Gardner A. Dailey (right) moved to California in 1915 and began working for Donald McLaren's landscape architecture firm. Beginning his career primarily in landscape architecture, Dailey worked in Costa Rica and designed various parks and grounds throughout Central America. Daily opened his own architectural office in 1926 and in 1950 was presented with an Award of Honor for Distinguished Work in Architecture by the Art Commission of San Francisco.
Some of Dailey's significant projects include the Red Cross Headquarters and Owens Residence in San Francisco, the WWII Pacific War Memorial in the Philippines, the Brazil Building at the GGIE, and numerous hotels, residences, and buildings for the University of California. The Dailey collection consists of office and project records relating to Dailey's architectural career. Office records consist primarily of photographic portfolios while project records include specifications, drawings, and some project-related correspondence from the firm's work.