Max Abramovitz architectural records and papers, 1925-1990

Max Abramovitz architectural records and papers, 1925-1990.
14,400 drawings.
32 boxes : archival materials.
5,000 photographs.
36.75 linear ft. : specification notebooks.
12 linear ft. : reprint tearsheets.
This collection is organized into nine series: Personal Papers; Professional Papers; Office Records; Project Records; United Nations; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Battery Park City; Art and Artifacts; and Additional Donations.
The collection contains over 14,500 drawings, over 5,000 photographs, 24 boxes of manuscript material, 7 boxes of oversize material, 23 boxes of financial records, 5 boxes of reprint tear sheets, and 36.75 linear feet of specification notebooks, photo albums, sketchbooks, art and artifacts.
The collection spans the years 1926-1995 and includes architectural drawings, photographs, correspondence, photo albums, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, financial records, reprint tear sheets, specification notebooks, art and artifacts related to the professional work, faculty work, and personal life of New York City architect Max Abramovitz. Of special note in this collection are seven original renderings (1987.005) by Hugh Ferriss for projects designed by Harrison & Abramovitz.
This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Archives and Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. Portions of this collections may be maintained in off-site storage and will be retrieved with advance notification only; for further details, please consult the staff of the Dept. of Drawings & Archives. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email
Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director of Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.
For additional holdings on the firm of Harrison & Abramovitz, consult collections for the individual partners.
Gift of Max Abramovitz in thirteen accessions. He gave his first gift to Avery Library in 1987. These seven Hugh Ferriss drawings (1987.005) form part of the Library's Hugh Ferriss architectural drawings collection. He donated his own drawings and papers in ten installments during the years 1990-1997 (1990.003, 1990.007, 1991.002, 1992.017, 1993.001, 1993.006, 1994.014, 1995.022, 1996.020, 1997.004). The bulk of the collection came in the 1997 accession. At the request of Max Abramovitz, the papers that he deposited at Syracuse University in 1965 were transferred to Avery Library in 1997 (1997.001). The architect also requested that his papers deposited at the University of Wyoming in 1983 be transferred to Avery. This collection was accessioned in 1998 (1998.003).
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Max Abramovitz architectural records and papers. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
Language Note
In English.
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