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Reginald R. Isaacs papers, circa 1842-1991, (bulk 1883-1985)

Creator:
Isaacs, Reginald R., 1911-1986  Search this
Subject:
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Davis, Charles H. (Charles Harold)  Search this
Gropius, Walter  Search this
Bauhaus  Search this
Type:
Writings
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Photographs
Exhibition catalogs
Topic:
Architects and community  Search this
International style (Architecture)  Search this
Architects in government  Search this
Architectural writing  Search this
Architects and housing developers  Search this
Architects  Search this
City planning  Search this
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Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6425
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215547
AAA_collcode_isaaregi
Theme:
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215547
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Reginald R. Isaacs papers

Creator:
Isaacs, Reginald R., 1911-  Search this
Names:
Bauhaus  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Pollock, Jackson, 1912-1956  Search this
Extent:
22.54 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Exhibition catalogs
Writings
Photographs
Date:
circa 1842-1991
bulk 1928-1991
Summary:
The papers of Reginald R. Isaacs measure 22.54 linear feet and date from 1842 to 1991, with the bulk of the material from 1928 to 1991. The collection includes Isaacs's personal and professional papers, as well as extensive research material he collected and created for his two-volume biography, Walter Gropius: The Man and His Work.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of of architect, instructor, writer, and city planner Reginald R. Isaacs (1911-1986) measure 22.54 linear feet and date from 1842 to 1991 with the bulk of the material dating from 1883 to 1985. The collection includes Isaacs's personal and professional papers, as well as extensive research material he collected and created for his two volume two-volume biography of Bauhaus architect, Walter Gropius: Walter Gropius: The Man and His Work. The bulk of Walter Gropius' papers are housed at the Busch Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, and the Bauhaus Archiv in Germany.

Series 1 to 12 contain contain biographical, legal, and financial material; personal and professional correspondence; project and subject files; writings and publications; teaching files; works of art; scrapbooks; printed material; and photographs relating to Isaacs' personal and professional career.

Series 13 forms the bulk of the collection and pertains specifically to the writing and publication of Isaacs' biography of Gropius. It contains research material, correspondence (much of it with Gropius), drafts of the manuscript, publication correspondence, photographs and illustrations, and printed material. Some of the research material, including some of the photographs and illustrations that were used in the biography, appear to have been original documents of Walter Gropius, while large portions of the material are photocopies of the originals, many of them in German.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into fourteen series. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1935-1986, undated (Boxes 1, 22; 8 folders)

Series 2: Legal Material, 1976-1984, undated (Box 1; 3 folders)

Series 3: Financial Material, 1945-1969 (Box 1; 2 folders)

Series 4: Correspondence, circa 1891, 1936-1986 (Boxes 1-2; 1.5 linear feet)

Series 5: Project Files, 1948-1980, undated (Box 2, OV 23; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 6: Subject Files, 1961-circa 1982, undated (Box 3; 2 folders)

Series 7: Writings, 1940-1986, undated (Boxes 3-4, 22; 2.0 linear feet)

Series 8: Teaching Files, 1954-1973 (Boxes 4-5; 1.0 linear foot)

Series 9: Works of Art, 1965-1967, undated (Box 5, OV 23; 3 folders)

Series 10: Scrapbooks, 1929-1969 (Box 5; 2 folders)

Series 11: Printed Material, 1842-1844, 1913-1986, undated (Box 5; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 12: Photographs, 1959-1981, undated (Boxes 5, 22; 7 folders)

Series 13: Walter Gropius Biography, circa 1880s-1991, undated (Boxes 6-22, OV 23, MGP 1, MGP 2, MGP 4; 16.0 linear feet)

Series 14: Unprocessed Addition, 1974-1985 (Box 24; 1.0 linear foot)
Biographical Note:
Born in Canada in 1911, Reginald R. Isaacs began working in architectural offices at age 14, later coming under the influence of "Beaux-Arts diplomes" at the University of Minnesota and Harvard and subsequently under that of Walter Gropius at Harvard University. He later studied sociology and planning at the University of Chicago under Louis Wirth and Rexford Guy Tugwell.

Isaacs served on the staffs of city planning commissions in Minneapolis, Syracuse, and Chicago, and in the federal government in the National Youth Agency, Public Housing Authority, and Housing and Home Finance Agency. His architectural practice in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and other cities included the design of housing, colleges, and hospitals. He was director of planning and development for Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, 1945-1953, where Walter Gropius, planner Walter Blucher, and sociologist Louis Wirth collaborated with him as consultants. He was a United Nations expert on regional planning in South America, and a planning consultant for the Ford Foundation, the U.S. State Department, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Recommended by Walter Gropius, Isaacs served as the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning at Harvard University from 1953-1978. He was also Chairman of the Graduate School of Design's Departments of City and Regional Planning as well as Landscape Architecture. Throughout his career he lectured at universities throughout the United States and in almost every country of Central and South America and in the Caribbean.

