Getty and USC Acquire Paul Williams Archive
|Portrait of Paul R. Williams, photo by Julius Shulman, 1952. (c) J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute|
The USC School of Architecture and the Getty Research Institute have jointly acquired the archive of prolific African-American architect Paul R. Williams. Some of Williams' business papers were destroyed in a fire during the 1992 L.A. uprising, leading to a misconception that his archive was lost. In fact most of the drawings were stored elsewhere and were preserved by Williams' granddaughter Karen Elyse Hudson. The press release quotes Hudson: "To others he is often referred to as 'the architect to the stars'; to his grandchildren, he was simply the best grandfather ever." Anyone who reads biographies of architects knows what a rare tribute that is.