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James Grote Van Derpool papers, 1944-1974, bulk 1962-1966

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection documents, though partially, the professional life of architectural and art historian, librarian, and preservationist James Grote Van Derpool (1903-1979). Generally, this collection contains correspondence, office files, printed materials, photographs, slides, literary productions, and legal documents. A large portion of this collection consists of papers that reflect the activities of Van Derpool as "defender of the architectural treasures," including records and papers relating to research done for the National Parks Service. Also in the collection are records of lectures on the history of American architecture given at educational institutions, clubs, societies, business organizations, and religious and cultural group meetings. There are also papers relating to Van Derpool's research on the history of Avery Library at Columbia University and the life and work of Italian architect Leon Battista Alberti. Additionally, there is a group of records of the Advisory Committee of the University of Illinois for the time period when Van Derpool was chairman. Van Derpool's book collection was incorporated into the permanent collection of Avery Library after his death.

At a Glance

Bib ID 6267882 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Van Derpool, James Grote, 1903-1979
Title James Grote Van Derpool papers, 1944-1974, bulk 1962-1966
Physical Description 10 manuscript boxes; 1 document 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

Arrangement

This collection is organized in the following series: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service Architectural Study Project "Mission-66" in Connection with the Historic American Buildings Survey, 1958-1967; Preservation of Historic and Architecturally Notable Buildings, 1952-1974; Architecture of the Italian Renaissance; University of Illinois, Senate Advisory Committee on the Selection of a New President, 1944-1945; Columbia University, New York City; Miscellaneous; Slides, Negatives, and Microfilms.

Description

Scope and Content

Series I: National Park Service Architectural Study Project "Mission-66"

This series relates to the National Park Service's Architectural Study Project "Mission-66," which was a capital improvement program in connection with the Historical American Buildings Survey. The material gathered in this series relates to JGV's work for a Registry of National historic Landmarks on the sub-theme "Architecture" for the period 1962-1968. This series contains correspondence, printed material, literary production and legal documents, inventories of sites prepared by HABS, photographs, and research notes. There series includes the following subseries: Subseries 1: Correspondence, Subseries 2: Manuscripts, and Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Research Material.

Series II: Preservation of Historic and Architecturally Notable Buildings

The material gathered in this series relates to JGV's work as an Executive Director of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. The subject of this series is the preservation of the buildings in New York, with some material on preservation of buildings in other states. The series contains correspondence, office files, miscellaneous printed material, photographs and literary productions. The original filing order has been preserved, folders are arranged by subject and chronologically within each folder; typescripts of articles and lectures and some miscellaneous groups of material arranged by subject and then chronologically. There is a portion of records which are not dated in this series. Subseries 1: Landmarks Preservation Commission consists of correspondences, proceedings, printed material. Subseries 2: Preservation consists of correspondence, documents from office files, printed material, photos, and clippings. The material embodies miscellaneous records in New York on Landmarks Preservation, miscellaneous papers concerning activities of the Society of American Historians. Subseries 3: New York's History and Landmarks constitutes five groups of published and unpublished material on the history of New York and its landmarks. Includes Reports on The Hamilton Grange, and The Stadhuist. The material consists of booklets, reports, photographs, blueprints and includes correspondence. Subseries 4: Maine, Maryland, Virginia constitutes three groups of records arranged alphabetically by state. Consists of correspondence, printed material, and photographs. This subseries presents the documentation of JGV's involvement in the restoration and preservation of St. Luke's Church in Smithfield, Virginia. Subseries 5: Manuscripts and Speeches consists of handwritten drafts and typescripts of articles and speeches, photos and a few clippings. Arranged by topic and thereunder, chronologically within the original folders. Most lecture headings have the same or similar titles. Corrections, introductions and additions differ. The subjects are Historical Architecture of Manhattan, Frances Tavern, Landmarks Preservation Commission; the restoration of St. Luke's Church, Greenwich Village, Percy Pyne project, Architecture and the Art. Includes typescript for Columbia television series.

Series III: The Architecture of Italian Renaissance

The material gathered in this series relates to JGV's study of the Architecture of Italian Renaissance. This series contains manuscripts of his published works and speeches on Leon Battista Alberti, printed material, photographs, and miscellaneous records.

