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Alan Colquhoun papers, 1942-2010

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Bib ID 8895871 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Colquhoun, Alan, 1921-
Title Alan Colquhoun papers, 1942-2010
Physical Description 10 document boxes; 7 rolls
Language(s) English .
Access

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Scope and Content

This collection is composed primarily of correspondence, memoranda, course material, photographs, drawings and slides. The collection is broken down into personal and academic papers. The academic papers pertain mainly to Colquhoun's career as a writer and theoretician and professor at Princeton University's School of Architecture. The personal papers consist mainly of correspondences with friends and family, as well as notebooks, which Colquhoun kept from the 1940s. The visual materials (photographs and drawings) straddle the two categories. Many of the photographs were taken by Colquhoun himself, to be used later in his teaching, while the drawings consist of both student work and reproductions of works from his practice with John Miller. For the majority of the collection, Colquhoun's folder titles have been maintained and the material has been arranged chronologically. The collection is arranged into four series.

  • Series I: Academic Papers

    Consists of academic and professional correspondences, drafts and reference materials. The correspondences pertain to publications, conferences and PhD Dissertations by Colquhoun, organized by correspondent. The drafts and reference materials are for publications, lectures and seminars, the most substantial of which are for Colquhoun's book, Modern Architecture, published by Oxford University Press in 2002.

  • Series II: Personal papers

    Consists of three subseries: Correspondence, Notebooks, and Albums, Notes, and Other Papers. Colquhoun kept notebooks uninterrupted from 1942, when he was a student in Edinburgh. The material in the notebooks ranges from practical personal information (such as language notes and food ration information in his notebooks from India) to personal notes, among them personal notes and drafts for correspondences, as well as more formal observations on architecture, both in writing and drawing form.

    Colquhoun kept his personal correspondences in two separate arrangements, which have been preserved in the presentation of his papers. In one arrangement, he kept correspondences loosely arranged according to chronological order in personal correspondence folders irrespective of correspondent. In the other he organized his letters by correspondent, again in more or less chronological fashion. Occasionally, letters from a correspondent in the latter may appear in the former. In these cases, Colquhoun's own arrangement has been preserved and identifying letters that Colquhoun did not file away has been left to the researcher.

    Subseries 3: Albums, Notes, and Other Papers includes unfiled notes, documentation and memorabilia, and sketchbooks.

  • Series III: Visual Material

    Comprised of three subseries: Photographs, Slides, Drawings, and DVDs. The majority of the photographs are personal documentation of Colquhoun's travels in India, while others include miscellaneous personal prints of friends and family. The slides depict architecture exclusively, and were presumably used both for publication and teaching purposes. They were arranged by Colquhoun himself, for most often by architect, location or movement, and his arrangement has been kept wherever discernable. The DVD's contain photographs and video, while the drawing series includes, on the one hand, Colquhoun's school work and on the other, reproductions of drawings by Colquhoun + Miller.

  • Series IV: Additional Donations

    Consists of miscellaneous additional accessions; Colquhoun is not the creator.

Publication Date

1942-2010

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.

This collection is open for research. Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. All original copies of audio / moving image media are closed. Email avery-drawings@columbia.edu for more information.

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

Alan Colquhoun papers, 1942-2010, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Alan Colquhoun. Method of acquisition--Donated;; Date of acquisition--2010 May. Accession number--2010.012.

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Revision Description

2015-10-24 File created.

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

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Alan Colquhoun was born in Esher, England, on June 27, 1921. He spent his childhood in Southsee, where he attended day school from 1927 to 1929. After that he was sent to St. Cyprians prep school in Eastbourne. In 1930, the family moved to Claygate, Surrey. After prep school Colquhoun went to Bradfield College (1934-38). Colquhoun began his architectural training at the Edinburgh College of Art in 1939, completing three years of the five-year course, getting an intermediate exam. Some of his projects from Edinburgh are preserved in the archive.

In September, 1942 Colquhoun was drafted into the Royal Engineers and sent to India in 1943. In 1944 he was wounded on the Burmese border. After 6 months of rehabilitation, he was sent back to Roorkee, where he spent the remainder of his service in an office job. In Decemeber 1946 he was officially demobilized but permitted to travel extensively around India for 3 months. These travels are extensively documented in the archive, through photographs, drawings, notes in notebooks, and correspondences to his parents, and were remembered by Colquhoun as "one of the best things he had done in his life.".

Upon returning to England, Colquhoun resumed his architectural studies, earning a diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London in 1949. Upon completion, he worked at the London City Council for 6 years designing social housing. After a short stint with Candilis and Woods' firm in Paris in 1955-6, Colquhoun joined Lyons Israel and Ellis in 1956 in London before starting his own studio in 1961 with John Miller. He maintained his involvement with the practice until 1989, having mean while establishing a solo practice in 1988. The archive holds a small amount of materials from C+M, but does not hold any documentation of Colquhoun's work as a sole practitioner.

