Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Walter Sobotka architectural records and papers, 1897-1971, bulk 1922-1954

Series 2: Professional Papers

Subseries A: General Papers

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Drawer 179o Exhibition Diplomas., 3 items 1925-1930

Printed materials

Box 4: Folder 26 "Die neuzeitliche Wohnung." Wiener Sonn- und Montags-Zeitung. 1928 Jun 18

Printed materials

Box 4: Folder 13 "The Autobiography of a Fighting Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright Tells the Story of His Battle for a Humane Functionalism in Building." New York Times Book Review. 1932 Apr 03

Printed materials; autograph letter, signed

Box 4: Folder 14 Sedlmayr, Hans, Dr. "Der Karlsplatz, die Karlskirche und Wien." Neue Freie Presse. 1936 Apr 05

Printed materials

Originally filed with student drawings.

Box 4: Folder 24 Correspondence, Jean Wykoff to Sobotka. 1945 Jan 17

Typed letter, signed

Regarding Sobotka's induction into the University of Pittsburgh's Faculty Hall of Fame.

Box 4: Folder 22 Correspondence with Retail Home Furnishings magazine. 1945 Feb 16-1945 Apr 13

Typed letter, signed;typescript carbon

Regarding an article by Sobotka entitled "Putting Fashion In Its Place."

Box 4: Folder 20 Correspondence between Elizabeth B. Mock to Sobotka. 1945 Jul 23 and undated

Typed letter, signed; autograph letter; typescript carbon

Regarding the exhibition "Tomorrow's Small House"; handwritten draft of Sobotka's response on verso.

Box 4: Folder 16 Correspondence with Display World Magazine. 1946 Oct 29-1946 Nov 06

Typed letter, signed

Regarding an article by Sobotka to be published on Nov. 15 1946.

Box 4: Folder 15 Correspondence, Stephen V. P. Amico to Sobotka. 1947 Apr 01

Autograph letter, signed

Regarding an article by Sobotka for Charette [perhaps regarding The Prefabricated House].

Box 4: Folder 19 Correspondence with Interiors Magazine. 1950 Oct 13-1950 Oct 17

Telegram;typed letter, signed;typescript carbon;typescript papers, with annotations

Regarding Tenth Anniversary number of Interiors.

Box 4: Folder 21 Correspondence, Bernhard Pfau to Sobotka. 1951 Oct 05

Typed letter, signed

Box 4: Folder 18 Correspondence, Eric N. Gilling to Sobotka. 1951 Dec 18

Typed letter, signed

Box 4: Folder 23 Correspondence with Retailing Daily. 1952 Oct 07-1952 Oct 23

Typescript carbon;Typed letter, signed;printed materials

Includes a newspaper article by Harry Martin and a bulletin from Wittenborn and Company, Books on the Fine Arts.

Four Flap no # Certificate honoring Sobotka's contributions to the University of Pittsburgh. 1958 Jun 10

Typescript paper, signed

Enclosed in plastic protective cover

Box 1: Folder 22 "Mitteilungen der Architekten-Vereinigung." Wiener Bauhütte 1911 Dec

Printed materials

Box 4: Folder 17 Correspondence, Josef Frank to Sobotka. 1931 Aug-1935 Oct 26

Autograph letter, signed

Box 4: Folder 27 Notes on Vitruvius. undated

Holograph papers

Box 4: Folder 25 List of exhibitions. undated

Typescript paper

Subseries B: Lectures

Materials are arranged in chronological order, followed by undated papers arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Box 3: Folder 8 Untitled lecture [Development of Industrial Design] for the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. 1941 Nov 17

Typescript papers, with annotations;holograph papers;typed letter, signed

Two copies and notes; also includes correspondence.

Box 3: Folder 9 Untitled lecture for K. K. T. 1941 Winter

Typescript papers, with annotations

Box 3: Folder 11 "Commercial Taste and Interior Decoration." Lecture for Fourteenth Meeting of the Western Pennsylvania Education Conference. 1942 Oct 09

Typescript papers, with annotations;typescript paper;autograph letter, signed;typed letter, signed

Two copies of lecture; includes program and correspondence.

