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Inventory of the The Donald and Sylvia Reay Collection
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Boxes 1, 7, 10


Series Scope and Content Summary

Represents Donald Reay's personal materials including his curriculum vitae, correspondence with colleagues and friends, and personal photographs.


  • A. Biographical information
  • B. Correspondence
  • C. Photographs
Boxes 1, 6-7, 10


Series Scope and Content Summary

Documents Don Reay's professional activities outside of the firm. Includes correspondence with other architects; writings and presentations; records related to his affiliation with the AIA; and extensive research and reference files mostly relating to new towns in the UK and in the United States.


  • A. Correspondence
  • B. Writings
  • C. Presentations
  • D. Associations and committees
  • E. Awards
  • F. Reference files
Box 1


Series Scope and Content Summary

Documents Donals Reay's duties as Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Administrative files are composed of memoranda between Reay and other faculty members, as well as outside correspondence. Course materials provide evidence of his teaching activities.
  • A. Administrative records
  • B. Course materials
Box 1


Series Scope and Content Summary

Documents represent a selected sample of the day-to-day administrative operations of the firm offices, such as legal agreements, notes, and correspondence.
  • A. Administrative records
  • B. Correspondence
Boxes 2-11 and 13-15; flat files and tubes.



Arranged alphabetically by project. **See Project Index.

A. Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Correspondence, contracts, telephone notes, preliminary sketches, reports, specifications, financial records, vendor information, legal documents, and notes for projects undertaken by Donald Reay and the firms with which he worked.

B. Photographs and slides

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Photographs (and negatives) of project sites, construction, and completed construction taken by the architects, project collaborators, and architectural photographers of projects undertaken by Donald Reay and the firms with which he worked.

C. Drawings

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Drawings of the private practice and firm projects for both Donald and Sylvia Reay from 1956-1998. Commercial and institutional planning, development, and multi-residential commissions, and residential projects are represented.
Box 1


Series Scope and Content Summary

A case study of women architects in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sylvia Reay's master's thesis.


A. Biographical information

Container List


I. Personal Papers


A. Biographical Information

Box 1, Folder 1

Resumes n.d.


B. Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1938-1985


C. Photographs

Box 7, Folder 3

Personal photographs

Box 10, Folder 4

Personal travel slides n.d.


II. Professional Papers


A. Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1938-1983

Box 1, Folder 2

Guggenheim fellowship application 1999


B. Writings

Box 1, Folder 3

Milton Keynes review 1985


C. Presentations

Box 1, Folder 4

Geoffrey Scott talk nd


D. Associations and Committees

Box 1, Folder 5

AIA recognition materials 1979-1980

Box 1, Folder 6

AIA Soviet-American symposium 1968

Box 1, Folder 7

AIA Sidener fellowship recommendation 1993


E. Awards

Box 6, Folder 10

Awards and certificates 1959-1966


F. Reference Files

Box 1, Folder 8

Reference files vd

Box 1, Folder 9

Sketches nd

Box 7, Folder 11

Photographs nd

Box 10, Folder 12

Slides of U.S. New Towns nd

Box 10, Folder 13

Slides of New Town plans and images nd

Box 10, Folder 14

Reference images - slides nd


III. Faculty Papers


A. Administrative

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1954-1999


B. Course Materials

Box 1, Folders 2-3

Course materials vd


IV. Office Records


A. Administrative

Box 1, Folder 1

Firm profiles and project descriptions vd

Box 1, Folder 2

Letterhead examples nd

Box 1, Folder 3

Reay-Tsuruta portfolio nd

Box 1, Folder 4

Architect licenses 1937-1999


B. Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence 1964-1987


V. Project Records


**See Project Index

VI. Sylvia Reay


A. Biographical information

Box 1, Folder 1

Case Study of Women Architects in the Bay Area 1982

Box 1, Folder 2

Master's thesis: "The progressive elementary school..." 1940