• IdentificationPUBLIC "-//The Art Institute of Chicago::Ryerson and Burnham Archives//TEXT(US::ICA::2002.3::BERTRAND GOLDBERG (1913-1997) ARCHIVE, 1933-2003 (BULK 1937-1997))//EN" "ica200203.xml"
  • TitleGoldberg, Bertrand, (1913-1997) Archive, 1933-2003 (bulk 1937-1997)
  • PublisherRyerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago,
  • Language
    • English
    • English.
  • Date
    • 1933-2003
    • (bulk 1937-1997)
  • Physical Description
    • 270 linear feet (268 boxes), 49 portfolios, 4 oversize portfolios, 1 rolled tube, and flatfile materials
    • Black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, black and white slides, color slides, black and white negatives, color negatives, black and white transparencies, color transparencies, photomechanical prints, architectural drawings, architectural reprographic prints, maps, correspondence, printed papers, typescript papers, holograph papers, carbon typescript papers, posters, scrapbooks, audiocassettes, cd-roms, vhs videocassettes, film reels and realia.
  • 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
  • AbstractPhotographs, drawings, correspondence, manuscripts, publications and audiovisual materials documenting the career of the Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg. This archive comprehensively chronicles Goldberg's diverse career as architect, engineer, urban planner, lecturer and businessman through documentation of built, unbuilt, extant and demolished structures, numerous architectural firms and subsidiary corporations, as well as a variety of professional activities and associations.
  • OriginationGoldberg, Bertrand, 1913-1997
  • LocationSeries I, II, VI, XIII, XIV, XV, the unrestricted portion of Series XVIII, as well as the majority of the oversized materials in all series of this collection are housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks. The remainder of the collection is housed offsite, and is designated so by the abbreviation (OS) in the left-hand location column. Retrieval of offsite materials requires advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule.

Bertrand Goldberg was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1913 to a family of long-time Chicagoans. He studied at the Cambridge School of Landscape Architecture (now Harvard Architecture School at Harvard University) from 1930 to 1932, the Bauhaus in Berlin from 1932 to 1933, and the Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology) in 1934. Goldberg worked briefly for George Fred Keck in 1935 and for Paul Schweikher from 1935 to 1936. Goldberg's first commission, a single-story residence with a unique canvas exterior, was the Harriet Higginson Residence, built in Chicago in 1935. In 1937 Goldberg was licensed and, upon receiving several small residential commissions, established a small office in Chicago, also working intermittently with associates Leland Atwood (Atwood and Goldberg, 1949-1952) and Gilmer V. Black on several early projects. Notable works of the 1930s include the Mullen Residence, Evanston, Illinois; the North Pole Mobile Ice Cream Store, of River Forest, Illinois, built on a movable truck chassis with a tension-supported roof; and the Clark/Maple Gasoline Station of Chicago, also designed with a cable-mast roof support system.

Beginning in 1937 with a plywood house in Lafayette, Indiana, Goldberg began to experiment with prefabricated design. The Standard Houses Corporation was formed by Goldberg in 1939 and, with FHA-insured mortgages and a price of only $3000, these Standard Houses sold quickly in Maywood and Melrose Park, Illinois. Other Standard Houses were later constructed for the government in Suitland and Indian Head, Maryland. Additional prefabricated design commissions were received from the United States government, including a convertible Bofors 90mm gun crate for the Army and a Mobile Delousing Unit and Mobile Penicillin Laboratory both for the Office of Strategic Services, all circa 1943. From 1949 to 1953 Goldberg served as a consulting architect for the Pressed Steel Car Company, which resulted in innovative products such as the Unicel Prefabricated Freight Boxcar, whose shell was constructed entirely of laminated plywood, and the Unishelter Prefabricated Housing Unit.

The mid to latter 1950s saw relatively few Goldberg projects come to fruition, though the Drexel Town and Garden Apartments on Chicago's south side were notable as Goldberg's first multi-family residential work and as affordable urban housing for the working class. The circular designs of the Pineda Island Recreation Center (Mobile, AL, 1956) and Motel 66 (Chicago, IL, 1957), though unbuilt, were significant as Goldberg's earliest curvilinear designs and precursors to Marina City. Completed in 1962, Marina City was one of the first residential and commercial mixed-use buildings built in the United States and was also the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world. Though having studied under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at the Bauhaus in Berlin and apprenticed in Chicago, Goldberg's mature work, beginning with Marina City, is notable for being a marked departure from the typical work of Mies and the Chicago School. Goldberg, along with Harry Weese and Walter Netsch, was integral to the first wave of post-war, non-Miesian architecture in Chicago. Marina City, arguably Goldberg's most significant work, was a pioneer in mixed-use, residential and commercial structures, and remarkable for its sculptural use of precast reinforced concrete forms attached to a central mechanical core. Funded by a janitor's union whose boss wished to create housing in the city that would be affordable and attractive enough to slow the post-war exodus of the working class to the suburbs, Marina City sought to induce people to live downtown. This total environment design, which combined affordability and convenience, was a concept he sometimes refered to simply as living above the store.

