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Lorraine Rudoff Architectural Collection

Identifier: Ms-1990-025

Scope and Content

The Lorraine Rudoff Architectural Collection contains 1 roll of Architectural drawings totaling 33 sheets and dated 1976 of Vons Grocery Co. Meat Service Center in El Monte, CA; 1 roll of floor plans, elevations, color and furnishing schedule, etc. dated 1975 of the Economics Laboratory Inc. in Tucson, Az; 3 folders of scrapbook memorabilia containing photographs, architectural drawings, clippings, and certificates of achievements; and 1 envelope containing three conference pins (UIFA, AWA).


  • 1950 - 1980


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Lorraine Rudoff was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on January 5, 1920, to Isidor Rudoff and Rose Beckman. She began her education in New York City public schools before attending the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Initially, she attended an unknown school to study fashion design before attending Cooper Union, but discovered that the fashion industry wasn't favorable to women at the time and the pay was low.

Rudoff has over 35 years of varied architecture experience including commercial and industrial complexes, public schools, government projects, office and medical high-rise facilities, and high-rise apartment complexes. Some of her major projects include: serving as job caption on buildings for Lockheed and Hughes Aircraft and the Vons Market, meat processing plant in El Monte, CA.

A life member (1957-) of the Association for Women in Architecture (AWA) Rudoff has served as president, treasurer, program chair, as well as other offices. She was also active in The International Union of Women Architects (UIFA).

Always interested in arts and crafts Rudoff has taken classes at UCLA, Woodbury, and Barnsdall Arts and Craft Center. In her retirement she volunteered at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Rudoff died on October 16, 2002, and she is buried in Westminster Memorial Park in Westminster, California.

Sources for birth, death, and burial info:

"Lorraine Rudoff" entry, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007., accessed January 4, 2023.

"Lorraine Rudoff" entry,,, accessed January 4, 2023.


3.2 Cubic Feet (1 box; 1 oversize folder)


The collection contains papers of Los Angeles, California architect Lorraine Rudoff. Included are 2 rolls of floor plans and elevations from 1975-1976; one scrapbook containing photographs, clippings, architectural drawings, etc.; and three conference pins.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Source of Acquisition

The Lorraine Rudoff Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1990.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some of this collection has been digitized and is available online.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Lorrain Rudoff Architectural Collection, Ms1990-025 by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Lorraine Rudoff Architectural Collection, 1950-1980
Harvey Clark, Student Assistant
2010 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US