Reginald R. Isaacs papers, circa 1842-1991, (bulk 1883-1985)

Isaacs, Reginald R., b. 1911 d. 1986
Architect, Teacher
Active in Cambridge, Mass.

Collection size: 22.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: The collection includes Isaacs's personal and professional papers, as well as extensive research material he collected and created for his two volume two-volume biography of Bauhaus architect, Walter Gropius: Walter Gropius: The Man and His Work. The bulk of Walter Gropius' papers are housed at the Busch Reisinger Museum at Harvard University, and the Bauhaus Archiv in Germany.

Biographical/Historical Note: Architect, city and regional planner, educator, and author, Cambridge, Mass.; d. 1986. Studied architecture at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University under Walter Gropius, and sociology and planning at the University of Chicago. Isaacs was active in numerous architecture, planning and housing projects in Chicago, South America, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. At Harvard, he was named Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning in 1951, chaired the Dept. of City and Regional Planning, 1953-1964, and played a key role in the development of the urban design program. His 2 v. biography of Walter Gropius was published in German (Walter Gropius: Der Mensch und sein Werk) in 1983 and 1984. Walter Gropius: An Illustrated Biography of the Creator of the Bauhaus was edited posthumously and published in 1991.

The bulk of the papers, 22.5 ft., donated 1991 by Henry Isaacs, Reginald Isaacs' son. An additional 1 ft., pertaining mostly to the German publication of the Gropius biography, were donated by his daughter, Merry White, in 1998, who had received them from her father. Additions are possible.

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