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Franklin D. Israel papers, 1967-1996

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Israel (Franklin D.) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Franklin D. Israel papers detail the brief but substantial career of the Los Angeles-based architect and his design firm, encompassing design processes while also providing insight into the establishment of firms and modern architectural business practice. The archive is an important resource for researchers wishing to study the developments in California architecture after modernism had fallen out of fashion.

Series I contains project drawings and records, with the bulk of the material comprising architectural projects from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s. Original drawings, prints, models, photographs, and extensive documentation and correspondence files form the core of this series. Most of Israel's creative output is represented here, from private residences such as the Goldberg/Bean House (Hollywood, 1991) and the Drager House (Berkeley, 1992), both of which received "Record Houses" awards, to the business offices of film and record production companies such as Propaganda Films (Hollywood, 1988) and Virgin Records (Beverly Hills, 1991). Other notable projects include the art pavilion for Frederick Weisman (Beverly Hills, 1991), built to house one of the largest private collections of contemporary art in the world. Instances of Israel's non-architectural design work and consulting, including furniture and interior design, are also represented.

Series II documents the professional career of Frank Israel. The bulk of this series includes extensive administrative and financial documentation of Israel's design firm, Franklin D. Israel Design Associates (FDIDA), and materials related to exhibitions, articles, photographs, and publication files, including production materials for larger publications such as Rizzoli International's 1992 monograph surveying the work of Frank Israel. Documentation of other professional activities, such as service on competition juries, and lectures are also included along with files relating to Israel's education and teaching career, awards and honors, articles and ephemera written by Frank Israel, and general correspondence.

Series III, a small series of personal papers, completes the archive.


Arranged in three series: ; ; .
Series I. Project records, 1972-1996
Series II. Other professional papers, 1967-1996
Series III. Personal papers, 1973-1996

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