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Finding Aid for the Thornton Montaigne Abell papers, 1928-1983 0000102
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Rights Statement
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Thornton M. Abell papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000102
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 65.0 Linear feet (13 record storage boxes, 3 flat oversize* and double oversize** boxes, 16 flat file drawers, oversize flat file folders**, and 1 model)
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1983
    Location note: Boxes 1-13/ ADC - regular Box 14/ADC - oversize* Box 15-16/ADC - oversize** 16 Flat File Drawers/ ADC - flat files Petunia Hall Residence/ADC - oversize board (19-C-1) Plateau Beaubourg Center Competition, Paris/ Mosher - model
    creator: Abell, Thornton M., (Thornton Montaigne), 1906-1984
    creator: Ford, O'Neil , 1905-1982
    creator: O'Neil Ford & Associates.
    creator: Shulman, Julius, 1910-2009


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Jared Abell, 1985.

    Preferred Citation

    Thornton M. Abell papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Thorton Abell was born in 1906. He attended the University of Michigan, University of California Berkeley, and finally the University of Southern California where he graduated in 1931 with his bachelors degree in architecture. Abell worked as a designer for Clare C. Hosmer from 1925-1926, as a designer for Joseph J. Kucera from 1926-1927, and as a designer and chief draftsman for Marsh, Smith, and Powell from 1930-1942. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Abell taught architecture and design at the Chouinard Art Institute and at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture. During this time Thorton Abell was also asked to participate in the Case Study House Program. Abell built Case Study House 7 which was completed in 1949. Thorton Abell died in 1984.

    Scope and Content note

    This collection spans 95 linear feet and dates from 1928-1983. The Thornton Abell papers is composed primarily of correspondence, course and research notes, photographs, scrapbooks, sketches, drawings, reprographic copies, clippings, appointment books, awards, certificates, agreements, and a model of the Plateau Beaubourg Center.

    Rights Statement

    In copyright, educational use permitted.

    Related Archival Materials note

    O'Neil Ford collection, 1864-1983, Alexander Architecture Archive, University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas, Austin.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Abell, Thornton M., (Thornton Montaigne), 1906-1984
    Abell, Thornton M., (Thornton Montaigne), 1906-1984
    Schindler, R. M., (Rudolph M. ), 1887-1953
    Architects -- California
    Architectural drawings
    Architectural photographs
    Architecture -- California
    Architecture -- California -- 20th century
    Architecture -- California -- Los Angeles -- 20th Century
    Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- Sources
    Architecture, Modern -- 20th century -- California
    Modern movement (Architecture) -- California
    Photographic prints
    Reprographic copies