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A Finding Aid to the Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989 | Digitized Collection

Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989

McCoy, Esther, 1904-1989

Architectural historian, Photographer

Representative image for Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989

This site provides access to the papers of Esther McCoy in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2010. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 75,513 images.

Funding for the preservation of the motion picture film "Dodge House" was provided by the Women's Film Preservation Fund of the New York Women in Film and Television. Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 42.7 linear feet.

Summary: The papers of Southern California architectural historian, critic, and writer Esther McCoy measure 42.7 linear feet and date from 1876 to 1990 (bulk 1938-1989). The collection documents McCoy's career, as well as her family and personal life through biographical material, extensive correspondence, personal and professional writings, project files, Southern California architects' files, clippings and other printed material, a large collection of photographs and slides, and taped interviews of Southern California modern architects. There is an addition of 3 film reels items donated in 2018 that include pre-print film elements for "Dodge House" film by Esther McCoy and Robert Snyder, including (A and B roll) and full magnetic soundtrack, 1965.

Biographical/Historical Note

Esther McCoy (1904-1989) is remembered best for her pioneering work as an architectural historian, critic, and proponent of Southern California modern architecture of the early to mid-twentieth century.

Provenance

The collection was given to the Archives of American Art by Esther McCoy in 1986. Before her death in 1989, McCoy assisted in the organization and identification of the papers. Pre-print elements and soundtrack for film Dodge House donated 2018 by the Academy Film Archive.

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Funding

Funding for the preservation of the motion picture film "Dodge House" was provided by the Women's Film Preservation Fund of the New York Women in Film and Television. Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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