Coit, Elisabeth, 1892-1987. Papers, 1899-1987: A Finding AidArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
© 1988 Radcliffe College
Call No.: 87-M130
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Elisabeth Coit, 1892-1987
Title: Papers, 1899 (1919-1987)
Quantity: 2 cartons, 3 oversize containers, 1 folio+ box, 2 folio folders, 2 oversize folders,
1 supersize folder
Abstract: Correspondence, architectural drawings, photographs, etc., of Elisabeth Coit, architect
Processed: January 1988
By: Jane S. Knowles
Accession number: 87-M130
The papers of Elisabeth Coit were given to the Schlesinger Library by Robert Hawley, EC's nephew, in August 1987.
Elisabeth Coit Papers, 1899-1987; item description, dates. 87-M130, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute,
Elisabeth Coit, architect and author, was born in Winchester, Massachusetts on September
7, 1897. She studied at Radcliffe College, 1909-1911, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts
School, 1911-1913, and received her B.S. in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology in 1919. She was draftsman-designer in the office of Grosvenor Atterbury
in New York, 1919-1929, and then maintained her own office in New York, 1930-1942,
designing houses principally for women clients outside of New York City and business
premises in New York.Her study of low-income housing in the U.S., "Design and Construction
of the Dwelling Unit for the Low-Income Family" was published in Octagon Oct, Nov, 1941. EC was architect and technical standards editor for the Federal
Public Housing Authority's publication, Public Housing Design, in Washington D.C. (1942-1947), and then research associate with Mayer and Whittersley,
1947-1948. From 1948 until her retirement in 1962, EC was principal project planner
for the New York City Housing Authority. After her retirement, she continued to be
active as a housing consultant to government and private organizations.
EC wrote articles and government pamphlets on housing, 1943-1962, reviewed books for
the Architectural Record, and beginning in 1968 was editor of the newsletter of the New York Metropolitan
Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.
EC was the first woman to receive the Langley Award from the American Institute of
Architects (1938-1940). Among her other honors were a medal in the Better Homes in
America Competition, 1933 and an award as pioneer in architecture from the New York
chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1969. In 1955 she was elected
a Fellow of the AIA for literature and public service, and received an honorary degree
from Wilson College in 1969.
The collection is arranged in two series:
Series I, Personal, 1-33, includes awards; photographs, of EC, family, and friends;
clippings about EC and her work, correspondence with friends; EC's sketches, watercolors,
plays for children.
Series II, Professional, 34-98, includes photographs and architectural drawings of
houses and offices designed by EC, 1925-1941, and of public housing and offices for
which EC was consultant, 1961-1972, and photographs of low-income housing 1938-1940,
part of EC's research project. Scattered professional correspondence most dating
from after EC's retirement, includes an extensive exchange, 1947-1974, with a Greek
architect, Cleon Crantonellis; EC's reminiscences of her years (1919-1929) in Grosvenor
Atterbury's office were written in 1984. There are also reprints of EC's publications
about low-income housing, NAHRO newsletters, and articles about women in architecture
from the 1930s and 40s.
- Carton 1: 6-32
- Container 2 (oversize carton, 14" x 28"): 47-65
- Container 3 (roll 66" long): 70-71
- Container 4 (roll 60" long): 72-74
- Carton 5: 75-98
- Folio+ Box 6: 15f+, 18f+, 26f+, 67f+
- Series I. PERSONAL
- 6-11m: Biographical
- 6. Curricula vitae, with correspondence, 1940-1982
- 7. Publicity about EC, including personal and professional clippings, obituaries, 1931-1987,
- 8. Radcliffe Class of 1913: reunion reports
- 9. Engagement calendars, 1976-1981
- 10. Certificates and citations: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1919), New York
City (1926), and others, 1939, 1969.
See also 26f+.
- 11m. Medal: Fellow of American Institute of Architects (1955)
- 12-17: Writings
- 12-14. Verse by and to EC
- 15f+ . "The Stone Cutter," plays for children with EC's water-color illustrations.
- 16. "Station MBPV," (satire), 1929
- 17. "Le Temps," (family newssheet?), 1935
- 19. Prints, cards,and drawings by EC
- 20. Notes, drawings, and scraps
- 21. "Wine, women, and song" (mostly musical scores, some ms.)
- 22-30: Personal correspondence
- 22. 1922-1968: includes cartoons (pen and ink, andphotograph), and E.B.White.
- 23. Alex Landerholm and family, (includes PHOTOGRAPHS), 1929-1978
- 24. Deirdre Cavanagh (includes drawings), 1967-1983
- 26f+. Personal correspondence and certificates
- 28-30: Business
- 28. "Failure to paint" documents, 1971-1979
- 29. With Montgomery and Bailey (lawyers) re: rent overcharge, 1979
- 30. Financial: stocks, etc.
- 31. Coit family: eighteenth century letters from Joshua Coit, ts.; poems by Robert Coit.
