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Why are archives important?

The archive makes exhibits possible. Not only are we categorizing thousands of artworks, but our new archive also keeps them safe for generations to come. What began with a seed donation from our friend and long-time supporter, Deborah Szekely, has grown with a dollar-for-dollar matching grant. This has helped us bring the work of James Hubbell and Ilan-Lael to the cities of Tijuana, and most recently, Los Angeles with opening of “In Harmony With Nature: The Architectural Work of James Hubbell” at the Helms Bakery Design Center.

Receive a special “Thank You” gift when you support the Hubbell Archive Project!

Support the Hubbell Archive Project during the Helm’s Bakery Exhibit thru June 18, 2022. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, AND you also get a special “thank you” from ILF.


A gift of $40
Receive the NEW Firebird Greeting Card set. Includes 12 cards w/envelopes of images of the Firebird in glass, mosaic and painting.

A gift of $100
Receive an autographed copy of the Exhibit Catalog. A full -color 56-page exhibition catalog “In Harmony With Nature: The architectural Work of James Hubbell,” signed by James.

A gift of $250
Receive the Greeting Card Set + Signed Catalog + Exhibit Tour. Get these beautiful gifts plus a seat on an Ilan-Lael tour bus to LA on Saturday, May 21st, 2022. The day-long tour, led by Executive Director Marianne Gerdes will head to Los Angeles and visit Helms Bakery to see the exhibit, explore the cool shops and great restaurants—all in easy walking distance from the gallery—and spend time browsing in the famous Arcana Bookstore, the west coast’s largest art & design book collection. Seating is limited. Pledge early to guarantee your spot.


The Ilan-Lael Archive is a vital resource that maintains the objects, the provenance, and the history of James Hubbell’s vast body of art and architectural works. In addition to exhibitions, The Archive Project supports Hubbell art owners and collectors, and the educational mission of Ilan-Lael Foundation, making James’s work accessible and in front of new generations of scholars and art lovers. Much work remains to be done, and your support is vital to our efforts.

The Ilan-Lael Foundation has the enviable task of creating and maintaining a database of information about artist James Hubbell’s life and career. The records we are assembling document artworks, patterns, plans, photographs, film, video, books and paper records that span Hubbell’s career and life. We are preserving and digitizing this work to make it accessible to collectors and scholars and curators, to help educate future generations, and, to build the provenance that will help increase the value of Hubbell artwork in years to come.


Learn more about the Hubbell Archive Project

Read about the exciting findings from Ilan-Lael Archivist, Laurel Costa with our series “From The Archives with Laurel Costa.”

Meet the Metal Master, Bill Porter

The Beginning of James Hubbell Stained Glass

Do you own an artwork by James Hubbell?

Please let us know so we can add its photo and title to the record of his life’s work. Contact archive@ilanlaelfoundation.org


Ilan-Lael Archivist Laurel Costa and Jim Hubbell rediscover his drawings of the Palace Doors of Abu Dhabi. PHOTO by Marianne Gerdes.