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AC Martin Partners drawings and records on microfilm, 1906-2006

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AC Martin Partners drawings and records on microfilm

Scope and Content of Collection

The AC Martin Partners drawings and records on microfilm document the significant role this Southern California firm has played in shaping the built environment of Los Angeles throughout the last 100 years. Through copies on microfilm and aperture cards containing detailed architectural drawings, technical plans, and site surveys for commercial, residential, and public service projects, both the history of this multi-generational, continuously operating firm, and the development of the Greater Los Angeles Area, through a variety of architectural styles, are seen.

Documented here is AC Martin Partners' contribution to prized Los Angeles landmarks such as Grauman's Million Dollar Theater, The May Company Wilshire Building, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Saint Basil's Roman Catholic Church, and City National Plaza (ARCO Plaza), as well as the firm's extensive planning and engineering work, including countless parking structures, office interiors, schools alterations, and seismic upgrades. From honoring neoclassical traditions (Ventura County Courthouse) and the Beaux-Arts style (Higgins Building), to Art Deco (Los Angeles City Hall) and Streamline Moderne (May Company-Wilshire), and on to modernist architecture (Saint Basil's Roman Catholic Church) and glass tower blocks (Wells Fargo Bank Building), their professional portfolio is all-encompassing.

AC Martin Partners had their original architectural drawings copied on microfilm and mounted on aperture cards; these aperture cards are in Series I. Not all projects are represented equally within these records; some projects appear to have a complete set of plans, while others may only have one or two plans. The drawings are accompanied by a filing system devised by the firm for the aperture cards, which is represented by Series II. The filing system consists of a set of index cards with typewritten data, with each index card representing a project for which plans were microfilmed and made into aperture cards. Series III contains microfilmed copies of project documentation, including notes, financial statements, client invoices, and correspondence. Series III also notably includes articles for publication written by Albert C. Martin Sr. regarding architectural practices in California.


This collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Architectural drawings, 1906-2006; Series II. Filing system for drawings, 1906-2006; and Series III. Office documentation and correspondence, 1911-1953.

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