Series IV: Columbia University

This series contains pedagogic and administrative records of the School of the Architecture, Columbia University, and research material regarding Avery Library (collected by JGV while writing the History of Avery Library)

Series V: Miscellaneous

Contains miscellaneous professional material including papers from the University of Illinois's Advisory Committee on Selection of a New President, brief biographical information, and some collected research material.

Series VI: Slides, Negatives, Microfilms

Primarily consists of travel slides, negatives and microfilms, mainly of New York and Italy.

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

Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.

Preferred Citation

James Grote Van Derpool Papers. Located in Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Custodial History

Gift of the estate of James Grote Van Derpool, 1979.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed Irina Kuharets 1990.

Revision Description

2009-06-25 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Alberti, Leon Battista, 1404-1472 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Architecture -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Avery Library Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. School of Architecture -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historic American Buildings Survey -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historic buildings -- Conservation and restoration -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kellerman, Regina M Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.). Landmarks Preservation Commission Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renaissance -- Italy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Society of Architectural Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. National Park Service -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Professor Emeritus of Architecture, James Grote Van Derpool was born in 1903. He received his bachelor of architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1927 and his master's degree in fine arts from Harvard in 1940. Before completing his master's degree, he conducted research at the American Academy in Rome in 1928 and at the Atelier Gromort of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1929. In addition, he practiced architecture in Boston and taught the history of architecture at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois in 1932.

Professor Van Derpool was the head of the Department of Art at the University of Illinois from 1938 to 1946. In 1945 and 1946, he served as chairman of the committee for selection of a new president of the university. In 1946, he succeeded Talbot Hamlin as librarian of the Avery Library at Columbia University, serving as head of the library from 1946 to 1959. Between 1959 and 1961, Van Derpool was also Acting Dean and then Associate Dean of the School of Architecture at Columbia.

Van Derpool was president of the New York chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians from 1951 to 1956 and President of the National Society of Architectural Historians from 1955 to 1957. He was also National Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Parks Service between 1956 and 1962. As well, he served as a trustee of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society from 1949 to 1965.

Van Derpool was a trustee of Columbia University Press from 1959 to 1962, was on the Advisory Board of the School of Painting and Sculpture at Columbia from 1959 to 1961, and served on the board of History of Art and Archeology from 1959 to 1966. Van Derpool was a member of the Committee on the Future of Columbia University for two years and the Committee on the Selection of Dean of Architecture in 1959-1960.

While on leave from Columbia University School of Architecture, Van Derpool organized the office of the New York Landmarks Preservation from 1961 to 1966. Also among his various achievements, he published widely, participated in or initiated numerous historic property restorations, and was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Van Derpool retired from Columbia University in 1966 and died in 1979 at his home in Esopus, New York.

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Series I: National Park Service Architectural Study Project "Mission-66"


Subseries 1: Correspondence



Box 1 Folder 1 [Historic American Building Survey] HABS - Project, 1962 Oct - 1963 Sep

Includes letters regarding "List of Proposed Sites" and "Narrative;" an old list of architectural structures kept in NPS' files; proposal of contract for an essay on the story of the Architecture; progress of JGV's work; letters written by Charles W. Porter III, Acting Chief, Division of History and Archeology; John O. Littleton, Chief, National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings; Herbert A. Kehler, Chief, Division of History and Archeology; memorandums from directors of Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Western Regions.

Included are the following lists:Buildings of Historic Importance, 1955;Buildings of Architectural Importance Presently Under Consideration for Lists I & II(a handwritten draft); also includedCommentson JGV's preliminary listing of sites.



Box 1 Folder 2 Project for HABS U.S. (Department of Interior) Not Brought to a Conclusion, 1963 Aug - Jul

Includes letters regarding the lists of sites prepared by JGV and the data on these buildings recorded by HABS and kept in the files of NPS; and needs in assisting JGV in additional data for some of the sites. Correspondents include Herbert A. Kahler and John M. Corbett.

Included is a list of sites eligible for registration as National Historic Landmarks; a typescript describing architectural styles; a list of buildings prepared by JGV.

Also included is correspondence regardingYeocomico Churchin Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia.



