Avery Drawings & Archives Collections

Frederick Gutheim papers, 1939-1997

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 12304713 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Gutheim, Frederick Albert, 1908-1993 ; Loeffler, Jane C., 1947-
Title Frederick Gutheim papers, 1939-1997
Physical Description 1 document box; 2 manuscript boxes
Language(s) English .

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Scope and content

The papers in this collection were gathered by architectural historian Jane C. Loeffler to be used in an unrealized biography on Frederick Gutheim. The bulk of the papers were given to Loeffler by Gutheim. The structure of the files is Loeffler's, except for the first four files in the collection ("Editorial and Publishing Files") which were removed from a file box maintained directly by Gutheim. The bulk of the collection documents Gutheim's professional activities and research. Included are materials on the Pennsylvania Avenue renewal project, Montgomery County preservation efforts, Frederick Law Olmsted Sesquicentennial activities, and research on Frank Lloyd Wright and Alvar Aalto. Additionally, the collection includes unpublished drafts of Gutheim's memoirs.

Using the Collection

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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.

Preferred Citation

[Description of item], [Box and Folder], Frederick Gutheim papers, 1939-1997, Drawings and Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Related Materials

Frederick Albert Gutheim papers, 1875-1994, Collection Number 07470, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Frederick Gutheim papers, 1952-1980, MS0244-UA, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Jane Loeffler. Method of acquisition--Donated;; Date of acquisition--2016. Accession number--2016.002.

Donated by Jane Loeffler in 2016 (2016.002)

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

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Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Frederick Gutheim (1908-1993) was an urban planner, historian and architectural critic. He was a staff writer at the New York Herald Tribune in the late 1940s. In 1949 he published The Potomac, an environmental history of the river. During the 1950s and 1960s, Gutheim had prominent roles on various Washington D.C. based think tanks, committees, and councils; including the National Capital Regional Planning Council (1952-1957), the Joint Congressional Committee on Washington Metropolitan Problems (1958-1960), Washington Center for Urban Studies (1960-1965), President's Advisory Council on Pennsylvania Avenue (1962-1964), and the Frederick Law Olmsted's Sesquicentennial Committee (1972).

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Series I: Files

Original file titles maintained. Supplied titles in brackets.

Box 01 Folder 01 to 04 Editorial and Publishing Files (including all Frank Lloyd Wright). Mainly from 1939-1950 (and other things), ca. 1939-1950

Original papers from Gutheim removed from file box; Contains correspondence with individuals such as Lewis Mumford and Frank Lloyd Wright; also includes letters of appreciation regarding the publication of The Potomac; and other letters about historic preservation and other activities undertaken by Gutheim in the 1940s.

Box 01 Folder 05 Gutheim Memoirs [1]

Box 01 Folder 06 Gutheim Memoirs [2]

Box 01 Folder 07 Gutheim Memoirs [3]

About people

Box 01 Folder 08 Gutheim Memoirs [4]

Box 01 Folder 09 Gutheim Memoirs [5]

Box 01 Folder 10 A book about Fritz?

Box 01 Folder 11 Fritz (Gutheim) and Loeffler

Box 01 Folder 12 Gutheim Bio files

Box 01 Folder 13 Gutheim Obit files

Box 01 Folder 14 Mumford letters (copies)

Box 01 Folder 15 Rte 15 history

Box 01 Folder 16 Gropius letter, 1935, from Wyoming archives

Box 01 Folder 17 Henry Russell Hitchcock letter copy

Box 01 Folder 18 Extra Frank Lloyd Wright material re. 1941 book

Box 01 Folder 19 "The Frank Lloyd Wright I knew" and more

Box 01 Folder 20 Frank Lloyd Wright

Box 01 Folder 21 Aalto material

Box 01 Folder 22 Greenbelt revisited, 1947

Box 01 Folder 23 TASK, Gutheim "LETTER FROM WASHINGTON" on postwar planning, 1942

Box 01 Folder 24 "UN from pillar to post" by Gutheim in The Nation, 1946

Box 01 Folder 25 Gutheim editorials published in New York Herald Tribune 1947-53

Box 01 Folder 26 Montgomery County - FG Gift

Box 01 Folder 27 Montgomery County and Potomac—misc.

