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Barbara Woodward Architectural Collection

Identifier: Ms-2003-016

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of drawings, sketches, photographs, specifications, materials lists, correspondence, memoranda, and notes. The collection relates to Woodward's design activities on various residential remodeling projects in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, California during the time period from 1966 to 1992.


  • 1966 - 1992


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public.

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

Barbara Woodward took classes in architecture as an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated in 1949, after which time she occupied various positions in the architectural field. One of her early positions was in a San Francisco construction firm that built a naval hospital on Guam. Later she worked as a Junior Architect and then as a Senior Architect at Kaisers Engineers during the building of an aluminum plant in Chalmette, Louisiana. After taking time off to start and raise a family, Woodward returned to the architectural field and worked on residential working drawings at the firm of two former classmates. At this point, she began a career in residential remodeling design, which proceeded to span from 1966 to 1991. As a residential remodeling designer, Woodward's projects included kitchen and bath remodels, interior and exterior renovations, as well as room and second story additions. Her clients were initially comprised of her neighbors, and eventually came to include those who were referred by other clients and contractors. Woodward eventually ceased her work as a residential remodeling designer in 1991.


1.75 Cubic Feet (1 box; 2 oversize folders)


This collecton consists of the architectural papers of Barbara Woodward, Residential Remodeling Designer. It includes specifications, materials lists, correspondence, photographs and drawings relating to Woodward's design activities on various residential remodeling projects.


The collection is arranged into one series of Project Records and two subseries of Files and Drawings.

I. Project Records, 1966-1992. The series consists of records created by Woodward during the course of her work on various projects as a residential designer. Projects primarily include designs for residential remodeling, as well as designs for renovations, alterations, and additions to residences. Other projects include designs for seismic retrofitting and area use planning. The records include drawings, sketches, specifications, notes, material lists, photographs, memoranda, and correspondence. The series is arranged into two subseries, Subseries A. Files and Subseries B. Drawings. Subseries are arranged chronologically by client.

Source of Acquisition

The Barbara Woodward Architectural Collection were donated to the Special Collections at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University by the creator in September 2003.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Barbara Woodward Architectural Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

A Guide to the Barbara Woodward Architectural Collection 1966-1992, n.d.
Jennifer Meehan
2003 (CC0 1.0)
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Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-10-09: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

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