Box 1 Folder 3 Suggested Buildings From NPS, 1963 Apr - 1964 Jan

Includes letters regarding designations as a registered National Historic Landmarks of the following sites:Lockwood-Mathews Mansionat Norwalk, Connecticut;Endicott EstateandMcIntire Summer House, Danver, Massachusetts;Browne House, Flushing, New York;Hammond Manor House, Anne Arundel Country. Maryland; onWaterworks, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;Old Lighthouse Museum,Stonington Historical Society, Stonington, Connecticut;The Blount House, Knoxville, Tennessee. Letters written to and from JGV; Charles W. Porter III; William B. Ardiff, Editor, Danver Historical Society; Ronald F. Lee, Regional Director, Northeast Region; Miss Margret I. Carman, President, Browne House Historical Society; John A. Carver, Jr. Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, NPS; Eric Gugler, Esq., John O. Littleton; Mr. Henry J. Toombs, Atlanta, Georgia.

Included areList of themes, sub-themes and special studies, National Survey of Historic Sitesand clippings with topics on: dwelling in New Jersey, Sullivan's Bayard Building in New York City, etc.



Box 1 Folder 4 Miscellaneous, 1963 Jul- 1964 Jul

Correspondence regarding John O Littleton's and Kennith C. Anderson's visits to New York, and regarding survey's consideration ofThe Oliver Ellsworth House, Windsors, andJonathan Trumbull House,Lebanon, Connecticut as registered National Historic Landmarks. Letters written to and from Herbert E. Kahler; Carlisle Crouch, Assistant Regional Director, and S. Sydney Bradford, Historian, Northeast Region; Mrs. Foster Elizabeth Sturtevent, State Regent, Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution, Inc.

Included are a brochure onThe Trumbull Houseand a set of photographs ofEllsworth Homestead.



Box 1 Folder 5 Memorandums from Regional Directors, 1964 Jan - May

These are responses to Herbert E. Kahler's memo regarding the need to receive an additional data on some of the sites. Arranged alphabetically by regions, and thereunder chronologically.



Box 1 Folder 6 Printed Landmark List, 1964 Jul 20

Letter written by John O. Littleton to JGV.

Enclosed are a news release: "President Kennedy's Birthplace heads latest Historical Landmark List"; brief description of 96 sites; The Registered National Historic Landmark Program.



Box 1 Folder 7 Miscellaneous, 1955 Nov - 1967 Apr

Includes correspondence regardingLists of sites Narrative; arrangement of payment; extension of the contract acknowledgements of receiving the material. Letters written to and from JGV; Herbert E. Kahler; Robert M. Utley, Chief, Division of Historical Studies; John O. Littleton.

Included are final versions of Lists I & II:Selected Primary Examples of Architecture in U.S.A. 1632-1912, andSelected Secondary Examples of Architecture in U.S.A. 1962-1912, both dated July 14, 1964; summary and status of the NPS's contract with JGV; handwritten drafts of JGV's letters.



Box 1 Folder 8 Outline, 1965 Feb - Mar

Includes letters from JGV to John O. Littleton regarding theOutlinesand final corrections for the list ofSelected Primary Examples of Architectures in the U.S.Asent on July 14, 1964.

Included are typescripts and a handwritten draft of theOutline: "Architecture U.S.A 17th Century to 1912"


Subseries 2: Manuscripts



Box 1 Folder 9 Lists I & II, 1963 May 15 - 1964 Jun 30

Included are several versions ofList Iand original preliminary typescript:" 'Architecture' Working list of sites by James Grote Van Derpool: buildings of Architectural Importance presently under consideration for Lists I & II,"dated May 15, 1963.



Box 1 Folder 10 April 14, 1964 Lists I & II, 1959 Feb - 1964 Apr

Included are several versions of the lists; sets of handwritten notes on architectural styles and periods in the U.S.A.; a chart "The Architecture of the United States."



Box 1 Folder 11 Primary Example Lists, 1964 Apr 14 - Jun 30

Included are several versions ofLists Iwith extensive corrections inscribed; handwritten notes on schedule of work for the project.



Box 1 Folder 12 Secondary Example Lists, 1964 Apr 14 - Jun 30

Included are versions ofLists IIwith extensive corrections inscribed.