In parallel with his architectural practice, Colquhoun embarked on an academic career. He taught at the AA from 1957 to 1964. In 1966 he went to Princeton School of Architecture in New Jersey as a visiting critic for a semester, which soon translated into a two year teaching post until 1968, when he went and did the same in Cornell. In 1970, Colquhoun went back to Princeton. In 1974, he took a full time teaching job at the Central Polytechnic (Now University of Westminster), where he taught for four years. In 1979 and 1980, Colquhoun was invited back to Princeton for each Spring semester. In 1981, Colquhoun accepted a teaching post at Princeton. In 1991, Colquhoun transferred to emeritus status before retiring from teaching in 1996. He stayed at Princeton to finish his work on Modern Architecture, returning to London in 2002. Colquhoun died in London in December, 2013.

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Series I: Academic Papers

Consists of academic and professional correspondences, drafts and reference materials. The correspondences pertain to publications, conferences and PhD Dissertations by Colquhoun, organized by correspondent. The drafts and reference materials are for publications, lectures and seminars, the most substantial of which are for Colquhoun's book, Modern Architecture, published by Oxford University Press in 2002.



Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence, "Academic - Conferences, Etc. - Publications", 2001 to 2009

Contains correspondences with faculty, book reviews, dissertation review requests, financial correspondences, etc., original order retained



Box 1 Folder 2 Correspondence, Ziva Sternhell, ca. 2009

Contains two essays by Sternhell and two responses by Colquhoun



Box 1 Folder 3 Correspondence, EAHN Conference, "Neither 'Modernism' nor "Avant-Garde", 2012 Jun 2

Contains schedule and participant papers, DVD, note from Pat Morton, 2 pg. introduction by Pat Morton and call for papers



Box 1 Folder 3 Correspondence, AA Conference, 2011

Contains opening talk by Francoise Fromonot



Box 1 Folder 3 Correspondence, Notes, 2010 to 2012

Contains schedule for 2010-12



Box 1 Folder 4 Correspondence, Christoph Grafe, ca. 2005

Contains correspondences, postcards, notes and abstract for Grafe's PhD dissertation, Peoples Palaces



Box 1 Folder 5 Correspondence, Dirk van der Heuvel, 2007

Contains two chapters of van den Heuvel's PhD dissertation and cover letter to Colquhoun



Box 1 Folder 6 Correspondence, Manhaz Shah, undated

Contains paper by Shah



Box 1 Folder 7 Correspondence, Mark Crinson, 2006

Contains copy of Crinson's The Uses of Nostalgia



Box 1 Folder 8 Correspondence, Stephane de Motmollin, 1978

Contains letter from Moutmollin, attached to text it references, Pour une nouvelle lecture de Camillo Sitte. Also contains Colquhoun's lecture, "Formal Archetypes in Museum Design" and his review of Leon Krier's exhibition, "Rational Architecture." Two Colquhoun texts may be there arbitrarily since there is no mention of them in letter



Box 1 Folder 9 Correspondence, Colin Rowe, 1973 May 2 to 2009 May 8

Contains three letters from Rowe to Colquhoun 1973, letter from Dan Naegele about the publication "The Letters of Colin Rowe" and letter from Colquhoun to Naegele



Box 1 Folder 10 Memorabilia, Colin Rowe, 1999 Dec 8 to 2000 Feb 6, undated

Contains invitation to "Celebration of (Colin Rowe's)…Life," obituary about Rowe in The Independent and untitled historiography of modern architecture



Box 1 Folder 11 Correspondence, OUP for Modern Architecture, 2001-7

Contains correspondences with Oxford University Press pertaining to publication of Modern Architecture



Box 1 Folder 12 Correspondence, Pierre Chabard for /Critcat/ Interview, 2007 Jun 6 to 2008 Mar 13

Contains email exchange between Colquhoun and Chabard and copy of interview



Box 1 Folder 13 Correspondence, Pub. on John Miller and Associates, ca. 2009

Contains introduction by Deyan Sudic, texts by Kenneth Frampton and Robert Maxwell and chronology of Colquhoun + Miller's built work



Box 1 Folder 14 Correspondence, "BDP" (Collected Essays in Architectural Criticism), ca. 2011

Contains correspondences, notes, finance papers



Box 1 Folder 15 Correspondence, The Rationalist Reader, ca. 2011

Contains correspondences, notes, photocopied and titled-up pages from Collected Essays in Architectural Criticism



Box 1 Folder 16 Correspondence, Patterson, 2008 Apr

Contains Colquhoun's report on Patterson's "PhD by publication"



