• IdentificationPUBLIC "-//The Art Institute of Chicago::Ryerson and Burnham Archives//TEXT(US::ICA::00.5::ARCHITECTS' AND DESIGNERS' PAPERS, 1767-2003 (bulk 1889-1920))//EN" "ica000005.xml"
  • TitleArchitects' and Designers' Papers, 1767-2003 (bulk 1889-1920)
  • PublisherRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Language
    • English
    • English.
  • Date
    • 1767-2003
    • (bulk 1889-1920)
  • Physical Description
    • 6.5 linear feet, (16 boxes), 3 portfolios, 4 oversize portfolios, and flatfile materials
    • Manuscript papers, typescript papers, correspondence, printed papers, DVD, architectural reprographic prints, transparencies and photographs.
  • RepositoryRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603-6110 (312) 443-7292 rbarchives@artic.edu http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
  • AbstractThis collection of correspondence, lectures, and autobiographical documents from noted American and European architects and decorative arts designers includes material from Thomas Chippendale, William Deknatel, George Grant Elmslie, the firm of Friedman, Alschuler and Sincere, Alfonso Iannelli, Inigo Jones, William Keck, Philip B. Maher, John Howells Mead, Pier Luigi Nervi, Richard Neutra, Richard Nickel, George C. Nimmons, Irving K. Pond, James Prestini, Ralph Renwick, and Christopher Wren.
  • OriginationThe Architects' and Designers' Papers was assembled from various sources by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives. Some items were collected by Thomas Eddy Tallmadge.
  • LocationA portion of this collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks. The remainder of the collection is housed in off-site storage and is so designated by the abbreviation 'OS' in the location column of the finding aid's item listing. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

Many of the letters in this collection relate to the development of the architecture profession in Chicago between the 1890s and 1920. Of special interest is correspondence regarding the design and construction of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the activities of The Art Institute of Chicago, and opinions about the work of many of Chicago's most prominent architects. Those items that are Gifts of Thomas Eddy Tallmadge are evidence of his long-standing interest in holography.

Although the range of the Architects' and Designers' Papers is broad, the bulk of the collection consists of correspondence to and from Chicago architects around the turn of the twentieth century, and to well-known architects in other cities at that time. Daniel H. Burnham and William Le Baron Jenney have the largest amount of correspondence in the collection, while others, such as Thomas Chippendale, Inigo Jones, and Christopher Wren, are represented by single items.

The collection is arranged in one series in alphabetical order by last name, firm name, building name, or subject.

