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INVENTORY OF THE REYNER BANHAM PAPERS, 1877-1988, undated, bulk 1960-1988
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Series I. Book manuscripts, Bulk, 1982-1987 1877-1987, undated

Physical Description: 12.71 linear feet (13 boxes, 2 flatfiles)

Scope and Content Note

Includes notes, drafts, printed material, correspondence, reviews and other research materials for Banham's Los Angeles: the architecture of four ecologies (1971), Megastructure (1976), Buffalo: an architectural guide (1981), Scenes in American Deserta (1982), Architecture of the well-tempered environment (1984), Concrete Atlantis (1986), Visions of Ron Herron (1990), and "Making architecture: the paradoxes of hi-tech" (unpublished). The bulk of the material in the series derives from Scenes in America Deserta and Concrete Atlantis. Banham's unpublished project on "High-Tech" architecture includes fairly extensive research materials on the works of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.

Arrangement note

Arranged by publication.
 

Scenes in America Deserta, 1970-1982, undated

 

Research materials, 1970-1980, undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Papers

Scope and Content Note

Includes: clippings; maps; black-and-white photographs; some manuscript materials.
Box 28, Folder 1

Color photograph and slide

Box 1, Folder 2

Multiple manuscripts, 1976-1981, undated

 

Correspondence and printed materials, 1975-1982, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes notes and some manuscripts.
Box 1, Folder 3-4

Papers

Box 27*, Folder 1

Oversize map of Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park

 

Concrete Atlantis, 1877-1987, undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence and research, 1963-1985

Scope and Content Note

Letters, notes, manuscript proposal, and printed matter.
Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1982-1986

Scope and Content Note

Most letters regard publication, with some manuscripts.
Box 2, Folder 3

Annotated drafts, undated

Box 2, Folder 4-6

Manuscript, 1986, undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Reviews, 1986-1987

 

Photographs, undated

Scope and Content Note

Some figures missing.
Box 3, Folder 1

Lists and annotated photocopies of photographs

Box 3, Folder 2

One set of numbered illustrations

Scope and Content Note

Mostly 5 x 7 black-and-white prints.
Box 3, Folder 3-7

Figures 3 to 128

Scope and Content Note

Mostly 8 x 10 black-and-white prints. Some prints with multiple copies.
Box 4, Folder 1

Illustrations 1 to 14

Box 4, Folder 2

Kellog

Box 4, Folder 3-5

Other photographs and contact sheets

Box 29

Color photographs, negatives and slides

Scope and Content Note

Includes MIT Graphic Arts: Photo Department; Figure #199; Kellog.
 

Illustrations and printed materials, 1953-1984, undated

Box 4, Folder 6-9

Papers

Box 27*, Folder 2

Oversize

Box 4, Folder 10

HAER inventory, 1907-1919

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) survey records of buildings.
 

Research materials, 1877-1985

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of articles and illustrations, printed materials, and manuscripts.
Box 5, Folder 1-6

General

Box 25, Folder 1

Oversize

Box 6, Folder 1

This is tomorrow, 1956, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Photocopy of catalogue, published 1956, plus manuscript outline, dated 1987.
Box 6, Folder 2

Megastructure, 1961-1982, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes proposal, bibliography, notes.
Box 6, Folder 3

Visions of Ron Herron, 1984 -1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes photocopies of sketches, notes, letters.
 

Architecture of the well-tempered environment, 1903, 1967, 1982-1983, undated

Box 6, Folder 4-6

Papers and drawings, 1967, 1982-1983, undated

Flatfile 1**

Blueprints and sketches, 1903, undated

 

Los Angeles: the architecture of four ecologies, circa 1970

Box 7, Folder 1

Notes, drawings and printed materials

Scope and Content Note

Includes maps and postcards.
Box 7, Folder 2-5

Black-and-white photographs and postcards

Box 25, Folder 2

Oversize

Box 28, Folder 2

Negatives

Box 7, Folder 6

Buffalo: an architectural guide, 1978-1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Research materials including photocopies of articles and illustrations, notes and manuscripts.
 

High-Tech book project, 1965-1987, undated

 

Research materials, 1965-1986

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, photocopies of articles and printed materials.
Box 8, Folder 1-2

General

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, photocopies of articles and printed materials.
Box 25, Folder 3

Oversize

Box 8, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1983-1987

Box 8, Folder 4

Draft outline, introduction and proposal, 1987

Box 8, Folder 5-6

Publications and promotional materials, 1980-1985

Scope and Content Note

Includes promotional packet for Nicholas Grimshaw and partners.
Box 9, Folder 1-2

Richard Rogers research, 1977-1986

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of articles.
 

