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Roger Hayward Papers, 1899-2007

By Finding aid prepared by Chris Petersen.

Collection Overview

Title: Roger Hayward Papers, 1899-2007

ID: MSS Hayward

Primary Creator: Hayward, Roger

Extent: 15.0 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Hayward Papers have been organized into five series which are further arranged either alphabetically or chronologically, as appropriate.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


Roger Hayward (1899-1979) was a talented artist, architect and inventor who collaborated extensively with Linus Pauling as illustrator of many of Pauling's books and journal publications. Hayward is also remembered as an expert on the subject of optics who played an important role in the development of the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. His papers contain a large volume of correspondence, dozens of manuscripts and a number of sketchbooks that document both his artistic skill and his scientific acumen.

Box-folders 1.001.9, 1.004.7, 1.004.8, and 1.006.1 from Series 1, Individual and Organizational Correspondence, have been digitized and are available upon request.

Scope and Content Notes

The Hayward Papers are comprised primarily of sketch books dating from 1910 to the late 1970s, and correspondence related to the various projects with which Hayward was involved. Of particular note are materials describing a series of inventions that Hayward proposed over the course of his life, a photo- and sketch-filled biographical scrapbook compiled by the Hayward family, and collections of materials documenting Hayward's scientific collaborations with a number of renowned scientists, including Linus Pauling.

Box-folders 1.001.9, 1.004.7, 1.004.8, and 1.006.1 from Series 1, Individual and Organizational Correspondence, have been digitized and are available upon request.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in New Hampshire, Roger Hayward (1899-1979) was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied architecture. Following his graduation from M. I. T., Hayward lived and worked on the east coast of the United States for the first several years of his professional life, employed by a handful of architectural firms.

A move to southern California in the early 1930s, followed by the onset of the Great Depression, saw Hayward branch out beyond the world of architecture to new avenues in both the fine and practical arts. A man of many talents, Hayward is credited with having designed and constructed a model of the moon for the Griffith Planetarium, a nut-cracking machine for the California Walnut Growers Association and the Schmidt-Cassegrain optical arrangement for telescopes, to name just a few of his artistic and industrial innovations.

Following the conclusion of World War II, Hayward helped found the architectural design firm Lunden, Hayward and O’Connor, a successful enterprise up until its dissolution in 1957. From there, Hayward began to focus more on his ambitions as a fine artist, signing contracts with both the Disney company as well as the book publisher W. H. Freeman to work as illustrator and model-maker. Hayward enjoyed a long collaboration with Dr. Linus Pauling in both roles, culminating in the 1964 publication of their co-authored book The Architecture of Molecules.

Roger and his wife Betty were married for nearly fifty-seven years. Their relationship came to a close with his death in 1979.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 33 boxes

Physical Access Note: All materials in good to very good condition.

Acquisition Note: Initial accession received from Dr. James R. Kramer and Miriam Kramer in June 2009.

Related Materials:

Roger Hayward's long collaboration with Linus Pauling is documented in several locations within the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers (MSS Pauling). Of particular note are the Hayward correspondence file and the wide array of materials related to Pauling and Hayward's book The Architecture of Molecules, located in Manuscripts and Typescripts of Books.

An online exhibit, Roger Hayward: Rannaissance Man, provides an intensive look at Hayward's life and work, featuring a detailed narrative, over 450 illustrations, and Face Furniture, a light-hearted look at fanciful eyeglasses custom-designed to complement different personalities.

Preferred Citation: Roger Hayward Papers (MSS Hayward),Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information: Final arrangement by Chris Petersen.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before December 3, 2015.


Hayward, Roger
Flanagan, Dennis (1919-2005)
Ingalls, Albert G. (Albert Graham)
Pauling, Linus (1901-1994)
Stong, Clair L.
Strong, John (1905-)
W.H. Freeman and Company

People, Places, and Topics

Architecture--California--Los Angeles.
California Institute of Technology
Cram and Ferguson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Molecular structure.
Moon--Relief models.
Optics and art.
Reflecting telescopes--Design and construction.
Schmidt telescopes.
Science publishing.
Scientific illustration.
Technical illustration.
W.H. Freeman and Company
Walt Disney Company.

Forms of Material

Drawings (visual works).
Etchings (prints).
Photographic prints.
Scientific illustrations (images).

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