Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Donald A. Kimball Architectural Papers

Finding aid created by
E. Brilinski, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Donald A. Kimball Architectural Papers,
Creator: Kimball, Donald A., 1907-1998.
Inclusive dates: 1913-1998, and undated
Extent: 6 cubic feet (in 2 Oversized Rolled Map boxes, 4 Flat Oversized Boxes, 2 Oversized Folders, and 1 Document Box)
Abstract:
The papers consist mostly of architectural papers mostly for Saginaw, Midland, Grand Rapids, Gladwin, and Bay City, Michigan, buildings. Biographical materials, photographs, and materials for Santa Barbara, California, are also included.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc#53276

Access Restrictions:

Donald A. Kimball Architectural Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Donald A. Kimball Architectural Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by size, then alphabetical and chronological.


History

Biography:

Donald A. Kimball, the eldest son of Eva and Chester Kimball, was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on September 9, 1907. After graduating from Saginaw High School, he studied architecture at the University of Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in Architecture in 1929. After an additional year of graduate studies, he worked briefly for an architectural firm in Saginaw before starting an architectural practice in his home city. Kimball had a distinguished architectural career, designing a wide variety of private and public buildings throughout Michigan in the late 1930s through the early 1950s. In addition, he served on a committee appointed by the Governor of Michigan to write a new building code for the state and was vice-president of the Michigan Society of Architects and president of the American Institute of Architects of the Saginaw Valley.

Kimball married Dorothy Bartlett in 1935, and she became his lifelong partner in both his professional and family life. In 1954, they moved to Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, and in 1973 into a house he built across from the Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Garden. He continued to practice while in California, designing several houses and an addition to the First Congregational Church. Donald Kimball died in 1998 at the age of 90. He had a daughter, Jane, and a son, Andrew. (This information is from his collection at the Bentley Historical Library.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Donald A. Kimball Architectural Papers are an example of the work of a Michigan Architect practicing largely in mid and northern Michigan during the late 1930s through the mid- 1950s. The papers are comprised wholly of visual architectural material representative of the spirit of the times. The papers include renderings, architectural drawings, specifications and photographs of Kimball’s buildings, and personal papers. Most of the architectural materials are for buildings in Saginaw and Midland, while a few are for buildings in Grand Rapids, Gladwin, and Bay City, Michigan, but there are oversized architectural drawings for buildings in Santa Barbara, California.

