The best place to start any study or research is at your local public or academic library.


A list and short description of local and national archives helpful for research or study on Paul Revere Williams.


The bibliography contains a verified list of references that are periodically updated. Older versions of the bibliography are preserved by uploaded date and can be found on the Bibliography Page.

The Date of a Building

A building's date is considered an important structural “vital statistic.” (Harold Kalman. Bulletin of the Association For Preservation Technology, 1976) The cited date is determined by the source. Architectural historians acknowledge the difficulty of assigning the date to a building. Mella Rothwell Harmon, a Nevada architectural historian who verifies information about buildings nominated for the National Register of Historic Buildings, wrote in 2010, “As for dates, they are a real bugaboo … sometimes you have to take what you can find!” According to Harmon a building date could be established by the design plans or blueprints, the building permit, when construction began or ended (first brick verses last brick), possession by owner, entry on official governmental rolls i.e. the tax assessor’s list, or even first person accounts in a diary, guest book or family photos. For this vital statistic to be useful to a reader or researcher, it is important to provide the source of the date.

The dates of Paul R. Williams' buildings are difficult to determine because many of the historic sources and documents were destroyed in a fire. The Project relies on many independent sources including contemporary newspaper accounts (Los Angeles Times), public documents (building permits) or semi-official publications (Southwest Builder and Contractor) to provide the building date.