Can you tell me if the Archives has the records I want before
I make an appointment?
Yes, it is always a good idea to discuss your research objectives
with an archivist and determine if the collection has useful
material before making arrangements to visit. Contact
the archives for more information.
Can I stop by?
Because we have limited staff time and want to assure both our
researchers and our records the attention they deserve, we are
open by appointment only.
Where are you located?
We are located at 280 Wurster Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus. See campus
maps for details.
Do you only have records of famous architects or landscape
No, we have records of many architects and landscape architects
who practiced in the Bay Area. Much of the built environment
of the area was created by prolific designers who are not widely
known by name. Refer to our list of collections
for specific individuals.
How can I find out if you have information on my house,
garden, or other building I'm researching? Can you tell me if
my property was designed by a famous landscape architect or architect?
We can check our database to see if we have records relating
to a particular project. However, our project files are not always
comprehensive lists of a landscape architect or architect's work.
When contacting us, please provide us with the following information
- Architect's or landscape architect's name
- Location (city) of project
- Original owner's name
- Date of construction
I don't know the name of the architect who designed the
building I'm researching. Can you help me?
Our collections are organized by architect (or landscape architect),
so without that information we cannot locate drawings and other
Can I make copies of material?
We can make copies for you, but the size, condition, and medium
of the material may limit what types of reproductions can be
made. Items smaller than 11 by 17 inches, blueprints, and linens
(in good condition) can be reproduced as full-sized copies. Almost
all material can be reproduced photographically as slides or
prints. You may also take snapshots with your own camera. For
fees please contact us.
Will you research a topic for me?
Because of budgetary constraints, we must limit time spent on
research requests to fifteen minutes. For more in-depth assistance,
you may want to contact a professional historian or architectural
Can I check out material or get it through interlibrary
Because our collections consist of irreplaceable original material,
researchers may use items only in our secure reading room.
Do you have records relating to the College of Environmental
Over the last couple of years we have collected some student
design projects and records relating to student activities.
We also have some faculty, departmental chairperson, and dean's records, in cases
where we also have records of that individual's design practice.
Although we hold some records relating to the College of Environmental
Design, the University Archives is the official repository for
What is a quincunx?
Despite the popular belief that a quincunx is a voracious rodent,
according to Webster's, it is: "An arrangement of five objects,
such as trees, with one at each corner of a rectangle and one
at the center."