Box 1 Folder 13 Complete Set, 1965 Mar 12 - 1967 Mar 30

Included are lists ofSelected Primary Examples of Architecture in the U.S.A. 1632-1912, andSelected Secondary Examples of Architecture in the U.S.Aboth dated July 29, 1966; corrections;Selective Bibliography; and a typewritten manuscriptHistoric Development of Architecture in the U.S.A. 1632-1912, dated December 21, 1966

Includes copy of the letter from JGV to Robert M. Utley regarding corrections for typed manuscript, vacation plans and payments.



Box 2 Folder 1a-b Miscellaneous, 196?

Included are a holograph manuscript ofHistoric Development of Architecture in the U.S.A.; a set of foot notes; and a handwritten bibliography to theNarrative.


Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Research Material



Box 2 Folder 2a-o United States. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings, Inventories

This group is arranged alphabetically by state and there is a separate Folder for New York City.

Inventories provided information such as exact location of a building, name of owner, description of the site and dates. Included are photographs of buildings: photographs are all identified.

Arizona: 2pp., 1 photo ; California: 15pp., 2 photos ; Connecticut: 6 pp., ills, 2 photos ; Delaware: 6pp., ill., 4 photos ; Districts of Columbia: 8pp., ills, ; Florida: 2pp., 1 photo ; Georgia: 1p., 5 photos ; Indiana: 2pp., 1 photo ; Illinois: 11pp., 3 photos, 1 postcard ; Louisiana: 4pp., 3 photos ; Maine: 5pp., 2 photos, 1 postcard ; Maryland: 9 pp., ills., 5 photos ; Massachusetts: 33 pp., ills., 31 photos, 1 postcard ; Michigan: 2 pp., ills., 1 photos, New Hampshire: 1 p., 7 photos



Box 2 Folder 3a-c United States. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings, Inventories

This group is arranged alphabetically by state and there is a separate Folder for New York City.

Inventories provided information such as exact location of a building, name of owner, description of the site and dates. Included are photographs of buildings: photographs are all identified.

New Jersey: 2 pp., 3 photos ; New Mexico: 10 pp., 6 photos ; New York State: 13 pp., ills., 27 photos, 1 letter ; New York City: 4 pp., ills., 11 photos ; North Carolina: 6 pp., 9 photos ; Ohio: 3 pp., 7 photos ; Pennsylvania: 11 pp., 12 photos ; Puerto Rico: 1 p., 1 photo ; Rhode Island: 4 pp., 15 photos ; South Carolina: 7 pp., 3 photo ; Tennessee: 2 pp., 1 photo ; Texas: 8 pp., 3 photos ; Utah: 9 pp., ills., 23 photos ; Washington: 12 pp., illus., 13 photos



Box 3 Folder 1a-l United States. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings, Inventories

This group is arranged alphabetically by state and there is a separate Folder for New York City.

Inventories provided information such as exact location of a building, name of owner, description of the site and dates. Included are photographs of buildings: photographs are all identified.

New York City: 4 pp., ills., 11 photos ; North Carolina: 6 pp., 9 photos ; Ohio: 3 pp., 7 photos ; Pennsylvania: 11 pp., 12 photos ; Puerto Rico: 1 p., 1 photo ; Rhode Island: 4 pp., 15 photos ; South Carolina: 7 pp., 3 photo ; Tennessee: 2 pp., 1 photo ; Texas: 8 pp., 3 photos ; Utah: 9 pp., ills., 23 photos ; Washington: 12 pp., illus., 13 photos



Box 3 Folder 5a-k Printed Material

This group consists of flyers; leaflets; guidebooks; booklets; off-prints; photocopies; postcards; newspaper clippings and a few photographs. Some of the flyers are printed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, as a part of the "Mission-66" project.

Arranged alphabetically with states as topics, some buildings have separate Folders.

Subjects include: the cause of historic preservation; the buildings of exceptional importance some of which have been recognized as National Historic Landmarks.

Arizona : 2 items ; Connecticut : 5 items ; Delaware : 3 items ; District of Columbia : 2 items ; Florida : 7 items ; Illinois : 2 items ; Maryland : 14 items ; Massachusetts : 6 items ; New Hampshire : 1 items ; New Jersey : 3 items ; New Mexico : 2 items



Box 4 Folder 1a-o Printed Material

This group consists of flyers; leaflets; guidebooks; booklets; off-prints; photocopies; postcards; newspaper clippings and a few photographs. Some of the flyers are printed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, as a part of the "Mission-66" project.

