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Pamela Webb Architectural Collection,

Identifier: Ms-2009-099

Scope and Contents

The Pamela Webb Architectural Collection contains the professional files, architectural drawings, artwork, and photographs of an architect working primarily in Portland, Oregon. Materials date largely from the latter quarter of the twentieth century, but extend into the early twenty-first century. Professional files include information about Webb's career (resumes, portfolios, etc), money-making endeavors, correspondence, press coverage, community involvement, proposal bids, and architectural projects.

Architectural renderings within the collection appear in different mediums—in diazo prints, on thin wax paper, and on white copy paper. These renderings document Webb's architectural projects (including her student work).

Significant projects include: Eastbank Esplanade, Forest Heights residential community, Austen Row attached homes, Warm Springs Early Childhood Learning Center, and Marian Abram's Children's Wing in Mittleman Jewish Community Center. The collection's photographs illustrate the construction and finished products of many of Webb's project designs.

Webb's provided artwork depicts a variety of subjects—from human forms to abstract designs to building ideas. In addition to drawings on paper, some of Webb's artwork is etched in metal or Plexiglas. Multiple sketchbooks also appear within the collection.


  • 1950 - 2009


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Born in 1943 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Pamela Webb was an artist, architect, businesswoman, curator, and member of the Portland, Oregon community. Webb earned a degree from Harvard University in Anthropology in 1966; but, later studied architecture and graduated from the Oregon School of Design's first class in 1985.

Some of Webb's significant architectural projects in Oregon include: the Warms Springs Early Childhood learning Center, the Eastbank Esplanade, and the Austen Row multifamily housing project—for which Webb won the 1991 Metropolitan Homebuilders' Best Attached Home designation.

Webb also embarked on several architecturally inspired business endeavors, such as (a field study course for architects) and "Webb Grid" (a Mylar grid for pinbar overlay system, for which Webb sought a patent).

In addition to her architectural projects, Webb also served as a board member of the American Institute of Architects Oregon Chapter and as the director of the Harvard University Club of Oregon from 1986 to 1989.

Before becoming an architect, Webb co-founded a successful artists' cooperative called the Blackfish Gallery and worked as a high school art teacher from 1972 to 1976. She also acted as a licensed general contractor in Portland from 1977 to 1985. Webb eventually continued her interest in art through designing jewelry and fused-glass windows and plates.

Pamela Webb died in October 2008 at the age of 65.


85.9 Cubic Feet (66 containers)


The Pamela Webb Architectural Collection contains the professional files, architectural drawings, artwork, and photographs of an architect working primarily in Portland, Oregon, during the last quarter of the twentieth century.


The collection is arranged first by material type and subsequently by subject matter. Webb's professional business files remain separated from her pictures, oversized architectural drawings, and artwork. The Professional Papers and Files are divided into the following subseries: Career Overview, Educational/Scholastic Papers, Professional Organizations and Boards, Community Involvement, Press Coverage, Business Ventures/Development Projects, Internal Business Documents, Proposals, and Projects. Within the aforementioned categories, files appear alphabetically with the exeption of the "miscellaneous" or introductory folders that sometimes appear at the beginning of a subseries. Photographs, artwork, and oversized drawings maintain their own series—items within these sections echo the subseries outlined in Webb's Professional/Papers and Files when applicable.

Note: Bracketed dates within the contents list indicate that the dated material was not created by Pamela Webb.

Source of Acquisition

The Pamela Webb Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2009.

Related Archival Materials

Additional photographs of Forest Heights construction and houses may be found in the Pamela Webb collection, Org. Lot 1219, Oregon Historical Society Research Library. (See:

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Pamela Webb Architectural Collection commenced in May, 2009 and was completed in May, 2010.

A Guide to the Pamela Webb Architectural Collection, 1950-2009
Emily Cook
2010 (CC0 1.0)
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Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-11-05: Finding aid 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