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Leopold Arnaud papers and architectural drawings, 1914-1980, bulk 1914-1945

Summary Information

Abstract

Leopold Arnaud was a member of the Columbia University's School of Architecture faculty for 31 years and dean from 1937 to 1960. The collection consist of architectural drawings, correspondence, student photographs, student sketchbooks and papers documenting the 1944-1945 Architectural Competition for Permanent Building Construction at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

At a Glance

Bib ID 8449027 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Arnaud, Leopold, 1895-1984
Title Leopold Arnaud papers and architectural drawings, 1914-1980, bulk 1914-1945
Physical Description 1 print box; 1 manuscript box; 1 box (card storage-file); 15 folders (flat-file); 2 rolls
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 arranged in three series: West Point Competition, Student Work, and Miscellaneous.

Description

Scope and Content

The collection is composed primarily of architectural drawings, correspondence, student photographs, and student sketchbooks.

Series I: West Point Competition documents Leopold Arnaud's involvement as the Professional Advisor in the Architectural Competition for Permanent Building Construction at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, 1944-1945. As Advisor, Arnaud's duties included examining the designs by the various competitors (which included firms such as Cram and Ferguson; Delano and Aldrich; Shreve, Lamb and Harmon; Skimore, Ownings and Merrilll and Voorhees, Walker, Foley and Smith) to ascertain whether they complied with the requirements of the program and to report to the jury any instance of failure to comply with those requirements. The series also contains 11 drawings (dated from 1925 to 1934) of various buildings at United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Series II: Student Work is made up of renderings and drawing exercises done by Arnaud while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts and Columbia School of Architecture.

Series III: Miscellaneous is made up of two subseries: Subseries III.1: Artifacts contains Arnaud's academic hood and decoration (2 pieces; cloth). Subseries III.2: Papers consists of letters and transcripts collected by Arnaud that relate to Columbia University and specifically the School of Architecture. Of particular note is a transcription of a cassette tape sent by Leopold Arnaud to Dean James Stewart Polshek describing the history of Columbia University's School of Architecture for the Centenary celebration. In the transcript, Arnaud tells Dean Polshek, "I thought that I would give a little run-down of the history of the [Columbia University] School [of Architecture] as I know it, because I don't have any modesty, but I am perhaps the only person around still going that knows the School from its beginnings."

  • Series I: West Point Competition

    documents Leopold Arnaud's involvement as the Professional Advisor in the Architectural Competition for Permanent Building Construction at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, 1944-1945. As Advisor, Arnaud's duties included examining the designs by the various competitors (which included firms such as Cram and Ferguson; Delano and Aldrich; Shreve, Lamb and Harmon; Skimore, Ownings and Merrilll and Voorhees, Walker, Foley and Smith) to ascertain whether they complied with the requirements of the program and to report to the jury any instance of failure to comply with those requirements. The series also contains 11 drawings (dated from 1925 to 1934) of various buildings at United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

  • Series II: Student Work

    is made up of renderings and drawing exercises done by Arnaud while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts and Columbia School of Architecture.

  • Series III: Miscellaneous

Publication Date

1914-1980

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

Leopold Arnaud papers and architectural drawings, 1914-1980, 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

Processed; Kerri Pfister 2011.

Revision Description

2011-05-26 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"
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketchbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Student drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arnaud, Leopold, 1895-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. School of Architecture -- : Anecdotes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. School of Architecture -- : History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coolidge, Shepley, Bulfinch, and Abbott Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Corbett, Harvey Wiley, 1873-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cram and Ferguson Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Delano & Aldrich Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (France) -- : Alumni and alumnae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States Military Academy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Voorhees Walker Foley & Smith Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Williams, Edgar I Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Leopold Arnaud was a member of the Columbia University's School of Architecture faculty for 31 years and dean from 1937 to 1960.