Box 3: Folder 10 "Architect and Interior Designer and Client." Lecture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology as part of a course on Professional Practice. 1942 Oct 19

Typescript papers, with annotations;typescript paper

Lecture to seniors of the architectural class 1942-1943 at Carnegie Institute of Technology; includes schedule of lectures.

Box 3: Folder 12 Lecture on "Display" at Robert Morris School. 1944 Nov 28

Typescript carbon

Box 3: Folder 13 "The Age of Distribution." Lecture given at Outlines, A Public Gallery. 1945 Mar 25

Typescript carbon, with annotations;typed letter, signed;typescript papers

Includes announcement and correspondence.

Box 3: Folder 14 "An Architects View of Housing Problems." Lecture given to The Ciloets. 1945 Oct 01

Typescript papers, with annotations;typed letter, signed;typescript carbon

Includes correspondence.

Box 3: Folder 15 Announcements for "A Popular Course of Study on The Contemporary Home," a class at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. 1945 Oct 11-1946 May 16

Printed materials

Box 3: Folder 16 "Theoretical Aspects on the Prefabricated House." 1946 May

Typescript carbon

Lecture given before the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AIA on May 21, 1946.

Box 3: Folder 17 "Why Interior Decoration?" Lecture given to the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. 1947 Mar 09

Typescript papers, with annotations;typescript carbon;holograph papers;autograph letter, signed

Includes, announcements and correspondence.

Box 3: Folder 18 Lecture outline on Architecture, for Outlines, A Public Gallery. 1947 Spring

Holograph papers

Box 3: Folder 19 Correspondence, Daniel Hemmander to Sobotka 1947 Dec 29

Typed letter, signed

Regarding reimbursement for slides used in lecture at Swedish Forum.

Box 3: Folder 20 "What Is Tradition?" Lecture given to the College Club. 1948 Jan 16

Typescript papers, with annotations;typescript carbon, with annotations;autograph letter, signed

Two copies of lecture; includes newspaper announcements and correspondence.

Box 3: Folder 21 "The Human Side of Interior Decoration." Lecture given to the Women's Clan of the Carnegie Institute of Technology. 1949 Jun 11

Typescript papers, with annotations;autograph letter, signed;typescript papers

Includes announcements, correspondence and abbreviated resume.

Box 3: Folder 22 "Relation Between House and Garden." Lecture given to the Hilltop Garden Club. 1949 Sep 08

Typescript papers with annotations;typescript carbon

Two copies of lecture; includes announcements.

Box 3: Folder 23 Notes for lecture given to the Laurel Garden Club. 1954 Nov 11

Holograph papers

Includes list of names, perhaps of attendees.

Box 3: Folder 24 "Who, what makes up the mind of the consumer? 'Style versus Fashion.'" Lecture given to the American Association of University Women. 1955 Jan 08

Typescript papers, with annotations;typescript carbon;typed letter, signed;typescript papers

Includes announcements and correspondence.

Box 3: Folder 25 Speech upon retiring and becoming Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh. 1958 Jun 10

Typescript papers with annotations;typed letter, signed;holograph paper

Includes correspondence and list of reservations for retirement dinner.

Box 3: Folder 26 Untitled lecture. undated

Holograph papers

Box 3: Folder 27 Original file folder containing lecture materials. undated

Holograph papers

Subseries C: Prefabricated House

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Box 3: Fol. 40 Dahlberg, Bror. "The House of the Future." An address in Washington, D. C. 1943 Feb 03

Printed materials

Box 3: Folder 36 Correspondence with Publishers and Critics. 1943 Jul 29-1949 Jul 30

Typed letter, signed;typescript carbon;typed letter;holograph papers

Includes correspondence with Lewis Mumford and various publishers.

