William Otis Raiguel Collection 1947.-1

Joanne Miller
Arrangement and description of this collection was funded by a grant from the Getty Foundation
University of California, Berkeley. College of Environmental Design. Environmental Design Archives
230 Bauer Wurster Hall #1820
Berkeley, CA 94720-1820

Contributing Institution: University of California, Berkeley. College of Environmental Design. Environmental Design Archives
Title: William Otis Raiguel Collection
Creator: Raiguel, William Otis, 1875-1941
Identifier/Call Number: 1947.-1
Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet: 1 half box
Date (inclusive): 1905-1932
Language of Material: English .

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the Director.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], William Otis Raiguel Collection, (1947-1), Environmental Design Archives, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical / Historical

William Otis Raiguel (1875-1941)
William Otis Raiguel was born in Freehold, New Jersey on September 25, 1875. In 1905, he traveled to England, France, and Italy. In 1911, Raiguel traveled from San Francisco to Portland, Seattle, and Canada. After taking the train across Canada, he visited Pennsylvania and New York and then boarded a ship for Europe. From July 18 to the middle of December, Raiguel traveled in England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, and Egypt.
William Raiguel was a member of John Galen Howard's office, and assisted in preparing plans for some of the buildings on the University of California, Berkeley campus. The buildings he collaborated on include Boalt Hall, Wheeler Hall, Sather Gate, and the Campanile on the Berkeley campus, and the First Congregational Church in Oakland. In 1926 he retired to his home in Monterey, California . He died in 1941.

Scope and Contents

The William Otis Raiguel papers span the years 1905-1932 and include correspondence, contractual agreements, travel diaries, and an insurance application. The correspondence, dated from 1909-1920, is between Raiguel and John Galen Howard, and documents some of their financial arrangements. The three travel diaries completed on his trip to England, France, and Italy include sketches of architectural plans, buildings, and architectural details. The diary from his later trip around the United States, Canada, and Europe contains small photographs, itineraries, and a few articles and brochures.
The collection was donated in 1947.

Related Materials

John Galen Howard Collection,


Personal Papers 1905-1932

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence/Contracts with John Galen Howard 1909-1920

Scope and Contents

Business correspondence between Raiguel and John Galen Howard regarding their financial arrangements. Also includes two postcards from Howard to Raiguel.
Box 1, Folder 2

Unidentified Illustration undated

Scope and Contents

3 X 4 watercolor (?)
Box 1, Folder 3

Insurance Application 1932

Box 1, Folder 4-6

Travel Diaries 1905

Scope and Contents

Three separate diaries from trip to England, France, and Italy; all include sketches.
Box 1, Folder 7

Travel Diary 1911

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs, itineraries, brochures, and other pasted-in items.