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At a Glance
Majority of the papers are manuscripts and reprints of Walker's writings. Included are various drafts for an unpublished memoir. There is also collected ephemera (travel books, reprints of talks by others such as Frank Lloyd Wright, and part of his personal library). The secondary creator of the collection is Walker's wife. There are no discernible project related papers. Some office correspondence from HLW.
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is unprocessed. For more information, please email the department at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Ralph Walker (1889-1973) was a New York architect who pioneered Art Deco skyscrapers in the 1920s and, starting in the 1940s, technologically advanced laboratories for research giants such as Bell Telephone, IBM, General Electric, and Ford, as well as nuclear facilities for Argonne National Laboratory. In 1919 Walker joined the firm McKenzie, Voorhees & Gemlin (now HLW), the successor firm to the one established by Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz, the son of another prominent architect, Leopold Eidlitz, where he emerged as one of New York's leading designers.