Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Abbott Merkt and Company records, 1906-1994

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 5654955 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Abbott, Merkt and Company ; Tatlow, Richard H., III
Title Abbott Merkt and Company records, 1906-1994
Physical Description 89 linear feet of papers; 422 tube box; ;
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

Scope and Content

This collection primarily contains architectural drawings, photographs, business records and reference materials related to the projects and designs of architectural and engineering firm Abbott, Merkt and Company. A subsidiary portion of the collection includes drawings, photographs and papers related to the life and career of Richard H. Tatlow, III, president of Abbott Merkt, as well as the firms and agencies for which he also worked.

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on 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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose. For additional guidance on restrictions and permissions see Columbia University Libraries Publication and Digital Reproduction Policy and Procedures. (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/services/preservation/publicationsPolicy.html).

Preferred Citation

Abbott, Merkt and Company records, 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 Iciar Lucena, under the direction of Annemarie van Roessel, Mellon Archivist, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Department of Drawings & Archives, in 2005-2006.

Revision Description

2006-04-06 File created.

2009-12-03 File revised.

2019-05-20 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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architectural reprographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carbon typescript papers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Film negatives Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Holograph papers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mixed media drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic transparencies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Printed papers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Typescript papers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Abbott, Merkt and Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Abraham & Straus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Airport buildings -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Airport buildings -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amiaga, Gil Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architects -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ashley, Edward Everett, 1906- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
B. Altman & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
B. Gertz, Inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bamberger's (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bloomingdale's (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copeland, Novak & Israel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
G. Fox & Co. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Garden State Plaza (Paramus, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Garland, Roger Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gimbel Brothers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harrington & Cortelyou Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hecht Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
John F. Kennedy International Airport Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
John Wanamaker (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kahn & Jacobs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Landmark Shopping Center (Alexandria, Va.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Le Maire, Eleanor Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lord & Taylor Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Macy's (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Monmouth Shopping Center (Eatontown, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morganelli, Heumann & Rudd Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newark International Airport Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oliver/Breyer Design Associates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pan American World Airways, Inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parking garages -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Raymond Loewy Associates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Robertson, Edwin L Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Saks & Company (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schwartzman, Daniel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sears, Roebuck and Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shopping centers -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sinclair and Valentine Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stoller, Ezra Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stores, Retail -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Strawbridge & Clothier Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Parcel Service Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States Postal Service Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Bureau of Public Roads Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Public Works Administration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. War Department Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warehouses -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Western Union Telegraph Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Willowbrook Shopping Center (Wayne, N.J.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodward & Lothrop Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical and Biographical Note

Abbott, Merkt and Company

Founded in 1923 in New York City by Hunley Abbott and Oswald L. Merkt as an engineering and construction service for industrial plants. The firm was expanded to include architectural services in 1929 and Abbott, Merkt and Company grew to become one of the leading architecture and engineering firms on the East Coast after World War II, acquiring major commissions for commercial and industrial and commercial buildings and civil infrastructure in the United States and internationally. Richard H. Tatlow, III was president from 1945 to 1985, later joined on the Board of Directors by J. Stanley Nants Jr. and Richard H. Tatlow, IV. Among Abbott Merkt's most prominent commissions were major terminal and support facilities for Pan American World Airways at John F. Kennedy Airport and for American Airlines at Newark International Airport; department stores and merchandise warehouses across the country for such clients as Macy's, Saks and Company, Hecht's, Bambergers, B. Altman, and J.C. Penny and Company; major bulk materials handling facilities for United Parcel Service and the United States Post Office; schools and commercial centers in France, Mexico, The Netherlands, Syria and Saudi Arabia; and for parking structures across the East Coast. Abbott, Merkt, beginning, in 1951, was also partnered with the New York architectural firm Kahn & Jacobs, later bought by the St. Louis-based architecture firm HOK, on variety of airport-related projects. Ceasing operations in 1985, Abbott Merkt Architects, Inc. was acquired in 1987 by a subsidiary of the Los Angeles-based architecture and engineering firm Daniel Mann Johnson and Mendenhall (DMJM).

Richard H. Tatlow, III (1906-1993)

Tatlow was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1906 and received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado in 1927 and his master's degree in engineering in 1933. In 1927, Tatlow was hired by the United States Bureau of Public Roads to assist in designing bridges and roads throughout the United States. Joining the Kansas City, Missouri, engineering firm of Harrington and Cortelyou in 1929, Tatlow was named partner with John Lyle Harrington in 1935. In 1940, Tatlow was commission to the United States War Department as a Lieutenant Colonel, serving on the department's Construction Advisory Board. He was eventually named Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for the supervision of new facilities and the implementation o statistical quality control. In 1945, Tatlow joined Abbott Merkt & Company as president and member of the Board of Directors, eventually becoming chairman of the board. Throughout his career, Tatlow authored numerous articles and reports on a variety of engineering and management topics, including merchandise distribution, bridge engineering, shopping center design, and transportation planning. He was an active member of the Construction Industry Advisory Council of the United States Chamber of Commerce; the Engineering Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences; and the National Academy of Engineering. Tatlow was also president of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1968. Tatlow retired from Abbott, Merkt and Company in 1985, and died in Scarsdale, New York, in 1993.