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Arthur T. Sutcliffe Papers, 1838-1962

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 8162741 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sutcliffe, Arthur T. (Taylor)
Title Arthur T. Sutcliffe Papers, 1838-1962
Physical Description 12.5 linear feet
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

The collection documents the life and activities of architect Arthur T. Sutcliffe. The collection is made up of four series: Personal Papers, Project Records, George L. Sutcliffe Papers, and Family Papers.

  • Series I: Personal Papers

    documents the life and development of architect Arthur T. Sutcliffe. The series is composed primarily of diaries, photographs, architectural drawings, watercolor sketches, correspondence, architectural drawing tools, 2,495 postcards and other collected ephemera of Arthur T. Sutcliffe. The subjects of the watercolor sketches range from residential renderings to still life drawings. The diaries in the collection were kept by Arthur Sutcliffe from 1884 to 1971. Each year has its own diary and every day has an entry by Sutcliffe..

  • Series II: Project Records

    consists of photographs, correspondence, and some architectural drawings related to various projects Arthur T. Sutcliffe worked on as an architect. The architect for Commodore F.G. Bourne's Residence is not Sutcliffe, but rather Ernest Flagg. The majority of the projects are renovations of residences located in Long Island, New York.

  • Series III: George L. Sutcliffe Papers

    contains the papers of Arthur Sutcliffe's brother. A significant portion of the collection documents George L. Sutcliffe's 1909-1910 world cruise on the "Cleveland" (Hamburg-Amerika Line) to, among other places, Bombay, Rangoon, Kobe, Osaka, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java, and Yokohama.

  • Series IV: Family Papers

    includes materials belonging to various members of the Sutcliffe family. The Sutcliffe family papers include correspondence, news clippings, diaries recounting various world trips, photographs, genealogical research, collected ephemera and phrenology reports. Also of note in the collection is the 1838 third edition of O.S. and L.N Fowler's Phrenology Proved, Illustrated, and Applied..

Publication Date

1838-1962

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number--1995.019.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Revision Description

2010-11-12 File created.

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

Subject Headings

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watercolors (painting) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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Architects -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bourne, Frederick G, 1851-1919 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Flagg, Ernest, 1857-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phrenology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sutcliffe, Arthur T. (Taylor) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sutcliffe, George L Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Architect Arthur T. Sutcliffe was born July 23, 1876 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was the son of William Henry Sutcliffe and Ida M. Johnson and brother of George L. Sutcliffe.

After graduating in 1895 from Poughkeepsie's Eastman Business College, where he studied art and architecture with William Henry Cusack, Sutcliffe entered Drexel Institute's School of Architecture, receiving a degree in 1897.

After graduation, Sutcliffe was employed by Philadelphia architect Theophilus P. Chandler from 1897 to 1902. He left Philadelphia to work for architect Ernest Flagg in New York. He remained with Flagg for the entirety of his career, leaving only for a year and half in 1906-1907 to study at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris.

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Series I: Personal Papers

documents the life and development of architect Arthur T. Sutcliffe. The series is composed primarily of diaries, photographs, architectural drawings, watercolor sketches, correspondence, architectural drawing tools, 2,495 postcards and other collected ephemera of Arthur T. Sutcliffe. The subjects of the watercolor sketches range from residential renderings to still life drawings. The diaries in the collection were kept by Arthur Sutcliffe from 1884 to 1971. Each year has its own diary and every day has an entry by Sutcliffe..



Box 01 Folder 01 to 02 Biographical/Background Information, 1906-1959

2 folders; includes a short biography of Sutcliffe as well as personal papers such as miscellaneous certificates, identification cards, and writings.



Box 12 Conch Shells, undated



Box 01 Folder 03 Correspondence, Edwin Ginn, 1903



Box 01 Folder 04 to 05 Correspondence, General, 1902-1968

2 folders.



Box 01 Folder 06 Correspondence, William and Ida Sutcliffe, 1906-1907

Letters written during a trip to Europe; includes ephemera collected during the trip.



Box 06 to 11 Diaries, 1884-1971

87 diaries.



Box 05 Folder 01 Ecole Des Beaux Art, 1906-1907

3 notebooks.



Box 05 Folder 02 Gustave Umbdenstock, "Conference D'Architecture", 1908

Signed and addressed by Umbdenstock to his student Sutcliffe.



Box 05 Folder 03 Gustave Umbdenstock, Portrait, undated

Signed and addressed by Umbdenstock.



