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    Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936.
     
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    Creator: 
    Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934 (author, artist.)
    Title: 
    Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936.
    Phy. Description: 
    15 cu. ft.: 70 boxes.
    Medium : 
    Photoprints: Silver gelatin on paper, 8" x 10", mounted on linen.
    Drawings: Graphite on paper.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    American architect of commercial and public buildings, b. Zanesville, Ohio; educated in St. Paul, Minnesota. Firmly supportive of the European tradition and the eastern academic league of architects. Among his many familiar public buildings are the Treasury Annex and the Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., the state capitol buildings of West Virginia, Arkansas, and Minnesota, and the public libraries of St. Louis and Detroit. His most famous building is the Woolworth Building in New York (1913); with its 55 stories and Gothic ornament, it is considered Gilbert's greatest achievement.
    Summary: 
    Photographers include Belden & Company (45 Clinton Street, Newark, N.J.) and P. O. Valentine (33 Homestead Park, Newark, N.J.). The photographs are mounted on linen, in cloth-covered loose-leaf binders bearing building or project names. Most photograph volumes each contain more than 100 prints, including duplicates. For example, Vol. 49, on the Seaside Sanatorium (Waterford, Conn.) contains 149 prints from approx. 75 different negatives.
    Scope and Content: 
    Correspondence (1919-1932), contracts, statistical data, news clippings, booklets, miscellaneous Gilbert papers, three volumes of specification data of the Supreme Court Buildings, twenty pencil and pastel sketchbooks of Gilbert's periodic travels in Europe, 1897-1932, and a box of miscellaneous unbound sketches, including many for the Supreme Court. The bulk of the collection consists of bound volumes containing photoprints of forty-one Gilbert buildings under construction.
    Organization: 
    Divided into seven series: (1) Correspondence; (2) Personal Papers; (3) New York Life Insurance Building Contracts; (4) Woolworth Building; (5) Sketchbooks; (6) Photoprints; (7) Supreme Court Specification Data. Photograph volumes arranged alphabetically by building name.
    Provenance: 
    Science and Technology (SI) catalog no. 319,916.
    Transferred from the Division of Mechanical & Civil Engineering (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution), 1986/07/02.
    Finding aids: 
    Register with Container List. on World Wide Web via hyperlink in this record. Folder-level control.
    Latest update available in repository. Some item-level control.
    Cite as: 
    Cass Gilbert Collection, 1897-1936, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Exhibition: 
    Copies of photographs and drawings Exhibited: "Buildings for New York and the Nation: The Architecture of Cass Gilbert," sponsored by the Second Judicial Circuit in the lobby of the U.S. Courthouse at Foley Square, New York, Oct. 5, 1998-Jan. 21, 1999.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Civil engineers
    Architecture -- United States -- 1890-1940.
    Engineering -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.
    Civil engineering -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.
    Commercial buildings -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.
    Public architecture -- 1890-1940 -- U.S.
    Bridges -- 1890-1940
    Architects -- 1890-1940
    Subject-Name: 
    Woolworth Building New York (N.Y.)
    New York Life Insurance Building
    Supreme Court Building, Washington (D.C.)
    Seaside Sanatorium, Waterford, Conn
    Form / Genre: 
    Pastels (visual works)
    Drawings -- 1890-1940.
    Pencil works
    Photographs -- 1900-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints
    Correspondence -- 1900-1950
    Personal papers -- 1890-1940
    Contracts -- 1890-1940
    Clippings -- 1900-1950
    Statistics
    Booklets
    Specifications
    Sketchbooks -- 1890-1940
    Pamphlets
    Business records -- 1880-1950
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Local Number: 
    239827 (NMAH Acc.)
    Co-Creator: 
    Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Division of (NMAH, SI) (collector).
    Belden & Company, 45 Clinton Street, Newark, N.J., (photographer).
    Valentine, P. O., 33 Homestead, Park, Newark, (photographer).
    Components: 
    Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934 Chase Memorial / From N.W. cor. looking S.E. / 10/27/23 / The Tracy Bros. Co [sic] Bldrs 1923.
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0214Add Copy to MyList

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