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Hosken, Fran P. 1919- , The Franziska Porges Hosken 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.2004.0001.012607169
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: The Franziska Porges Hosken Collection
Date(s): 1941-1972
Quantity: 6 linear feet
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection includes student work as well as materials related to Hosken's work as a designer and journalist, focused on architectural and urban planning topics. See also Franziska Porges Hosken Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Franziska Porges Hosken and John Hosken, 2004-2006.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Allison Benedetti

Conditions on Use and Access:

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


Franziska Porges Hosken earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1944; she was among the first women graduates of the program. She subsequently worked as a product designer, journalist and advocate for women's health issues.


The collection is arranged into seven series: Series A: Design Work: Hosken Furniture; Series B: Jewelry; Series C: Interior Design; Series D: Hosken, Inc.; Series E: Writings and Research; Series F: Women's International Network; and Series G: Student Work. Series A is further subdivided into Subseries: AA (Design and Assembly Instructions); AB (Photographs); AC (Slides); AD (Negatives); AE (Marketing Materials). Series B is further subdivided into Subseries: BB (Realia); BC: (Photographs); BD: (Slides); BE (Negatives); BF (Marketing Materials); BG (Clippings). Series C is further subdivided into Subseries CA (Bata Shoe Store); CB (Mitre Corporation Lobby); (CC Brandeis University President's Office); CD (James C. Hosken, Esq. Residence). Subseries D has no subdivisions. Series E is further subdivided into Subseries: EA (Articles); EB (Interviews); EC (Correspondence); ED (Ekistics Conferences); EE (Michael Brammah "Urban Form"); EF (Harvard Square Redevelopment); EG (Research). Series F and Series G have no subdivisions.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes student work and materials related to her professional practice as an architect and designer and includes: design work, furniture, jewelry, interior design. It also includes writings and research, and materials related to Women's International Network.

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