The Kem Weber papers span 54 linear feet and date from circa 1920 to circa 1959. The collection contains correspondence in
the form of telegrams and handwritten notes, Weber’s published articles, newspapers and magazine clippings regarding his work,
black-and-white photographs of his projects, negatives (including glass plate negatives), small design sketches, presentations
boards for buildings, interiors, furniture, and household objects; and architectural drawings and reprographic copies for
the Disney Studios, the Zachos Department Store (1939), the David Grey residence (1953), a Smithsonian Gallery of Art competition
entry (1939), and the Bixby residence (1935-1937).
The architect and designer Karl Emanuel Martin Weber was born in Berlin, Germany in 1889. In 1904, Weber entered the workshop
of the royal cabinet maker Eduard Schulz in Potsdam, where he learned the craft of furniture design and production. After
graduating in 1907, he went on to the Royal Academy of Applied Arts in Berlin where he studied under architect and designer
Bruno Paul. From 1911 to 1913, Weber worked in Paul’s private studio and in 1914 was recommended by him to help design the
German section of the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Soon Weber traveled to San Francisco to oversee the construction
of the exhibit. He remained in the United States and established a practice as a designer/architect in 1919, first in Santa
Barbara, and later in Los Angeles. Until 1924 he was the Art Director for Barker Brothers, a large furniture store in Los
Angeles. His work was included in the International Exposition of Art in Industry at Macy’s department store in New York City,
and by 1930 he was one of America’s better known industrial designers. Weber is known for the "Airline" chair of 1934 and
known for being the designer behind the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Weber taught at the University of Southern
California and at The Art Center School, based at that time in Los Angeles. Weber died in 1963.
54.0 Linear feet
(51 record storage boxes and 1 flat file drawer)
Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.