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Robin Middleton papers, 1931-2005

Summary Information

Abstract

Robin Middleton is an architectural historian whose work focuses largely on French and English architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The collection documents Middleton's research and writing process starting with his early dissertation work on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc at Cambridge University continuing into the 1990s after Middleton joined the faculty at Columbia University.

At a Glance

Bib ID 13838332 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Middleton, Robin
Title Robin Middleton papers, 1931-2005
Physical Description 5 document boxes
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

Description

Content Description

The collection consists of notes, manuscripts, research and visual materials used in the development and preparation of lectures, articles, and other scholarship on various architectural topics. For the bulk of the materials, original folder titles have been maintained. The collection includes some personal papers and correspondence.

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Conditions Governing 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

Robin Middleton papers, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elliott Sturtevant (Graduate Intern), under the supervision of Shelley Hayreh, Avery Archivist, in 2017.

Revision Description

2019-04-19 File created.

2019-06-13 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architecture -- France Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Modern -- 19th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Viollet-le-Duc, Eugène-Emmanuel, 1814-1879 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

South African born architectural historian. Middleton's work is largely focused on French and English architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Middleton has been on facutly at Columbia University since 1987.

Series I: Professional Papers

Subseries 1: Dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc

Box 01: Folder 01 [1 of 6] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1953-58, undated

Notes; correspondence

Box 01: Folder 02 [2 of 6] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1953-58, undated

Notes

Box 01: Folder 03 [3 of 6] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1953-58, undated

Notes

Box 01: Folder 04 [4 of 6] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1953-58, undated

Notes; newspaper clippings

Box 01: Folder 05 [5 of 6] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1953-58, undated

Notes; Xerox

Box 01: Folder 06 [6 of 6] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1953-58, undated

Notes

Box 01: Folder 07 [1 of 4] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, taken in Viollet-le-Duc's studio at 64 rue Condercet 1953-58, undated

Notes

Box 01: Folder 08 [2 of 4] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, taken in Viollet-le-Duc's studio at 64 rue Condercet 1953-58, undated

Notes; The Cambridge Review vol. 77 no. 1868 (October 29, 1955)

Box 01: Folder 09 [3 of 4] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, taken in Viollet-le-Duc's studio at 64 rue Condercet 1953-58, undated

Notes

Box 01: Folder 10 [4 of 4] Notes, in preparation for dissertation on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, taken in Viollet-le-Duc's studio at 64 rue Condercet 1953-58, 1976-81, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings; correspondence

Subseries 2: Lectures and articles

Box 01: Folder 12 Notes for Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Léonce Reynaud articles undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings; correspondence

Box 01: Folder 13 Notes and manuscript for "Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc: A Roman Encounter" undated

Drafts; notes

Box 01: Folder 14 Letter to the Editor of The Burlington Magazine regarding article by Sir Anthony Blunt on Balthasar de Monconys undated

Drafts; notes; Xeroxes; correspondence

Box 02: Folder 01 Notes for articles undated

Drafts, including "Mannerism and Tradition: Rowe, Graves, Venturi… Rome/America 1945-1965" by Peter Carl; notes; correspondence

Box 02: Folder 02 Notes for articles on Louis-François Cassas undated

Drafts, including "A tetrapylon for a chimney-flue: vicissitudes of an Imperial motif;" notes; Xeroxes; 16 photographs; 1 negative

Box 02: Folder 03 Manuscripts of articles on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc undated

Drafts, including "Viollet-le-Duc and the Rational Standpoint" and "Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879)"

Box 02: Folder 04 Notes for article on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1981, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; Art History 4 no. 2 (June 1981), including "Viollet-le-Duc's influence in ninetenth-century England" By Robin D. Middleton; 4 photographs; 1 postcard

Box 02: Folder 05 [1 of 2] Notes and travel correspondence for article on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1965-81, undated

Drafts, including "Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879);" notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; 2 photographs

Box 02: Folder 06 [2 of 2] Notes and travel correspondence for article on Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc 1978-79, undated

Drafts; notes; Xeroxes; correspondence

Box 02: Folder 07 Notes for articles undated

Drafts; notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 08 Visual material on Julien-David Le Roy undated

9 photographs; 6 slides; 1 negative

Box 02: Folder 09 [A to H] Notes on Julien-David Le Roy undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 10 [H to V] Notes on Julien-David Le Roy undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 11 Miscellaneous notes on Julien-David Le Roy undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 12 Correspondence with The Getty Research Institute on Julien-David Le Roy book project 1998-2004

Notes; correspondence

Box 02: Folder 13 Correspondence with Christopher Drew Armstrong 1999-2001

Drafts, "Architecture and Revolution: Julien-David Le Roy and the Science of Motion and Change" and "De la théorie des proportions a l'expérience des sensations: L' 'Essai sur la Théorie de l'Architecture' de Julien-David Le Roy, 1770;" Xeroxes; correspondence

Box 02: Folder 14 Notes on Anne Claude de Caylus undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 15 Notes on François Fénelon undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 16 Notes on Homer and Hellenism 1993, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings

Box 02: Folder 17 Notes on the Le Roy family undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 18 Notes and review of periodicals on Le Roy 1999, undated

Annotated bibliography by Richard Wittman; notes; Xeroxes; correspondence

Box 02: Folder 19 Notes on travel undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 20 Notes on Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux de Maurepas undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 02: Folder 21 Manuscript on James Stuart undated

Draft, "Chapter Four: The Antiquites of Athens"

Box 02: Folder 22 Miscellaneous Xeroxes undated

Xeroxes

Box 04: Folder 08 Miscellaneous notes and correspondence regarding article on "The chateau and gardens of Mauperthuis" 1989-91, undated

Drafts, including "The chateau and gardens of Mauperthuis: the formal and the informal;" notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; 10 photographs; 9 negatives; 5 slides

Box 04: Folder 10 Miscellaneous notes and correspondence regarding event and publication celebrating the centennial of the American Academy in Rome 1992-98, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence

Box 04: Folder 14 Material on Henri Sauvage 1976, undated

Xeroxes; pamphlets; 7 photographs

Box 04: Folder 21 Typewritten manuscripts by Denise Scott Brown 1964, 1966

Typewritten drafts, "Determinants of City Form: A Study Proposal," and "Chapter 6: Society, its Structure and Functions" by Denise Scott Brown

Box 01: Folder 11 [1 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles 1978, undated

Drafts; correspondence; photographs: 4 items

Box 01: Folder 15 [2 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles undated

Drafts; notes

Box 01: Folder 16 [3 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles undated

Drafts; notes

Box 01: Folder 17 [4 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles 1971-72, undated

Drafts; notes; correspondence

Box 01: Folder 18 [5 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles undated

Drafts; notes

Box 01: Folder 19 [6 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles undated

Drafts, including "Notes on neoclassical buildings in Europe worth visiting;" notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; map

Box 01: Folder 20 [7 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles 1968-74, undated

Drafts; notes; Xeroxes; clippings; correspondence

Box 01: Folder 21 [8 of 8] Notes and manuscripts for lectures and articles undated

Drafts; notes

Box 04: Folder 01 [1 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures undated

Notes; Xeroxes

Box 04: Folder 02 [2 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1965, undated

Notes; clippings; correspondence; 1 photograph; 10 postcards

Box 04: Folder 03 [3 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1963-82, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; reproductions of architectural drawings for College Stanislas, 22 rue Notre Dame des Champs; Apollo (November 1963), Apollo (May 1967); 1 postcard

Box 04: Folder 04 [4 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures undated

Drafts; notes; Xeroxes

Box 04: Folder 05 [5 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1960-74, undated

Xeroxes; clippings

Box 04: Folder 06 [6 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures undated

Xeroxes, mostly Xeroxes of letters by Jacques Félix Duban held at The Getty; correspondence

Box 04: Folder 07 [7 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1986, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; pamphlets; 3 photographs

Box 04: Folder 09 [8 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1991-93, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings

Box 04: Folder 11 [9 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1969-73, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings

Box 04: Folder 12 [10 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1973-82, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings; pamphlets

Box 04: Folder 13 [11 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1973-82, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings; pamphlets

Box 04: Folder 15 [12 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1994, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence

Box 04: Folder 16 [13 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1988-93, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence

Box 04: Folder 17 [14 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1965, 1978-79, 1994, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; Les Monuments Historiques de la France no. 3 (Juillet-Septembre 1965)

Box 04: Folder 18 [15 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1975, 1980-90, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; pamphlets; 1 photograph

Box 04: Folder 19 [16 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1972, 1986, 1990-99, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings; correspondence

Box 04: Folder 20 [17 of 17] Miscellaneous notes for articles and lectures 1981-84, 1991-95, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; clippings; correspondence

Subseries 3: Map Guides for Architectural Design

Box 03: Folder 13 [1 of 3] Maps of works by William Butterfield, George Dance the Elder and George Dance the Younger, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, and Sir Owen Williams 1971-74, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; maps

Box 03: Folder 14 [2 of 3] Maps of works by William Butterfield, George Dance the Elder and George Dance the Younger, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, and Sir Owen Williams 1971-74, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; maps

Box 03: Folder 15 [3 of 3] Maps of works by William Butterfield, George Dance the Elder and George Dance the Younger, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, and Sir Owen Williams 1971-74, undated

Notes; Xeroxes; correspondence; maps

Subseries 4: Magasin pittoresque and L'Architecture

Box 03: Folder 01 Notes on Le Magasin pittoresque undated

Notes

Box 03: Folder 02 Xeroxes of Le Magasin pittoresque, 1833-49 undated

Xeroxes

Box 03: Folder 03 Xeroxes of Le Magasin pittoresque, 1850-64 undated

Xeroxes

Box 03: Folder 04 Xeroxes of Le Magasin pittoresque, 1865-79 undated

Xeroxes

Box 03: Folder 05 Xeroxes of Le Magasin pittoresque, 1839-52 undated

Xeroxes

Box 03: Folder 06 Notes on L'Architecture undated

Notes

Box 03: Folder 07 Xeroxes of L'Architecture, 1888-96 undated

Xeroxes

Box 03: Folder 08 Xeroxes of L'Architecture, 1897-1903 undated

Xeroxes

Series II: Visual Materials

Subseries 1: Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc

Box 05: Folder 01 [1 of 4] Visual material, mainly of works by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc undated