Following Marina City, Goldberg received several large residential and business commissions including Astor Tower (Chicago, IL, 1963), the American Broadcasting Company Building (New York, NY, 1963, unbuilt), and the Raymond Hilliard Homes (Chicago, IL, 1966). The Hilliard Homes, public housing for families and the elderly built for the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), continue to be one of the most successful public housing projects constructed in Chicago. This success may be attributed in part to Goldberg's careful study of complex community relationships which informed many of his later designs. The Menninger Foundation Clinic (Topeka, KS, 1964, unbuilt), was the first of many health care projects Goldberg designed. The concept of living and working spaces radiating from a central service core was highly efficient and was adapted by Goldberg from earlier works such as Marina City to many later projects though, most exceptionally, to hospitals and healthcare. Prentice Hospital (Chicago, IL, 1971) is perhaps one of Goldberg's most successful hospital designs where the early use of computer technology allowed for the engineering of a dramtically cantilevered, columnless, petal-like, curvilinear concrete shell rising over a square pedestal. Other projects included single hospitals (Saint Joseph Hospital, Tacoma, WA; Providence Hospital, Mobile, AL) as well as large medical campuses and master plans (Affiliated Hospitals Center, Boston, MA; Stony Brook University (SUNY Stony Brook), Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY; Stanford University, Medical Campus, Palo Alto, CA). As with the majority of Goldberg's post-1950s projects, these health care buildings were predominantly curvilinear, reinforced concrete shell structures, whose innovative designs were reflections of their unique functional needs.

In 1968, Goldberg began design on what was envisioned to be a dynamic, high density, mixed-use new city center along the southwestern outskirts of Chicago's central Loop business district. This project became known as River City. Goldberg's comprehensive plan of residential towers, mid-rise apartments, businesses, manufacturing, education, and park land was never fully realized, though one serpentine concrete mid-rise residential structure was completed in 1984. Other projects of the 1980s and 1990s include Metro Plaza (Phoenix, AZ), Wright College (Chicago, IL), several projects in Gary, Indiana (all unbuilt) and numerous unbuilt works abroad.

In addition to being the principal at Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Inc., Goldberg headed numerous subsidiary corporations including Computer Service, Inc., Copy Corporation, and the Environmental Engineering Corporation. Goldberg has received many professional awards, including: the Architectural Forum Award, 1945, 1951; Apartment Project Award, American Institute of Architects, 1959; Silver Medal, Architectural League of New York, 1965; Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 1966; Distinguished Building Award, American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter, 1967; Design Excellence Award, Society of American Registered Architects, 1978; Synergy Award, Society of American Registered Architects, 1979; Award of Merit, Society of American Registered Architects, 1982; and Twenty-Five Year Award, American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter, 1991. Goldberg's work has also been honored through various exhibitions, including: An Exhibition of Work by Bertrand Goldberg Associates from 1960-1970, Glessner House, Chicago, IL, 1972; 100 Years of Architecture in Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 1976; 150 Years of Chicago Architecture, Paris, La Rochelle, Toulouse, France, Zagreb, Yugoslavia and Chicago, IL, 1983-1985; A Bertrand Goldberg Retrospective: 1937-1984, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago, IL, 1984; Retrospective of Bertrand Goldberg, 1935-1985, Paris Art Center, Paris, France, 1985; and Chicago Architecture and Design, 1923-1993, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1993. Bertrand Goldberg married Nancy S. Florsheim in 1946 and has three children, Nan, Lisa and Geoffrey.

