The William F. Cody Papers at Cal Poly

Special Collections and Archives houses the personal and professional papers of Palm Springs architect William F. Cody.
Combined, the materials fill 92 boxes, 69 flat files, and 29 tubes.

Presentation drawing of the Mr. and Mrs. George E. Cameron residence, Thunderbird Country Club, 1951. William F. Cody Papers 2, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University

Presentation drawing of Cameron residence, Thunderbird Country Club, 1951. William F. Cody Papers 2, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University.

Types of materials include:

  • drawings of built and unrealized projects
  • correspondence with clients and colleagues
  • publicity files
  • photographs
  • examples of Cody’s high school and undergraduate work

Searching the collections

Special Collections and Archives holds two collections of Cody’s work that when combined document Cody’s significant career. Many projects have materials in both collections, so it is recommended to search across both collections to find all relevant documents.

The two collections are both searchable through the Online Archive of California. You can search them separately at the following links:

William F. Cody Papers (MS 007)
William F. Cody Papers 2 (MS 163)

What’s been digitized?

We are digitizing materials from the collections on a regular basis, which you can see here. Or you can search a specific client or project name, location, or keyword.

Search tips:

  • Most projects are identified by client name, type of project (residence, country club, church, etc.), city, and date.
  • FF stands for flat file, which indicates oversized drawings stored in folders. TUBE indicates oversized drawings (5 ft. or longer) rolled on tubes.
  • A flat file folder may contain between 1 to 15 items. A box folder may contain between 1 to 30 items. A tube can contain 1 to 2 items.
  • In each collection, Cody’s projects may have records that are separated in three categories: Project records (usually correspondence and documents recording the project), project drawings, and photographs.
  • When requesting materials, it is important to track the collection title or manuscript number (MS 007 or MS 163) to differentiate between them. For example, there is a Box 1 in MS 007 AND MS 163.
  • Learn more about how to schedule a research appointment or ask staff a research question here.