Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Ralph Walker papers, ca. 1920s-1960s

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 14415274 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Walker, Ralph, 1889-1973
Title Ralph Walker papers, ca. 1920s-1960s
Physical Description 7 document boxes; 1 rolls
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is unprocessed. For more information, please email the department at avery-drawings@columbia.edu

Description

Content Description

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 Included are various drafts for an unpublished memoir.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 avery-drawings@columbia.edu

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

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"
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architects -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architects' spouses -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.