Box 01 Folder 07 Photographs [1 of 2], undated

Primarily portraits.



Box 01 Folder 08 Photographs [2 of 2], undated



Box 01 Folder 09 Photographs and clippings of friends and mentors, 1887-1932

George Grey Barnard, Edna Barnard, Edwin Ginn, Grace Bigelow, Theophilus Parons Chandler, William Henry Cusack, George B. Ford.



Box 15 Postcard Collection, undated

United States, Virgin Islans, Puerto Rico, Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas, Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba.



Box 16 Postcard Collection, undated

France, Monaco



Box 17 Postcard Collection, 1906-1907

France; collected while a student at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.



Box 18 Postcard Collection, undated

England, Scotland, Switzerland, Ireland, Russia, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Greece, Denmark, Syria.



Box 19 Postcard Collection, undated

Italy, greeting cards, ships, flowers, airplanes, art works.



Box 20 Postcard Collection, undated

United States



Box 05 Folder 04 Poughkeepsie High School Commencement Excercises, 1894

Includes Commencement program and Sutcliffe's commencement essay "Evolution in Architecture."



Box 05 Folder 05 Theophilus P. Chandler Material, 1898-1927

Primarily photographs and sketches of buildings designed by Chandler.



Box 01 Folder 10 Architectural Drawings [1 of 2], undated

Pencil on trace drawing with color wash.



Box 05 Folder 06 Architectural Drawings [2 of 2], ca. 1900s

Ink and pencil drawings.



Box 05 Folder 07 Notebook, 1898-1900

Pencil and watercolor sketches.



Box 05 Folder 08 Residential Renderings, undated

Primarily watercolor paintings, but some ink drawings.



Box 01 Folder 11 to 13 Sketches, undated

3 folders; primarily watercolor paintings, but some ink or pencil drawings.



Box 02 Folder 01 Tie Pin, 1908

Engraved with "Staff of Ernest Flagg Architect, 1908" and an image of the Singer Tower.



Box 02 Folder 02 American Institute of Architects, Annual Convention, New York, NY, 1925

Medal and committee ribbon.



Box 02 Folder 03 Eastman College memory books, 1894

2 books as well as a drawing and poem of William Henry Cusack.



Box 02 Folder 04 Long Island Country Club, 1953-1962

Photographs, by-laws, book of officers and directors, and a brief history.



Box 02 Folder 05 Miscellaneous French architecutral studies, undated



Box 02 Folder 06 Office of Ernest Flagg letterheads, forms, and cards, undated



Box 02 Folder 07 Pamphlets on the Loire Chateaux and Paris, 1906



Box 02 Folder 08 Poughkeepsie, New York [1 of 2], ca. 1890-1910s

Photographs.



Box 02 Folder 09 Poughkeepsie, New York [2 of 2], 1889-1931

Clippings.



Box 02 Folder 10 Set of architectural drawing tools, undated

In a black leather box (#601); includes calipers and compasses.

Series II: Project Records

consists of photographs, correspondence, and some architectural drawings related to various projects Arthur T. Sutcliffe worked on as an architect. The architect for Commodore F.G. Bourne's Residence is not Sutcliffe, but rather Ernest Flagg. The majority of the projects are renovations of residences located in Long Island, New York.



Box 05 Folder 9 Partial Listing of Projects, 1930-1939



Roll A10.05 Bourne, Frederick Gilbert, Residence (Dark Island, Chippewa Bay, NY); Architect: Ernest Flagg, 1903-1904

19 blueprints.



Box 05 Folder 10 Brett Homestead, Renovations, (Beacon, NY), undated

1 pencil on trace drawing.

7 photographs.

Newspaper clippings.



Box 05 Folder 11 Cammann, H.H., Residence (Merrick, NY), 1911

1 blueprint.



Box 05 Folder 12 Corlies House (Merrick, NY), undated

4 photographs.



Roll A04.14 Crary, Charles Franklin, House (307 South Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY) [1 of 2], undated

9 blueprints.

7 pencil on trace drawings.

2 ink on linen drawings.



Box 05 Folder 13 Crary, Charles Franklin, House (307 South Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY) [2 of 2], undated

14 photographs.

Negatives.

Original folder labeled "Arthur T. Stucliffe, Architect (later owned by Mr. and Mrs. Arthuir T. Sutcliffe).



