George Matsumoto Papers 1945-1991

Creator
Matsumoto, George, 1922-
Size
12.5 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00042

The bulk of these papers and drawings document the architectural practice of George Matsumoto between 1948 and 1961. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, blueprints, scrapbooks, and architectural drawings that pertain to his modern residential and commercial designs.

Architect George Matsumoto served on the faculty of the School of Design of North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) from 1948 to 1961. During his tenure at the School of Design, Matsumoto won more than thirty awards for his residential work and his achievements in design were widely published

Biographical/historical note

July 16, 1922
Born, San Francisco, California
1943
Earned B.A., Architecture, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri
1945
Earned M.A. with honors, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; studied under Eliel Saarinen
1945-1946
Senior Designer, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Chicago, Illinois
1946-1947
Senior Planner-Designer, Saarinen and Swanson, Birmingham, Michigan
1947-1948
Principal, Runnells, Clark, Waugh, and Matsumoto, Kansas City, Missouri
1948-1961
School of Design, North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering
1948-1951
Assistant Professor of Architecture
1951-1957
Associate Professor of Architecture
1957-1961
Professor of Architecture
1961-1967
Professor, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley
1961-1969
Principal, George Matsumoto and Associates, San Francisco, California
1969-1970
Principal, J. Francis Ward and George Matsumoto, San Francisco, California
1970-1991
Principal, George Matsumoto and Associates, San Francisco, California

Scope/content

The bulk of these papers and drawings document the architectural practice of George Matsumoto and Associates between 1948 and 1961. These years correspond to his residence in Raleigh, North Carolina, and his tenure on the faculty of North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University). The collection relates solely to Matsumoto's architectural practice, and there is limited information regarding Matsumoto's personal life and teaching career. Projects in the collection include residential work chiefly in Raleigh, but also in Chapel Hill, Sedgefield (Greensboro), and Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia. Formats include correspondence, publications, scrapbooks, photographs, architectural drawings, blueprints, specifications, and sketches.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into five series. The first of these series is the Correspondence series, which provides information on Matsumoto's relationship with his clients and the larger triangular relationship of the architect, client, and builder. Photographs by architectural photographer Joseph Molitor document completed projects and were used by Matsumoto for publications of his own projects. Tear sheets and photographs for most of Matsumoto's North Carolina projects comprise the second series, the Publications and Photographs Series. The third series includes Mounted Photographs used for presentations. The fourth series, Reduced Blueprints is a small sample of major commercial projects completed in California by the firm between 1964 and 1991, including the Bechtel Engineering Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Finally, the bulk of the collection lies in the Drawings and Sketches series, which includes much of his North Carolina work.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Matsumoto Papers, MC 00042, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift of George Matsumoto, 1996 June 6; 1997 July 23.

Correspondence 1948-1968 (MC 00042 Series 01)
Size: 1.25 linear feet

Correspondence includes letters, contracts, invoices, statements, sketches, and other materials that document the professional relationship between Matsumoto, his client, and the builder on the project. The content of this material ranges from routine exchanges to in-depth discussions regarding the design process and client needs. The projects in this series are chiefly residential, however, several unbuilt commercial projects are represented. The series is arranged chronologically by client.

