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Greene & Greene Virtual Archives, 1885-1957
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Series Description


I. Personal Papers, 1885-1957

Physical Description: 395 images

A. Family Correspondence 1890-1948,

Physical Description: 41 images

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence between Henry Mather Greene and Charles Sumner Greene, correspondence between the Greene brothers and other family members.

B. Education 1885-1890,

Physical Description: 3 images

Scope and Content Note

Images are of studies, sketches, drawings and watercolors from the Greenes' student years.

C. Photographs 1887-1947,

Physical Description: 219 images

Scope and Content Note

Included here are personal photographs of the Greenes', their family, friends and professional associates

D. Creative works 1888-1916,

Physical Description: 64 images

Scope and Content Note

A variety of personal notebooks, poetry, and essays, including Charles Sumner Greene's extensive notes on Claude Bragdon's The Beautiful Necessity, some early paintings and sketches.

E. Financial Records 1916-1928,

Physical Description: 26 images

Scope and Content Note

Includes some correspondence with vendors, receipts, bank records, notes.

F. Professional Papers 1914-1957,

Physical Description: 30 images

Scope and Content Note

Documents of professional associations, memberships, honors.

G. Ephemera 1890-1922,

Physical Description: 12 images

Scope and Content Note

Certificates and awards, City Planning records.

II. Office Records, 1904-1942

Physical Description: 31 images

A. Correspondence and Business Records 1911-1942,

Physical Description: 21 images

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of Greene & Greene office, Correspondence between the Greenes and other architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, patent certificates, time sheets.

B. Vendor Files 1904-1937,

Physical Description: 10 images

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence between the firm, vendors and clients

Project Records, 1894-1947

Physical Description: more than 3,000 images

Scope and Content Note

Project- records, correspondence, drawings, and photographs are organized by client or project name. A list that contains the project/client name, geographic location, and dates for all projects within the GGVA can be found in the Project Index.

Individual Repository Greene & Greene Collection Descriptions


Guide to the drawings and photographs from The Avery Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Contributing Institution: Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Columbia University in the City of New York
1172 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10027
Physical Description: 1822 items in the GGVA (chiefly consists of architectural drawings dated ca. 1896-ca.1931)

Scope and Content Note

Greene & Greene documents were donated to Avery Library in 1960 by Jean Murray Bangs. Charles and Henry Greene had provided the records to Ms. Bangs while she prepared to write a book on the Greenes' work. A second group of records, mainly photographs, was donated to the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library after the death of Ms. Bangs by her husband, architect Harwell Hamilton Harris. The Greene & Greene collection consists of 4,764 drawings, 585 photographs, and two boxes of archival material, the dates ranging from ca. 1896-1931. The Greene & Greene drawings represent approximately 120 projects with related notes, correspondence, and specifications for designs located primarily in California. Approximately 1822 drawings and photographs were selected for inclusion in the Greene & Greene Virtual Archives. There is a unique group of photographs of Greene & Greene projects by the photographer Leroy Hulbert.
View Finding Aid at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/archives/avery/greene

Guide to the drawings and photographs selected from The Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Contributing Institution: Environmental Design Archives
University of California, Berkeley
230 Wurster Hall #1820
Berkeley, CA 94720-1820
Physical Description: 941 items in the GGVA

Scope and Content Note

The Charles Sumner Greene Collection contains a wide range of material from his Carmel, California home and studio, donated by the Charles Greene family in 1959. These records document Greene's personal and professional life, and include items from the period 1862-1956, as well as correspondence and project records from Henry Mather Greene and the Greene & Greene firm. The collection is organized into four series 1. Personal Papers, 2.Office Records, 3. Project Records, and 4. Additional Donations. The Personal Papers series is comprised largely of correspondence with family members, family photographs, education materials (mostly from MIT), records of Charles Greene's travels, honor awards, professional memberships, and material documenting his creative interests. The Office Records document the administration of the Greenes' architectural practice and contains correspondence, standard office material such as time sheets and receipts, catalogs, samples, vendor and craftsmen correspondence. The project records such as drawings, specifications, sketches, photographs, and client and firm correspondence make up the largest part of the collection. The Additional Donations series contains ancillary material related to the Greene collection such as Roy Flamm photographs of Charles' Carmel studio commissioned by the College of Architecture. Selected for inclusion in the Greene & Greene Virtual Archives project is a representation of each series, with a strong focus on the project records.
View Finding Aid at: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/dynaweb/ead/berkeley/ceda/greene/

Guide to the drawings and photographs selected from The Gamble House and The Greene and Greene Archives, University of Southern California

Contributing Institution: The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103
Contributing Institution: Greene and Greene Archives
University of Southern California
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
Physical Description: 1060 items in the GGVA

Scope and Content Note

The decorative arts collection at The Gamble House, University of Southern California consisted initially of furnishings given with the house by the Gamble family in 1966 to the City of Pasadena in a joint agreement with USC. Subsequent gifts of Greene & Greene objects and decorative arts from the Arts and Crafts period have significantly increased the size of the collection and help to better interpret and contextualize the work of Greene & Greene. Most of the collection's decorative arts are housed at The Gamble House, USC and in the Greene & Greene exhibition gallery within the Virginia Steele Scott Gallery at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The Decorative Arts and Furniture Collection includes furniture made for the Gamble House, the Thorsen House, the Bolton House, the Robinson House, and the Cordelia Culbertson House, as well as individual pieces made for Mrs. Willis Walker, Mary J. Moore, and Belle Barlow Bush, when she resided in the Bolton House. Also included are views of the interior of the Gamble House, showing interior details such as the living room friezes, art glass light fixtures and windows, the main staircase, and fireplaces. Furniture from houses other than the Gamble House is housed at the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens, where a replica of the Robinson dining room has been built to display the Robinson dining room furniture and ceiling lantern. A selection of recent photographic documentation of the firm's furniture and other decorative arts is presented as part of the Greene & Greene Virtual Archives.
The Greene & Greene Archives, USC within the Huntington Library is an eclectic collection of Greene & Greene materials. Since its inception, over four hundred donors have given Greene & Greene a wide variety of items including original job files containing client and vendor correspondence, original drawings, drawing surrogates from other repositories, personal correspondence, specifications, contracts, post cards, invoices, notes, building permits, advertisements, philosophical writings, books, newspaper and magazine articles about Greene & Greene or their projects, memorabilia, sketchbooks, and scrapbooks. These items have been divided into three groups: 1) original documents that were among the personal or firm records of architects Greene & Greene 2) Gamble family records, and 3) reference materials. The reference collection of secondary materials consists of letters, snapshots of the Greene & Greene houses at various times, postcards, owner obituaries, published articles about the houses and an array of miscellany and ephemera that are organized by project. Generally, only primary resource documents from the first two groups, or those created by Charles or Henry Greene or the Greene & Greene firm, have been selected for the GGVA.
View Finding Aid at: http://www.usc.edu/dept/architecture/greeneandgreene/findingaid