Renzo Piano research, undated

Scope and Content Note

See also Box 17.
 

General

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials relating to FIAT-Lingotto and Torino.
Box 9, Folder 3-4

Papers

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of articles and photographs, some of FIAT in Lingotto and Torino.
Box 28, Folder 3

Color photograph

Box 9, Folder 5

IRCAM: Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music (Paris, France, 1973-1977)

 

Fiat VSS experimental vehicle (Turin, Italy, 1978-1980)

Box 9, Folder 6

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 28, Folder 4

Slides

 

Progetto delle stazioni per la metropolitana genovese (Genova, 1983)

Box 9, Folder 7

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 28, Folder 5

Color photographs

Box 9, Folder 8

"Il Prometeo" di L. Nono (Venezia-Milano, 1983-1984)

 

Piano and Palladio (1986)

Scope and Content Note

Civic and cultural centre: rehabilitation of basilica, Vicenza.
Box 9, Folder 9

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 25, Folder 4

Photocopies of plans and drawings

 

Industrialized construction system for evolving-type homes (Perugia, Italy, 1978) and One-family homes (Cusago, Milan, Italy, 1972-1974)

Box 9, Folder 10

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 28, Folder 6

Color photographs

Box 9, Folder 11

IBM travelling exhibition (1982)

Box 9, Folder 12

Montecchio Maggiore (Vicenza, Italy, 1984-1985)

 

Stadio San Nicola (Bari, Italy)

Scope and Content Note

Opened in 1990.
Box 9, Folder 13

Black-and-white photographs

Box 28, Folder 7

Color photograph

Flatfile 2**

Oversize

Box 9, Folder 14

Palazetto dello sport (Ravenna, Italy, 1986)

Box 9, Folder 15

Cedric Price research, 1979-1987

Scope and Content Note

Clippings, notes, letters and photocopies.
 

Series II. Articles and reviews, circa 1970-1988, undated

Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)

Scope and Content Note

Series includes notes, manuscripts, whole issues of magazines and tear sheets of articles written by Banham, published in Casabella, Art in America, A+U, New Society, and other publications.

Arrangement note

Arranged in rough chronological order.
Box 10, Folder 1-2

Notes for articles, 1970s-1988

Scope and Content Note

3 notebooks and a few loose pages, with handwritten versions of articles, including one on the TVA [Tennessee Valley Authority].
 

Published articles (photocopies), 1974-1980

Box 10, Folder 3

"A question of magic," 1976

Box 10, Folder 3

"Buffalo Archaeological," 1980

Box 10, Folder 3

"Catacombs of the Modern Movement," 1980

Box 10, Folder 3

"Europe and American Design," 1974

Box 10, Folder 4

"Valley of the Dams," 1977 July 21

Scope and Content Note

About the TVA, in New Society (whole issue).
Box 10, Folder 5

"Ransome at Bayonne," 1983

Scope and Content Note

Typed manuscript in 2 versions, with notes, apparently written for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), 1983.
Box 10, Folder 6

Correspondence regarding Banham article, 1985

Scope and Content Note

For article on "Modern Nomadism" (called "Domesticity of movement") for catalog of the 17 triennale di Milano.
Box 10, Folder 7

"The Most Beautiful Power Plant in the World," 1985 November

Scope and Content Note

In California (whole issue).
Box 10, Folder 8

"Art space angst," 1986 January 24

Scope and Content Note

Published article about the Lloyds of London building by Richard Rogers, in New Society (whole issue). See also: Box 10, Folder 20 for another article, in manuscript, about Lloyds building.
Box 10, Folder 9

"Modern monuments," 1986 November 14

Scope and Content Note

In New Society (whole issue).
Box 10, Folder 10

Interview with Reyner Banham, 1986 March

Scope and Content Note

In Progressive Architecture (PA); several sets of tear sheets, plus whole issue.
 

"In the neighborhood of art," 1981-1987

Box 10, Folder 11

General, 1981-1987

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, receipts, notes, Banham's manuscript and research for article about the De Menil museum for Art in America, June 1987.
Box 10, Folder 12

Art in America (whole issue), 1987 June

Box 25, Folder 5

The Architecture and Design: Review of Houston, 1981

Box 10, Folder 13

"Well Suited to Its Site and Institution," 1987 May

Scope and Content Note

Tear sheets from magazine, Architecture, about Elena Baskin Visual Arts Studios.
Box 10, Folder 14

"Making Architecture: The High Craft of Renzo Piano," 1987

Scope and Content Note

Two copies of typed manuscript called "Making architecture," for A+U magazine, with letter from Banham to the magazine.
Box 10, Folder 15

Book reviews, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts, for TLS ( Times Literary Supplement); with letter to the paper from Banham.
 

