Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Abraham W. Geller architectural records and papers, 1915-1999, bulk 1940-1990s

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 7321779 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Geller, Abraham W ; Abraham W. Geller & Associates
Title Abraham W. Geller architectural records and papers, 1915-1999, bulk 1940-1990s
Physical Description 4850 photographs; 55 document boxes; 7 manuscript boxes; 6 boxes (card file-storage boxes); 10 print boxes; 116 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

Arrangement

This material is arranged in five series: Project Records, General; Major Projects; Professional Papers; Office Records, and Personal Papers. The arrangement of materials within each series is described at the beginning of each series inventory.

Description

Scope and Content

This large collection documents in great detail the architectural projects of Abraham Geller and his colleagues throughout the United States and abroad, spanning the 1940s through the 1990s. Types of projects represented include retirement homes, recreational facilities, medical centers, private residences and prototype dwellings for large residential developments, urban renewal projects, and offices.

Among the projects with substantial documentation are the Cinema I & II theaters (Manhattan); the Aaron Davis Hall at City College (Manhattan); many commissions for the Health Insurance Plan of New York throughout the five boroughs; the E. Dent Lackey Plaza in Niagara Falls; and the Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research (Bronx). Working overseas, major projects also include extensive buildings for the Investors Overseas Service (France, Germany and Switzerland); and for the Intercoastal Resources Commission in the Carribean.

Geller's activities in professional associations and organizations, his numerous awards and recognitions, and his relationships with many artists are also well documented in other series. This collection is especially rich in drawings and images of his projects as well as detailed daily records of the business side of architectural commissions. Additionally, there are numerous research and reference materials related to project types. Lastly, Geller took a great interest in the promotion of his projects and practice, which is reflected in a significant amount of public relations material in his collection.

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.

Preferred Citation

Abraham W. Geller architectural records and papers. Located in the Dept. 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 Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, in 2005 and 2009.

Revision Description

2010-10-11 File created.

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"
Aaron Davis Hall (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Apartment houses -- Massachusetts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Apartment houses -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Apartment houses -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architects -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architects -- United States -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- France -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- Germany -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- Switzerland -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- United States -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic -- New York (State) -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brooklyn College Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bye & Hermann Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bye, A. E (Arthur Edwin) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cavaglieri, Giorgio, 1911-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cinema I, II, and III (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
De Rivera, José Ruiz, 1904-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dwellings -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
E. Dent Lackey Plaza (Niagara, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Emery Roth & Sons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ezra D. Ehrenkrantz & Associates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geller, Amy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geller, Jules Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geller, Marion Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hotels -- Dominican Republic -- Santo Domingo Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hotels -- Haiti Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Investors Overseas Services Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jallade, Louis E (Louis Eugene), 1876-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion picture theaters -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nemeny and Geller Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nemeny, George Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public buildings -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Queens Borough Public Library Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resorts -- Dominican Republic -- Santo Domingo Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resorts -- Germany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shelter Rock Jewish Center (Roslyn, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Snug Harbor Cultural Center Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Staten Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stoller, Ezra Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veltri, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Abraham William Geller (1912-1995) was born in Romania and emigrated to New York City in 1920. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he studied architecture first at Cornell University from 1932-1936 and then at New York University, from which he graduated in 1938. Geller served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. Geller's early training included positions at the firms of William Lescaze, Shreve Lamb & Harmon and Gropius & Breuer. In 1946 he partnered with George Nemeny and Basil Yurchenko to form Nemeny and Geller Associates. In 1950 he opened his own practice, Abraham W. Geller & Associates, Architects and Planners, the firm for which he would remain the principal architect throughout his career. He was also joined by his wife, Marion Geller, an interior designer, in his office. Geller and his firms won numerous awards and professional honors. Geller was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1972, and in 1985 he was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' highest professional honor. Introducing a retrospective exhibit of his own work in 1995 Geller observed "It is obvious from the work exhibited here that I am not a specialist. Further, I do not believe that the practice of architecture requires specialization. I believe that each project has its own unique logic, requires careful research, and has a possible solution that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing." Geller died in 1995 in New York City, at the age of 83.