Arranged alphabetically with states as topics, some buildings have separate Folders.

Subjects include: the cause of historic preservation; the buildings of exceptional importance some of which have been recognized as National Historic Landmarks.

New York (1) : 14 items ; New York (2) : 10 items ; [New York] : "Olana" : 11 items ; [New York] : "Sleepy Hallow" : 2 items ; New York City : 17 items ; [New York City] The Browne House : 6 items, including letters ; [North Carolina] Old Salem. Single Brothers House : 9 items, including letters ; Ohio : 2 items ; Pennsylvania : 12 items ; Puerto Rico : 1 item ; Rhode Island : 6 items ; South Carolina : 3 items ; Texas : 1 item ; Virginia : 4 items ; Washington : 2 items



Box 3 Folder 2 Definitions, Policies, and Procedures Relating to Historic and Prehistoric Structures, 1963 Apr - Mar

Constitutes two National Parks Service's Handbooks, with enclosures



Box 3 Folder 3 Research Notes, 1962 Jul 11 - 1964 May 12

Constitutes two notebooks with enclosures. Included are handwritten notes, and data collected on various buildings located through out the United States



Box 3 Folder 4 Agreements, 1962 Jun - 1965 Jun

Included are arranged alphabetically,Statement and Certificate of Award, copies of original contracts for preparingLists I & IIand writing the text onArchitecture in the U.S.A.; 1632-1912.

Also included are correspondence with Houston R. Turner and John O. Littleton regarding agreements.

Series II: Preservation of Historic and Architecturally Notable Buildings


Subseries 1: Landmarks Preservation Commission



Box 4 Folder 2 Clearance - City Sites, 1962 Jun 26

IncludesMemo 1962 June 26from Mayor Robert F. Wagner on appointment of 12 members of the Landmark Preservation Commission of the City of New York; a draft; a zoning map; and a preliminary count.



Box 4 Folder 3 LPC - Designations. Submissions for Hearing Calendar, 1965 Sep - Oct

Includes a proposal and approval ofLists of Buildings;Calendar



Box 4 Folder 4 Designation List No. 3, 1962 - 1965

Includes lists of nominations decisions voted and designations made



Box 4 Folder 5 Finalized Designations, 1962 - 1963

Includes lists of buildings presented for nomination, proposed and votes; inscribed: "incomplete copy only."



Box 4 Folder 6 Miscellaneous, 1965 Oct - Nov

Includes calendar of Landmarks Preservation Commission; lists of buildings compiled by borough; a map: proposed boundary ofBrooklyn Heights.



Box 4 Folder 7 Greenwich Village Historic District, 1969

Includes correspondence; press releases; invitations and a magazine


Subseries 2: Preservation



Box 4 Folder 8 Correspondence, 1962 - 1966

Arranged alphabetically by topics and thereunder chronologically.

Subjects includeScotia Branch Library, Scotia, New York;Astor Library Building, New York City; Architect Alexander Seltzer.

Also included are letters (August 1965 - January 1966) regarding the arrangements for JGV's talk "The Landmarks of New York" at the Antique Forum (January 30 - February 4, 1966), Williamsburg, Virginia.



Box 5 Folder 1 Office Files, 1964 Dec 3

Includes copies of the statements at the hearing a bill before the Committee of the City Council by Geoffrey Platt, Chairman LPC; James G. Van Derpool, Executive Director; Harmon Goldstone, City Planning Commission



Box 5 Folder 2 Walking Tour - NYC, 1952 - 1962

Includes miscellaneous records:Programs for SAH Annual Meeting January 25-27 1952with attached preliminary catalogs of exhibitions (1952) of drawings inAvery LibraryColumbia University;Metropolitan Museum of Art;New York Historical Society.

Also included are offprints, postcards, magazines. Subjects traced are "landmarks" and "New Landmarks Commission."



Box 5 Folder 3 Miscellaneous, 1963 -1965

Subjects included are local laws of establishment of landmarks; "American Landmarks Week";Fraunces Tavern, New York City; andKingsland Preservation Committee.