Box 01 Folder 28 Montgomery County open space planning

Box 01 Folder 29 Gutheim articles / (Congress) Bible report, 1959

Box 01 Folder 30 Gutheim articles published in Wash. Post, 1960-67

Box 01 Folder 31 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.)]

Box 01 Folder 32 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.)] National Geographic, etc.

Box 01 Folder 33 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Chronology, 1961-1975 (PADC)

Box 01 Folder 34 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Gutheim (AIA) "Mess in Washington" 1953

Box 01 Folder 35 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Plan, 1974

Box 01 Folder 36 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Excerpts from Ad Hoc Report, 1962

Box 01 Folder 37 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Historic Site Commission, 1967 : estab. Commission on O.A.

Box 01 Folder 38 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Report Work Fall 1968

Box 01 Folder 39 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Gutheim Lecture (London, Rome) 1968

Box 01 Folder 40 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Gutheim Text 1968 FBI Building + National Square

Box 01 Folder 41 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] (Report) Gutheim Materials, 1968 [Delay]

Box 01 Folder 42 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] McMillian Plan, 1902

Box 01 Folder 43 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] 1969

Box 01 Folder 44 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Renewal 1988 Donald Canty Article (Architecture)

Box 01 Folder 45 [Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.] Clips 1987

Box 01 Folder 46 Frederick Law Olmsted Sesquicentennial, 1972-73 (with Loeffler) Committee Activities

Box 01 Folder 47 [Frederick Law Olmsted National Gallery of Art Exhibition, 1972]

Box 01 Folder 48 [Frederick Law Olmsted] Sesquicentennial, 1973

Box 01 Folder 49 [Frederick Law Olmsted] book reviews associated with sesquicentennial (Loeffler)

Box 01 Folder 50 to 51 Sugarloaf project, historic trails, Mount Ephraim, Stronghold, etc.— (Mount Ephraim was name of Gutheim's house/property in shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, compound purchased by Gordon Strong, who created Stronghold there)

Box 01 Folder 52 Photos

Box 01 Folder 53 Gutheim talk, Washington, D.C. as 18th C. City (1981)

Box 01 Folder 54 Other articles, background, bio.

Box 01 Folder 55 Transcribed interviews with Gutheim, 1986-87

Created in preparation for book/article project Loeffler was working on.

Box 01 Folder 56 Loeffler article: draft of PROFILE OF FREDERICK GUTHEIM: "Intelligent Living," (1988)

Submitted to The New Yorker for consideration, rejected. Revised and published in Preservation Magazine in much shorter form.

Box 01 Folder 57 Excerpts from essays gathered for Gutheim's 80th birthday (1988) at George Washington University

Box 01 Folder 58 Gutheim's birthday (82) party at Loeffler's (1990)

Box 01 Folder 59 [Photo album of Gutheim Birthday Party at Loeffler's house]

Box 01 Folder 60 FG=80 1988 (green folder) essays contributed

Box 02 Folder 01 NEA nomination (1988)

Box 02 Folder 02 National Trust for Historic Preservation Crowninshield Award (1990)

Box 02 Folder 03 ARTICLES about FRITZ GUTHEIM in various publications

Box 02 Folder 04 "Frederick Gutheim: A Capital Catalyst" by Jane Loeffler, talk to Maryland Historical Society (1997)

Box 02 Folder 05 Gifts and legal papers/ including gifts to Univ of Wyoming (FG), Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (JCL), Montgomery County Historical Society (JCL), Library of Congress (JCL)

Box 02 Folder 06 to 10 [University of Wyoming American Heritage Center]

Box 03 [Aalto slides]

Series II: Audio Material

Box 03 Interview (Aug. 1986), 1986, 1 audiocassettes

Box 03 Interview/Tour (3/4/1987), 1987-03-14, 2 microcassettes

Box 03 "Riding to Mt. E at Mt. E", 1987-07-21, 1 microcassettes

Box 03 "Mall", 1987-02-07, 2 microcassettes

Box 03 "FG/Polly", 1987-07-30, 1 microcassettes

Box 03 2/17/1989, 1989-02-17, 1 microcassettes

Box 03 Tom Farmer, 1987-04-13, 1 microcassettes

Box 03 Unidentified, 1 microcassettes

Box 03 Unidentified , 1 microcassettes