Box 1 Folder 17 Modern Architecture, Ch. 1: Art Nouveau, ca. 1997

Contains notes, (unidentified) readers' comments and photocopied, annotated reference texts



Box 1 Folder 18 Modern Architecture, Ch. 2: Organicism vs. Classicism: Chicago 1890-1910, ca. 1997

Contains notes, comments by Michael Lewis and photocopied, annotated reference texts



Box 1 Folder 19 Modern Architecture, Ch. 3: Culture and Industry: Germany 1907-14, ca. 1997

Contains notes and reference texts separated into respective folders



Box 1 Folder 20 Modern Architecture, Ch. 4: The Urn and the Chamberpot: Adolf Loos, 1900-30, ca. 1997

Contains notes



Box 1 Folder 21 Modern Architecture, Ch. 5: Expressionism and Futurism (Expressionism), ca. 1997

Contains notes and reference texts separated into respective folders



Box 1 Folder 22 Modern Architecture, Ch. 5: Expressionism and Futurism (Futurism), ca. 1997

Contains notes and reference texts separated into respective folders



Box 1 Folder 23 Modern Architecture, Ch. 6: The Avant Gardes in Holland and Russia (Holland), ca. 1997

Contains notes and reference texts separated into respective folders



Box 1 Folder 24 Modern Architecture, Ch. 6: The Avant Gardes in Holland and Russia (Russia), ca. 1997

Contains notes and reference texts separated into respective folders



Box 1 Folder 25 Modern Architecture, Ch. 7: Return to Order: Le Corbusier and Modern Architecture in France 1920-35, ca. 1997

Contains notes and reference texts



Box 1 Folder 26 Modern Architecture, Ch. 8: Weimar Germany: the Dialectic of the Modern 1920-33, ca. 1997

Contains notes



Box 1 Folder 27 Modern Architecture, Ch. 9-10: Neoclassicism, Organicism, and the Welfare State: Architecture in Scandinavia 1910-65, Notes, ca. 1997

Contains notes



Box 1 Folder 28 Modern Architecture, Ch. 9-10: Neoclassicism, Organicism, and the Welfare State: Architecture in Scandinavia 1910-65, Draft texts, ca. 1997

Contains draft texts



Box 1 Folder 29 Modern Architecture, Ch. 9-10: Neoclassicism, Organicism, and the Welfare State: Architecture in Scandinavia 1910-65, Photocopied texts, ca. 1997

Contains photocopied texts



Box 1 Folder 30 Modern Architecture, Ch. 11: From Le Corbusier to Megastructures: Urban Visions 1930-65, ca. 1997

Contains photocopied texts



Box 1 Folder 31 Modern Architecture, Texts on German Arch., ca. 1997

Contains photocopied texts



Box 2 Folder 1 "From the 'Machine à habiter' to 'l'homme réel': Le Corbusier's search for a typology of Modern Living", 2006

Contains "latest version" with corrections and 24 accompanying slides



Box 2 Folder 2 "The Problem of the Modern Façade", undated

Contains draft titled "withdrawn"



Box 2 Folder 3 "Ankara" / "Architecture: Social Engagement or Autonomy?", undated

Contains draft for "Architecture: Social Engagement or Autonomy," possibly by someone titled "Ankara" and reviewed by Colquhoun, but could also refer to a talk given by Colquhoun at the University of Ankara



Box 2 Folder 4 "The Seventies: Italian Rationalism", 2000

Contains draft for Colquhoun's lecture on 70's Italian Rationalism



Box 2 Folder 5 [Huyssen Review-AA Files] "Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory", undated

Contains draft for Colquhoun's review of Andreas Huyssen's Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory, published in 2003



Box 2 Folder 6 "Two Post Modern Texts" [Rio de Janeiro], 1993

Contains two drafts of same text with corrections and annotations



Box 2 Folder 7 "Notes on Sert, Saarinen and Eames", 2005

Contains responses to dissertations by Timothy Hyde, Alexandra Lange and John Harwood



Box 2 Folder 8 "A Tribute to William Jordy", undated

Contains draft for tribute to William Jordy with corrections



Box 2 Folder 9 "Transparency Revisted" [Essay on Colin Rowe], 2002

Contains draft for "Essay on Rowe: 2nd version, sent to Emmanuel 12.11.02."