In 1962 Isaacs and Gropius began their collaboration on Walter Gropius: The Man and his Work, until the death of Gropius in 1969. The first volume of the biography was published in German in 1983, with the second volume following in 1984. Isaacs died of a massive heart attack in 1986, never realizing his goal to see an English-language edition which was published posthumously in 1991 by the Estate of Reginald Isaacs.

1911 -- Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

1935 -- Received Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota

1939 -- Received Masters of Architecture degree from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

1947-1950 -- Studied sociology and planning with Louis Wirth and Rexford Guy Tugwell at the University of Chicago

1945-1953 -- Director of planning at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

1951-1953 -- Guest lecturer at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design with Walter Gropius and also served a two-year term as a member of the Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the Graduate School of Design

1953-1978 -- Named the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning

1953-1964 -- Chairman of the Department of City and Regional Planning

1953-1958 -- Chairman of the Department of Landscape Architecture

1962 -- Began collaboration with Walter Gropius on the biography Walter Gropius - The Man and his Work

1969 -- Walter Gropius dies

1983 -- Walter Gropius, Der Mensch und Sein Werk, Volume 1 published by Gebr. Mann Nerlag, Berlin

1984 -- Walter Gropius, Der Mensch und Sein Werk, Volume 2, published by Gebr. Mann Nerlag, Berlin

1986 -- Isaacs dies

1991 -- Walter Gropius: An Illustrated Biography of the Creator of the Bauhaus, published by the Estate of Reginald Isaacs. The Papers of Reginald R. Isaacs donated to the Archives of American Art by his son, Henry Isaacs.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Henry Isaacs, son of Reginald Isaacs, in January 1991. An additional 1.0 linear foot was donated by Merry White, daughter of Reginald Isaacs, in 1997.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is restricted to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Rights:
The papers of Reginald R. Isaacs are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights, as possessed by the donor, have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Architecture and society  Search this
Schools of architecture  Search this
Architectural writing  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Architects and community  Search this
Architects and housing developers  Search this
Architects in government  Search this
Architects  Search this
International style (Architecture)  Search this
Authors  Search this
Industrial designers  Search this
City planning  Search this
Architecture, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
City planners  Search this
Educators -- Massachusetts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketches
Scrapbooks
Exhibition catalogs
Writings
Photographs
Citation:
Reginald R. Isaacs papers, circa 1842-1991, bulk 1928-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.isaaregi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-isaaregi
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Indoor America : the interior landscape of postwar suburbia / Andrea Vesentini

Title:
Interior landscape of postwar suburbia
Author:
Vesentini, Andrea 1985-  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 321 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
20th century
Topic:
Architecture and society--History  Search this
Space (Architecture)--Social aspects--History  Search this
Suburban life--History  Search this
Suburbs--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1110245

Houses for Sale exhibition poster

Creator:
Texas Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Pelli, Cesar  Search this
Texas Gallery  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1981
Topic:
Architects  Search this
Architects and housing developers  Search this
Architectural design  Search this
Architectural drawing  Search this
Architectural drawings  Search this
Architecture  Search this
Architecture and society  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)16711
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Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_16711
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Solid objectives : order, edge, aura / Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou

Author:
Idenburg, Florian  Search this
Author:
Liu, Jing 1980-  Search this
Papageorgiou, Ilias 1980-  Search this
Subject:
SO-IL (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
444 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), plans ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2017
21st century
Topic:
Architecture and society  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1106558

Chaos and culture : Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens / Victoria Newhouse

Author:
Newhouse, Victoria  Search this
Subject:
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center  Search this
Renzo Piano Building Workshop  Search this
Physical description:
272 pages ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Greece
Athens (Greece)
Date:
2017
21st century
Topic:
Architecture and society--History  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104279

Architecture and anti-architecture: Dogon spatial configurations of male and female / Robert Brachear

Author:
Brachear, Robert  Search this
Physical description:
50 pages illustrations, map
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Mali
Bandiagara
Date:
1976
Topic:
Man-woman relationships  Search this
Architecture and society  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1112651

Slavery in the city : architecture and landscapes of urban slavery in North America / edited by Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg

Editor:
Ellis, Clifton 1956-  Search this
Ginsburg, Rebecca 1963-  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 186 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Texts
History
Place:
United States
Caribbean Area
Date:
2017
Topic:
Architecture and society--History  Search this
Slaves--Social conditions  Search this
Streetscapes (Urban design)--History  Search this
Space (Architecture)--Social aspects--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1104410

The semiotics of Safavid in perceiving urban space : Isfahan, Chahar Bagh Street / Foreshteh Habib

Author:
Habib, Foreshteh  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 146 pages ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Iran
Iṣfahān
Chahar Bagh Street (Iran)
Iṣfahān (Iran)
Date:
2011
Ṣafavid dynasty, 1501-1736
Topic:
Architecture and society  Search this
Architecture--Urban Spaces  Search this
Historic buildings  Search this
Islamic architecture  Search this
Public spaces  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
NA2543.S6 H22 2011
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1110006

