John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive

The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive is one of The Wolfsonian’s major architectural holdings, documenting the work of the firm John and Drew Eberson, Architects from 1909 through 1988. John Eberson is known as the creator of the "atmospheric" style movie palaces and credited with designing almost one hundred such theaters throughout the country in the 1920s. The firm then transitioned to designing theaters in the Art Deco style. The atmospheric style is characterized by bringing an opulent and exotic "outdoors" inside to create romanticized indoor "courtyards" bordered by villas and tropical foliage, topped with ceilings painted to look like the nighttime sky, complete with stars and clouds. As of May of 2008 there were twenty-eight Eberson theaters on the National Register of Historic Places. The archive includes records for more than 420 projects and totals more than 7,600 items. The Wolfsonian's work arranging and processing the archive was supported by major grants from the Getty Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Guide to the Collection (see below)
Briefly describes the documents pertaining to the archive's records and the organization of the archive.

The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Access Guidelines (see below)
Provides instructions and criteria pertaining to the access of the archive.

The Wolfsonian’s Object Collection Research Application Form
Must be completed and submitted by all potential researchers interested in accessing The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive collection.

The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Finding Aid (see below)
Includes biographical sketches, terms governing use of archive, contact information, box lists subdivided into folder lists for the project records, and more.

The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Project Index (see below)
Excel spreadsheet with basic information on all projects in archive.

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The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Guide to the Collection65.55 KB
The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Access Guidelines89.98 KB
The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Finding Aid230.36 KB
The John and Drew Eberson Architectural Records Archive Project Index144.5 KB