Records in the Olof Dahlstrand Collection span the years 1947-1983. The collection is organized into three series: Personal
Papers, Project Records, and Art and Artifacts. Personal Papers include local and regional newspaper articles and personal
correspondence from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Project Records include preliminary sketches, working drawings, renderings,
final plans, and blueprints. They also include some written records (correspondence, specifications, notes, and reports) and
photographs. These files document the buildings and the creative and developmental process of the architect. The written records
also indicate the extent of the participation of the client in the design process. The Art and Artifacts includes drawings
and paintings completed throughout Dahlstrand’s career.
Olof Dahlstrand, born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1916, earning his degree in architecture from Cornell University in 1939.
After receiving his degree, Dahlstrand worked briefly in Wisconsin, and then moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1948.
He worked as an associate for Fred and Lois Langhorst, both modernist architects gaining recognition in Northern California.
While working for the Langhorsts, Dahlstrand worked on the Muscatine residence and a show at the San Francisco Museum of Art
(later San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). The trio’s sketches, renderings, photographs, and drawings were a sensation.
16 Cubic Feet -
4 boxes, 4 flat file drawers
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
Collection is open for research. Many of the Environmental Design Archives collections are stored offsite and advance notice
is required for use.