4.5 archival boxes

Matsumoto Residence 1952-1956
Box 1, Folder 1
Matsumoto Residence 1953-1961
Box 1, Folder 2
Kelly, Walter J. 1952
Box 1, Folder 3
Kelly, Walter J. 1953
Box 1, Folder 4
Kelly, Walter J. 1954
Box 1, Folder 5
Kelly, Walter J. 1955-1956
Box 1, Folder 6
Kelly, Walter J. : Statements and Contracts 1952-1955
Box 1, Folder 7
Kelly, Walter J. : Specifications 1953
Box 1, Folder 8
Taylor, Isaac 1952-1953
Box 1, Folder 9
Julian, Milton 1953-1956
Box 2, Folder 1
Aretakis, Gus 1953-1956
Box 2, Folder 2
Johnson Company 1953-1954
Box 2, Folder 3
Johnson Company 1955-1960
Box 2, Folder 4
Poland, George 1954-1956
Box 2, Folder 5
Poole Equipment Company 1954-1959
Box 2, Folder 6
Woodward, H. 1955
Box 2, Folder 7
Hicks, Thomas 1955-1966
Box 2, Folder 8
Lipman, Eric M. 1955-1956
Box 3, Folder 1
Lipman, Eric M. 1956
Box 3, Folder 2
Lipman, Eric M. 1957
Box 3, Folder 3
Lipman, Eric M. 1957-1963
Box 3, Folder 4
Kaplan, Marcus 1956-1960
Box 3, Folder 5
North Carolina State College Fraternity Houses 1956-1964
Box 3, Folder 6
Woman's Day Project 1948, 1957-1958
Box 3, Folder 7
Woman's Day Project 1958-1964
Box 3, Folder 8
Hudson, Gwen 1958-1959
Box 4, Folder 1
Hudson, Gwen 1959-1960
Box 4, Folder 2
Jeffrey's Equipment Company 1959-1964
Box 4, Folder 3
DeWitt, B. S. 1959-1964
Box 4, Folder 4
Thrower, Edwin K. 1959-1960
Box 4, Folder 5
Thrower, Edwin K. 1960-1964
Box 4, Folder 6
Tate, A. R. 1961-1967
Box 4, Folder 7
Watkins, William 1961-1963
Box 4, Folder 8
Moore, Frank 1961
Box 5, Folder 1
Leiderman, P. H. 1962-1963
Box 5, Folder 2
Martin, M. J. 1964-1968
Box 5, Folder 3
Miscellaneous Projects and Inquiries 1955-1962
Box 5, Folder 4
Publications and Photographs 1950-1984 (bulk 1950-1968) (bulk 1950-1968) (MC 00042 Series 02)
Size: 1.75 linear feet

The majority of this series contains tear sheets form various publications, chiefly from Pencil Point magazine, of the bulk of Matsumoto's North Carolina and Virginia residential work. It includes photographs taken by Joseph Molitor and used by Matsumoto to enhance the presentation of publications and articles on his projects. Generally the photographs in the series have been cut up or altered to match the relevant published photographs. The series is arranged chronologically by project.

3.5 archival boxes

Richter Residence 1950
Box 5, Folder 5
Julian Residence 1953-1956
Box 5, Folder 6
Poole Equipment Company 1954
Box 5, Folder 7
Poole Residence 1954
Box 5, Folder 8
Poole Lake House 1956
Box 5, Folder 9
Johnson Company House 1956
Box 5, Folder 10
North Carolina State College, School of Design Addition 1956
Box 5, Folder 11
Matsumoto Residence 1957
Box 5, Folder 12
Poland Residence 1957
Box 5, Folder 13
Adams Residence 1958
Box 5, Folder 14
Woman's Day Vacation House/Douglas Fir Plywood Association 1958
Box 5, Folder 15
Lipman Residence 1959
Box 5, Folder 16
Westinghouse House Project 1961
Box 5, Folder 17
Thrower Residence at Sedgefield 1962
Box 5, Folder 18
Blumeyer Apartments, St. Louis, Missouri 1962
Box 5, Folder 19
Park Shore Housing, Brooklyn, New York 1965
Box 5, Folder 20
City Gate West, Chicago, Illinois 1968
Box 5, Folder 21
Family Housing at the Presidio of San Francisco 1968
Box 6, Folder 1
School of Nursing, University of California at San Francisco 1974
Box 6, Folder 2
Bechtel Engineering Center, University of California at Berkeley 1984
Box 6, Folder 3
City of Santa Clara, Parks and Recreation, undated
Box 6, Folder 4
Model of Unidentified Residence undated
Box 6, Folder 8
San Domenico School for Girls Library, undated
Box 6, Folder 5
Publications, miscellaneous
Box 6, Folder 6
Interview, March 30, 1996 March 30, 1996
Box 6, Folder 7
Blueprint negatives
Box 6, Folder 8
Scrapbook 1945-1958
Flat box 7, Volume 1
Scrapbook 1959-1964
Flat box 7, Volume 2
Mounted Photographs undated (MC 00042 Series 03)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

