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Gordon Bunshaft architectural drawings and papers, 1909-1990, bulk 1950-1979

Series IV: Personal Papers

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Subseries 1: General



Box 7 Folder 38 Identification papers, 1909, 1935, 1937, 1945, 1946, [undated]

1 military id card; 3 id photos; 1 social security card; 1 passport application; 3 copies of birth certificate; 1 note


Box 7 Folder 39 A Brewery and a Beer Garden. Thesis for Degree of Bachelor in Architecture., 1933

1 bound volume



Oversize 2 Folder 1 M.I.T. diploma, Masters in Architecture, 1935

1 diploma



Box 7 Folder 40 Military papers, 1945-1948

Assorted documents regarding service and discharge; includes a couple letters of correspondence with Nathanial Owings and Louis Skidmore


Box 7 Folder 41 Death and cemetery arrangements, 1963, 1990-1991

2 copies of death certificate; 1 copy of will; correspondence regarding the purchase of grave plots, Gordon's life insurance, and the design of his grave marker; 2 photographs


Box 7 Folder 42 Memorial documents, 1990

1 invitation; 1 eulogy; collection of lists - both personal and professional - of people possibly to be invited to the memorial service



Box 11 Folder 1 Marriage certificate (New York), 1943

1 original; 1 copy


Box 11 Folder 2 Bunshaft, Nina, personal documents, 1914, 1928, 1931, 1939, 1955, 1960

1 birth certificate (and 1 copy); 1 social security card; 2 diplomas; 1 note; 1 passport application; 1 award


Box 11 Folder 3 Bunshaft, Yetta & David, 1945, 1958, 1976

Papers regarding Gordon Bunshaft's parents; 1 letter; 1 receipt; 1 prayer book; 1 document


Box 11 Folder 4 Address books, [undated]

2 books (one has been removed from its binder and consists of loose pages)


Box 11 Folder 5 Apartment, (200 East 66th Street, # C 903, Manhattan House, Manhattan, New York), 1956

2 floor plans


Box 11 Folder 6 Apartment, furniture (200 East 66th Street, # C 903, Manhattan House, Manhattan, New York)

Receipts, correspondence, and lists regarding furniture bought


Box 11 Folder 7 Appointment diary, 1990

1 appointment book


Box 11 Folder 8 "Building for Tomorrow," Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, 1957

1 brochure for the opening of the Connecticut General Life Insurance Company Headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut.



Oversize 2 Folder 2 "Bunch-Aft," portrait by George Rudolph, [undated]

1 copy of drawing (photostat?)



Box 11 Folder 9 Canine records, 1947, 1948

Records regarding the Bushafts' dog; 5 documents


Box 11 Folder 10 "The Commission of Fine Arts: A Brief History, 1910-1976", 1977

1 publication on the history of the Fine Arts Commission, written by Sue A. Kohler


Box 11 Folder 11 Curriculum Vitae [partial], [undated]

2 pages of CV, listing honors, projects worked on, and organizations belonged to


Box 11 Folder 12 "Directions to Henry Moore's House at Perry Green, Much Hadham, England", [undated]

4 pages of notes; 1 envelope


Box 11 Folder 13 East Hampton residence, specifications (25-26 Georgica Close, East Hampton, New York), 1962, 1976, 1977

Documents relating to the construction and renovation of the residence; includes specifications, receipts, correspondence, site plans, and contracts


Box 11 Folder 14 Financial papers, 1946-1970, 1979

Miscellaneous financial documents; records income from SOM between 1946 and 1970, gives a general "financial picture"


Box 11 Folder 15 "The Gallery Architects: Edward B. Green & Gordon Bunshaft," Albright-Knox Art Gallery, (Buffalo, New York), 1987

1 exhibition publication



Dr 309 Get well card, on napkin, Henry Moore et al., 1974

1 napkin with messages and signatures, including Henry Moore, Irina Moore, Olga Hirshhorn, Fred Weisman, Marcia Weisman, Harry [Brooks?], Taft Schreiber, and others

Catalog Record



Box 12 Folder 1 "Henry Moore at Nina and Gordon Bunshafts'…" (East Hampton, New York), 1967

Primary creators: Henry Moore and Frank Stanton; 2 bound volumes of photos of a weekend trip to the Bunshafts' home in East Hampton; photos also include Laura and James Sweeney, Ruth and Frank Stanton, Henry Moore, and Nina and Gordon Bunshaft


Box 12 Folder 2 Johnson (, Lyndon Baines) Library, dedication, [undated]

1 special event publication


Box 12 Folder 3 Miscellaneous, [undated]

1 hotel card; 1 baggage claim ticket



Oversize 2 Folder 3 Miscellaneous notes, [undated]

Material that arrived with the collection and refer to contents given to Avery Library; 5 pages of notes; 3 large envelopes



Box 12 Folder 4 Museum of Modern Art, assorted, 1970, 1986

1 document, 1 program, 1 newspaper clipping


Box 12 Folder 5 Museum of Modern Art Bulletin: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, v. 18, n. 1, 1950

1 magazine published in conjunction with the Exhibition of recent Buildings by SOM, at MoMA



Item 6 SOM, partnership agreement & operating policies, [1973?]

