Wallace K. Harrison architectural drawings and papers, 1913-1986

Wallace K. Harrison architectural drawings and papers, 1913-1986 (bulk 1930-1980)
Papers: approx. 13 linear ft;
Drawings: 2,415
Collection I not organized into series. Collection II organized into the following series: I. Personal papers; II. Personal papers projects; III. Photographs larger projects; IV. Photographs smaller projects; V. Photographs people; VI. Oversize photographs various projects/portraits; VII. Slides various projects.
Arrangement: Collection I arranged by format of material and thereunder by project or subject. Collection II arranged as follows - I. Personal papers: arranged alphabetically by subject title; II. Personal papers projects: arranged alphabetically by project title; III. Photographs larger projects: arranged chronologically by project completion date; IV. Photographs smaller projects: arranged by project or subject title; V. Photographs people: arranged by name or subject title; VI. Oversize photographs various projects/portraits: arranged by project or subject title; VII. Slides various projects: arranged by project title.
Finding Aid
Finding aid available online. See Online Link.
Architectural drawings, photographs, correspondence, notes, speeches, manuscripts, press releases, clippings, memoranda, printed material, job lists, curriculam vitae, contracts, articles, and other material related to Wallace K. Harrison's architectural projects. The collection also contains a significant amount of material regarding Harrison's position as director of the Office of Inter-American Affairs, director of planning of the United Nations Headquarters and biographical material. There are a total of 32 boxes of material of which 11 consist of photographs. Photographers include Wendy Barrows, Shirley Burden, George Cserna, Y[uzo] Nagata, and Ezra Stoller, among many others. There is also a collection of 148 art books that belonged to Harrison referred to as his "doodle books." A list of these books with brief descriptions of where Harrison drew in them is contained in the finding aid. Projects documented include Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera House, Rockefeller Center, Albany Mall (Empire State Plaza), United Nations, X City, ALCOA building, Corning Glass building, First Presbyterian Church, La Guardia Airport, Socony-Mobil building, Battery Park City, Radio City Music Hall, New York World's Fair (1939 and 1964), Institute for Advanced Study, National Academy of Science, Pahlavi National Library Competition, Oberlin College's Hall Auditorium, Pershing Memorial, Rockefeller University, Hopkins Center, The Anchorage, Avila Hotel, and numerous other buildings and residences.
Biographical / Historical Note
Wallace K. Harrison, (1895-1981), was an American modernist architect. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, where as a teenager he worked for the contractor O.W. Norcross and the architectural firm Frost & Chamberlain. Beginning in 1916, the architectural firms for which Harrison worked were McKim, Mead & White; Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson; Frank J. Helmle & Harvey Wiley Corbett; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Harrison & Fouilhoux; Harrison, Fouilhoux & Abramovitz; and others. He also did free-lance work for Raymond Hood. Harrison served in World War I as a Navy ensign aboard a subchaser. After the war, Harrison attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he spent a year in the atelier of Gustave Umbdenstock. He was also a winner of a Rotch Travelling Scholarship in 1922. Harrison had a long-standing personal and professional relationship with Nelson A. Rockefeller which began while he was workig on Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller established the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, where Harrison served as assistant coordinator in 1941 and director in 1945. Harrison won numerous awards, including the New York Architectural League's Gold Medal in 1936 and the American Institute of Architect's Gold Medal in 1967.
Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.
Harrison's architectural drawings and papers are divided into two parts: Collection I (accession number 1981.001) and Collection II (accession number 1989.002). Both parts of the collection have their own finding aid but are bound together in a single volume. The drawings for both parts of the Harrison collection have been cataloged separately in RLIN VIM. Collection I contains 2,050 drawings and Collection II contains 365 drawings. The first part of Harrison's papers (1981.001) consists of material that was given to Avery Library by Mrs. Harrison in 1981. The second part of his papers (1989.002) consists of material that was borrowed by Victoria Newhouse for her book titled Wallace K. Harrison, Architect. This borrowed material was removed from Harrison's papers before they were given to Avery Library. In 1989, when Newhouse's book was published, the material was given to Avery Library to be rejoined with the material from which it was removed. The material borrowed by Newhouse has not been interfiled with the first part of the collection because of the numerous printed references already made to the collection.