Casabella, 1984-1987, undated

Box 10, Folder 16

Correspondence, 1984-1987

Scope and Content Note

Letters from Casabella editors and Banham's carbon copy replies, regarding articles he is writing for the magazine.
Box 10, Folder 17

"The Engineering of Utopia," 1987

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript of article on the Tennessee Valley Authority and with letters from Banham.
Box 10, Folder 18

Museums: U.S.A., undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript.
Box 10, Folder 19

"End of Silicon Valley," 1987

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript and letter from Banham.
 

Other articles, undated

Box 10, Folder 20

"Grain Elevators: Symbol and Substance"

Scope and Content Note

Proposal for an article.
Box 10, Folder 20

"The Quality of Modernism"

Box 10, Folder 20

The English Terraced House

Box 10, Folder 20

MIT Press book reports

Box 10, Folder 20

"New Lloyds of Old London"

Box 10, Folder 20

"A Black Box: the Secret Profession of Architecture"

Scope and Content Note

Unpublished article.
Box 10, Folder 20

"Fagus & Fiat"

Box 10, Folder 20

"The Becher Vision"

 

Series III. Conferences, lectures, symposia, 1965-1988, undated

Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, printed material and manuscripts related to research on Frank Lloyd Wright's Ocatillo project, 1980; a 1980 lecture at the Neuberger Museum; a conference presentation at the University of Delaware, 1981; L'Americanisme et la modernité colloquium, Paris 1985; Open Spaces, City Places conference, Tucson 1987; and the SE/SAH 1987 conference lecture (about the TVA) in Knoxville, Tennessee. The series also includes multiple manuscripts of a 1988 undelivered lecture titled, "A Set of Actual Movements." Teaching materials course outlines and a bound course reader from Banham's classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), with some emphasis on "High-Tech" architecture, are also found in this series.

Arrangement note

Conferences and lectures are arranged by venues, with teaching papers, mostly UCSC materials, at the end of the series.
Box 12, Folder 1

"A set of actual monuments," 1988 February 8

Scope and Content Note

1 handwritten and 2 typed versions of lecture in manuscript, with heading: "An inaugural lecture which was not delivered on Monday Feb. 8, 1988 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, by Reyner Banham, First Sheldon H. Solon Professor of the History of Architecture."
 

SE/SAH conference, 1965, 1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Southeast chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Box 12, Folder 2

Problems of the Art Gallery, 1984-1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Letters and printed material relate to lecture and travel arrangements.
Box 12, Folder 3

TVA lecture, 1965, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript of lecture (1987), and transcript of interview (1965) with architect of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). See also: TVA article in Box 10.
Box 28, Folder 8

Color photograph, undated

Box 12, Folder 4

Open Spaces, City Places Conference, Tucson, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Conference held November 19-21; 2 copies of manuscript of Banham's lecture ("Riders of the empurpled page") with slide list, letters and printed program.
Box 12, Folder 5

Colloque L'Americanisme et la modernité, Paris, 1985-1986

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, printed conference material, manuscript of Banham's lecture, and notes. Symposium at École des Hautes études en Sciences Sociales l'Institut Français d'Architecture, October 23-25, 1985.
 

University of Delaware conference paper, 1980-1981

Box 12, Folder 6

Papers

Scope and Content Note

Includes manuscript of "What the Traffic Would Bear," slide list and correspondence.
Box 25, Folder 6

Poster

 

Frank Lloyd Wright's Ocatillo Desert Camp project, 1980-1983

Box 12, Folder 7

Papers

Scope and Content Note

Research files on F.L. Wright's Ocatillo camp (for lecture?): manuscripts (by Colin Flavin and Neil Levine) and correspondence.
Box 28, Folder 9

Slide

Box 12, Folder 8

Neuberger Museum lecture, 1980

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript of lecture and slide list.
Box 13, Folder 1

Notebook, 1985-1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Handwritten notes regard travel, lectures, research, and readings. Includes some notes for Paris' "A et M," 1985 and Tucson's "WOTPS," 1987.
Box 13, Folder 2

Other lectures, 1970-1986

Scope and Content Note

IDCA talk, 1970 (photocopy), See also: Series VI for more IDCA materials; Berkeley chat, 1986 (notes); Manuscript of lecture for SAH 1981 annual meeting; transcript of lecture at SUNY, Buffalo School of Architecture and Environmental Design, circa 1983.
 