2 leather-bound volumes



Box 12 Folder 6 SOM 50th Anniversary Celebration and Recordings+G444, 1986

2 documents


Box 12 Folder 7 Stationary, [undated]

4 sheets personalized stationary



Oversize 2 Folder 4 [Untitled abstract drawing], Wallace K. Harrison, [undated]

1 drawing

Catalog Record



Box 12 Folder 8 Additional Documents - post-dates Gordon Bunshaft, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999

3 articles; 3 programs; 2 invitations; 2 tickets; 1 note; 1 envelope


Subseries 2: Accolades & Recognition


Box 12 Folder 9 AIA and Architectural Registration, 1946, 1952, 1980, 1982, 1984

4 certificates; 2 letters; 2 copies of academic history from M.I.T.


Box 12 Folder 10 Who's Who (in America and Europe), 1990, [undated]

5 pages


Box 12 Folder 11 Assorted awards, 1962, 1966, 1977, 1989

4 certificates, from Yale University, Lunchline at Ball State University, The Architectural Record, Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal


Box 12 Folder 12 Institute of Arts and Letters, Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture, 1955

1 certificate (originally framed)


Box 12 Folder 13 American Institute of Architects (A.I.A), fellow, 1958

1 certificate (originally framed)


Box 12 Folder 14 National Academy of Design, associate, 1958

1 letter; 1 ribbon; 1 certificate


Box 12 Folder 15 National Academy of Design, academian, 1959

1 certificate (originally framed)


Box 12 Folder 16 Institute of Arts and Letters, member, 1960

1 certificate (originally framed)


Box 12 Folder 17 Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Honorary Membership, 1961

1 certificate; 3 letters; 1 clipping



Oversize 2 Folder 5 American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, Medal of Honor, 1961

1 certificate (originally framed)



Box 12 Folder 18 University of Buffalo, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, 1962

1 certificate; 1 program; 1 letter; 1 citation; 1 note



Oversize 2 Folder 6 Commission of Fine Arts, appointment by President John F. Kennedy, 1963

1 certificate (originally framed)


Oversize 2 Folder 7 Construction Industry, Scroll of Honor, 1965

1 certificate (originally framed)


Oversize 2 Folder 8 Commission of Fine Arts, appointment by President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968

1 certificate (originally framed)



Box 12 Folder 19 Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow, 1969

1 certificate (originally framed)


Box 12 Folder 20 University of Buffalo, Chancellors Medal, 1969

1 citation; 2 letters



Oversize 2 Folder 9 Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fellow for Life, 1971

1 certificate; 1 card



Box 12 Folder 21 M.I.T. Corporate Leadership Luncheon, 1976

1 program


Box 12 Folder 22 Resolution, SOM, 1976

1 resolution; 1 letter



Oversize 2 Folder 10 Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal, Profesor Honorario, 1977

1 certificate


Oversize 2 Folder 11 New York State Association of Architects, recognition of a distinguished career, 1980

1 certificate (originally framed)



Box 12 Folder 23 Academy of Arts and Letters, Gold Medal in Architecture, 1984

1 program; 1 article; 2 photographs, includes Kevin Roche; 1 letter; 1 citation (2 pages); 2 notes


Subseries 3: Travel



Box 13 Folder 1 Travel Diary, Rotch Travelling Scholarship, July 1935 - October 1936

1 diary; journals Bunshaft's travels around Europe during his Rotch Scholarship, most information is personal, some about the architecture

[See Series XI: Additional Donations Series for "Year Book, 1935"]


Box 13 Folder 2 World Map, 1935-1936

1 map, with travel notes from Bunshaft's time in Europe on his Rotch Travelling Scholarship, originally kept in his travel diary


Box 13 Folder 3 Sketchbooks, Rotch Travelling Scholarship, 1935, 1935-36, 1936

3 sketchbooks, some loose pages at rear of each, drawings are dated and cities are identified

Catalog Record [I]

Catalog Record [II]

Catalog Record [III]



Item 7 Sketchbook "no. 65," Rotch Travelling Scholarship, 1935-1936

1 sketchbook, most drawings are dated and cities are identified

Catalog Record



Box 14 Folder 1-3 Postcards, 1936-1937 [1935-1954?]

Assorted blank postcards from Bunshafts travels, most likely during his Rotch Travelling Scholarship; approx. 1,100 postcards; the 49 postcards containing addresses, writing, computations, or sketches have been bundled together and are in Folder 1.



Box 13 Folder 4 Pocket travel guides, "Blue Guide: Paris" & "Map & Guide of London", 1927, [undated]

2 books; Bunshaft's name in front cover of London guide, dated 1959


Box 13 Folder 5-6 Travel plans, international trips, 1967-1989

First folder contains itineraries for international trips taken by Nina and Gordon Bunshaft, trips are often taken annually; second folder contains brochures and miscellaneous documents (i.e. hotel stationary)



Box 15 Folder 1-3 Assorted Menus, various

Includes a variety of menus and invitations from locations and events in the United States and abroad. These range from presidential invitations and SOM hosted events to restaurants in various countries.



Box 2 Folder 12 Assorted Menus (oversize), various

oversized menus



Box 15 Folder 5 Frank Lloyd Wright, architecture tour, 1986

1 book on Oak Park Prairie Houses; 1 folder with 3 brochures, 1 program for SOM's 50th Anniversary, 1 article



Box 16 and 17 Travel diaries, 1951-1989

31 diary books; missing years 1978, 1986, 1987 (two diaries, 1979 and 1985, contain multiple years); most days are blank, typically writes while on his travels abroad. Sections at the back are used to keep track of expenditures and purchases