Box 5 Folder 6 The Edward Mooney House, New York City, 1969 - 1971

Includes miscellaneous documentation on restoration of the house



Box 6 Folder 4 New Paltz - Walloon Church and Pell St. NYC, 1971 - 1974

This group consists of correspondence; printed material; photographs; blueprints; and handwritten drafts by JGV of a speech on a proposed project of restoration of theWalloon Church.

In addition to documentation on restoration ofNew Paltz French Church, includes material on theHugenot Churches in the U.S.A;South Street;Schermerhorn Row, New York City.

There is a photograph of Professor James G. Van Derpool in a wheelchair in New Paltz, dated July 21, 1971



Box 5 Folder 4 Miscellaneous Printed Material, undated

Some of the traced subjects are: Historic Preservation; conference; winner award dinners



Box 5 Folder 5 Clippings

Some of the traced subjects are: Landmarks of New York City; preservation policies; a few articles on JGV's work on the Landmark Commission


Subseries 3: New York's History and Landmarks



Box 6 Folder 1 New York Landmarks - An index of architecturally notable structures in New York City. Fourth Edition - The Municipal Arts Society of New York, 1962 Mar

Included are two copies: working and office copies. According to Platt the handbook was a valuable source and was frequently used by the Landmarks Commission in their work



Box 6 Folder 2 Giovanni da Verrazano, the Discoverer of New York Bay - A graphic documentation of the discoveries by the great Florentine explorer and humanist of the Renaissance / Lino S. Lipinsky de Orlov - New York, 1958



Box 6 Folder 3 The Grange. Relocation & Restoration - Two hundred anniversary of Alexander Hamilton 1757 - 1957 - American Scenic & Historic Preservation Society : New York City, 1957



Box 5 Folder 8 Typescript - Furniture plan for Hamilton Grange - New York City National Park Service Group : New York City, 1964 Aug



Box 5 Folder 7 Typescript - The Stadhuist : First City Hall of New Amsterdam, Later New York. Report for the downtown museum, City of New York / Kellerman, Regina - New York, 1968

Includes correspondence (April - August 1968), 4 letters regarding proposals for publications


Subseries 4: Maine, Maryland, Virginia



Box 6 Folder 6 William Sheppherd Gray House, Salem, Maine, undated



Box 6 Folder 7 James Brice House, Annapolis, Maryland, 1959 - 1964

Includes miscellaneous records on History and restoration of the house



Box 6 Folder 5 St. Luke's Church, Smithfield, Virginia, 1955 - 1969

Arranged chronologically

Includes correspondence with John Forbes, editor; magazine, brochures with JGV's articles on the restoration ofSt. Luke's Church; typescript of the article for the Journal Society of Architectural Historians (September 1957);Historical St. Luke's - its History and Restoration.

Included are drafts of the speeches: "The restoration of Historic St. Luke's Church, Smithfield, Virginia", delivered on May 8, 1957 at Church ceremonies and a lecture at Williamsburg, Virginia for A.I.A. Centennial meeting.


Subseries 5: Manuscripts and Speeches



Box 6 Folder 8 JGV - Historic Buildings on Manhattan Island, 1952 - 1962

Consists of typescripts, handwritten drafts, photos, correspondence

Includes typescripts of lectures:Historic Architecture on the Island of Manhattan, several versions which were delivered on different occasions;A Cavalcade of Architecture on the Island of Manhattan (17th century - 1860)

Also included typescripts of speeches:Informal Discussion of the L.P.C.andLandmarks in New York City.

In addition there are, in this group, several handwritten drafts of unidentified speeches.



Box 6 Folder 9 Van Derpool - M.S.S., 1957 - 1968

Consists of typescripts of two lectures and five manuscripts of the articles; and photos ofFraunces Tavern; includes letters written to the editors.

Included are lectures:The Restoration of Historic St. Luke's Church, Smithfield, Virginia, 2 versions;Historic Preservation

There are typescripts for the following articles:Preliminary proposal for the development of the Fraunces Tavern Block as a historic district;[The Fraunces Tavern Block Project in Old New York,A Historic Enclave in Old New York;An Interim Landmark Report;Attrition of Early Landmark in Manhattan.



Box 6 Folder 10 Greenwich Village, 1964 - 1966

Includes notes for JGV's talk at Greenwich Village Symposium at new York University, in connection with American Landmarks Celebration Week in New York City.