28 photographs; 56 negatives; 16 postcards

Box 05: Folder 02 [2 of 4] Visual material, mainly of works by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc undated

35 photographs; 22 negatives; 5 postcards

Box 05: Folder 03 [3 of 4] Visual material, mainly of works by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc undated

clippings; pamphlets; 30 photographs; 4 negatives

Box 05: Folder 04 [4 of 4] Visual material, mainly of works by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc undated

116 photographs; 25 negatives; 7 postcards; 1 contact sheet

Subseries 2: Articles

Box 05: Folder 05 Visual material related to "Symmetry: A French Obsession," Daidalos undated

4 photographs

Box 05: Folder 06 Visual material related to "The Abbé de Cordemoy and Graeco-Gothic ideal," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes undated

58 photographs; 33 negatives; 5 postcards

Box 05: Folder 07 Visual material related to "The iron structure of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève as the basis of civic décor," AA Files undated

39 photographs

Box 05: Folder 09 Visual material related to "Boullée and the exotic," AA Files undated

5 photographs; 4 negatives

Box 05: Folder 10 Visual material related to "The magpie of Lincoln's Inn Fields," ai - architecture and idea undated

3 photographs

Box 05: Folder 08 [1 of 3] Miscellaneous visual material undated

4 photographs; 3 negatives

Box 05: Folder 11 [2 of 3] Miscellaneous visual material undated

16 photographs; 2 negatives; 1 contact sheet; 1 postcard

Box 05: Folder 12 [3 of 3] Miscellaneous visual material undated

43 photographs

Subseries 3: Architecture in Germany, Italy, England, Turkey and Croatia

Box 05: Folder 13 Images of architecture in Germany undated

2 photographs; 11 postcards

Box 05: Folder 14 Images of architecture in Italy undated

16 photographs; 9 postcards

Box 05: Folder 15 Images of architecture in England 1968; undated

Notes; correspondence; 51 photographs; 50 negatives; 1 contact sheet; 2 postcards

Box 05: Folder 16 Images of architecture in Turkey and Croatia undated

2 postcards

Subseries 4: Architecture in France

Box 05: Folder 17 [1 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

Typewritten manuscript, "Franch drawings in London;" 62 photographs

Box 05: Folder 18 [2 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

7 engravings

Box 05: Folder 19 [3 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

50 photographs ;2 contact sheets

Box 05: Folder 20 [4 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

67 photographs

Box 05: Folder 21 [5 of 10] Images of architecture in France 1992, undated

Correspondence; 80 photographs; 20 negatives

Box 05: Folder 22 [6 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

40 postcards

Box 05: Folder 23 [7 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

1 lithograph; 14 engravings

Box 05: Folder 24 Photographic collages undated

7 photographic collages

Box 05: Folder 25 [8 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

88 photographs; 3 contact sheets

Box 05: Folder 26 [9 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

34 photographs

Box 05: Folder 27 [10 of 10] Images of architecture in France undated

27 pages from album of hand pasted prints and photographs

Box 03: Folder 16 [1 of 3] Miscellaneous visual material undated

Xeroxes; transparencies; 3 photographs; 2 contact sheets; 12 negatives; 13 postcards

Box 03: Folder 17 [2 of 3] Miscellaneous visual material undated

35 transparencies of art and architecture, mostly taken from published material

Box 03: Folder 18 [3 of 3] Miscellaneous visual material undated

24 transparencies of art and architecture

Box 01: Folder 22 Negatives, mainly of nineteenth century architecture in France undated

666 negatives in 24 folders, loose groupings were kept as found

Box 05: Folder 24 Photographic collages undated

7 photographic collages

Series III: Personal Papers

Box 03: Folder 09 [1 of 4] Miscellaneous letters and documents 1931-93, undated

Correspondence; birth certificate; 36 photographs; 43 negatives; 2 postcards

Box 03: Folder 10 [2 of 4] Miscellaneous letters and documents 1953-2005, undated

Correspondence; 9 photographs, including 6 from Oskar Nitzchke via Ernő Goldfinger of office design by Pierre Chareau; 8 postcards

Box 03: Folder 11 [3 of 4] Miscellaneous letters and documents 1955-92, undated

Correspondence, including correspondence with Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Neil Levine, Sylvia Lavin, and Esher McCoy; 1 photograph; 8 postcards

Box 03: Folder 12 [4 of 4] Miscellaneous letters and documents 1953-91, undated

Correspondence, including correspondence with Nikolaus Pevsner, Alison and Peter Smithson, and John Summerson; 3 photograph; 14 postcards