A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Papers
Scope and Contents
The A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Papers span the years 1952 to 2002. The papers consist primarily of architectural drawings, as well as some printed material including plan sheets, articles, and printouts of digital images. The collection documents various residential and other projects upon which Duncombe worked, one in Illinois and the rest in California.
- 1952 - 2002
- Duncombe, A. Jane, 1925- (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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A. Jane Duncombe, born in 1925 in Ontario, Canada, graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago's School of Industrial Design where she studied under Marya Lilien. During World War II Lilien was the first woman to receive an architectural degree in Poland and was a Charter Apprentice at Taliesin. Lilien told Duncombe early in her studies, "You must be an architect, you have it!" Lilien's insight predicted Duncombe's apprenticeship under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin from 1948-1949. After working for a year in the Chicago area and in Canada, Duncombe moved to San Francisco to work with Lois Davidson Gottlieb, also a graduate of Taliesin. As part of the design team Duncombe-Davidson, based in Sausalito, she designed residences in Marin County starting with the Val Goeschen house, a one-room unit with 576 square feet, in Inverness, CA. This partnership spanned the years 1951 to 1956. Duncombe continued to practice in the San Francisco Bay area for forty years where she completed a broad range of projects.
2 Cubic Feet
The collection is arranged into two series of drawings and biographical material. Drawings are arranged chronologically according to project.
Source of Acquisition
Architect A. Jane Duncombe donated her papers to the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) at Virginia Tech during the period spanning 1991-2003.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
- Inventory of the A. Jane Duncombe Architectural Papers 1952-2002
- 2003 (CC0 1.0)
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English
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