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) 1981-1988, undated

Box 13, Folder 3

Course material, undated

Scope and Content Note

Bound reader of photocopied articles about palaces.
Box 13, Folder 4-5

Winter course: The Rise of High Tech Architecture, 1981-1988

Scope and Content Note

Course description, preliminary material for teaching, correspondence, course reader (bound photocopied articles), book lists and other materials for course.
Box 13, Folder 6

Slide lists, undated

 

Series IV. Consulting and design juries, 1966-1988, undated

Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 flatfile)

Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts, correspondence, photocopies of articles, photographs, drawings and printed materials regarding Banham's involvements as a juror for the Brooklyn Museum competition, 1986 and Progetto Bicocca, 1986; expert for renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house, 1986; essayist for Museum of Moving Image exhibit proposal. Also includes materials relating to Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) exhibit Blueprint for modern living, 1989 including 3 versions of NEH grant applications.

Arrangement note

Arranged by project.
 

Brooklyn Museum Competition, 1966-1986, undated

Scope and Content Note

Regards a publication about the competition, and Banham's involvement.
Box 14, Folder 1-3

Catalogue introduction (by Banham) and competition documents, 1966-1986, undated

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript, photocopies of clippings and correspondence.
Flatfile 3**

Brooklyn Museum drawings, undated

Scope and Content Note

Blueprint architectural drawings (6) and photocopied illustrations (2) of the Brooklyn Museum.
 

Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses, 1985-circa 1988

Scope and Content Note

An exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) in 1989.
Box 15, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1985-1987

Scope and Content Note

Most correspondence with Elizabeth Smith, regards planning the exhibit and related events; abstract essay by Thomas Hines; with printed materials about the project and NEH grant.
Box 15, Folder 2-4

NEH [National Endowment for the Humanities] grant applications, 1986

Scope and Content Note

Working title: Case Study Houses: History and Legacy. 3 versions of the application.
Box 15, Folder 5

"Klarheit, Ehrlichkeit, Einfachkeit...and wit too! The Case-study Houses in the World's Eyes," circa 1988

Scope and Content Note

Banham lecture about case study houses, for MOCA.
Box 15, Folder 6

Grant application assessments, 1981, undated

Scope and Content Note

Banham's draft letters of evaluation for 2 grant applications: Léon Ploegaerts study of Henry van de Velde, 1981; and Design Communications grant, undated, to document the Doumani house (Venice, California).
Box 15, Folder 7

Progetto Bicocca jury, 1985-1986

Scope and Content Note

Banham manuscript, "BICOCCA '86" and correspondence and printed material
Box 15, Folder 8

Robie house cooling and ventilation recommendations, 1985

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence and printed material.
Box 15, Folder 9

Motion Picture Design and Vernacular Architecture, 1986-1987

Scope and Content Note

Printed material regarding Museum of the Moving Image; correspondence with Donald Albrecht regarding grant application proposal.
 

Series V. Miscellaneous papers, 1913-1988, undated

Physical Description: 1.8 linear feet (3 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Series comprises curriculum vitae; professional correspondence including letters from Columbia University regarding teaching for summer session, 1982 and Banham's Sheldon W. H. Solow professorship at New York University, 1987; printed materials including Alan Waterhouse's manuscript; four spiral-bound volumes of drawings and texts of Renzo Piano's works; research on ventilation and solar power and Rudolph Schindler.

Arrangement note

Arranged topically. Correspondence is further arranged by date except for two groupings of letters regarding Banham's teaching at Columbia University and his Sheldon H. Solow professorship, NYU.
Box 16, Folder 1

Curriculum vitae, circa 1984

 

Correspondence, 1976-1987, undated

Box 16, Folder 2

Columbia University, 1981-1985

Scope and Content Note

Regards teaching summer session.
Box 16, Folder 3

Sheldon H. Solow professorship, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, 1987

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence regards bringing Banham to NYU (New York University) and includes material for his inaugural lecture. See also: Box 12, folder 1 for manuscript of proposed lecture.
Box 16, Folder 4

1976-1982

Box 16, Folder 5

1983-1984

Box 16, Folder 6

1985-1986

Box 16, Folder 7

1987

Box 16, Folder 8

undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes some notes.
Box 16, Folder 9

SAH materials, 1980-1985

Box 16, Folder 10

Banham's proposal: Art & Technology: The Elusive Synthesis, undated

Box 16, Folder 11

Various notes and printed materials, 1982-1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of draft historical survey report regarding the New York harbor and "The Independent Group: towards a redefinition" by Anne Massey; materials regarding The Charles E. Peterson Prize.
Box 16, Folder 12

