Mumford, Lewis (A Tribute), 1979-1982: An Inventory.

Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Design School


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
Call No.: DES.1998.0001.008170002
Title: A Tribute to Lewis Mumford: An Inventory
Date(s): 1979-1982
Creator: Mumford, Lewis, 1895- ; Haar, Charles Monroe, 1920 - ; Kayden, Jerold S. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Quantity: 1 linear foot
Quantity: Extent is approximate
Abstract: Organizational files, including invitations, correspondence, photographs and the texts of tributes to Lewis Mumford, assembled by Charles M. Haar and Jerold S. Kayden. Haar and Kayden were organizers of the events celebrating Mumford as the first recipient of The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Award.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Mary Daniels

Acquisition Information:

Immediate source of acquisition: Gift of Jerold S. Kayden, 1998.

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Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was a notable and prolific writer and critic, best-known for his studies of urban life, architectural history, and the effects of technological development on human societies and cultures. Mumford was architectural critic for The New Yorker Magazine for over thirty years and was a founding member of the Regional Planning Association of America. Mumford’s work as a journalist was supplemented by numerous books, including The Brown Decades, The Myth of the Machine and The City in History (winner of the National Book Award). Among Mumford’s many awards was the the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received in 1964.

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence and announcements related to the award dinner, the texts of tributes contributed by guests, and photographs of the dinner/award ceremony. Notes: The edited “proceedings” of the event was published as A Tribute to Lewis Mumford : First Recipient, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Award, 1979-1980 (Cambridge, Mass : Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 1982).


The collection is composed of of Series IA-IB (Correspondence/Acceptances/Regrets/Tributes), Series IC (Letters of Invitation), Series ID (Guest List & Program), Series IE (Correspondence.Mumford/Haar), Series IF (Miscellaneous Correspondence), Series IIA (Remarks by Lewis Mumford), Series III (Photographs), Series IV (Photographs of Boghosian collage), Series VA (Text as published), Series VB (Clippings file), Series VC (TM Lewis Mumford: A Bibliography//Elmer S. Newman).

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