Box 2 Folder 10 "Transparency Revisted" [Essay on Colin Rowe], 2002

Contains draft for "Transparency Revisited"



Box 2 Folder 11 Chimnanbhai Villa [1 of 2], 2007 May

Contains draft for "Le Corbusier's Chimnanbhai and Shodan Villas--In Context" and edited variations



Box 2 Folder 12 Chimnanbhai Villa [2 of 2], after 1992 Sep

Contains "original text," "lecture text," "connected texts," review by Mary McLeod, photocopy of "Le Corbusier, Orientalism, Colonialism" by Zeynep Celik and notes



Box 2 Folder 13 "Conflicting Paradigms in Le Corbusier's Furniture", undated

Contains two identical drafts of "Conflicting Paradigms in Le Corbusier's Furniture. 1911-1928."



Box 2 Folder 14 "Twentieth Century Concepts of Urban Space", 2007 May

Contains draft of "Twentieth Century Concepts of Urban Space"



Box 2 Folder 15 "The Work of Celia Scott", 2007 Jan 30

Contains draft of "The Work of Celia Scott"



Box 2 Folder 16 Reckoning with Colin Rowe, 2000 to 2001

Contains draft for Colquhoun's contributions to Reckoning With Rowe and various reference texts and correspondences with Peter Eisenman, O.M. Ungers, Emmanuel Petit and Leon Crier



Box 2 Folder 17 "A House in Chelsea for an Art Collector", 2002 Oct

Contains essay signed by Bob Maxwell



Box 2 Folder 18 Wagner and Architecture, undated

Contains photocopies from Wagner's Prose Works and Wagner Lexikon



Box 2 Folder 19 "Eisenman Essays on Terragni", undated

Contains "Object to Relationship II," draft for talk titled "Florence/Terragni" (author unknown) and reproduced plans of Le Corbusier's Villa Stein



Box 2 Folder 20 "Axonometry notes", 1992

Contains photocopied reference texts and notes for Colquhoun's essay "Axonometry, Ancient and Modern," first published in Alberto Sartoris: Torino, 1992



Box 2 Folder 21 to 23 Miscellaneous texts [3 folders], undated

Contains misc. photocopied texts (includes excerpts from Lovejoy's Essays in the History of Ideas (1948), Tafuri's "The Problem of History" (pub. date unknown), excerpts from Benveniste's Problems in General Linguistics (1966-74), Barthes "L'ancienne rhetorique," 1970.



Box 2 Folder 24 "Georges Canguilhem: La connaissance de la vie", undated

Contains a photocopy of "Le vivant et son milieu"



Box 2 Folder 25 "Bijapur Xeroxes", undated

Contains photocopy of "The Monuments of Bijapur."



Box 2 Folder 26 to 27 Proseminar: Topics in Frankfurt School aesthetic philosophy and cultural criticism [2 folders], 1993 to 1994

Contains syllabus, lecture notes by week and photocopied readings



Box 2 Folder 28 The History of Architectural History, "403", 1982 to 1984

Contains lecture notes by week and photocopied readings



Box 2 Folder 29 German Architectural Theory, "593", 1993

Contains lecture notes by week and photocopied readings



Box 2 Folder 30 Notes, Drafts and Comments, ca. 1974

Contains "General comments about the articles published in journals," "Further Notes on the Limitations of the Linguistic Analogy," "Notes for a Definition of Aesthetic Semiosis" by Tomas Llorens and notes.



Box 3 Folder 1 Press Clippings, ca. 2001 to 2012

Contains press clippings, some annotated, original order retained



Box 3 Folder 2 "German Texts and Critiques", 2002

Contains photocopied texts on German philosophy, art and architecture



Box 3 Folder 3 "Une maison, un palais", 1928 (publication date)

Contains Une maison, un palais by Le Corbusier and "Benton, Le Corbusier and the Loi Loucheur" by Timothy Benton



Box 3 Folder 4 Mikkola: Arch. in Finland, 1981 (publication date)

Contains photocopied text



Box 3 Folder 5 LC, Maniére de penser l'urbanisme, 1942 (publication date)

Contains original paperback



Box 3 Folder 6 Koolhaas and Dalder, The White Slave, 1969 (publication date)

Contains original manuscript



Box 3 Folder 7 Giry: Le Cubisme, 1971 (publication date)

Contains photocopied book



Box 3 Folder 8 to 10 Retour a l'ordre [3 folders], 1975 (publication date)

Contains photocopied text



Box 3 Folder 11 Passanti, The Vernacular Modernism and LC, 1997 (publication date)

Contains photocopied text

Series II: Personal papers

Consists of three subseries: Correspondence, Notebooks, and Albums, Notes, and Other Papers. Colquhoun kept notebooks uninterrupted from 1942, when he was a student in Edinburgh. The material in the notebooks ranges from practical personal information (such as language notes and food ration information in his notebooks from India) to personal notes, among them personal notes and drafts for correspondences, as well as more formal observations on architecture, both in writing and drawing form.

