Series is comprised of records relating to built and proposed projects, offer of services files to potential clients, and projects documentation from the offices of Erickson / Massey Architects (1963-1972) and Arthur Erickson Architects (1972-1991), Toronto, Ontario, and Vancouver, British Columbia. It also includes documentation and working documents for projects on which Arthur Erickson worked as a design consultant.
Documents include specifications, building programs and other long term documentation for external audits refered as "permanent files". It also contains offer of services and related proposals and correspondance.Series also contains general project documentation for both built and un-built projects designed at the offices of Erickson/Massey Architects, Vancouver and Arthur Erickson Architects, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Toronto. Project binders were filed under general headings including: Education, Commercial, Housing, Medical, Planning, Transit and Theatre and Performing Arts. Also included in this series are slides of projects not documented under the project series in series AP022.S1. The majority of the material is photographic, some records also include project information sheets, newspaper clippings, and a few reports. A large portion of the documentation binders were assembled on 1 October 1990 at the offices of Arthur Erickson Architects. The material was used for either external presentation or internal documentation purposes.
Permanent files for projects were arranged by the office in groups of projects, organized by dates, and kept separated from the other project files to ease access to it for external audits. Project documentation, such as slides, photographs and press clippings, were mainly arranged by types of projects such as private residences, govermental buildings, educational buildings, commercial buildings, museum and galleries, and religious builings, and grouped into binders or boxes. These groups of material were processed as they were received to preserve original order from the office of Erickson's architectural firms. The chronological sequence between groups of permanent files and project documentation was lost in the many accessions received over the years and their processing in multiple phases.