Alan Waterhouse manuscript, 1980

Scope and Content Note

"Architecture, urbanization and the state;" "The effects of architectural commodities on land use patterns;" application for research grant (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).
Box 16, Folder 13

Computer print-out of Banham files, circa 1988

 

Renzo Piano material, 1986-1987, undated

Scope and Content Note

1 loose drawing (reproduction) and 4 spiral-bound volumes of drawings and text (photocopies).
Box 17

Drawing of unidentified Turin building, undated

Scope and Content Note

reproduction of (1916) drawing showing elevation and sections
Box 17

Bercy Commercial Centre, 1987

Box 17

Palazzo dello sport, Ravenna, 1986 October

Scope and Content Note

Building workshop S.R.L.
Box 17

Progetto per il nuovo stadio, 1987 February

Scope and Content Note

Includes 4 photographs.
Box 17

Extension IRCAM: construction report, Paris, 1987

Box 11, Folder 1-7

Heating, ventilation and solar power, 1913-1988, undated

Box 11, Folder 7

R.M. Schindler, 1975

Scope and Content Note

A + U: A Monthly Journal of World Architecture and Urbanism, No. 59.
 

Series VI. International Design Conference in Aspen, 1950-1988, undated

Physical Description: 4.2 linear feet (8 boxes, 2 flatfiles)

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, reports and printed matter, including conference materials, relate to Banham's involvement in the IDCA, as well as his project to document the history of the conference in his monograph The Aspen Papers (1974).

Arrangement note

Arranged in three groupings: manuscripts containing Banham's manuscripts for publication, The Aspen Papers; twenty years of design theory from the International Design Conference in Aspen; correspondence regarding the publication; research materials including correspondence, photographs, conference papers and printed materials.
 

Manuscripts, 1965-1973, undated

Box 18, Folder 1-4

Aspen Reader, 1965-1973, undated

Box 18, Folder 5

Portions of the 1st and 2nd Aspen conferences (by Banham?), undated

Box 18, Folder 6

Correspondence regarding The Aspen Papers, 1969-1973

Scope and Content Note

Regards book project, published in 1974.
 

Research materials, 1950-1988, undated

Box 18, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1950-1968, undated

 

Transcripts, 1953-1970, undated

Box 18, Folder 8

John Allpass and Peter Eisenman interview, 1968

Box 18, Folder 9

Arthur Cohen, 1962

Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts and correspondence.
Box 18, Folder 10

J. Gordon Lippincott, undated

Box 18, Folder 11

William Lynch talk, 1965

Box 18, Folder 12

Nikolaus Pevsner, 1953

Box 18, Folder 13

Cora T. Walker, 1970

Box 18, Folder 10

Miscellaneous, 1968-1970, undated

 

Lists and photographs, 1951-1972

Box 18, Folder 15

Committee lists (most photocopies), 1951-1972

Box 18, Folder 16

Chairman and speakers lists, 1951-1968

Box 18, Folder 17

Attendance list, 1951-1954

Box 19, Folder 1-2

Photographs of speakers and panelists, circa 1965-1968

Box 19, Folder 3

Annual report, 1951-1960

 

Conference papers, 1951-1988

Box 19, Folder 4-13

1951-1959

Box 20, Folder 1-11

1960-1969

Scope and Content Note

Includes some correspondence, printed material.
Box 21, Folder 1-3

1970

Scope and Content Note

List of participants.
Box 21, Folder 4

1971

Scope and Content Note

List of participants.
Box 21, Folder 7

1988

 

Graphic materials, 1951-1988, undated

Scope and Content Note

Bound conference papers, brochures and pamphlets.
Box 21, Folder 8-11

1951-1959

Box 21, Folder 12-15

1960-1963

Box 22, Folder 1-6

1964-1969

Box 22, Folder 7-12

1970-1979

Box 23, Folder 1-9

1980-1988

Box 23, Folder 10

Design Quarterly, 1986-1987

Box 23, Folder 11

Aspen Institute, 1970, undated

Box 25, Folder 7

Oversize

 

Posters

Box 26

1974

Flatfile 4**

1960-1973, 1975-1980

Flatfile 5**

The Towering Inferno (1974)

 

Printed materials about IDCA, 1951-1970, undated

Scope and Content Note

Calling cards; pamphlets; Impressions from the Design Conference of Aspen by R. Hunter Middleton and Alexander Ebin, 1951; clippings; full issue publications.
Box 24, Folder 1-3

General

Box 25, Folder 8

Oversize

Box 24, Folder 4-5

Speakers statements and biographies, 1963