F. (Orinda, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Crandall, Helen (Oakland, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Creek Park Development (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Dr]
    • Design: Residential development (Berkeley, CA; residential - multi) [Dr]
    • East Bay Municipal Utilities District (Oakland, CA; governmental) [Dr, Ph]
    • Easter Seal Society Building (Oakland, CA; humanitarian) [Dr]
    • Edwards, Gerry (CA) [Dr]
    • Fidelity Savings & Loan (Berkeley, CA; commercial) [Dr]
    • Golden Gate International Exposition, Exhibit of Science (San Francisco, CA; 1938; recreational) [Dr, Ph]
    • Graeser, James (Piedmont, CA; residential) Photographer: Esther Born [Dr, Ph]
    • Hillel Foundation Building (Berkeley, CA; 1949; religious) [Dr, Ph]
    • Jackson (residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Johnson, Karin (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Kimball, John S. and Mary S. (Moraga, CA; 1964; residential-multi) [Dr]
    • Kimball, Stan: Northgate Mall (Berkeley, CA; 1964-1965; residential-multi; commercial) [Dr]
    • Kimball, Stan: Tilden View Terrace (Berkeley, CA; residential-multi; commercial) [Dr]
    • L.H. (Berkeley, CA; residential) Collaborator: Edward Maher [Ph]
    • Lamda Chi Alpha (Berkeley, CA; fraternity) [Ph]
    • Lemm, Beulah (Albany, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Loeb, Edward M. (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Mander, Dr. and Mrs. B. (Berkeley, CA; 1968; residential) [Dr]
    • Matzger, E. (San Francisco, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Mills College (Oakland, CA; educational) [Ms]
    • Moraga Country Club (Moraga, CA; recreational) [Dr]
    • Multiple-dwelling structure: study (residential-multi; commercial) [Ms]
    • Myers, Bertram (Piedmont, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Northgate Mall [see Kimball, Stan] (CA)
    • Offord, H. (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Off-street Parking, Lakeshore Shopping District (Oakland, CA; commercial) [Dr, Ph]
    • Olson, Ronald (Lafayette, CA; residential) Photographer: Norris Richardson [Dr, Ph]
    • Pioneer Homes (Berkeley, CA; 1969-70; residential-multi; planning) [Ms, Dr]
    • Design: Public Health Building (Berkeley, CA; 1955; governmental) [Dr]
    • Psychiatric Offices, Mt. Zion Hospital (San Francisco, CA; medical) [Dr]
    • San Mateo County Hall of Justice and Records (San Mateo, CA; governmental) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • San Pablo Civic Development (San Pablo, CA; 1948; governmental) [Dr]
    • Sanders, G.G. (CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Shasta Canyon (Berkeley, CA; recreational) [Ph]
    • Shattuck Ave. Redevelopment (Berkeley, CA; 1958; commercial) [Dr]
    • Shattuck Avenue (Breck) (Berkeley, CA; 1966; commercial) [Dr]
    • Shattuck Hotel Block Alterations (Berkeley, CA; commercial) [Dr]
    • Design: small house studies [Dr]
    • Smith, Charles (Lafayette, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals: Animal Shelter (Oakland, CA; medical) [Dr, Ph]
    • South Berkeley Homes (Berkeley, CA; planning) [Dr]
    • St. John's Episcopal Church (Marysville, CA; 1941; religious) Photographer: Mason Weymouth [Dr, Ph]
    • Taylor, Edgar D. (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Temple Beth El (Berkeley, CA; religious) [Dr]
    • Temple Emanuel Chapel (San Francisco, CA; religious) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Temple Sinai (religious) [Ph]
    • Thatcher, Esther (Carmel, CA; residential) Photographer: Norris Richardson [Dr, Ph]
    • Thompson, N. Allen (Stockton, CA; residential) [Dr]
    • Tilden View Terrace [see Kimball, Stan] (CA)
    • UC Berkeley Bio-dynamics Lab, (Berkeley, CA; educational) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • UC Berkeley Doe Memorial Library additions and alterations (Berkeley, CA; educational) [Ms, Dr]
    • UC Berkeley Freshman Reception, Hearst Gymnasium (Berkeley, CA; 1950; educational) [Ph]
    • UC Berkeley Hearst Memorial Mining Building Improvement (Berkeley, CA; educational) [Dr, Ph]
    • UC Berkeley Life Sciences Building (Berkeley, CA; educational) [Dr]
    • UC Berkeley Naval R.O.T.C. Building (Berkeley, CA; educational) [Dr, Ph]
    • UC Berkeley Terraced Parking (Berkeley, CA; educational) [Dr]
    • UC Berkeley Virus Laboratory (Berkeley, CA; educational) [Ms, Ph]
    • UC Davis Animal Lab Facilities (Davis, CA; educational) [Ms]
    • UC Davis Atomic Energy Commission (Davis, CA; educational; governmental) [Dr]
    • UC Davis: Creuss Hall and School Housing Report (Davis, CA; 1953; educational) [Ms, Dr]
    • UC Davis: Cruess Hall (Davis, CA; educational) [Dr]
    • UC Davis: Radiobiology Laboratory (Davis, CA; educational) [Dr]
    • Uni Freedom Insurance Co. Building (CA; commercial) [Dr]
    • U.S Dept. of Agriculture -- Woolen Lab (governmental) [Dr, Ph]
    • U.S. General Services Administration Building, Public Buildings Service Office and Laboratory (Berkeley, CA; governmental) [Dr]
    • Unidentified Synagogue, Full Scale Details for Decorations (religious) [Dr]
    • Van Valin, Esther (Modesto, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Veterinary Hospital (Oakland, CA; health facility) [Ms, Dr, Ph]
    • Walton, Fritz (Berkeley, CA; residential) [Ph]
    • Waterfront Redevelopment (Albany, CA; planning) [Dr]
    • Waterfront Redevelopment (Berkeley, CA; planning) [Dr]
    • Waterfront Redevelopment (Emeryville, CA; planning) [Dr]
    • Woodside Model House (Columbia Steel) (residential) [Dr, Ph]
    • Zuckerman (Enterprise, UT; residential) Photographer: Mason Weymouth [Ms, Ph]