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Use these resources to find information about architects who practiced in the Bay Area. It is helpful to know full name, dates, and in what cities he or she had offices. Directories, such as these, are a good place to start. Also, search for your architect in the library catalogs under personal name and subject to see if there is a book on him or her. For a general list of biographical sources on architects, see Biographical Resources on Architects. If there is no book devoted entirely to your architect, check the library catalogs for collective biographies of California architects under these subject headings:
If you are searching for the name of an architectural firm, search library catalogs under corporate author, or corporate name, e.g.,Maybeck and White, or Anshen and Allen. See also Newspapers and Periodical Indexes for articles on your architect. Checking City Directories in the city in which the architect practiced may also provide helpful information.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index Indexes current, readily available reference sources and important retrospective works that cover nationally known individuals, both living and deceased.
Biography index. N.Y., H.W. Wilson, 1946-present. Citations for biographical material on nationally-known people appear in more than 3,000 periodicals, 2,500 current books (annually) of individual and collective biography, and incidental biographical material in otherwise non-biographical books.
Contemporary architects. Editor, Muriel Emanuel. 3rd ed. New York : St. James Press, 1994. Biographical information, plus list of works and bibliography for architects with national reputation.
Current Biography. HW Wilson Co. Contains biographies and obituaries of nationally known people from all of the print volumes of Current Biography Yearbook from 1940 to the present. Searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, and keyword.
Pacific Coast Architecture Database (Alan Michelson, Head of the Architecture and Urban Planning Library, University of Washington, Seattle). Includes a range of information on the buildings and designers of California, Oregon and Washington. Professionals in other fields related to architecture have also been included, such as landscape architects, interior designer, developers, and building contractors. Building records are tied to those of their creators (when known) and include historical and geographical information and images. Bibliographical information, such as magazine citations, book citations and web sites, has also been linked for creators and structures.
Roster, Licensed Architects. California State Board of Architectural Examiners, 1940-present. Architects (not firms) currently licensed to practice in California can be identified in the California Architects Board. Earlier vols have title Report, California State Board of Architectural Examiners.