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Stubbins, Hugh, 1912 - . Hugh Stubbins Archive: The Early Years Collection: An Inventory.

Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University


Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: DES.1988.0003.009333574
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: Hugh Stubbins Archive: The Early Years Collection.
Date(s): 1935-1985
Quantity: 45 linear feet
Quantity: Extent is approximate
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Architectural drawings, presentation drawings, photographs and clippings drawn from the professional files of architect Hugh Stubbins.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Hugh A. Stubbins, 1988.

Processing Information:

Processed by Inés Zalduendo

Conditions on Use and Access:

Contact Special Collection Department, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Design School.


Hugh Stubbins graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1931 and was awarded the MArch by the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1935. At the invitation of Walter Gropius, Stubbins taught for more than a decade during the 1940's and 1950's at the GSD; in 1954 he left teaching to devote himself to his architectural firm, which was to become a highly successful international practice. Stubbins is perhaps best-known as the architect of large-scale structures which have become recognizable landmarks in urban skylines: the Berlin Kongresshalle, Manhattan's Citicorp Building and Boston's Federal Reserve Bank. Stubbins is also widely recognized for his education-related designs, which range from a number of suburban school's to Harvard's Countway Library, Pusey Library and Loeb Drama Center.


The Hugh Stubbins Early Years Collection has been arranged into seven series according to the following structure: Series A (Project and Construction Drawings), Series B (Photostats and Other Small-Scale Drawings), Series C (Presentation Drawings and Photograph Panels), Series D (Photographs), Series E (Clippings), Series F (Glass Slides), and Series G (Printed Works, Ephemera and Miscellaneous). Files have been organized chronologically (with the exception of Series F that is ordered by project), with undated and/or unidentified projects at the end of each series.

Scope and Contents

The Hugh Stubbins Archive documents more than fifty years of professional practice in drawings, plans, correspondence, research files, photographs and memorabilia. As well as documenting the work of Stubbins as an individual designer, the Archive offers access to a broad array of building types (ranging from private residences to educational complexes to stadiums to office buildings) and to the operating history of a mid-20th century architectural firm.
The Early Years Collection (part of the complete Hugh Stubbins Archive) is comprised of Stubbins' early work, particularly residential architecture, and includes presentation and working drawings, photographs, photostats, glass negatives, clippings, printed works and miscellaneous background information. The ca. 75 projects and commissions highlighted in this collection include competition entries (a number based on the required use of new building materials) as well as realized work for clients, all unique expressions of the Modernist aesthetic on a modest domestic scale.

Container List

Personal Names Index

Corporate Names Index

Conference Names Index

Titles Index

LC Topical Headings Index

Geographic Names Index

Genre / Form Index

AAT Terms Index