The Bertrand Goldberg Archive is an extensive collection of photographs, project files, office papers, and professional papers documenting Goldberg's career as architect, engineer, urban planner, lecturer, and businessman. Goldberg's vast oeuvre consists of residential, commercial, industrial, religious, institutional, medical, mixed-use, and prefabricated works, built and unbuilt, throughout the United States and to a lesser extent, abroad. This diversity of building type, geographic location, and date is reflected clearly in this Archive. Some series, such as photographs and slides (Series I, II), writings (Series XIV), and publications (Series XV), can be characterized as relatively complete accumulations, in that most relevant projects, subjects, or time periods are well represented within these groups. Other series, such as project files (Series III-X), correspondence (Series XIII), and office papers (Series XVI), are less complete accumulations. Portions of Goldberg's early career including some seminal projects are underdocumented in these papers and, in general, the volume of materials from the 1970s to the 1990s is much greater than from earlier decades. Though the majority of materials in this collection relate to Goldberg's architectural work, other aspects of his career and, to some extent, his personal interests, are also represented. Goldberg's interest in cities and his involvement in attempting to revitalize the urban core is manifest in the project papers of Marina City, River City, the Burns-Jackson Community Redevelopment Project, and the unbuilt projects of Gary, Indiana (Series III-XI), as well as through an extensive collection of writings and speeches (Series XIV) and his work as a board member of City Innovation and Innovative Cities (Series XVII). Philanthropic, cultural, and social activities and interests are documented modestly through correspondence (Series XIII), writings (Series XIV), and Publications (Series XV).

Images of Goldberg's built and unbuilt projects are collected in Series I, Black and White Photographs, and Series II, Color Photographs, All Negatives, Transparencies, and Slides. These include images of design drawings, presentation drawings, working drawings, maps, charts and diagrams, existing site views, construction views, and built views. Some images found in Series I may also be available in color, negative, or slide form in Series II and vice versa. At this point in time, not all negatives, slides, and transparencies are available as prints or contact sheets.

Series III-XI, Projects, and Series XII, Prospects, comprise the bulk of the Goldberg Archive. Larger projects have been isolated and catalogued as separate series: Affiliated Hospitals Center, Boston, MA, Gary, Indiana Projects, Lake Shore Grand, Chicago, IL, Marina City, Chicago, IL, Providence Hospital, Mobile, AL, River City, Chicago, IL, Stony Brook University (SUNY), Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY, and Wright College, Chicago, IL. All remaining project papers are located in Series XI, Projects: Other. Series XII, Prospects, contains papers (1970s-1990s) on prospective projects or clients which do not appear to have progressed beyond the most preliminary stage, and also projects in which BGA may have served as only architectural consultant. These files may contain a combination of the same types of papers: graphic materials, correspondence, planning and construction documents (design studies, research materials, master plans, bid documents, specifications, product information), financial and legal documents, printed materials (newspaper and magazine articles, brochures), and scrapbooks.

River City is by far the most comprehesively chronicled project within this collection, with extensive documentation of the built River City II as well as the planned but unbuilt River City I, IA, and III. The research materials and planning papers for River City I reveal the breadth of Goldberg's vision for this city within a city, which was to be the culmination of years of studying cities and the unique needs of urban communities. Series VI, Projects: Marina City, consists of some drawings, correspondence, specifications, financial papers, and printed materials from the period of original construction in the early 1960s, but also includes a larger group of papers which date from redevelopment projects in the early to mid 1990s. Interesting items in this series include several elaborate promotional brochures with interior planning aids (c.1960-1962), papers regarding groundbreaking ceremonies (1960-1962), and nearly one dozen scrapbooks (1960-1968). Series XI, Projects: Other, contains some papers relating to Goldberg's earlier projects, though, as with the collection as a whole, the bulk is weighted towards post-1970 work. Earlier projects are mostly represented by correspondence, specifications, and printed items such as newspaper articles and brochures. The Calumet New Town (Calumet, IN, 1948) project file, containing the A New Hometown For Calumet brochure, is notable as one of Goldberg's earliest forays into urban community redevelopment. Additonally, these project series also include a number of scrapbooks assembled by Goldberg and/or BGA office personnel. One scrapbook, Early Projects and Documents Scrapbook, 1936-1957, (Series XI, Portfolios 47-48) contains an assortment of materials regarding many early projects some of which are, within this collection, unique to this scrapbook.

