NHPRC Awards Grant to Process Papers of Mid-Century Architect Edward H. Fickett

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The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced a $85,986 grant to support the processing of the USC Libraries' Edward H. Fickett collection. The collection, acquired by the libraries in 2010, documents the 50-year career of the renowned mid-century modernist architect, who helped shape the appearance of Southern California's suburbs. In addition to working on more than 60,000 homes, Fickett designed everything from hot dog stands, apartment buildings, and libraries to structures for the Port of Los Angeles and Edwards Air Force Base, and custom homes for Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, and other celebrities.

The grant was awarded as part of NHPRC's Documenting Democracy grant program. It will enable USC Libraries archivists to improve access to Fickett's collection, helping architects, researchers, students, homeowners, and L.A. architecture enthusiasts to explore Fickett's life and work more effectively.

Fickett's collection features thousands of floor plans, sections, and elevations—as well as three-dimensional models, photographs of Fickett’s projects by Julius Shulman and other renowned architectural photographers, correspondence, and business records documenting his entire career from 1945 to 1997. It has already been featured in exhibitions such as Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future 1940-1990 at the Getty Center through July 21, 2013. Keep checking Libwire for project updates and links to the online resources we will create as part of this NHPRC-supported project.

Elevations for Amberwood Apartments, designed by Fickett in 1954.

West Hollywood Park Library, designed by Fickett in 1959. The building was demolished in 2011.

Fickett-designed home in the Wonderland Park enclave of the Hollywood Hills.

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