  • Names
    • Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900.
    • Howard Alan Architects.
    • Antunovich Associates.
    • Architects Collaborative, Inc.
    • Atwood, Charles B. (Charles Bowler), 1849-1895.
    • Barragán, Luis, 1902-1988.
    • Bauhs Dring Seglin Main.
    • Baumann, Frederick.
    • Bernhard, William.
    • Blessing, Charles A.
    • Booth Hansen Associates.
    • Botta, Mario, 1943-
    • Bowlby, Robert Alan
    • Braucher, Ernest Newton, 1866-?
    • Brininstool + Lynch.
    • Brownson, Jacques Calman, 1923-
    • Buffington, L. S. (Leroy Sunderland), 1847-1931
    • Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912.
    • C.F. Murphy Associates (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Caldwell, Alfred, 1903-1998.
    • Carrere, John Merven, 1858-1911.
    • Cèrrere & Hastings.
    • Cerny, Jerome Robert.
    • Chicago Technical College.
    • Chippendale, Thomas, 1718-1779.
    • Claude & Starck.
    • Cobb, Henry Ives, 1859-1931.
    • Cobb, Henry Ives, Jr.
    • Cram and Ferguson.
    • Cram and Winslow.
    • Davis, Arthur Paul, d. 1979.
    • De Haan, Norman.
    • Dearstyne, Howard.
    • Deknatel, William Ferguson, 1907-1973.
    • DeStefano and Partners, Ltd. (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Doll, Clarence W.
    • Dresser, Christopher.
    • Dryer, O.W.
    • Dubin, Dubin and Moutoussamy (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Eight Inc. (firm)
    • Ellis, Harvey, 1852-1904.
    • Elmslie, George Grant, 1871-1952.
    • Emery Roth & Sons.
    • Farr Associates.
    • Ferrero, Harvey.
    • Flanagan & Biedenweg Co.
    • Florian Wierzbowski Architecture.
    • French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931.
    • Friedman, Alschuler and Sincere.
    • Frost and Granger.
    • Fujikawa, Johnson and Associates.
    • Gibbings, T.H. Robsjohn.
    • Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924.
    • Goldsmith, Myron, 1918-
    • Graham, Anderson, Probst & White (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Grantham, Larry Wayne.
    • Hammond, Beeby, and Babka.
    • Hannaford, Samuel, 1835-1911.
    • Hasbrouck, Wilbert R.
    • Hastings, Thomas, 1860-1929.
    • Hatzfeld & Knox
    • Holabird & Roche (Chicago, Ill.)
    • House beautiful.
    • Howells and Hood.
    • Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959.
    • Hunt, Jarvis.
    • Hunt, Richard Morris, 1828-1895.
    • Iannelli, Alfonso, 1888-1965.
    • Isaacs, Ken.
    • Iyengar, Srinivasa, b. 1934.
    • Jahn, Helmut, 1940-
    • Jenney, William Le Baron, 1832-1907.
    • Johnson & Lee.
    • Kellogg Bridge Co.
    • Jones, Inigo, 1573-1652.
    • Kahn, Albert, 1869-1942.
    • Kaufman, Carl E.
    • Keck, George Fred, 1895-1980.
    • Keck, William, 1908-1995.
    • Kohara, Art.
    • Korista, D. Stanton.
    • Lackner, Herman H.
    • La Farge, John, 1835-1910.
    • Lautner, John, 1911-1994.
    • Leary, Michael J.
    • Le Corbusier, 1887-1965.
    • Lovell, Sidney.
    • Lucien Lagrange Architects.
    • Maher, George Washington, 1864-1926.
    • Maher, Philip B. (Philip Brooks), 1894-1981.
    • McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909.
    • McKim, Mead & White.
    • Millet, Louis J.
    • Morehouse, Merritt J.
    • Morgan, Charles L.
    • Morison, James R.M. Companies.
    • MR Properties, L.L.C.
    • Murphy, Charles F.
    • Myhrum, Arthur.
    • Nagle, Hartray & Associates.
    • Nechodoma, Antonín, 1877-1928.
    • Nedved, Rudolph J.
    • Nedved, Elizabeth Kimball.
    • Nervi, Pier Luigi.
    • Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970.
    • Nickel, Richard, d.1972.
    • Nimmons, George Crowell, 1865-1947.
    • Oles, Steve.
    • Olin, Harold Bennett.
    • Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903.
    • Olmsted, W. B.
    • Pelli, Cesar and Associates (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Perkins & Will.
    • Perkins, Chatten & Hammond.
    • Perkins, Dwight Heald, 1867-1941.
    • Perkins, Lawrence Bradford.
    • Pescheret, Leon R. (Leon Rene), 1892-1961
    • Peterhans, Brigitte.
    • Phillips, Frederick & Associates (Chicago, Ill.).
    • Piers, Eber F.
    • Pingrey, Roy E.
    • Polk, Willis, 1867-1924.
    • Polshek, James Stewart.
    • Pond, Irving Kane, 1857-1939.
    • Powell/Kleinschmidt (Firm).
    • Prestini, James, 1908-
    • Preston, Howard L.
    • Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore, 1812-1852.
    • Purcell, William Gray, 1880-1965.
    • Purcell and Elmslie.
    • Railroad stations.
    • Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey & McCormick, Inc.
    • Rebsamen & Alberoth.
    • Renwick, Ralph.
    • Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886.
    • Rissman, Homer A.
    • Rowe, John Richard.
    • Saarinen, Eliel, 1873-1950.
    • Sargent & Lundy.
    • Schipporeit, Inc. (Evanston, Ill.)
    • Schweikher and Elting.
    • Seegers, A. William (Arnold William).
    • Shaw, Naess and Murphy.
    • Sherwood, Samuel.
    • Sivyer, William.
    • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
    • Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls, inc.
    • Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz & Associates, Inc.
    • Stone, Edward Durell.
    • Sundt & Wenner.
    • Tafel, Edgar.
    • Tallmadge, Thomas E. (Thomas Eddy), 1876-1940.
    • Tallmadge and Watson (Firm)
    • Thielbar and Fugard (Firm)
    • Upjohn, Richard, 1802-1878.
    • Voorhees Walker Smith Smith & Haines.
    • Tyznik, Anthony.
    • Vanbrugh, John, Sir, 1664-1726.
    • Ware, William R. (William Robert), 1832-1915.
    • Warren & Wetmore.
    • Watson, Vernon Spencer, 1879-1950.
    • Weese, Harry, 1915-
    • Harry Weese and Associates.
    • Whitaker, Richard L.
    • White, Howard J.
    • White, Stanford, 1853-1906.
    • Wildermuth, Gordon Lee.
    • Wills, Royal Barry, 1895-1962.
    • Wiltgen, John Robert.
    • Women's Architectural Club of Chicago.
    • Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723.
    • Zukowsky, John, 1948-
  • Subject
    • Architects--Correspondence.
    • Architectural drawing--Study and teaching.
    • Architecture--Michigan.
    • Concrete construction.

