|SF Architectural Club group outing. 1922 photo from scrapbook.|
One thing a librarian/archivist in the San Francisco History Center quickly learns about buildings and architectural research is that it's about people just as much as it's about residential, commercial, and civic structures. The San Francisco Architectural Club Records are about people. Nineteen young draftsmen got together in 1901 to found an educational and social club that supported and encouraged aspiring architects. The club hosted ateliers, exhibits, lectures, field trips, banquets, parties, and other functions. Night classes gave those with day jobs in architectural offices the opportunity to take classes and network with one another and with established architects. It enabled working class men to excel in a field that was rapidly becoming a licensed profession favoring the privileged.
|Cover from Second Annual Loan Exhibit catalog, 1903|
The finding aid to the San Francisco Architectural Club Records is available at the Online Archive of California.
|Frick's notebook on French usage, 1913-|
|Expense sheet for beer, whiskey, bread, popcorn and other fare for the 40th annual Jinx, undated|