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Finding Aid for the Don Polsky papers, 1953-2009
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Donald Perry Polsky (born September 20, 1928) is an American mid-century modern style architect. Polsky worked for the Richard Neutra firm early in his career (1953-1956), then continued with other firms and established his own in 1956. Polsky's works are influenced by Neutra and modernist architecture. Located in Southern California and Nebraska, his works are primarily single family residences, with some multi-family residential and commercial buildings. The Polsky papers contain publication features, a book of career highlights, and portfolios that define design problems faced by clients and Polsky's solutions using photographs and architectural plans.
Background
Donald Perry Polsky, an American mid-centruy modern style architect, was born on September 20, 1928. Polsky is known for his emphasis on intelligent simplicity, and combination of light with economy of line, plane and space. Polsky received his bachelor's of arts from the University of Nebraska College of Engineering and Architecture in 1951. Early in his career, Polsky worked as a Project Architect for the Richard Neutra from 1953 to 1956. Polsky then continued to work with other firms and in 1956 established his own architectural firm, Donald P. Polsky, AIA & Associates. After contributing greatly to architectural design in Southern California, Polsky brought his modern style to the Midwest in 1970 and settled in Omaha, Nebraska. Throughout his career Polsky has received many awards for his work, including a fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), one of the highest honors in the field. Other achievements include the AIA President's Award of Merit, the Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal for Architectural Excellence in the State of Nebraska, several other awards from AIA Nebraska and the AIA Omaha Section, and dozens of publication features.
Extent
2 document boxes (2 linear ft.) and 1 oversize flat box
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.