Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Edgar I. Williams architectural drawings and papers, 1920-1969

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 12136013 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Williams, Edgar I (Edgar Irving), 1884-1974 ; Williams & Barratt
Title Edgar I. Williams architectural drawings and papers, 1920-1969
Physical Description 1,437 drawings; 113 photographs; 221 items
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is made up of two series: Series I: Drawings and Series II: Project Records.

Description

Publication Date

1920-1969

The collection represents the span of Williams' architectural practice through drawings, photographs and a very small amount of papers. The majority of the collection consists of working drawings for a select number of projects. These projects include the Holmes residence "the Chimneys" on Long Island, the alteration and addition for the Donnell branch of the New York Public Library and the main branch, and the Rutherford Free Public Library. Also included are the New Milford Historical Society and New Milford Public Library as well as the United States Embassy building in Tokyo, Japan as well as other smaller projects. A wide range of projects are represented in presentation drawings, largely color renderings on board. These drawings consist of projects mainly on the East Coast including libraries, commercial work, residential work, schools, memorials, office buildings, a railroad station, a club, a post office, a hospital as well as unidentified projects. Notable projects include the Carstadt Memorial Municipal building, Essex County Country Club, Hackensack Golf Clubhouse, the National Academy of Design and several projects in Rutherford, New Jersey. Studies for executed projects are also included as well as studies are of other architects' work to serve as inspiration to Williams. Some of the Photostats in the collection are reproductions of original drawings. Photographs mainly document the exterior of a building while some interior views are included especially for the Holmes residence. A small amount of large-scale photographs mounted on board for display are also included. Miscellaneous papers are included for the Holmes residence and the New Milford Public Library. Finally, a poster and two notebooks comprised of notes, sketches and calculations for various projects complete the collection.

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

Processed; Nicole Lindberg Richard August 2016.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architectural drawings -- American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architectural presentation drawing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photostats Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architecture -- Connecticut Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barrett Manor (Staten Island, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carlstadt Memorial Municipal Building (Carlstadt, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cemeteries -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Christian R. Holmes residence, "the Chimneys" (Sands Point, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Commercial buildings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dwellings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essex County Country Club (West Orange, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Governor's house, "Morven" (Princeton, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hackensack Golf Club House (Hackensack, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manton B. Metcalf residence (Llewellyn Park, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National Academy of Design (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New Milford Public Library (New Milford, Conn.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York Public Library. Donnell branch Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York Public Library. Main branch Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rutherford Free Public Library (Rutherford, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schools -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States Embassy building (Tokyo, Japan) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, Edgar I Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wood-Ridge War Memorial Library (Wood-Ridge, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Edgar I. Williams was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on October 5th, 1884. The younger brother of William Carlos Williams began his formal education in Switzerland and then the Horace Mann School in Manhattan. He went on to receive his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After which he was Knighted first class of the Royal Order of Vasa and studied in Rome at the American Academy winning its first Prix de Rome in 1909 and a fellowship in 1912. Upon returning to the United States, he practiced with the New York architectural firms of William Welles Bosworth and Warren and Wetmore. He then established an architecture practice as William & Barrett from 1919 to 1928. In 1928, Williams established his own practice, primarily concentrating on residential work in New York and New Jersey. Notable projects include the Christian R. Holmes residence in Long Island and the Metcalf residence in Llewellyn Park. Later on in his career, Williams specialized in renovations and adapting older buildings. Notable projects include the Donnell branch of the New York Public Library, the Governor's house "Morven" as well as schools and other public institutions, particularly in the East coast.

In addition to his architecture practice, Williams was also very active in many organizations over his long career. He was President of the National Academy of Design, the Architectural League and the Municipal Art Society. He also taught at MIT from 1912 to 1914, Columbia's School of Architecture from 1920 to 1946 and New York University from 1922 to 1923. During World War I, he served on the American Red Cross Commission to Italy and served on the Rutherford Planning Board during the 1940's. Williams died on January 1, 1974.