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This collection contains the papers of architectural historian Sara Holmes Boutelle, including extensive correspondence, research notes, photographs, interview notes, book drafts, articles, book reviews, presentation notes, and newspaper clippings, primarily relating to California architect Julia Morgan, women in American architecture, and historic preservation in the Bay Area, donated by her heirs in 2000. Original Julia Morgan materials found in Boutelle's papers have been processed separately as the Julia Morgan-Sara Holmes Boutelle Collection (MS 27).
Sara Holmes Boutelle was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on January 29, 1909. A graduate of Mount Holyoke, Boutelle taught art and architectural history for many years at the Brearley School in Manhattan. Her interest in Julia Morgan's architectural career began in 1972, when Boutelle first toured Hearst Castle and was dismayed to find interpretation at the state historical monument that referred to Julia Morgan as W.R. Hearst's private secretary. Boutelle then dedicated the remainder of her life to researching and collecting material by and about the architect.
79 boxes, 1 flat file drawer
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