For additional holdings on the firm of Harrison & Abramovitz, consult collections for the individual partners.
Publications: Newhouse, Victoria. Wallace K. Harrison, Architect. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1989.
Cite As
Wallace K. Harrison architectural drawings and papers, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
Abramovitz, Max, 1908-2004.
Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976.
Barrows, Wendy.
Burden, Shirley.
Corbett, Harvey Wiley.
Cserna, George.
Damora, Robert M.
Duryea, Drix.
Fassbender, Adolf.
Ferriss, Hugh, 1889-1962.
Fouilhoux, Jacques André, 1879-1945.
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924.
Harrison, Ellen.
Kilham, Walter Harrington, 1904-
Koehler, George E.
Léger, Fernand, 1881-1955.
Moses, Robert, 1888-1981.
Nagata, Yuzo.
Oppenheimer, Robert, 1942-
Rockefeller, John D., III (John Davison), 1906-1978.
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.
Sert, José María, 1874-1945.
Stoller, Ezra.
Albert Milton residence (Washington, Conn.)
Aluminaire house (Huntington, N.Y.)
Aluminum Company of America building (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
American Battle Monuments Commission.
Anchorage (Seal Harbor, Me.)
Astoria Houses (Astoria, N.Y.)
Avila Hotel (Caracas, Venezuela)
Clinton Hill Apartments (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Corning Glass building (Corning, N.Y.)
Corning Glass building (New York, N.Y.)
Hopkins Center.
David Milton residence (Bermuda)
First Presbyterian Church (Stamford, Conn.)
Fort Greene Houses (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Harrison and Abramovitz.
Harrison residence (Hungtington, N.Y.)
Hawes Guest House (Pocantico, N.Y.)
IBM World Trade Corporation (New York, N.Y.)
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)
International Basic Economy Corporation.
International Committee of Architects.
Johnson (J. Seward) residence (Princeton, N.J.)
Julian Street, Jr. residence (Scarborough, N.Y.)
La Guardia Airport.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Metropolitan Opera House.
Lodge (Pocantico, N.Y.)
Master Apartments building (New York, N.Y.)
Morningside Gardens (New York, N.Y.)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Proposed North Plaza of Rockefeller Center.
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
New York Aquarium (Coney Island, New York, N.Y.)
Oberlin College. Hall Auditorium.
Pardee residence (Bermuda Islands)
Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. (Allentown, Pa.)
Radio City Music Hall (New York, N.Y.)
Republic National Bank (Dallas, Tex.)
Rockefeller Apartments (New York, N.Y.)
Rockefeller Center.
Rockefeller Institute.
Rockefeller University.
Rockefeller University. Caspary Auditorium.
Socony-Mobil Building (New York, N.Y.). entrance.
United Nations > Buildings.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
United States. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs.
William A.M. Burden residence (Florida)
William A.M. Burden residence (Northeast Harbor, Me.)
X City (New York, N.Y.)
New York World's Fair (1939-1940 : New York, N.Y.). Consolidated Edison. Electric Utilities Exhibit. Electrified Farm. Trylon and Perisphere.
New York World's Fair (1964-1965 : New York, N.Y.). Hall of Science.
Architectural photography.
Architecture > New York (State) > Albany.
Architecture > New York (State) > New York.
Architecture > Washington (D.C.)
Architecture > New York (State) > New York > History > 20th century.
Architecture > United States > History > 20th century.
Buildings > New York (State) > New York.
Kitábkhánahí Pahlaví Library Competition.
Memorials > Washington (D.C.)
Monuments > Washington (D.C.)
Theaters > New York (State) > New York.
Battery Park City (New York, N.Y.)
Empire State Plaza (Albany, N.Y.)
Pershing Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
Washington Square (New York, N.Y.)
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