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College of Architecture Records


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Student Projects and Papers, 1928-1961

Correspondence, 1917-1938

Project Design Proposals

Department Files


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College of Architecture Records, 1912-1993 | WUA University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: College of Architecture Records, 1912-1993Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/01/wua00076

Primary Creator: College of Architecture - Washington University in St. Louis

Extent: 18.0 Linear Feet


Organized into five series:

Series 01: Student Projects and Papers

Series 02:  Correspondence, 1917-1938

Series 03:  Project Design Proposals (divided by level of study, includes scrapbooks with the circulars and proposals for the various design problems)

Series 04:  Department Files

Series 05:  Oversized

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains a variety of materials from the School of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, including student work, departmental correspondence, project design proposals, and department files.

Collection Historical Note

The Washington University School of Architecture was originally part of the School of Engineering and Architecture.  The program was first housed in Cupples I, and the first professor of architecture, Frederick M. Mann, came to teach.  In 1910, the School of Architecture was separated from the engineering program as a separate unit.  It is one of the 10 founding members of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Twenty years later, Joseph Givens, whose father had been the architect for the university’s first (downtown) campus, donated money for the construction of a new building to house the School of Architecture -- Givens Hall, which opened in 1932.  Since then, deans of the school have included Alexander Langsdorf, Joseph Murphy, and Constantine E. Michaelides, who served in that position from 1973 to 1993, becoming one of the longest-serving dean at the university.  In 2005 the College of Architecture joined with the Art program as part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: The accruals are interfiled in the collection.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to access for series 01, 02, and 03.  Portions of series 04 are restricted and require permission of the creating department for access.  Class products remain copyrighted to the creating student.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method:

This material was transferred to the University Archives by the School of Architecture at various times, with bulk amounts in 1995 and 1996.


Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in April 2006; Updated by Samantha Halstead in February 2010. Updated by Sarah Gabriel in June 2017. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in June 2019.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in June 2012. Updated by Sarah Gabriel in June 2017. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in June 2019.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Student Projects and Papers, 1928-1961],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1917-1938],
[Series 3: Project Design Proposals],
[Series 4: Department Files],
[Series 5: Oversized],

Series 5: OversizedAdd to your cart.
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[Series 1: Student Projects and Papers, 1928-1961],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1917-1938],
[Series 3: Project Design Proposals],
[Series 4: Department Files],
[Series 5: Oversized],

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