Colquhoun kept his personal correspondences in two separate arrangements, which have been preserved in the presentation of his papers. In one arrangement, he kept correspondences loosely arranged according to chronological order in personal correspondence folders irrespective of correspondent. In the other he organized his letters by correspondent, again in more or less chronological fashion. Occasionally, letters from a correspondent in the latter may appear in the former. In these cases, Colquhoun's own arrangement has been preserved and identifying letters that Colquhoun did not file away has been left to the researcher.

Subseries 3: Albums, Notes, and Other Papers includes unfiled notes, documentation and memorabilia, and sketchbooks.


Series 1: Correspondence



Box 7 Folder 1 to 22 General by date [22 folders], 1949 to 2013

Contains mixed correspondences, mainly personal, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 23 Molly, ca. 1944

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 24 People in India, mainly "Sitesh", 1944-9

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 25 Deben, 1945-81

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 26 Robert (Bob) Maxwell, 1947-9

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 27 Sue, ca. 1955

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 28 Gisela, 1957-8

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 29 Berta, 1958-9

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 30 Bibi, 1958-9

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 31 Hans, ca. 1959

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 32 Heidi, 1960

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 33 Diana, ca. 1966

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 34 Jane Beeching, 1970-80

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 35 Mary, 1977-87

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 7 Folder 37 Jan, 1946-9

Contains personal correspondences by sender, some undated (and can therefore fall outside period)



Box 8 Folder 1 to 5 To Parents from India [5 folders], 1943 to 1947

Contains letters from Colquhoun to his parents while he performed military service in India, original order retained



Box 8 Folder 6 to 7 Postcards [2 folders], 1960s-2010s

Contains postcards to Colquhoun



Box 8 Folder 8 Mixed photographs and postcards, ca 1980s-2000s

Contains postcards and greetings to Colquhoun and unsigned photographs



Box 8 Folder 9 "Jill's Letter", 1933

Contains unidentified letter from Jill to Emminka, printed sheet of deceased German generals presumably Colquhoun's forefathers



Box 8 Folder 10 Collected Greeting Cards and Photographs, 1989-93

Contains two cards and photographs of children of Colquhoun's friends and family, most with notes to Colquhoun on back


Subseries 2: Yearbooks



Box 4 Folder 8 1967-85, 1967 to 1985

Pocket diaries : 16 items ; 1968, 1970-2 missing



Box 4 Folder 9 1986-95, 1986-95

Pocket diaries: 10 items



Box 4 Folder 10 1996-2005, 1996-2005

Pocket diaries : 11 items



Box 4 Folder 11 2006-13, 2006-13

Pocket diaries : 9 items



Box 5 Folder 1 1942 Mar-Aug, 1942 Mar-Aug

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 2 1942-4, 1942-4

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 3 1946-7 (India), 1946-7

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 4 1947, 1947

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 5 1947, 1947

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 6 1948-51, 1948-51

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 7 1951-4, 1951-4

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 8 1953, 1953

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 9 1954-5, 1954-5

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 10 1957-61, 1957-61

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 11 1964, 1964

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 12 1965-7, 1965-7

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 13 1969-77, 1969-77

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 14 1980, 1980

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 15 1980-1, 1980-1

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 16 1981, 1981

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 17 1980-9, 1980-9

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 18 1980-90, 1980-90

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 19 1989, 1989

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 20 1995 Jan to 1999 May, 1995 Jan to 1999 May

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 21 2000 Jul to Dec, 2003 Apr to 2004 Feb, 2000 Jul to Dec, 2003 Apr to 2004 Feb

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 22 2001 Jun to Dec, 2001 Jun to Dec

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 23 "Rhetoric," ca. 1980, 2003 (including "operatic evil"), ca. 1980, 2003

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 24 1994-8 (OUP-MA), 1994-8

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 25 1981 (Lecture Notes), 1981

Notebook : 1 item



Box 5 Folder 26 1982-90, 1982-90

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 1 1983-4, 1983-4

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 2 1989-91, 1989-91

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 3 1991-2, 1991-2

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 4 1992, 1992

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 5 1992, 1992

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 6 1990-1, 1990-1

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 7 1999-2003, 1999-2003

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 8 1955-7, 1955-7

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 9 1989, 92-3, 99, 1989, 92-3, 99

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 10 2003-7, 2003-7

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 11 2007-10, 2007-10

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 12 1993, 1993

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 13 undated (John Wood), undated

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 14 to 15 undated [2 folders], undated

Notebooks : 2 items ; one notebook contains sketch for front cover of Essays in Architectural Criticism and piano tablature



