Greene & Greene Virtual Archives
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Institutional Background

The Greene and Greene Archives, USC (formerly the Greene & Greene Library) at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, is a research facility staffed by one part-time archivist and a group of volunteers. It contains architectural drawings, correspondence, photographs, books, and other documents relating to the life and work of architects Charles Sumner and Henry Mather Greene. The collection began in 1966 with the gift of the Gamble House and associated documentation from the Gamble family. Additional large gifts of documents from the Greene family as well as contributions from the families of clients, later owners of Greene & Greene structures, and many others have substantially enlarged the collection. Documents in the Greene and Greene Archives are the property of the University of Southern California, which also operates the Gamble House through its School of Architecture. This repository is not administered by the Huntington Library, although it is housed there.

The Greene and Greene Archives, USC, at the Huntington Library is used for scholarly research and publications, for education, for renovations and restorations to existing Greene & Greene structures and for continuing education for curators and volunteers preserving Greene & Greene structures as part of their educational mission. It is open to the public by appointment only.

Scope  of the Collection

The Greene and Greene Archives, USC, at the Huntington Library is an eclectic collection of Greene & Greene materials. Since its inception, over four hundred donors have given a wide variety of items to the collection, including original job files containing client correspondence, original drawings, copies of drawings from private collections and other repositories, personal correspondence, specifications, contracts, postcards, invoices, notes, building permits, advertisements, philosophical writings, books, newspaper and magazine articles about Greene & Greene or their projects, memorabilia, sketchbooks, and scrapbooks. These items have been divided into four groups: 1) original documents and photographs from the firm of Greene & Greene and from the Greene family, 2) documents and photographs from the original clients and their descendants (especially from the Gamble family), 3) materials from later owners of Greene and Greene structures, and 4) a reference collection of secondary materials. The reference collection includes letters, photographs of the Greene & Greene houses at various times, postcards, biographical information on owners, published articles about the houses and the Greene's work, and an array of miscellany and ephemera that are organized by project. Generally, only primary resource documents from the first two groups, or those created by Charles or Henry Greene or the Greene & Greene firm, have been included in the Greene & Greene Virtual Archives website.

Repository Contact Information

Greene and Greene Archives, USC
University of Southern California
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
Telephone: 626-405-2232
Facsimile: 626-796-6498

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