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DES.2005.0004.013684547

Sekler Collection of Student Reports II: An Inventory.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: DES.2005.0004.013684547
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: Sekler Collection of Student Reports II: An Inventory.
Date(s): 1961-1993
Quantity: 36 linear feet
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Students' final reports for seminars directed by Eduard F. Sekler, ca. 1961-1993. The Sekler Collection of Student Reports II is a collection of student work, developed in the course of their studies analyzing historic building structures, historic districts, and undertaking spatial and historical analysis of these structures and neighborhoods. It contains 241 reports.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Eduard F. Sekler, 2005, 2012.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Mary Daniels.

Conditions on Use and Access:

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

History

Eduard Franz Sekler is an architectural historian and Osgood Hooker Professor of Visual Art Emeritus and professor of architecture emeritus at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. A native of Vienna, Eduard Sekler earned his professional degree with distinction in architecture from its Technical University, before studying under Rudolf Wittkower at the School of Planning and Regional Research in London, and receiving his PhD in the history of art at London University's Warburg Institute. Sekler came to Harvard in 1960, at the invitation of Josep Lluis Sert, later co-founding (along with Albert Szabo) the university's Visual and Environmental Studies department in 1968.

Arrangement

The collection is in a single series, and is arranged alphabetically by geographic location.

Scope and Contents

Throughout Eduard Sekler's distinguished teaching career at both the Graduate School of Design and the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, his students prepared collaborative reports focused largely on 19th and early 20th century buildings mainly, but not exclusively, in the Boston area.
The Sekler Collection of Student Reports includes several hundred of these reports, in some cases accompanied by large-scale drawings, which document the history and contemporary condition of scores of both well-known and neglected structures. The reports characteristically include drawings and plans, photographs, reproductions of related manuscript or ephemeral material, and an historical narrative.
The physical condition of the reports varies from very good to quite poor. The reports contain reproductions ranging from slides and photographs to prints (in every conceivable medium). Additionally, some reports include original measured drawings and watercolors. The bulk of the reports are oversize and their format is not standardized.
The collection dates roughly from 1961 through 1993. Not all reports are included, only those kept by Eduard Sekler as exemplary of student work.

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


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