An additional Kimball collection is held at the University of Michigan in the Bentley Historical Library.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Kimball, Donald A., 1908-1998.
    • Michigan Society of Architects.
    • American Institute of Architects. Saginaw Valley Chapter.
    • Bentley Historical Library.
    • Architecture--Michigan--Midland.
    • Architecture--Michigan--Grand Rapids.
    • Architecture--Michigan--Gladwin.
    • Architecture--Michigan--Bay City.
    • Architecture--Michigan--Saginaw.
    • Architecture--California--Santa Barbara.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Donald A. Kimball Architectural Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Grand Rapids, Midland, and Saginaw Church and Offices, 1935-1942
    Box   1 F   2
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Michigan Residences, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Michigan Schools, 1936-1943
    Box   1 F   4
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Apartment Buildings, 1943
    Box   1 F   5
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Commercial Buildings, 1937-1949
    Box   1 F   6
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Commercial Buildings, 1941-1944
    Box   1 F   7
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Commercial Buildings, 1942-1953
    Box   1 F   8
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Commercial Buildings, 1943-1950
    Box   1 F   9
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Commercial Canoe Club, 1913
    Box   1 F   10
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Public Works Building, 1936-1939
    Box   1 F   11
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Schools and Apartment Alternatives, 1935, 1937-1940
    Box   2 F   1
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Commercial Buildings, 1946-1947
    Box   2 F   2
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Commercial Buildings, 1946-1954
    Box   2 F   3
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Detroit and Saginaw Ball Bearing, 1948-1949
    Box   2 F   4
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Michigan Schools and Churches, 1945-1950
    Box   2 F   5
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Midland and Saginaw, School Additions, 1951-1953
    Box   2 F   6
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Davis Warehouse, 1952
    Box   2 F   7
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw School and Club Buildings, 1947
    Box   2 F   8
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw School Buildings, 1944
    Box   2 F   9
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Schools, undated
    Box   2 F   10
    Rolled Architectural Drawings, Tawas City and Millington Lodge and Bank, 1947-1950
    Box   3 F   1
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Garage Addition, 1957
    Box   3 F   2
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Midland and Saginaw Residential, 1936-1938, undated
    Box   3 F   3
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Midland and Saginaw Residential, 1936-1942
    Box   3 F   4
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Midland, Saginaw, and St. Paul's Church, 1936-1940
    Box   3 F   5
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Residential, 1936-1941
    Box   3 F   6
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1935-1941
    Box   3 F   7
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1936-1940
    Box   3 F   8
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1936-1944, undated
    Box   3 F   9
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1938-1939
    Box   4 F   1
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Bay City and East Tawas Residential, 1944-1950
    Box   4 F   2
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Bay City and Saginaw Residential, 1939-1940, undated
    Box   4 F   3
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Caro and Saginaw Residential, 1939-1945
    Box   4 F   4
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Michigan Residential, 1940-1942
    Box   4 F   5
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Michigan Residential (folder 1 of 2), 1946-1950
    Box   4 F   6
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Michigan Residential (folder 2 of 2), 1946-1950
    Box   4 F   7
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Residential, 1945
    Box   4 F   8
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1941-1950
    Box   4 F   9
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1943
    Box   4 F   10
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1945
    Box   4 F   11
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential (folder 1 of 2), 1946
    Box   4 F   12
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential (folder 2 of 2), 1946
    Box   4 F   13
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Store Building, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Bay City, Golfside, and Saginaw Residential, 1949-1953
    Box   5 F   2
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Commercial Churches, 1953
    Box   5 F   3
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Gladwin Residential, 1954
    Box   5 F   4
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Michigan Residential and Churches, 1948-1952
    Box   5 F   5
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1947
    Box   5 F   6
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1947-1952
    Box   5 F   7
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1948-1953
    Box   5 F   8
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1948, undated
    Box   5 F   9
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1950
    Box   5 F   10
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1951-1952
    Box   5 F   11
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1953
    Box   5 F   12
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Saginaw Residential, 1954-1957
    Box   5 F   13
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, Santa Barbara, California, 1956
    Box   5 F   14
    Flat, Oversized Architectural Drawings, United Drain, undated
    Box   6 F   1
    Biographical Materials, 1943, 1998, undated
    Box   6 F   2
    Building Specifications,School Buildings for Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, circa 1950
    Box   6 F   3
    Building Specifications for an Addition to Warren Avenue Presbyterian Church, Saginaw, undated
    Box   6 F   4
    Building Specifications for an Addition to Morley School, undated
    Box   6 F   5
    Building Specifications for Mr. and Mrs. Burrows Morley (Name changed to Wm. T. Tessel) Residence, Saginaw , undated
    Box   6 F   6
    University of Michigan Laboratory Book, Plate Girder, Design Drawings, undated
    Box   7 F   1
    Flat File, Sketches, Kimball Architecture, undated
    Box   7 F   2
    Flat File, Photographs, Kimball Architecture, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, Building for Frankenmuth Mutual Fire Insurance Company, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, Church and School Building for Peace Lutheran Church Community Center, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, Elementary School, City of Saginaw, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, First Presbyterian Church Addition, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, Sketch Painting of Lutheran Seminary, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, Sketch Painting of School for Michigan Lutheran Seminary, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, Sketch Painting of Study for School, Saginaw, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Architectural Renderings, Warren Avenue Presbyterian Church, undated
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #1, Personal Materials, American Institute of Architects, Certificate of Membership, undated
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #1, Personal Materials, California State Board of Architectural Examiners Certificate, undated
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #1, Personal Materials, Registration of Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors for the State of Michigan, undated
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #1, Personal Materials, University of Michigan Degree, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Robert Allison Kimball, 1929
    F   2  
    Oversized Folder #1, Personal Materials, War Manpower Commission, Certificate, undated