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DES.2008.0004.010247279

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. The GSD History Collection, Student Affairs - Student Work: An Inventory.

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

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: DES.2008.0004.010247279
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. The GSD History Collection, Student Affairs - Student Work: An Inventory
Date(s): 1900-1960
Quantity: 25 linear feet
Abstract: The collection includes theses, course syllabi, drawings and photographs of student work produced between 1900 and 1960 at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and its preceding School of Architecture and School of Landscape Architecture.

Acquisition Information:

The material in this collection was assembled throughout the years at Robinson Hall, and later at the Frances Loeb Library.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Inés Zalduendo

Conditions on Use and Access:

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

Biography

The first academic degree programs in architecture and landscape architecture at Harvard emerged from design education initiatives that began in 1874 when Charles Eliot Norton introduced architectural history into his fine arts courses. The first Harvard course devoted exclusively to architecture was offered by Herbert Langford Warren in 1893. In 1899 the first Harvard building devoted solely to instruction in the fields of design was started in memory of Nelson Robinson, Jr., a former Harvard student who had been interested in architectural design and landscape architecture. The Faculty of Architecture was established in 1914 to coordinate the curricula and degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. City planning became the third component of the design curriculum in 1909, when James Sturgis Pray began teaching planning courses within the landscape architecture program. It was not until 1936 that Harvard created a separate professional school for these various disciplines when the Graduate School of Design was established for the study of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning. Joseph Hudnut was appointed dean of the newly established GSD, and he invited Walter Gropius to come to Harvard as chairman of the department of architecture in 1936. Another landmark during this period was the admission of women to the GSD for the first time in 1942. The postwar era brought enormous changes for all three professions. Both Hudnut and Gropius reached retirement age in the early 1950s, and Josep Lluis Sert was appointed dean in 1953. Among his many contributions was the establishment in 1960 of the first degree program in urban design in the United States.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Series A (School of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, 1900-1951); Series B (School of Architecture, Harvard University, 1927-1935); and Series C (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1937-1960). Series A (School of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, 1900-1950) is comprised of Subseries AA: Reference Collection of Student Work, Theses 1900-1929; Subseries AB: Reference Collection of Student Work, Theses 1930-1951; Subseries AC: Watercolor Paintings Collection, 1901-1935; Subseries AD: Measured Drawings Collection, 1900-1935; Subseries AE: Topographic Maps Collection, 1901-1946; and Subseries AF Miscellaneous Records, 1914-1928. Subseries AA (School of Landscape Architecture, Reference Collection of Student Work, Theses, 1900-1929) is comprised of 92 folders mainly with written descriptions and/or reports submitted for the degree of Master in Landscape Architecture by students, between 1900-1929. It is important to note that none have full scale drawings included. In terms of other visual material, only a couple have photographs of the areas under study and/or sketches and topographic studies. Subseries AB (School of Landscape Architecture, Reference Collection of Student Work, Theses, 1930-1951) is comprised of 49 folders mainly with written descriptions and/or reports submitted for the degree of Master in Landscape Architecture by students, between 1930-1951. It is important to note that only a couple have full scale drawings included. In terms of other visual material, some have photographs of the areas under study and/or sketches and topographic studies. Subseries AC (School of Landscape Architecture, Watercolor Paintings Collection) is comprised of 43 folders with watercolors mainly by students of the landscape school, although some from the architecture school are also included. Subseries AD (School of Landscape Architecture, Measured Drawings Collection) is comprised of 26 folders mainly with drawings of the School of Landscape Architecture at Harvard. The end of the series includes miscellaneous records also originating from the School of Landscape Architecture. Subseries AE (School of Landscape Architecture, Topographic Maps Collection) is comprised of 26 folders with topographic maps in ink on drafting cloth, drawn mainly by students of Landscape Architecture. Subseries AF (School of Landscape Architecture, Miscellaneous Records, 1923-1926) is comprised of a few folders with miscellaneous records belonging to Professors Hubbard, Pond, and Hamblin of Harvard University, School of Landscape Architecture. Series B (School of Architecture, Harvard University, 1927-1935) is comprised of seven subseries; each respectively of materials from seven black leather albums that contained mounted photographs / photostats of student work corresponding to the following courses: Architecture 4a, Architecture 4b-4c, and Theses of the School of Architecture. Subseries BA is comprised of 46 folders with material originally from one black leather album inscribed as: Architecture 4a / 1927-28 / 1931-32. Photographs. The sheets have been removed and housed individually. Subseries BB is comprised of 64 folders with material originally from one black leather album inscribed as: Architecture 4a / 1932-33 / 1934-35 (however, it also includes student work for Landscape Architecture 13a). The sheets have been removed and housed individually. Subseries BC is comprised of 79 folders with material originally from one black leather album inscribed as: Architecture 4b-4c / 1927-28 / 1931-32. The sheets have been removed and housed individually. Subseries BD is comprised of 60 folders with material originally from one black leather album inscribed as: Architecture 4b-4c / 1932-33 / 1933-34. The sheets have been removed and housed individually. Subseries BE is comprised of 50 folders with material originally from one black leather album inscribed as: Architecture 4b-4c / 1934-1935. The sheets have been removed and housed individually. Subseries BF is comprised of 25 folders with material originally from one black leather album inscribed as Architecture Theses 1930-1931 / 1932-1933. The sheets have been removed and housed individually. Subseries BG is comprised of 25 folders with material originally from one black leather album inscribed as Architecture Theses 1933-1934 / 1934-1935. The sheets have been removed and housed individually. Series C (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1937-1960) is comprised of Subseries CA: Architecture Student Problems 1944-1958; Subseries CB: Student Theses, 1937-1954; Subseries CC: Design Problems, 1950 1958; and Subseries CD: Ag Category, 1950-1960. Subseries CA (Graduate School of Design, Architecture Student Problems, 1944-1958) is comprised of 187 folders mainly with student work consisting of written statement on a project, and accompanying photographs of models and plans (drawings) for the project. Many include the outline of the student problem, prepared by the faculty member and distributed to the class. Subseries CB (Graduate School of Design, Student Theses, 1937-1955) is comprised of 229 folders mainly with student theses consisting of written statement and accompanying drawings for a project. Subseries CC (Graduate School of Design, Design Problems, 1950-1958) is comprised of 204 folders with outlines of design problems given to students mainly within the series of Architecture courses from 1950 to 1958. Subseries CD (Graduate School of Design, Ag-Cg-Lg Files, 1950-1960) is comprised of 95 folders mainly with photographs and negatives of student work and/or photographs during reviews/juries of student work. Ag Files correspond to architecture; Cg Files correspond to city planning; and Lg Files correspond to landscape.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of photostats of student work and original student drawings, as well as typescript theses statements and course syllabi, produced at Harvard in relation to courses and programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning, between 1900 and 1960.

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Personal Names Index

Corporate Names Index

Conference Names Index

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