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The Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago also holds drawings by some of these architects and designers in their permanent collection.

The Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago also holds drawings by some of these architects and designers in their permanent collection.

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The Architects' and Designers' Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Items in this collection were gifts from various sources, including Susan Bennett, Jacques C. Brownson, Robert Alan Bowlby, Catherine Bruck, Albert de Sauty, Barry Goldberg, Herb Greene, Wilbert Hasbrouck, Thomas Heinz, Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, David Jameson, Harold B. Olin, Mrs. Gordon L. Pirie, Martha Richmond, Deever Rockwell, Frances Rose (2006), Richard E. Schmidt, Seegers Family, Carl Sterner, Thomas Eddy Tallmadge, Mrs. Theodore Tieken, Dora Nothnagel Thomas, Thomas G. Yanul, the Erdmann Schmocker Estate and other anonymous and private sources.

This collection was processed by Ryerson and Burnham Archives staff in 1987. The finding aid was revised by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002 and 2003. Additional materials were added by Amy Babinec and Annemarie van Roessel in 2003 and by Kathryn Stine, Nathaniel Parks, and Kim Krueger in 2005, 2007 and 2008; by Hathaway Hester in 2006; Tracy Popp, Nathaniel Parks and Jennifer Kirmer in 2009; Nathaniel Parks in 2010, 2012 and 2014; Thomas Beck in 2011; and Heather Tennison in 2013. The speech on William Deknatel was transferred in 2003.

Materials in the Architects' and Designers' Papers were part of the Thomas Eddy Tallmadge Collection, the Artists' Papers Collection, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' Pamphlet File, The Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Architecture and other private sources before being brought together for this collection and transferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives. In addition, the speech by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham about William Deknatel was previously a separate collection before being incorporated into this collection in 2003. The papers of Freidman, Aschuler and Sincere; Eight, Inc.; and Nagle, Hartray and Associates were transferred from the Department of Architecture. The images of Gibbings's furniture designs and the ecclesiastical decorative arts designs by Alfonso Iannelli were transferred from the Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection in the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2004. Materials relating to the proposed 1992 World Fair in Chicago were transferred to the World's Fair and Exposition Collection (2005.2) in April 2006.

New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.