Eloquent spaces : meaning and community in early Indian architecture / edited by Shonaleeka Kaul

Editor:
Kaul, Shonaleeka  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 199 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
India
Date:
2019
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Architecture and society  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1111030

Modernism's visible hand : architecture and regulation in America / Michael Osman

Author:
Osman, Michael http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/aut http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/nr2002026472 http://viaf.org/viaf/54085648  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 248 pages : illustrations, plans ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Architecture and technology--History  Search this
Architecture and society--History  Search this
Buildings--Environmental engineering--History  Search this
Technological innovations--Economic aspects--History  Search this
Risk management--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1105340

Swahili port cities : the architecture of elsewhere / Prita Meier

Author:
Meier, Prita  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 230 pages, 7 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color); 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Africa, East
Date:
2016
Topic:
Architecture and society  Search this
Stone buildings  Search this
Port cities  Search this
Islamic architecture  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1072964

Flintstone modernism : or, The crisis in postwar American culture / Jeffrey Lieber

Title:
Crisis in postwar American culture
Author:
Lieber, Jeffrey (Jeffrey D.)  Search this
Physical description:
x, 284 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
20th century
Topic:
Architecture and society--History  Search this
Democracy and architecture--History  Search this
Symbolism in architecture  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096855

A palace to rival British rule : the Amonoo residence in Ghana / Courtnay Micots

Author:
Micots, Courtnay 1966-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Amonoo, Kwamin Atta 188?-1929 Homes and haunts  Search this
Blankson, George Kuntu 1809-1898  Search this
Fante Confederacy  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Ghana
Anomabo
Date:
2017
Topic:
Mansions  Search this
Architecture, Colonial  Search this
Elite (Social sciences)  Search this
Nationalists  Search this
Architecture and society  Search this
Call number:
N7380.C758
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1086270

Sculptural Dedications at Labraunda

Author:
Gunter, Ann C.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1989
Topic:
Art, Asian  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_102390

Untitled (experience of place) / essays by Michael Ashkin [and others] ; introduction by Jan Verwoert ; edited by Gregor Neuerer

Author:
Ashkin, Michael  Search this
Verwoert, Jan  Search this
Neuerer, Gregor  Search this
Physical description:
255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
Topic:
Architecture and society  Search this
Architecture--Environmental aspects  Search this
Cities and towns--Social aspects  Search this
Sociology, Urban  Search this
Geographical perception  Search this
Art and society  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1100394

Grey room

Title:
Gray room
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
2000
C2000-
Topic:
Architecture and state  Search this
Architecture and society  Search this
Art--Political aspects  Search this
Art and state  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_780625

Philip Johnson letter to Lewis Mumford, dated 424 E. 52nd St., New York City, 31 March 1931

Correspondent:
Johnson, Philip 1906-2005  Search this
Addressee:
Mumford, Lewis 1895-1990  Search this
Former owner:
Lende, H. W. Jr. DSI  Search this
Author:
H.W. Lende, Jr. Manuscript Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Wright, Frank Lloyd 1867-1959  Search this
Physical description:
1 sheet (1 unnumbered page) ; 28 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Manuscripts (documents)
Date:
1931
Topic:
Architecture, Modern--Exhibitions  Search this
Architecture and society  Search this
Call number:
MSS 002076 A
Restrictions & Rights:
Use by appointment with Dibner Library staff.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1101566

Expanding architecture : design as activism / edited by Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford ; foreword by Thomas Fisher

Author:
Bell, Bryan 1959-  Search this
Wakeford, Katie  Search this
Physical description:
287 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2008
©2008
Topic:
Architecture and society  Search this
Architects and community  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096079

Found in translation : design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985 / Wendy Kaplan, editor ; Wendy Kaplan and Staci Steinberger, curators ; essays by Keith Eggener, Jennifer Josten, Wendy Kaplan, Jesse Lerner, Cristina López Uribe, Ana Elena Mallet, Mary Ellen Miller, Susan Morgan, James Oles, Megan E. O'Neil, Staci Steinberger, Bobbye Tigerman, Jennifer A. Watts, Phoebe S. K. Young ; contributions by Abbey Chamberlain Brach, Ellen Dooley, Clarissa M. Esguerra, Miranda Saylor

Title:
Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985
Contributor:
Kaplan, Wendy  Search this
Steinberger, Staci  Search this
O'Neil, Megan Eileen  Search this
Tigerman, Bobbye 1978-  Search this
Brach, Abbey Chamberlain  Search this
Dooley, Ellen  Search this
Esguerra, Clarissa M.  Search this
Saylor, Miranda  Search this
Author:
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Project)  Search this
Host institution:
Los Angeles County Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
358 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, plans, portraits ; 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Ausstellungskatalog
Place:
California
Mexico
Los Angeles
Date:
2017
20th century
2017-2018
Topic:
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Decorative arts--Influence  Search this
Architecture and society--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1094707

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