Series XIII, Correspondence, contains six distinct bodies of correspondence: green and blue files as found coded by Goldberg, as well as Fan Mail/Criticism, Correspondence Regarding Publications, and Correspondence Regarding Speaking Engagements, and Miscellaneous. While the significance of the green and blue file system is still unclear, it appears that, in general, the green file contains predominantly professional and organizational correspondence while the blue file contains papers of a more personal nature. Though principally comprised of letters to and from Goldberg, these files also incorporate a large amount of ancillary materials such as brochures, meeting minutes, financial statements, speeches, and photographs. Some of the most interesting correspondence files in this series, which contain candid discussions of architecture, urban planning, and sociology, include Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin, 1938-1988 and The Bright New City, 1980-1985 (green and blue files); the AIA Party at BGA Offices, Chicago, 1969; Harriet B. Atwood, 1983-1985; Frank Blair, 1989; Core Tube Engineering Concept, 1986; John Cowles, Jr., 1974-1975; Edward T. and Mildy Hall, 1975-1986; Patrick Hazard, 1975-1995; Fran Hosken, 1974-1983; Institute For the Future, 1969-1970; Barry M. Katz, 1994; Nicholas E. Keller, 1983-1987; Judith Pearlman, c.1933-1994; Harvey Perloff, 1965-1983; Perry I. Prentice, 1966-1967; Psychdelic Sessions, 1965-1966; and Robert C. Wood, HUD, 1968-1969 (all blue file). Notable correspondents or subjects found within other correspondence files include: Leland Atwood, Carl Condit, George Danforth, Howard T. Fischer, Charles Booher Genther, Myron Goldsmith, Walter Gropius, John Holabird, the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), George Fred Keck, Dr. Timothy Leary, Stanton Leggett, Carter H. Manny, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lázló Moholy-Nagy, Lawrence B. Perkins, Pete Seeger, Stanley Tigerman, Harry Weese, and the Wright-Ingraham Institute.

Series XIV, Writings By Goldberg and BGA, and Series XV, Publications, contain both published and unpublished works and related papers on a wide variety of subjects. Writings—which collects both works by Goldberg, those produced by the corporate entity of Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Inc., and works by others which Goldberg appears to have have helped write and/or edit—consists of handwritten manuscripts, typescripts, full printed texts, correspondence, brochures, and research materials. These writings, largely unpublished and dating from the early 1950s until Goldberg's death in 1997, were produced as memoirs, speeches, book reviews, interviews, promotional publications, magazine and newspaper articles, scholarly works, and architectural exam papers. Common themes, subject areas, and projects evident throughout these works include: artists in the city, the Bauhaus, Chicago, community planning and redevelopment, computer applications in architecture, concrete, density, electricity, the future of cities, health care and hospital design, housing, the International Style, Marina City, River City, urban planning and design, and urban renewal and revitalization. Some significant works found in this series are: Architecture and the Machine, 1954-1964; Industrial Structures, c.1955; Man and the City, 1960-1964; Living Above the Store, 1960; The New Urban Plan, 1963; City Within a City, 1964-1986; The Electric City, 1966-1967; The Critical Mass of Cities/The Critical Mass of Urbanism,1968-1987; Who Pays For the Cities, 1977-1979; Rich is Right, 1981-1986.

Series XV, Publications, is comprised of newspaper and magazine articles, newsletters, and some brochures Goldberg collected regarding his work, general architectural topics, Chicago, exhibitions of his works, urban planning, and housing.

Series XVI, Office and Professional Papers, consists of two groups of papers: one generated by the business of the firm, Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Inc. and another generated by Bertrand Goldberg, architect, engineer, and professional. The former group, a relatively small and incomplete set of documents, is made up of reference card files, financial papers, personnel files, vendor files, computer discs, office standards and procedures, public relations files, vital documents, and firm profiles. Most of the files in this subseries date from the late 1970s to the 1990s. The professional papers contain biographies, bibliographies, architectural licences, awards, day planners, travel-related ephemera, miscellaneous research materials, and papers related to exhibitions of Goldberg's work. Several theses Goldberg completed for his architectural licences are included in this series.

Series XVII, Non-BGA and BGA Subsidiary Business Papers, chronicles aspects of Goldberg's work with a number of corporations or organizations, including: Computer Services, Inc. (CSI), Copy Corporation, Environmental Engineering Corporation (EEC), City Innovation/Innovative Cities, and City Venture Corporation. CSI, Copy Corp., and EEC were all subsidiaries of Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Inc. and, in these papers, are largely represented by tangible products such as reports and CSI's Master Phrase Catalog, though a small amount of correspondence and adminstrative paper also exists. City Innovation/Innovative Cities and the City Venture Corporation, on whose boards Goldberg served, were outside entities involved in a variety of urban renewal and revitalization projects from the late 1970s to the 1990s. These papers include meeting minutes, project proposals, reports, and correspondence.

