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INVENTORY OF THE REYNER BANHAM PAPERS, 1877-1988, undated, bulk 1960-1988
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related archival materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Reyner Banham papers
    Date (inclusive): 1877-1988, undated (bulk 1960-1988)
    Number: 910009
    Creator/Collector: Banham, Reyner
    Physical Description: 20.7 linear feet (29 boxes, 5 flatfiles)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: British-born architectural historian and critic, educator, and editor, 1922-1988. The collection contains draft manuscripts, printed material and research notes for eight of Banham's published books, for unpublished projects, and many articles and reviews related to the history of architecture and design. Included are the notes and manuscripts for his public lectures and his teaching. Other files document his participation on design juries and his consultation work.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Reyner Banham (1922-1988) was a British-born architectural historian, critic, and educator. He taught at the University of London, SUNY Buffalo, New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. His writings and lectures influenced a generation of architects and historians of modern architecture. Banham's writings include reviews, journalistic and scholarly essays, and monographs. Of his many monographs, perhaps the best known are: Theory and design in the first machine age (1960), Los Angeles: the architecture of four ecologies (1971), Architecture of the well-tempered environment (1984), and Concrete Atlantis (1986). After his death, Mary Banham edited A critic writes, a compilation of Banham's essays (1996).

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Reyner Banham Papers, 1877-1988, undated, bulk 1960-1988, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 910009.

    Acquisition Information

    The Getty acquired the bulk of the papers from Mary Banham in 1991. The International Design Conference in Aspen material was added in 1993.

    Processing History

    Kelly Nipper processed the collection in 1996; further processing occurred in 2000. Emmabeth Nanol physically reprocessed the collection and made minor changes to the finding aid under the supervision of Ann Harrison in 2012.

    Related archival materials

    The Getty Research Institute holds further material relating to Series VI. International Design Conference in Aspen. See also the International Design Conference in Aspen records, 1949-2006, Accession no. 2007.M.7.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains research notes, manuscripts, and printed materials for eight of Reyner Banham's published books, for unpublished projects, and many articles and reviews related to the history of modern and contemporary architecture and design. Included are the notes and manuscripts for his public lectures and his teaching. Other files document his participation on design juries and his consultation work. Printed materials and reports from the International Design Conference in Aspen (1950-1988) document Banham's involvement with the Aspen design conference during its formative years.

    Arrangement note

    The papers are arranged in six series: .Series I. Book manuscripts, 1877-1987; Series II. Articles and reviews, 1970-1988, undated; Series III. Conferences, lectures, symposia, 1965-1988, undated; Series IV. Consulting and design juries, 1966-1988, undated; Series V. Miscellaneous papers, 1913-1988, undated; Series VI. International Design Conference in Aspen, 1950-1988, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Banham, Reyner
    Herron, Ron
    Piano, Renzo
    Ransome, Ernest L. (Ernest Leslie), 1844-1917
    Rogers, Richard George
    Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Brooklyn Museum
    International Design Conference in Aspen
    Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
    Tennessee Valley Authority

    Subjects - Topics

    Architecture--California--Los Angeles
    Architecture--Historiography
    Architecture--United States--20th century
    Buildings--Environmental engineering
    Concrete construction-United States
    High technology

    Subjects - Places

    Buffalo (N.Y.)--Buildings
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Description and travel

    Subjects - Titles

    Architecture of the well-tempered environment Aspen papers Concrete Atlantis Los Angeles: the architecture of four ecologies Megastructure Scenes in America Deserta

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Blueprints (reprographic copies)
    Negatives
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original

    Contributors

    Piano, Renzo
    Price, Cedric
    Rogers, Richard George
    Waterhouse, Alan