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Researching Architect Julia Morgan

For researchers studying Julia Morgan and her work, including Hearst Castle

The Julia Morgan Collections at Cal Poly

Special Collections and Archives houses several collections that relate to architect Julia Morgan.

Types of materials include:

Searching the collections

Special Collections and Archives holds several collections related to Julia Morgan work that when combined document Morgan's significant career. Many projects have materials in several collections, so it is recommended to search across all collections to find all relevant documents.

The collections have "finding aids" or guides that are searchable through the Online Archive of California. You can search them all by using the search box on the left-hand side of the page.

The collections were organized by archivists. Records related to projects are divided by type of record and format:  architectural drawings, project records (correspondence, project specifications, etc.), and photographs. Not all projects have all types of records.

Projects are identified with the following information, when known:

  • Client Name
  • project type
  • job #
  • Country Club (if applicable)
  • city, state
  • year of project (approximate)

FF stands for flat file, which indicates oversized drawings stored in folders. TUBE indicates oversized drawings (5 ft. or longer) rolled on tubes.

A flat file folder may contain between 1 to 15 items. A box folder may contain between 1 to 30 items. A tube can contain 1 to 2 items.

Books and articles on Julia Morgan

The library has books that include research on Julia Morgan. Some of these books are located in Special Collections and can be requested to the reading room.

You can search the library catalog and also search for articles in library databases. Check out CAED Librarian Jesse Vestermark's pages on finding secondary sources: http://guides.lib.calpoly.edu/c.php?g=261829&p=1749585