This series contains black and white photographs from selected Matsumoto projects mounted on 12 x 15 presentation boards for use in lectures and presentations. All photographs in this series were taken by Joseph Molitor, a prominent architectural photographer. Series is arranged chronologically by project.

1 archival box

Richter Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina

5 presentation boards

Oversize flat box 8
Julian Residence, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

10 presentation boards

Oversize flat box 8
Poole Lake House, Raleigh, North Carolina

5 presentation boards

Oversize flat box 8
Poole Equipment Company, Raleigh, North Carolina

11 presentation boards

Oversize flat box 8
Reduced Blueprints 1966-1991 (MC 00042 Series 04)
Size: 0.5 linear feet

Series includes a sample of four major projects from the firm of George Matsumoto and Associates between 1964 and 1991. These commercial works represent the major projects from Matsumoto's practice in California. Series is arranged chronologically by project.

1 archival box

Design Folio, Department of Defense, Family Housing 1964
Oversize box 9, Folder 1
Design Folio, Presidio of San Francisco, California, 150 Units Family Housing 1966-1968
Oversize box 9, Folder 2
Multiple Crafts Shop Addition, Presidio of San Francisco 1973
Oversize box 9, Folder 3
School of Nursing Building, UC-San Francisco Medical Center 1968
Oversize box 9, Folder 4
Bechtel Engineering Center, UC-Berkeley, College of Engineering 1978
Oversize box 9, Folder 5
East Oakland Senior Center and Library, Oakland, California 1991
Oversize box 9, Folder 6
Drawings and Sketches 1947-1991 (bulk 1947-1965) (MC 00042 Series 05)

The bulk of the collection is represented by this group of drawings. Chiefly North Carolina projects, the drawings represent Matsumoto's award-winning residential work. Several unbuilt projects are represented and generally preliminary studies as well as completed working drawings are present. There are a limited number of design sketches and renderings, however several preliminary plans and studies with each project reflect the considerable time Matsumoto spent working closely with his clients. Series is arranged chronologically by project.

