ObjectiveHelp the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California at Berkeley to fund the processing and arrangement of the architectural plans created by architects Claude Oakland and Kinji Imada for Joseph Eichler.
Beginning in 1948 Eichler worked with the architectural firm of Anshen & Allen to develop more than 1,000 design variations for modern housing. In 1950 Claude Oakland began work for Anshen + Allen, where he acted as principal designer for Eichler homes establishing his own practice in 1960. Oakland designed single family homes, townhouses, and apartment buildings for Eichler until Eichler’s death in1974.
Plans for many of these homes are held by the Environmental Design Archives but to find out which ones the Oakland & Imada Collection needs to be organized and cataloged according to archival standards.
Archival processing requires resources. Your support through funding is needed to provide comprehensive access to this collection. Archival processing includes both the physical and intellectual steps required to take boxes and tubes full of folders, loose papers, clippings, photographs, drawings, and other materials and end up with a preserved, organized, and documented collection ready for research.
The Environmental Design Archives raises funds for all our work through grants and donations. Your donation will fund an archivist to complete the processing of the Oakland & Imada Collection, allowing the Archives to respond efficiently and confidently when we are contacted by someone looking for Eichler home plans.
For example, once the processing is complete, we will be able to check our index for location and model number to see if we have the records for a particular house.
If we raise more than our goal, the additional funds will be applied to make these materials available in other ways such as digitizing development site plans, model cards, and photographs, and developing an online exhibit of Eichler House records.
Thank you for your support. For more information on the Environmental Design Archives, please visit our website at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives
Many of the photographs were taken by photographer Ernest Braun and were used courtesy of Ernest Braun Photography (http://www.ernestbraun.com/)