Series XVIII, Audio and Video, is comprised of a variety of media, though most items in this series are currently restricted due to the fragile nature of the original tapes. Notable items that are available for patron use include a 1981 radio interview with architecture critic Paul Gapp, an audio recording from a 1988 housing conference in Washington DC, a television interview regarding the design of Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, an audio recording of the 1977 River City press release, and a short film, River City (c.late 1970s), in which Goldberg outlines in great detail his visionary early plan for the River City development, what would later be refered to as River City I.

SERIES I: BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS. Organized alphabetically by project name with unidentified projects, multiple projects and publications, and non-project photographs following. Within each project grouping photographs are arranged by view type, then chronologically. Non-project photographs, which appear at the end of this series, are separated into these subseries: Exhibitions (by and of Goldberg), Professional, Travel, Works By Other Architects, and Miscellaneous.

SERIES II: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS; ALL NEGATIVES, SLIDES AND TRANSPARENCIES. Organized alphabetically by project name with unidentified projects, multiple projects, and non-project photographs following. Within each project grouping photographs are arranged by view type, then chronologically, and finally by physical type (i.e., color slides, color negative, black and white negative, etc.). Non-project photographs, which appear at the end of this series, are separated into these subseries: Research and Design; Lectures, Presentations and Publications; Exhibitions; Professional; Travel; Works By Other Architects; Bertrand Goldberg Candid Views and Miscellaneous.

SERIES III: PROJECTS: AFFILIATED HOSPITALS CENTER (AHC), BOSTON, MA. Organized alphabetically by building name, with general papers relating to the entire project preceding the individual buildings. Within each building, papers are arranged according to document type: Maps, Drawings, and Calculations; General Correspondence; Bids, Contracts, Legal Documents; Specifications; Financial Papers; Printed Papers; and Miscellaneous.

SERIES IV: PROJECTS: GARY PROJECTS, GARY, IN. Organized according to document type: Maps, Drawings, and Calculations; General Correspondence; Bids, Contracts, Legal Documents; Specifications; Financial Papers; Printed Papers; and Miscellaneous.

SERIES V: PROJECTS: LAKE SHORE GRAND, CHICAGO, IL. Organized according to document type: Maps, Drawings, and Calculations; General Correspondence; Bids, Contracts, Legal Documents; Specifications; Financial Papers; Printed Papers; and Miscellaneous.

SERIES VI: PROJECTS: MARINA CITY, CHICAGO, IL. Organized according to document type: Maps, Drawings, and Calculations; General Correspondence; Bid Documents and Contracts; Building Specifications; Remodeling Specifications; Project Manuals; Zoning; Financial Papers; Printed Papers and Publicity Materials; Scrapbooks; and Miscellaneous. Within each document type, papers are further arranged chronologically.


SERIES VIII: PROJECTS: RIVER CITY, CHICAGO, IL. Organized according to project phase: River City I, River City IA, River City II, and River City III. Within each phase the papers are arranged according to the R&B Archives's adaptation of Goldberg's River City Master File Index. See File Plan below for more detailed information and Appendices C and D for the full file index outlines.

SERIES IX: PROJECTS: STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY, HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER, STONY BROOK, NY. Organized according to document type: Maps, Drawings, and Calculations; General Correspondence; Bids, Contracts, Legal Documents; Specifications; Financial Papers; Printed Papers; and Miscellaneous.

SERIES X: PROJECTS: WRIGHT COLLEGE, CHICAGO, IL. Organized according to the R&B Archives's revision of Goldberg's Wright College Master File Index. See File Plan below for more detailed information and Appendices C and E for the full file index outlines. Some additional materials which could not be easily interfiled into the existing file plan are appended at the end, including the following subseries: Minutes, Dick Binfield Papers, Geoff Goldberg Papers, and Ben Honda Papers. Despite the fact that there may be some redundancy between these groups of material, they have been retained wholly in their original order.

SERIES XI: PROJECTS: OTHER. Organized alphabetically by project name. Within each project, papers are arranged according to document type: Maps, Drawings, and Calculations; General Correspondence; Bids, Contracts, Legal Documents; Specifications; Financial Papers; Printed Papers; Scrapbooks; and Miscellaneous. Papers regarding multiple Goldberg projects (i.e., the Early Projects scrapbook) are appended at the end of the alphabet. See Appendix A for project list and for verification of project name filing order.

