These papers document the centennial celebration of the Columbia University Department of Architecture (1881-1981). There were two main parts of this celebration; an exhibit which was held at the National Academy of Design from December 9, 1981 - January 30, 1982, and a catalog of this exhibit entitled The Making of an Architect. The majority of these papers are from the years 1980 and 1981.
The papers related to The Making of an Architect are arranged chronologically, as the catalog is arranged. Each section or chapter was written by a different author. There are drafts of chapters and footnotes, galleys of chapters and footnotes, correspondence concerning the book, and research materials which was gathered by the authors. Of particular interest is the material on the 1968 strike which can be found in Chapter 12.
An important part of the research material that was gathered for the catalog and the celebration are the interviews which were done with a number of people who were related to the department in various ways over the years. Transcripts of these interviews are arranged alphabetically by the person interviewed.
The papers related to the exhibition consist of correspondence concerning the exhibition, loan agreements, and a copy of the exhibition text.
The Mapping Project was part of the exhibition which identified buildings created by alumni of the Columbia University School of Architecture in the metropolitan New York City area. Related to this project are correspondence and a large section of lists of projects arranged by architect.
Photographs were gathered as illustrations for the book and for the exhibit. While many of these photographs are identified and arranged by chapter to correspond with the book, there are also many that are not identified. Many of the corresponding negatives are also included.