Kamphoefner Residence, 3 Conceptual Sketches 1949
30 x 12 ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 10
18 x 12 ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 10
18 x 12 blueprint
Flat folder 10
Nesselrode Doctor's Clinic, Kansas City, Missouri 1947
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 11 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 11
Ritcher Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina 1950
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 11 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 12
Poole Lake House, Raleigh, North Carolina 1950
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 7 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 12
Jackson Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina 1951
Preliminary drawings, 36 x 24, 5 sheets, pencil on tracing paper, marked void
Flat folder 12
Matsumoto Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina 1952
Working drawings, 24 x 18, 14 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 13
Kelly Residence, Southern Pines, North Carolina 1952
Preliminary drawings, 36 x 26, 3 sheets, pencil on tracing paper, marked void
Flat folder 14
Preliminary drawings, 29 x 23, 2 sheets, blueprints with pencil mark up
Flat folder 14
Taylor Residence Project, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1952
Preliminary drawings, 32 x 21, 3 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 15
Preliminary drawings, 32 x 21, 2 sheets, blueprints
Flat folder 15
Preliminary drawings, 36 x 24, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 15
Preliminary drawings, 37 x 25, 2 sheets, pencil on linen
Flat folder 15
Julian Residence, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1952-1956
Preliminary drawings, 26 x 16, 5 sheets, blueprint with crayon markup
Flat folder 16
Preliminary drawings, 28 x 17, 4 sheets, pencil and ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 16
Preliminary rendering, 30 x 20, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 16
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 8 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 16
Car port drawing, 25 x 23, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 16
Plywood cabinet, 25 x 23, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 16
Basement enclosure, 37 x 24, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 16
Aretakis Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina 1953
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 9 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 17
Johnson Company House, Oak Park, Illinois 1953-1954
Preliminary sketches, 30 x 18, 17 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 18
Preliminary sketches, 36 x 24, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 18
Working drawings, 37 x 25, 24 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 18
Working drawing, 37 x 25, 1 sheet, blueprint
Flat folder 18
Demonstration House for the General Electric Company 1953
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 8 sheets, pencil on tracing paper and linen
Flat folder 19
Poland Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina 1954
Preliminary drawings, 16 x 20, 9 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 20
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 10 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 20
Lipman Residence, Richmond, Virginia 1955-1957
Final breakdown of costs and one letter, 36 x 10, 5 sheets, typescript
Flat folder 21
Specifications, 36 x 10, 4 sheets, typescript
Flat folder 21
Preliminary drawings and revisions, 36 x 24, 11 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 21
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 15 sheets, pencil on tracing paper and 2 blueprints
Flat folder 21
Hicks Residence, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 1955; 1958
Preliminary drawings, 25 x 18, 7 sheets, pencil on linen
Flat folder 22
Preliminary drawings, 36 x 24, 5 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 22
Design sketch, 24 x 17, 1 sheet, ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 22
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 12 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 22
Built-in cabinet addition, 36 x 18, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 22
Poole Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina 1956
Preliminary drawings and studies, 36 x 24, 9 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 23
Preliminary drawings and studies, 36 x 24, 1 blueprint with notations
Flat folder 23
Paschal Studio Addition, Durham, North Carolina 1957
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 3 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 23
Office/Warehouse - Virginia Cigarette Service, Roanoke, Virginia 1956-1959
Preliminary and Working Drawings, 36 x 24, 13 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 24
2 and 3 Bedroom Homes for Woman's Day Magazine 1957-1959
Preliminary Drawings and Perspectives, 24 x 18, 10 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 25
Community Church of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1957
[Cecil D. Elliot, Associate]
Flat folder 26
Preliminary plans and perspectives, 31 x 21, 16 sheets, blueprint
Flat folder 26
Plot plan, 31 x 19, 1 sheet, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 26
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 14 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 26
Radio Station WCBT and Transmitter, Roanoke Rapids 1957
Preliminary Plans, 36 x 24, 10 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 27
Adams Residence, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina 1957-1965
Sketches, preliminary plans, additions, various sizes, 21 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 28
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 17 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 28