Also includes a draft from Regina Kellerman:Human Interest in Village.



Box 7 Folder 1 The Percy Pyne Project, undated

Includes a handwritten draft of a speech



Box 7 Folder 2 Miscellaneous, 1952 - 1965 ?

Includes a photocopy of a typescript of the following lectures:"A Cavalcade of Architecture on the Island of Manhattan (17th Century - 1860)"and a lecture delivered at the Metropolitan Museum as part of Columbia's Bicentennial Program"Architecture and the Arts - Conflicts and Alliance"

Also included are handwritten drafts of the speeches:"Brief Report of Efficiency of Landmark Preservation Commission. Case History."; and"New York Landmarks - Aspects of a Special Problem in Stemming the Tide of Destruction of the Visual record of a City's Historical Continuity."

Includes photos of views of New York (From New York Historical Archives).

Also included a speech by Robert William G. Vail onSeventeenth Century New York Architecture, delivered on January 25, 1952.



Box 7 Folder 3 Photographs



Box 7 Folder 4 Phases of Development in English Domestic Architecture to 1830

Series III: The Architecture of Italian Renaissance



Box 7 Folder 5a-c The Architecture of L.B. Alberti, undated

Includes original typescript of the work and a photocopy; two sets of:Introduction. Life of Leon Battista Alberti.

Included are photographs of plates of Leon Battista Alberti.



Box 8 Folder 2 Research Material, Alberti

Contains typescript and handwritten translation (transcribed) of works on Leon Battista Alberti.

Among authors included: Corrado Ricci; Julius Schlosser and Paul-Henri Michel.

Also included are JGV's typescript"Re: Proposed Publication on Leon Battista Alberti as Architect";

Handwritten notes, possibly translations of L.B.A.'s correspondence (Photostats of original letters in Italian Enclosed).



Box 7 Folder 6 Research Material, Alberti

This group contains typescripts and printed published works on Alberti in English and Italian by the following authors: Captain John A. Cade (in collaboration with Niccolo Rucellai); Julius Schlosses; Theuer; John M. Kelly; Francesco Milizia; and Derek Mackan.

Some of the works included are translations by Aldof K. Placzek and Mrs. Edward Cresy; and two papers written by students on Alberti



Box 7 Folder 8 Research Material, Alberti

Handwritten notes on Alberti. Possibly a synopsis of a book on Alberti written in Italian.



Box 8 Folder 1 Research Material, San Sebastino

The group consists of a typescript,"The Church of San Sebastian."4 drawings; a booklet,"La Rotonda di S.Lorenzo in Mantova"; photographs and negatives ofSan Sebastiano; and a set of index cards with notes.

Also included is a photocopy of the work in Italian by Ing. Andrea Schiavi"Il Restauro Della Chiesa di S. Sebastiano"with a set of translation in English.



Box 9 Folder 1a-d Photographs on Italian Renaissance, 1928-1961

Arranged alphabetically by city, and thereunder the name of the architectural monument. Besides photographs there are few postcards, handwritten notes, a letter, Photostats, drawings, all originally found with photographs.

Most of represented monuments are works by Leon Battista Alberti.

There is a printed monographsLe Cappelle Rucellai(1916) and there are Photostats from the plans of this Chapel drawn from memory by Nicollo Rusellaw in 1948.

It appears that the photographs were sent to JGV from Italy in the period of 1953-61, however most photographs besides the names of the photographers bear earlier dates, presumably the dates of the negatives. There are two photographs ofTempia Malatestiana, Rimini shot in January 1944 after 3 bombs bombed Tempia Malatestiana at the same time.

There are few unidentified photographs.



Box 7 Folder 7 Alberti Lectures, 1955-1958

Contains typescript of the lectures on L.B.A.; the time and occasions of delivery the speeches are not always identified:"Alberti-background and some of the problems";"Introduction";"…on 500th anniversary of the completion of the first architectural treastise of the Renaissance..."

Included are typescripts and handwritten drafts ofAlberti Chronology; Lists of slides for Alberti talks.

Also includes handwritten notes on Italian Renaissance.



Box 8 Folder 3a-b Miscellaneous, 1954

Includes the following: Guide book on Mantova; Catalog "The complete Library of World Art"; clippings.

