Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP collection of Ezra Stoller photographs, bulk 1940-1970

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 15003427 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill ; Stoller, Ezra
Title Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP collection of Ezra Stoller photographs, bulk 1940-1970
Physical Description 140 albums; 20 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, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Description

Content Description

The collection consists of approximately 140 bound albums of photography by Ezra Stoller featuring buildings and interiors designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and a small collection of project records. Projects represented include, among others, Albright Knox Art Gallery, American Republic Insurance Company, Banque Lambert, Beineck Library, Chase Manhattan Bank, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Ford Motor Company, HJ Heinz Research Center, John Hancock Building, Lever House, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, and US Airforce Academy.

  • Series I: Ezra Stoller Photographs

    This series is made up of 138 albums with photographs by Ezra Stoller. Stoller was the preferred photographer of the New York office of Skidmore Ownings & Merrill. Stoller's work for S.O.M. ranged from model photography to interior and exterior shots of completed projects. The photo albums were likely created by S.O.M. for client presentations and for staff reference.

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, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Related Materials

Avery Drawings & Archives collections from S.O.M. or an architect from S.O.M. include:

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill photographs, 1945-1969. [Includes many photographs by Ezra Stoller]

Lever House architectural drawings, 1950-1953.

Gordon Bunshaft architectural drawings and papers, 1909-1990.

William S. Brown manuscript on Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1979 - 1983.

Office Building for Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation : proposal / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1956.

Avery Drawings & Archives collections that include material for S.O.M. projects:

Theodore Conrad papers, 1937-1991.. [Architectural model maker; the collection includes photographs 25 S.O.M. projects, dating 1957 to 1965.]

Louis Checkman negatives photographs and papers, 1955-1992. [Architectural model photographer; the collection includes photographs and negatives for 17 S.O.M. projects, dating from 1955-1980.]

Jock Pottle photographs and negatives, 1970s-2000s.

Joseph W. Molitor architectural photographs, 1935-1985. [Architectural photographer; the collection includes images for 15 S.O.M. projects.]

George Cserna photographs and papers, 1937-1978. [Architectural photographer; the collection includes images for 7 S.O.M. projects.]

Horst Hermann architectural drawings, 1949-1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by S.O.M. in 2020 (Accession 2020.001)

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"
Photograph albums Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
black-and-white photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architectural design -- History -- 20th century. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architectural firms -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architectural models Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architectural photography Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bunshaft, Gordon, 1909-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Conrad, Theodore, 1910-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1936, Skidmore, Ownings, & Merrill (SOM) pioneered modern architecture – in form, materials, and construction processes – in the United States, ultimately becoming one of the largest and most prolific international firms in history. Ezra Stoller was SOM's preferred architecture photographer for nearly forty years, from shortly after the firm was founded until Stoller's retirement c. 1980. Long-time head of design, Gordon Bunshaft, had a special relationship with Stoller and described the photographer's role at SOM as integral to the firm. Stoller photographed drawings, models, and completed buildings. The bulk of the photographs in the collection date from the 1950s and 1960s, SOM's period of high modernism, and include many of SOM's renowned buildings, such as Lever House , New York; Manufacturers Trust, New York; Chase Manhattan, New York; Union Carbide Headquarters, New York; and Pepsi Cola, New York. These albums form an important visual collection of SOM's work and were used for internal reference, for publicity, and shown to prospective clients.