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)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
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, <em>Walter Gropius: The Man and His Work</em>.
Reginald R. Isaacs papers, circa 1842-1991, bulk 1928-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Glass plate negatives in this collection were digitized in 2019 with funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.
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.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001