Box 6 Folder 16 1987-8, 2010-2, 1987-8, 2010-2

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 17 2012, 2012

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 18 1992-2010, 1992-2010

Notebook : 1 item



Box 6 Folder 19 1992 (Jalon), 1992

Notebook : 1 item ; Contains pencil sketches of Jalon architecture



Box 6 Folder 20 1985 (Rome Notebooks), 1985

Notebooks : 4 items ; Contains sketches, notes, lists and Italian grammar



Box 6 Folder 21 Spiral Bound Notebook, ca. 2009

1 item ; Includes recipes, passwords and lists


Subseries 3: Albums, Notes, and Other Papers



Box 3 Folder 12 Loose Notes, Computer, 2001 to 2011

Contains notes on how to operate a computer



Box 3 Folder 13 Loose Notes, Fragments of an Indian Journal, ca. 1947

Contains originals and photocopies



Box 3 Folder 14 Loose Notes, Mount Abu, undated

Contains travel notes from India



Box 3 Folder 15 Loose Flash Cards, undated

Contains notes on loose flash cards



Box 3 Folder 16 Album, Business Cards, undated

Contains business cards both academic and personal



Box 3 Folder 17 to 18 Album, Travel Sketches [2 folders], undated

Albums : 2 items ; contains travel sketches, some originals, some photocopies



Box 4 Folder 1 Album, "India 1947", 1947

Contains BW photographs



Box 4 Folder 2 Album, C + M Collection of Projects, undated

Contains illustrations and photographs



Box 4 Folder 3 Thesis, A. Colquhoun Architetto, 1987-8

Contains bound thesis for the Università Degli Studi Di Firenze by Massimo Ceragiolini and Manuela Riccomini



Box 4 Folder 4 Certificate, El Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile, 1979

Contains certificate from El Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile



Box 4 Folder 5 Biographical Sketch, undated [2010s?]

Contains 12 page biographical note about Colquhoun's life written by third person



Box 4 Folder 6 "Columbia - 2002-2008", 2002 to 2008

Contains outline of activities 2002-8



Box 4 Folder 7 Passport and other certificates

Documents: 10 items

Series III: Visual Material

Comprised of three subseries: Photographs, Slides, Drawings, and DVDs. The majority of the photographs are personal documentation of Colquhoun's travels in India, while others include miscellaneous personal prints of friends and family. The slides depict architecture exclusively, and were presumably used both for publication and teaching purposes. They were arranged by Colquhoun himself, for most often by architect, location or movement, and his arrangement has been kept wherever discernable. The DVD's contain photographs and video, while the drawing series includes, on the one hand, Colquhoun's school work and on the other, reproductions of drawings by Colquhoun + Miller.


Subseries 1: Photographs



Box 8 Folder 11 Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, 1992

Prints : 24 items ; Contains 4" X 6" prints from Rie



Box 8 Folder 12 China, "Peking", undated

Prints : 8 items ; Contains 4" X 6" prints and a postcard from China, presumably taken and sent by "Esther"



Box 8 Folder 13 France, Palace d' Iena, 1995

Prints : 15 items ; Contains multiple formats of photographs of the 90s addition to the Palace d'Iena, Paris



Box 8 Folder 14 India [1 of 9], undated

Contact Sheets : 24 items ; Contains contact sheets from India



Box 8 Folder 15 India [2 of 9], undated

Negatives : 56 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 16 India [3 of 9], undated

Prints : 5 items ; Contains 120mm prints from India



Box 8 Folder 17 India [4 of 9], undated

Prints: 35 items ; contains prints from India, among others of the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in Khajuraho and the Mukteśvara Temple in Bhubaneswar



Box 8 Folder 18 India [5 of 9], ca. 1945

Prints : 273 items ; Contains small prints, one from 1945



Box 8 Folder 19 India [6 of 9], undated

Prints : 4 items ; Negatives : 4 items ; Contains 120mm prints and negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 20 India [7 of 9], undated

Prints : 20 items ; Negatives : 22 items ; Contains 120mm prints and negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 21 India [8 of 9], undated

Prints : 6 items ; Negatives : 7 items ; Contains 120mm prints and negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 22 India [9 of 9], undated

Contact print strip : 7 items ; Contains 35 mm contact print strips from India



Box 8 Folder 23 India [?], undated

Negative Strip : 14 items ; Contains 35 mm negatives



Box 8 Folder 24 India, "Agra, Fatephuur Siri, Delhi", undated

Negatives : 17 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 25 India, "Banaras", undated

Negatives : 15 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 26 India, Bhubaneshwara Khajuraho [Negatives], undated

Negatives : 24 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 27 India, "Bijapur, [Vija?], [Deccan?]", undated

Negatives : 16 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 28 India, Bundi 2006, 2006

Prints : 36 items ; Contains 4" X 6" prints



Box 8 Folder 29 India, Jaipur, Jodhpur, [Two Unidentified Indian Cities], undated