Includes brochure onBasilica St. Andrea, Mantova; Photostats; photo; a note book and diary with notes on Alberti, addresses, schedules.

Also included are letters from JGV to different addresses in Italy where he expresses appreciation for the assistance in research during his trip to Italy.

Series IV: Columbia University



Box 9 Folder 2 Deans Office, School of Architecture, 1959 Mar - May

Includes outlines of courses offered by school including courses descriptions for Evening School for the period of 1959-1960.

Includes JGV'sOutline of Courses on English Domestic Architecture to 1830.

Also includes a typescript of JGV's speech:"Alumni day talk - School of Architecture."



Box 9 Folder 3 Avery History - To School of Architecture

Includes handwritten draft and typescripts:"Avery Memorial Architectural Library"; handwritten notes on Avery History.

Included are letters from JGV to Richard F. Bach; letters from Mrs. Thos. H. Russell;

Photo (and negative) of Miss Wimfred Jehrenkamp, who was a librarian at Avery Library



Box 9 Folder 4 Avery Library

Includes typescript"Avery Library", transcribed letters from Mr. Mrs. Sam. P. Avery and Seth. Low; subjects are: proposals for a new library, funds for cataloging.

Letters from Frederick Coykendall, Roger Howson.

Includes transcribed calculations, award reports (1890-1910), notes on donation of David Keppel Memorial Collections.



Box 10 Folder 1 Miscellaneous, 1955-1964

This group consists of typescripts, correspondence, printed materials.

Includes News Release about the donation of The Francis Henry Lenygon Memorial Room to the Avery Library. Also includesProfessor James Grote Van Derpool remarks at acceptance of Francis Henry Lenygon Memorial Room.

Also included transcriptsThe Twombly-Burden Room. 206 Low Memorial. Columbia University in the City of New York: copy of the letter to Mrs. Francis H. Lenygon from Davidson Taylor about publication a booklet; and Quotation from will of Edith Marion Magonigle about Van-Buren Fund; typescripts on Serlio; exhibition "Lost New York, Architecture Threatened or Destroyed."

Also included are two works by students: "A descriptive Study of Avery Architectural Library" by Wilson C. Duprey, and "Annotated Bibliography in the Fine Arts" by Charles Allan Baretski; and ephemera.

Series V: Miscellaneous



Box 10 Folder 8a-b University of Illinois. Senate. Advisory Committee on Selection of a New President., 1944 Dec - 1945 Jun

Correspondence, Minutes of the meetings of the Advisory Committee, Information from WHO's WHO, Clippings, Letters received by JGV and his responses, Confidential letters, Recommendations and statements about candidates



Box 10 Folder 3 AIA - Fellow + Biographical Material, 1957-1968



Box 10 Folder 4 Biographical Info J.G. Van Derpool

Information includes positions held, memberships, publications and biographical data.



Box 10 Folder 5 Society of Architectural Historians August Tour, 1957



Box 10 Folder 6 To File, 1956-1968

Includes letters to JGV; leaflets



Box 11 Folder 1a-b Miscellaneous Research Notes

Included are bibliography on works on Art & Philosophy; History of Architecture; notes on "Byzantine Iconography"; on Russian Church Archives, Fogg Museum; notes, possibly taken for "Mission-66" project.



Box 10 Folder 7 Miscellaneous

drawings, letter



Box 8 Folder 4 Manuscript

"Romanesque and Gothic Architecture" - typescript



Box 10 Folder 2 Miscellaneous Printed Material

Includes a catalogAn Exhibition of Rare Books and Manuscripts selected from the Columbia University Libraries

Series VI: Slides, Negatives, Microfilms



Box 11 Folder 2 USA



Box 11 NYC



Box 11 NY Views (Houses)



Box 11 Williamsburg



Box 11 Folder 6 Europe



Box 11 Folder 4 England



Box 11 Folder 5 France



Box 11 Folder 3 Italy



Box 11 Asolo



Box 11 Florence



Box 11 Mantova



Box 11 Padova



Box 11 Perugia



Box 11 Rimini



Box 11 Rome



Box 11 Venice I



Box 11 Venice II



Box 11 Vicenza



Box 11 Alberti



Box 11 Alberti II



Box 11 Unidentified