Revisions, 36 x 24, 3 sheets, blueprints
Flat folder 28
Residence for Cecile and Bryce DeWitt, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1958
Sketches, preliminary drawings, various sizes, 12 sheets, pencil and ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 29
Working Drawings, 36 x 24, 14 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 29
Hudson Residence, Richmond, Virginia 1958-1959
Preliminary plans, 26 x 19, 3 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 30
Working drawings, 36 x 20, 14 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 30
Office Building for Pitt Medical Associates, Greenville, North Carolina 1958-1960
Preliminary plans, 36 x 24, 18 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 31
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 21 sheets, pencil and ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 31
Vacation House for Woman's Day - Douglas Fir Plywood Association 1958
Preliminary plans and sketches, 36 x 32, 5 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 32
Bellefonte Country Club Addition, Ashland, Kentucky 1958
Perspectives and Plans, 36 x 16, 9 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 33
Jack Rowland Beach Cottage, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 1958
Preliminary Plans, 36 x 24, 4 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 34
North Florida Junior College, Madison County, Florida 1958-1959
Site Plans, 36 x 24, 7 sheets, blueprints with notations
Flat folder 35
Wohlman Studio Apartments 1959
Preliminary plans, 36 x 24, 2 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 36
Westinghouse Total Electric Houses 1959
Preliminary Plans, 36 x 24, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 37
Florida Area, 7 sheets
Flat folder 37
Little Rock, Arkansas, 8 sheets
Flat folder 37
Jackson, Mississippi, 8 sheets
Flat folder 37
Atlanta, Georgia, 8 sheets
Flat folder 37
Thrower Residence I, Sedgefield, North Carolina 1959-1960
Lot Plan, Sedgefield development, 2 sheets, blueprints
Flat folder 38
Conceptual sketches, various sizes, 11 sheets, ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 38
Prelim. plans and revisions, 36 x 24, 15 sheets, pencil on tracing paper and blueprints
Flat folder 38
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 17 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 38
Thrower Residence II, Greensboro, North Carolina 1974-1975
Preliminary plans, 36 x 24, 29 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 39
Thrower Residence III, Key Largo, Florida 1981
Preliminary plans, 34 x 23, 8 sheets, blueprints
Flat folder 40
Revisions, 34 x 23, 1 sheet, ink on paper
Flat folder 40
North Carolina State College Fraternity Houses
Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon 1960-1961
Flat folder 41
Preliminary plans, 23 x 17, 17 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 41
Preliminary plans, 36 x 24, 11 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 41
Details, Alcoa Extrusions, 36 x 24, 8 sheets, ink on tracing paper
Flat folder 41
IBM Building, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1960
Rendering, 18 x 12, 1 sheet, photostatic copy
Flat folder 42
Sketches, 36 x 14, 2 sheets, ink on tissue paper
Flat folder 42
Preliminary drawings, 36 x 24, 10 sheets, blueprints and pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 42
IBM Building, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1960
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 28 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 43
Tate Residence, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 1961
Preliminary drawings, 36 x 24, 3 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 44
Residence for Frank Moore, Raleigh, North Carolina 1961
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 15 sheets, pencil on tracing paper and blueprints
Flat folder 45
Vacation Cabin for Masonite Corporation and Woman's Day Magazine, Cape Code, Massachusetts 1961
Sketch and Preliminary drawings, 36 x 24, 9 sheets, pencil on tracing paper and blueprints
Flat folder 46
Watkins Residence, Raleigh, North Carolina 1962
Preliminary drawings, 25 x 18, 9 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 47
Preliminary drawings, 36 x 24, 2 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 47
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 20 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 47
Branch Office Building, IBM Corporation, Raleigh, North Carolina 1963
Conceptual sketches, 32 x 18, 8 sheets, black crayon on tissue paper
Flat folder 48
Branch Office Building, IBM Corporation, Raleigh, North Carolina 1963
Preliminary schemes and drawings, 36 x 24, 21 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 49
Site plan, topographic maps, 36 x 24, 5 sheets, blueprints
Flat folder 50
Working drawings, 36 x 24, 38 sheets, pencil on tracing paper architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical
Flat folder 51
U.S. Department of Defense, Military Housing 1963
Preliminary Study, 36 x 24, 41 sheets, pencil on tracing paper and blueprints
Flat folder 52
Park Shore Development, Brooklyn, New York 1963-1964
Preliminary studies, 36 x 24, 18 sheets, pencil on tracing paper, 2 blueprints
Flat folder 53
Park Shore Development Housing, Brooklyn, New York 1965
Misc. sketches and studies, various sizes, 78 sheets, pencil on tracing paper
Flat folder 54
City Gate West, Chicago, Illinois 1968
Misc. presentation posters, var. sizes, 16 sheets, blueprints, photostats, and negatives
Flat folder 55
Project flowchart, 2 sheets, blueprints
Architectural Model
Architectural Model of the George Matsumoto Home in Raleigh 1958 (2014.0032)
Oversize box 56

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Matsumoto Papers, MC 00042, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.