SERIES XII: PROSPECTS. Organized alphabetically by client or prospective project name.

SERIES XIII: CORRESPONDENCE. Organized into five subseries: General Correspondence, Green File; General Correspondence, Blue File; Fan Mail/Criticism; Correspondence Regarding Publications; Correspondence Regarding Speaking Engagements; and Miscellaneous. Within the Green and Blue files, papers are arranged alphabetically according to the labels as marked by Goldberg and/or BGA staff. The remaining subseries are arranged chronologically.

SERIES XIV: WRITINGS BY GOLDBERG AND BGA. All works are interfiled and arranged chronologically though different criteria are used to determine filing dates. Speeches and similar works are filed according to date of public delivery or by conference date, while works intended for publication and works of undetermined origin are organized chronologically by date of creation or publication. Undated materials are appended at the end of the series.

SERIES XV: PUBLICATIONS. Organized into nine subseries: Projects By Bertrand Goldberg; Multiple Projects By Bertrand Goldberg; Projects By Geoff Goldberg; Architecture, Similar to BG Projects; Architecture, General; Urban Studies and Housing; Chicago Related; Exhibitions; and Miscellaneous. Papers within the Projects By Goldberg subseries are further arranged alphabetically by project name, while all other subseries are further arranged chronologically.

SERIES XVI: OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS. Organized into three subseries: BG/BGA Card Files and Contacts; BGA Office Papers; and BG Professional Papers. The latter two subseries are further arranged according to either physical or intellectual document type. BGA Office Papers are subdivided into ten files: Project Lists; Firm Profiles, Statistics, and Vital Documents; Financial Papers; Personnel and Employee Papers; Vendor and Consultant Files; Standards and Procedures; Forms; Marketing and Public Relations; Computer Systems; and Miscellaneous. BG Professional Papers are also subdivided into ten files: Biographies; Bibliographies; Licenses and Registrations; Exhibitions; Awards; Professional Activities, Juries, Committees, Etc.; Day Planners and Phonecall Logs; Travel; Research Materials; and Works By Other Architects and Engineers.

SERIES XVII: NON-BGA AND BGA SUBSIDIARY BUSINESS PAPERS. Organized into six subseries: General Papers; City Innovation/Innovative City Project; City Venture Corporation; Computer Service, Inc. (CSI); Copy Corporation; and Environmental Engineering Corporation (EEC). Within each subseries, papers are arranged according to document type.

SERIES XVIII: AUDIO AND VIDEO. Organized first by level of patron accessibility, then by format (i.e., audio or video), and finally, alphabetically by title.

  • Names
    • Goldberg, Bertrand, 1913-
    • Bertrand Goldberg Associates
  • Subject
    • Marina City (Chicago, Ill.)
    • River City (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Architects--Illinois--Chicago--Archives
    • Architectural firms--Illinois--Chicago
    • Modern movement (Architecture)--United States
    • City planning--Illinois--Chicago
    • Hospitals--Design and construction
    • Precast concrete construction
    • Prefabricated houses--United States













Architectural drawings by Bertrand Goldberg and Bertrand Goldberg Associates are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Portions of this collection are restricted; wherever possible, surrogate copies are provided for patron use, as noted in the series listings. The remainder of collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. 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

The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Bertrand Goldberg Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

The collection was a Gift of the Family of Bertrand Goldberg to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2002. Additional materials were added to the collection in 2011.

This collection was processed by Nathaniel Parks, Jeffrey Massanova, Annemarie van Roessel, Mary Woolever, Amy Babinec, Natasha Derrickson, Amy Bissonette, Jenny Stone, Heather Tennison and Ryerson and Burnham staff from 2002 through 2013.

Some negatives, slides, transparencies and audiovisual materials may be available in alternate, unrestricted forms. Please consult the Archivist with any questions.

A number of appendices are available online:

Appendix A: Bertrand Goldberg and Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Inc. Project Listing [Alphabetical].

Appendix B: Bertrand Goldberg and Bertrand Goldberg Associates, Inc. Project Listing [Chronological].

Appendix C: R&B Archives's Goldberg Project Master File Index.

Appendix D: BG/BGA River City Master File Index.

Appendix E: BG/BGA Wright College Master File Index.

Appendix F: Bibliography, Publications.

Appendix G: Bibliography, Speeches.