Negatives : 31 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 30 India, "Kashmir, Kulu Valley", undated

Negatives : 12 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 31 India, "Negs for Enlargement 2", undated

Negatives : 25 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 32 India, "Negs for Enlargement", undated

Prints : 14 items ; Contains 120mm prints from India [not negatives]



Box 8 Folder 33 India, "Rural", undated

Negatives : 12 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 34 India, "'Singa Mandi, Mt. Abu", undated

Negatives : 6 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 35 India, "Taj Mahal. Negs + Copy Negs", undated

Prints : 9 items ; Negatives : 6 items ; Contains 120mm negatives and prints



Box 8 Folder 36 India, [Udaipur?], undated

Negatives : 25 items ; Contains 120mm negatives from India



Box 8 Folder 37 Italy, "Casa Zuccheri" [Casa Zuccari, Florence], undated

Prints : 2 items ; Contains two digital prints of the same photograph of the façade of the Casa Zuccari, one in black and white and one in color, along with a CR-ROM containing files for both versions in TIFF and JPEG format.



Box 8 Folder 38 Italy, Rome, 1980s

Prints : 35 items ; Contains 4" X 6" prints from Rome



Box 8 Folder 39 Spain, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura Barcelona, 1980-04-30T00:00:00

Prints : 4 items ; Contains photographs of Colquhoun at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura Barcelona



Box 8 Folder 40 Personal [1 of 5], 1980s-2010s

Prints : 3 items ; Contains three photographs in different times and formats



Box 8 Folder 41 Personal [2 of 5], ca. 1940s-2010s

Prints : 98 items ; Contains loose prints in multiple formats, mainly of family and friends



Box 8 Folder 42 Personal [3 of 5], ca. 1940s-2010s

Prints : 11 items ; Slides : 10 items ; Contains loose prints and slides in multiple formats, mainly of family and friends



Box 8 Folder 43 Personal [4 of 5], ca. 1940s-2010s

Prints : 15 items ; Contains loose prints in multiple formats, mainly of family and friends



Box 8 Folder 44 Personal [5 of 5], ca. 1940s-2010s

Prints : 36 items ; Contains loose prints in multiple formats, mainly of Colquhoun



Box 8 Folder 45 Personal, "Hawksmoor Churches, Roberta, Karen + John", 2008

Prints : 20 items ; Contains 4"X 5-1/4" prints



Box 8 Folder 46 Personal, "Shah - London", 2012

Prints : 4 items ; Contains prints of Colquhoun with Manhaz Shah


Subseries 2: Slides



Box 9 Folder 1 to 2 LC 1908-39 [2 folders], 1908-39

Slides : 397 items ; Contains slides of LC's buildings by building, arranged in order according to legend



Box 9 Folder 3 to 4 LC 1945-65 [2 folders], 1945-65

Slides : 414 items ; Contains slides of LC's buildings by building, arranged in order according to legend



Box 9 Folder 5 India, 1974

Slides : 360 items ; Contains travel slides from India



Box 9 Folder 6 Modern Architecture, Group 1 [Art Noveau], undated

Slides : 22 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 7 Modern Architecture, Group 2 [Chicago], undated

Slides : 16 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 8 Modern Architecture, Group 3 [Deutsche Werkbund], undated

Slides : 18 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 9 Modern Architecture, Group 4 [Adolf Loos], undated

Slides : 13 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 10 Modern Architecture, Group 5 [Expressionism & Futurism], undated

Slides : 25 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 11 Modern Architecture, Group 6 [Holland and Russia], undated

Slides : 28 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 12 Modern Architecture, Group 7 [Le Corbusier], undated

Slides : 22 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 13 Modern Architecture, Group 8 [Weimar Germany], undated

Slides : 23 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 14 Modern Architecture, Group 9 [Italy], undated

Slides : 11 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 15 Modern Architecture, Group 10 [Scandinavia], undated

Slides : 23 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 16 Modern Architecture, Group 11 [Le Corbusier to Megastructures], undated

Slides : 20 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 17 Modern Architecture, Group 12 [America], undated

Slides : 34 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 18 Modern Architecture, Untitled Group, undated

Slides : 40 items ; Contains scanned images for book/lectures



Box 9 Folder 19 C + M, Hornsye Lane Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 14 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 20 C + M, Church Crescent Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 19 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 21 C + M, Albion and Shrubland Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 13 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 22 to 23 C + M, Caversham road + Gaisford St. Selected Duplicates [2 folders], undated

Slides : 33 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 24 C + M, Milbank Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 8 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 25 C + M, West Green Road Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 22 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 26 to 28 C + M, Royal Holloway College Selected Duplicates [3 folders], undated