Box 3: Folder 37 "Description of the Prefabricated House." The Charette. 1947 Apr-1947 May

Printed materials

Box 3: Folder 38 "Development and Assembly of the Prefabricated House." The Charette. 1947 Jun-1947 Jul

Printed materials

Box 3: Folder 39 "House Folds Up Like Accordion For Shipment: Prefabricated Dwelling for Four Shown by Goodyear; Constructed of Plastics." New York Herald Tribune. undated

Printed materials

Box 4: Folder 1 "The Manufactured House." undated

Typescript papers, with annotations

Box 4: Folder 2 Notes on Housing and the Prefabricated House. undated

Holograph papers

Box 4: Folder 3 Original File Folder, Prefab House Korresp. undated

Holograph paper

Box 4: Folder 4 The Prefabricated House., Diazo print 1944 Mar 3

Typescript papers, signed

Includes signed statement by notary public and original envelope.

Box 4: Folder 5 "Walter Sobotka's Prefabricated House." [1 of 2] circa 1963

Printed materials

Bound volume includes articles written by Sobotka for Charette on the Prefabricated House, January-July 1947.

Box 4: Folder 6 "Walter Sobotka's Prefabricated House." [2 of 2] 1963 May 6

Typed letter, signed;typescript papers;diazo print;printed materials

Bound volume includes drawings and articles written by Sobotka for Charette on the Prefabricated House, January-July 1947; also includes correspondence with publisher of Charette and a quotation from Alberti.

Subseries D: Principles of Design

Materials are arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Box 4: Folder 7 Changing Relations of Man to Nature and Their Reflection on Residential Architecture (Three phases in the fight of the artists against Classicism). [1 of 2] 1971 Apr 9 and undated

Typescript carbon;typescript papers;typescript carbon;typescript carbon, signed

Part V. of Principles of Design;includes letter to publisher.

Box 4: Folder 8 Changing Relations of Man to Nature and Their Reflection on Residential Architecture (Three phases in the fight of the artists against Classicism). [2 of 2] undated

Typescript carbon;typed letter, signed

Part V. of Principles of Design; includes letter from publisher returning manuscript.

Box 4: Folder 9 Correspondence with Publishers. [1 of 2] 1954 Nov 08-1965 Mar 06

Typescript carbon, with annotations;Typescript carbon;typed letter, signed;autograph letter, signed

Includes resume, biography and list of publications.

Box 4: Folder 10 Correspondence with Publishers. [2 of 2] 1954 Mar 29-1965 Sep 29

Typescript carbon, with annotations;Typescript carbon;typed letter, signed;autograph letter, signed

Box 4: Folder 11 Original Envelope for Publisher Correspondence. undated
Box 4: Folder 12 "The Principles of Design." undated

Typescript papers

Contains part of the text in the three bound volumes.

Subseries E: Writings

Materials are arranged in chronological order, followed by undated papers arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Box 3: Folder 28 Sobotka, Georg Dr. "Sechs Exlibris von Walther Sobotka (Wien.)" 1911 and undated

Printed materiautograph letter, signed

Sonderabdruck aus dem IX. Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Exlibris-Gesellschaft with insert stapled in; includes two loose drawings by Walter Sobotka for bookplates and the article "Sechs Neue Blätter von Walther Sobotka" which someone had inserted into the pages.

Box 3: Folder 29 "Vom Einrichten, vom Publikum und Architekten." 1928 Feb 13

Typescript carbon

Box 3: Folder 30 "On Redecoration of Obsolete Theatre Auditoriums." 1944 Jun 13

Typescript carbon

Box 3: Folder 31 "Better Taste and Decent Merchandise -- a Worthy Cause for a Promotion. 1945 Apr 28

Typescript carbon, with annotations

April 28, 1945, mailed to Mrs. Esther Kelly for Mr. W. Kaufmann.

Box 3: Folder 32 Monographs. 1952 Mar 3

Typescript papers

Proposals for Research Bureau for Retail Training.

Box 3: Folder 28 "Sechs Neue Blätter von Walther Sobotka." undated

Printed materials

Originally found inserted into "Sechs Exlibris von Walther Sobotka (Wien.)"

Box 3: Folder 33 A Stripfilm on Classical Tradition in three parts. undated

Typescript papers, with annotations

Two copies.