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L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers

Identifier: Ms-2004-004

Scope and Content

The L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers consist of material created and accumulated by Hastings (and, to certain extent, by the other architects of the Hastings Group) in the course of her design and other professional activities. This material primarily comprises drawings, presentation boards, photographs, and printed material, as well as other material, including certificates and plaques. The drawings, presentation boards, and photographs relate to various design projects undertaken by Hastings during the time period from 1959 to 1973 and by the Hastings Group from 1974 to 1998. The printed material includes copies of newspaper and magazine articles that document various completed projects and International Union of Women Architects(UIFA) meeting papers and programs from 1969-1998. Other material includes diploma, license, and awards that document Hastings' professional achievements and honors.


  • 1951-1998, n.d.


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for 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

L. Jane Hastings was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Washington in 1952 and became licensed as an architect in the State of Washington in 1953 (she was the eighth woman to do so).

After working for a time in a firm, Hastings started her own practice in 1959. She formed the Hastings Group in 1974, eventually employing eight architects. The Hastings Group carried out work on more than 500 residential projects primarily in the Seattle and surrounding areas. Other projects of the Hastings Group include: small commercial and university facilities remodeling, Sea-Tac Airport renovations, I-90 bridge approach, and historic restoration of an Indian Tribal building.

Hastings' other professional activities include serving as a lecturer in Design Studios in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington, and as an instructor in the Architectural Drafting Program at Seattle Community College for 10 years. She was also active in various professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA). She served as the president of the Seattle chapter of AIA in 1975, became a Fellow of AIA in 1980, and served as first woman chancellor of the College of Fellows in 1992.

During the course of her career, Hastings was the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her design work (including the AIA "Home of the Month" Annual Award in 1968), as well as for her other civic and professional activities. Her work was continually featured in the "Home of the Month" and Pictorial Sections of The Seattle Times, as well as in House Beautiful and House & Garden.

Hastings retired from full-time practice in the late 1990s.


10.5 Cubic Feet (8 boxes, 21 oversize folders, and 9 boards)


This collection includes the papers of L. Jane Hastings, architect in Seattle, WA, founder and owner of The Hastings Group - Architects. Includes drawings, presentation boards, photographs, and printed material relating to Hastings' professional and design activities.


The collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Personal Papers, 2009; Series II: Professional Papers, 1951-1997; Series III: Project Records, 1959-1998; Series IV: Art and Artifacts, 1952-1989.

Series I: Personal Papers consists of a biographical outline and a brief history of the drafting tools and processes Hastings has used throughout her career.

Series II: Professional Papers, 1951-1997 consists of material documenting Hastings' numerous professional and civic activities. Newspaper and magazine articles and photographs document various completed residential design projects. Certificates and plaques document Hastings' various professional achievements, including various awards for design and being named a Fellow of the AIA. Other material, such as Hastings' diploma and license, document her entry into the architectural profession. The series is arranged into four subseries: A. Association and Committees, 1969-1998, B. Awards and Other Materials, 1951-1995, C. Reference Files, 1962-1985, 1996-1997, and D. "Home of the Month" residence, 1968-1984.

Series III. Project Records, 1959-1998 consists of material created and accumulated by Hastings (as well as other architects of the Hastings Group) in the course of various design projects. Material includes drawings, presentation boards, and photographs.

Series IV. Art and Artifacts, 1952-1989 consists of 2 registration stamps, a set of drafting tools, a set of lettering tools, four commemorative UIFA scarves, and a miniature book by one of Hastings' clients featuring Hastings' Reed House.

Source of Acquisition

The L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers were donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Special Collections in 2002.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers commenced in March 2004 and were completed in August 2004. Additions were processed and integrated into the collection July 2010 and August 2015.

L. Jane Hastings Architectural Papers, 1951-1998, n.d.
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)
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