Slides : 54 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 29 C + M, Melrose Avenue Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 22 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 30 C + M, Staedel Gallery Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 14 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 31 C + M, Pillwood Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 22 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 32 C + M, Welbourne + Tenterden Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 20 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 33 to 36 C + M, Witchapel Selected Duplicates [4 folders], undated

Slides : 92 items : Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 37 C + M, Forest Gate Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 24 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 9 Folder 38 C + M, Oldbrook Selected Duplicates, undated

Slides : 24 items ; Contains slides of Colquhoun + Miller built works



Box 10 Folder 1 to 2 403 General History [2 folders], undated

Slides : 327 items ; Contains lecture slides for Colquhoun's seminar, "History of Architectural History"



Box 10 Folder 3 to 8 By Country/ City [6 folders], undated

Slides : 1,361 items ; organized by city or country



Box 10 Folder 9 to 10 Rome [2 folders], undated

Slides : 564 items ; Contains travel slides, mainly of Rome, but also Chicago (Burnam, Sullivan and more)



Box 10 Folder 11 to 12 Miscellaneous, Unidentified Slides [2 foldrs], undated

Slides : 163 items ; Contains misc. travel slides, some of postmodern architecture. Others are titled "C" and could be from Chandigarh



Box 10 Folder 13 "Changing Museum Slides", undated

Slides : 20 items ; Contains slides for "Changing Museum"


Subseries 3: Drawings



Roll 1 Student work, Edinburgh, Analysis of Buildings, Early 1940s

Drawing : 1 item ; Analysis of Tuberculosis Sanatorium by Alvar Aalto, House at Guben [Wolf House] by Mies Van Der Rohe, Swiss Pavilion by Le Corbusier in gouache on paper



Roll 1 Student work, Edinburgh, House for a Professor, Early 1940s

Plans and Sections : 2 items



Roll 1 Student work, Edinburgh, Open Air Theater + [Detached Residence], Early 1940s

Drawing : 1 item ; with a project on either side



Roll 1 Student work, Edinburgh, Nursery School, Early 1940s

Plan and section : 1 item



Roll 1 Student work, Edinburgh, [Townhouse], Early 1940s

Plan and section : 1 item



Roll 1 Student work, Edinburgh, [Detached Residence], Early 1940s

Plan and section : 1 item



Roll 2 Student work, [Institution unknown], Club for a Builder's Union, undated

Plan : 1 item ; Elevations and sections : 1 item



Roll 2 Student work, [Institution unknown], A Small Tweed Mill, undated

Plan, section and elevation : 1 item ; Perspective and site plan : 1 item



Roll 2 Student work, [Institution unknown], Orangery, undated

Plan and section : 1 item



Roll 2 Student work, [Institution unknown], [Measured Drawings of Classical Buildings], undated

Plans and elevations : 3 items



Roll 3 Student work, [Institution unknown], Theater, undated

Plans : 3 items ; Section : 1 item ; Perspective : 1 item ; Perspective (reprography) : 1 item



Roll 4 Student work, [Institution unknown], Hostel, undated

Plans : 3 items ; Plan Sections : 2 items ; Plan and Plan Sections (reproductions) : 5 items ; Perspective (reproduction) : 1 item



Roll 5 C + M, Extension to the Fitzwilliam Museum, ca. 1965

Drawings : 18 items ; ink on vellum



Roll 6 Reproductions of Nolli's Plan of Rome, 1977 (publication date)

Reproductions : 20 items ; with introduction by Joseph Rykwert


Subseries 4: DVDs



Box 10 Folder 14 "London, October 2011", 2011 Oct 11

Digital images : 41 items (on 1 DVD) ; Contains a DVD with images of Coqhuhoun, presumably taken before the symposium "Alan Colquhoun and his Writings: A Celebration" at the AA



Box 10 Folder 15 Recording of Symposium, Alan Colquhoun and his Writings: A Celebration, 2011 Oct 21, 2 DVDs

DVDs : 2 items ; Contains DVDs with complete video recordings of the symposium "Alan Colquhoun and his Writings: A Celebration" at the AA.

Series IV: Additional Donations

Consists of miscellaneous additional accessions; Colquhoun is not the creator.



Box 10 Folder 17 Sandra Lousada Donation [Accession 2015.001], Early 1960s

Contact prints : 8 items ; Negatives : 14 items "with Alan in the early 1960s"



Box 10 Folder 16 Mary McLeod Donation [Accession 2015.017], 1954-2011

Digital Images : 10 items (in 1 DVD), images of Colquhoun throughout his life and a printout with thumbnails and information about the images ; bibliography ; timeline ; letter from Colin Rowe to John and Pat Miller ; original sketches and notes regarding England post WWII ; negatives ; posters of lectures series in which Colquhoun presented