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Living and Learning: The Architecture of Housing and Schools – Providing Access to the Records of Two Architects

The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce the completion of a 12-month project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) (http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/).

The project titled: Living and Learning: The Architecture of Housing and Schools – Providing Access to the Records of Two Architects resulted in the archival processing of the Ernest J. Kump and Charles Warren Callister collections spanning the years 1928-2007.

These records have been arranged, described, preserved, and are now available for research. Information and user-friendly project indexes are available on the EDA website (www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/) through the list of collections. Complete finding aids are available on the Online Archive of California (www.oac.cdlib.org).

In addition to the published finding aid, an innovative use of Google mapping was implemented to highlight Kump’s numerous educational projects around the world. Given that most architectural collections contain large quantities of slides, a visual index of project slides was developed by Visual Resources Librarian Jason Miller to facilitate research and selection for future digitization. To view this map and the slide index, please visit his information page on the Environmental Design website at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/profiles/KumpJr.html.

Architects Ernest J. Kump (1911-1999) and Charles Warren Callister (1917-2008) left a significant legacy on the cultural landscape locally, nationally, and internationally in the areas of housing and education. These two collections are comprised of more than 300 linear feet including more than 500 tubes and contain sketches, personal notebooks, lectures, correspondence, drawings, photographs, and project files, provide a wealth of material that encourages understanding of the design aesthetic of the era and supports increasing scholarly interest in educational buildings, multi-unit residencies, midcentury design, and regional modernism.