Box 05 Folder 14 De Peyster Residence (Ridgefield, CT), undated

7 photographs.



Roll A04.12 de Villiers-Schwab, Henry , House (Merrick, New York, NY) [1 of 2], 1931

1 pencil on trace drawings.

6 ink on linen drawings



Box 05 Folder 15 de Villiers-Schwab, Henry B., Residence (Merrick, NY) [2 of 2], undated

1 pencil on trace drawing.

7 photographs.

Article written by A.T. Sutcliffe entitled "South Africa Provided the Motif for this Unique Residence on Long Island."



Box 05 Folder 16 Dobson House (Bermuda), 1923-1926

1 pencil on graph paper drawing.

12 photographs

Sept. 1926 Issue of "Gypsumist"



Box 05 Folder 17 Fisherman's Cottage Renovations (Merrick, NY), 1915

4 photographs.

Article written by A.T. Sutcliffe, who also owned the cottage.



Box 05 Folder 18 Frost, H.R., Residence and Stores (Huntington, NY), undated

3 negatives.



Box 05 Folder 19 Garden City Residence (Garden City, NY), undated

Article entitled "A House of Attractive Appeal: Moderate in Cost: Effective in Artistry: A Residence at Garden City, Long Island, New York."



Box 05 Folder 20 Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church (Philadephia, PA), ca. 1890s-1900s

4 photographs.



Box 05 Folder 21 Hayden, Esq., W.B., Club House Alterations, 1905

3 pencil on trace drawings.

Letter from W.B. Hayden, Esq.



Roll A04.15 Lascoff Pharmacy, Renovations (1209 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY) [1 of 2], 1930-1931

12 pencil on trace drawings.

3 blueprints.



Box 05 Folder 22 Lascoff Pharmacy, Renovations (1209 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY) [2 of 2], 1938-1944

2 blueprints.

3 pencil on trace drawings.

Correspondence.

Newspaper clipping.

Reprint of "The New Lascoff Pharmacy--a Professional Wonder Shop" from The Druggist Circular.



Box 05 Folder 23 Leland, Miss Maud A., Residence (Cedarhurst, NY) [1 of 2], undated

1 blueprint

Pencil on trace drawings.

3 photographs.



Oversize 01 Folder 02 Leland, Miss Maud A., Residence (Cedarhurst, NY) [2 of 2], undated

1 oversize photograph.



Drawer 77 Merrick Grammar School (Merrick, NY) [1 of 3], 1922

1 pencil on trace rendering.



Oversize 01 Folder 03 Merrick Grammar School (Merrick, NY) [2 of 3], 1924

37 blueprints.



Box 05 Folder 24 Merrick Grammar School (Merrick, NY) [3 of 3], 1924-1925

3 photographs

Dedication Program.



Box 05 Folder 25 Mulcahey, James F., Residence (Merrick, NY), 1923-1924

1 pencil on trace drawing.

Correspondence.



Box 05 Folder 26 Newbold House (109 East 72nd Street, New York, NY), 1911

5 photographs.

Letter from F. Newbold



Box 05 Folder 27 Ogden, George B., Residence (122 East 72nd Street, New York, NY), 1923, 1938

Correspondence.

Newspaper Clipping



Box 05 Folder 27 Reeve, Jennie A., Cottage (Sierra Madra), 1906

1 pencil on trace drawing.

1 pencil on paper drawing.



Box 05 Folder 28 St. Andrew's Church (Hartsdale, NY), 1938

1 photograph.

Newspaper clipping



Roll A04.13 St. Andrew's Parish House (Hartsdale, NY), 1937

1 blueprint.

7 pencil on trace drawings.



Box 05 Folder 29 St. Andrew's Church (New Paltz, NY), 1913

3 photographs.

Clipping.



Box 05 Folder 30 St. Luke's Church, Renovations (Beacon, NY), 1911

1 blueprint.

Correspondence.



Box 05 Folder 31 St. Mark's Church (Yonkers, NY), undated

1 photograph.

Newspaper clipping



Box 05 Folder 32 St. Paul's Church, Renovations (Tivoli on Hudson, NY), 1922-1932

1 blueprint.

1 photographs.

Correspondence.



Roll A04.11 U.S. Naval Station Chapel (Guam) [1 of 2], 1940

8 pencil on trace drawings.

1 photostat.



Box 05 Folder 33 U.S. Naval Station Chapel (Guam) [2 of 2], 1940-1959

1 photograph.