- 32. Children's drawings including Robbie's
- Series II. PROFESSIONAL
- 47-74: Architectural drawings (in pencil unless otherwise noted)
- 47. Rotch Museum of Art, Rotch Traveling Scholarship: 2 sheets, pen and ink and color
wash, 1922; House of Giovanni Boniforti da Concorerro, Mantua, pen and ink,1924; Pencil
Points competition for house party bungalow, pen and ink, n.d.; Detail of library,
- 48. Houses and summer cottages at Croton Heights, N.Y.: H.W.Wilson (1925); Duncan-Coit
cabin (1925); Miss Burnham (1926); Edna Phelps (1927); Miss Loring and Louise Douglas
(1927); Edna Folks (1928); Louise Hunt (Maine, 1928).
- 49. Community House, West Englewood, N.J., 1926-1927
- 50. Anna B. Van Nort, 1927.
See also #35
- 51. Walker Gordon Laboratories: light fittings, radiator grilles, hall elevation, 1929.
See also #34 and 66o.
- 52. Clara Sturges Johnson, Pound Ridge, N.Y., 1931.
See also #35.
- 53. Charles Main, Holderness, NH, 1932-1933.
See also #36.
- 54. King-Coit Theatre. Design for "Rose and Ring" by EC,n.d; other design by Eric Gugler,
- 55. Consumer Cooperative Services, Inc.: proposal for farm colony house, 1933
- 56. Jane Maguire, alterations, Shrub Oak, N.Y., 1934
- 57. Isadore Mudge, Croton Heights, N.Y., 1934.
Stored in Container 4.
- 58. Houses and cottages: Mrs. F.E. Schmitt, New Milford,Conn, 1936; Dr. Fritz Cramer,
Croton Falls, 1938; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hinton, Holderness, N.H., 1938; Miss Burnham,
alterations, 1939; Jeanie Hughes, 1939; Mrs. Kitzinger, 1940; Marion Knight, 1941.
- 59. Consumer Cooperative Services, Inc., 433 West 21st St.: alteration to 4 cafeterias,
lettering for signs, plans etc., 1939-1940.
Stored in Container 4.
- 60. 54 and 56 Irving St., N.Y.C., 1940
- 61. Alice Sommaripa, Va., 1941.
See also #40.
- 62. Fred Conklin, Croton Heights, 1941.
See also #41, 66o.
- 63. Hamilton, N.J., site plan and survey of needs, 1941?, n.d
- 64. Mayor's Office for Aging, 1932 Arthur Avenue, The Bronx, 1970
- 65. Nursery School and Day Care projects, n.d.
- 66o. Walker Gordon laboratories: 4 negative photostats, 1929; Noyes houses, Holderness
N.H.: negative and positive photostats, 1929; Mary Huntington Pew, Rockport,: pencil
and blueprints, 1933; Conklin house: photostats, 1941; 305 Broadway, n.d.
- 67f +. Community House, 1926; Irving St., 1940, etc.
- 68-73: Other architects, with EC as consultant: blockprints with pencil details
- 68. Homes for the laboring classes, Warren, Hicks, and Baltic Streets, Brooklyn N.Y.,
by William Field, 1877-1878, revisions by Cameron Clark, 1934: 2 blueprints
- 69. Edward J. Tedesco: Mental Health Clinic, Catholic Charity, 1970; Church of Christ
- 70. Greenberg and Ames; Kessler, Edelbaum, and Webster projects for the NYC Housing Authority,
- 71 . Apartments, 840 Eighth Street, 1965; Stanmar, Inc., 1970; 305 Broadway, 1972.
- 72. John L. O'Brien, Youth Consulting Service, Hackensack N.J., 1968
- 73. Alteration to Mayor's Office for the Aging, 250 Broadway, 1970-1972: blockprints
- 74o . Other architects: Robert Coit, 1899; Irene Von Horvath, Hotel Capitol, 1943; Cleon
- 75-83: Business correspondence, etc.
- 75. Wolfgang Lange[wiesche], 1937-1940,: re flying, and design of airports
- 76f. Printed re: WL, flying, and airports
- 77-79: Cleon Crantonellis.
See also #74o.
- 77. Correspondence, 1947-1958
- 78. Correspondence, 1964-1974, n.d.
- 80. Re: low-income housing and other architectural projects, 1957-1984. Also includes
reminiscences of years in Grosvenor Atterbury's office, 1919-1929.
- 82. Letters of recommendation by EC for others, 1961-1981
- 83. Coit family re: addition to Rockport property, 1966-1974
- 84-89: National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (Metropolitan New York
- 84. Executive Committee, 1967-1973
- 85. Executive Committee, 1974-1981
- 87. Newsletters, 1976-1984
- 88-89. Background printed for newsletters
- 94. Talks, by EC, 1941-1970, n.d.
- 95. "Paper architecture" ms., n.d.
- 96-97. Printed re: architecture
- 98. Obituaries and clippings re: others
Atterbury, Grosvenor, 1869-1956
Landerholm, Alex, 1887-
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials- NewYork Metropolitan
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-
Architecture-20th century-United States
Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Alumni