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Willis Polk Collection, 1890-1937
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Series Description

Boxes 1-3

I. Professional Papers, 1890-1937

Scope and Content Note


Arranged hierarchically.
Contains correspondence, professional writings, news clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs. Includes documentation of Polk's involvement with the Architectural News and the Arts and Crafts Guild of San Francisco, his conflict with Mayor Rolf over the Hobart Building, and the effort to preserve the Palace of Fine Arts. Photographs include portraits of Polk, and a group photograph of he and his colleagues. This series also contains some records created or collected by Polk's widow, Christina Barreda Polk.
Boxes 1-2, Flat Files

II. Project Records, 1890-1924

Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically by project.
Consists of correspondence, drawings, cashbook, and photographs related to Polk's projects. The bulk of the series consists of architectural drawings, which can be accessed through the card file index. Correspondence and other written documentation exists only three projects: The Spring Valley Water Company Mason Street Building, The Women's City Club of San Francisco, and an uncompleted San Francisco War Memorial.
Box 4

III. Art and Artifacts, ca. 1890-1924

Scope and Content Note

Contains Polk's office furniture as well as sculptures, etchings, sketches, and paintings created or collected by Polk. Includes a portrait of Polk by William Keith and two bookcases designed by Polk.
Box 1, Flat Files

IV. Additional Donations, ca. 1890-1924

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Series contains drawings, reproductions of drawings, and a portrait, donated separately from the original donation. Drawings in this series include: William Bourn, Jr. residence, San Francisco; Mrs. William Bourn residence, St. Helena; Charles Webb Howard residence, Oakland; Examiner Building, San Francisco; an unidentified residence; proposed casino for the Hotel Arcadia, Santa Monica; Admission Day Monument; proposed Administration Building, California Midwinter International Exposition; and the Merchants Exchange Building.

A. Portrait of Willis Polk, by Bruce Porter


B. F. Bourn Hayne Collection, drawings for Bourn residences (excluding Filoli)


C. Drawings


D. Merchants Exchange Building Drawings


E. Microfiche reproductions of drawings for Charles Templeton Crocker residence, Uplands