Correspondence.



Roll A04.16 Whatman Residence (Dark Island, Chippewa Bay, NY), undated

1 pencil on paper drawing.



Box 05 Folder 34 Winthrop Sargent Residence (Beacon, NY), undated

1 blueprint.

Ink on trace drawings.



Box 05 Folder 35 Winthrop Sargent Residence, New East Entrance (Fishkill on Hudson, NY), 1910-1911

1 blueprint.

Correspondence.

Series III: George L. Sutcliffe Papers

contains the papers of Arthur Sutcliffe's brother. A significant portion of the collection documents George L. Sutcliffe's 1909-1910 world cruise on the "Cleveland" (Hamburg-Amerika Line) to, among other places, Bombay, Rangoon, Kobe, Osaka, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java, and Yokohama.



Box 03 Folder 08 Clippings and other papers, 1893-1908

Includes obituaries, last will and testament as well as material from various Masonic Lodges in New York.



Box 03 Folder 09 Copper engraving print of Tower Grocery in Poughkeepsie, NY, undated



Oversize 01 Folder 01 Historiated Studio Portraits, ca. 1900s

7 items; possbily from Turkey.



Box 04 Folder 01 Photographs, undated

Primarily portraits.



Box 04 Folder 02 World Trip, Album, 1909-1910

Locations include Bombay, Rangoon, Kobe, Osaka, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java, and Yokohama.



Box 04 Folder 03 World Trip, Correspondence, 1909-1910

Written to his parents William and Ida Sutcliffe, brother Arthur, Rev. Robert Fulton Gary, and Robert Fulton Gary, Jr.



Box 04 Folder 04 World Trip, Diary and other papers, 1909-1910

The other papers include ephemera collected on the trip and a news article about Sutcliffe's trip.



Box 03 Folder 05 World Trip, Photographs, 1909-1910

Prints made from silver negatives. Locations include Bombay, Rangoon, Kobe, Osaka, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Batavia, Java, and Yokohama.



Box 13 to 14 World Trip, Postcards, 1909-1910

400 postcards: Special Series, Madeira, Gibraltar, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, India, Ceylon, Burma, Singapore, Java, Australia, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Hawaii, California.



Box 04 Folder 06 World Trip, Souvenir Albums and Pamphlets, 1909-1910

From Osaka, Calcutta, Bombay, Canton, Ceylon and Hong Kong.

Series IV: Family Papers

includes materials belonging to various members of the Sutcliffe family. The Sutcliffe family papers include correspondence, news clippings, diaries recounting various world trips, photographs, genealogical research, collected ephemera and phrenology reports. Also of note in the collection is the 1838 third edition of O.S. and L.N Fowler's Phrenology Proved, Illustrated, and Applied..



Box 02 Folder 11 Eli Sutcliffe, Certificate of Naturalization, 1847



Box 02 Folder 12 Diary of William H. Sutcliffe kept on his trip to England, 1864

Includes both the original diary as well as a typewritten copy. Also included is a photograph of William H. Sutcliffe and his wife Ida M. Johnson Sutcliffe (parents of Arthur Taylor Sutcliffe).



Box 02 Folder 13 Papers of William Henry and Ida Johnson Sutcliffe, 1873-1939

Photographs, Announcement of Marriage, Obituaries, Deeds, Last Will and Testaments, and other papers.



Box 03 Folder 01 Sutcliffe Family cemetery deeds, 1841-1922



Box 03 Folder 02 Sutcliffe-Gunn-Lumb genealogical papers [1 of 3], undated



Box 03 Folder 03 Sutcliffe-Gunn-Lumb genealogical papers [2 of 3], undated



Box 03 Folder 04 Sutcliffe-Gunn-Lumb genealogical papers [3 of 3], undated



Box 03 Folder 05 Fowler & Wells Phrenology Reports of Arthur T. Sutcliffe and George L. Sutcliffe (brother), 1884



Box 03 Folder 06 Phrenology: Proved, Illustrated, and Applied by O.S. and L.N Fowler, 1838

Third Edition



Box 03 Folder 07 Notebooks of Arthur and George Sutcliffe, undated

There are three notebooks, one on Rhetoric and Composition and two on Botany. One of the Botany notebooks belonged to Arthur Sutcliffe and the other belonged to his brother George. Both contain detailed sketches of plants and trees drawn by both men.