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Subseries 2.3 | A Finding Aid to the Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989 | Digitized Collection

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

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2.3: General Correspondence, 1922-1989

This subseries primarily contains letters concerning McCoy's career in architectural history and criticism. Her career in fiction writing is covered to a lesser degree. Among the correspondents are researchers, writers, professors, architects, art professionals, publishers, and professional associations. Topics covered include research and writing projects, Los Angeles area preservation and restoration projects, and grant projects.
Major correspondents in this series include the American Institute of Architects, the Graham Foundation, City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board,
Domus
Magazine,
Los Angeles Times
, editor Monica Pidgeon, architectural critics Reyner Banham, David Gebhard, William Jordy, Robin Middleton, Allan Temko, and Nathan Shapira, and architects J. R. Davidson, Craig Ellwood, Joseph Giovannini, Hans Hollein, A. Quincy Jones, and Bruno Zevi. Also found is extensive correspondence with the University of California, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. Correspondence for 1959 contains a letter from Albert Camus requesting McCoy's assistance with helping Spanish refugees, and correspondence for 1989 contains photographs of Esther McCoy and others at the Athenaeum at Caltech for the third annual gala of the Historical Society of Southern California.
Material is arranged chronologically. The bulk of McCoy's correspondence with architects is arranged in Series 6: Architect Files. Additional correspondence pertaining to specific projects can be found in Series 4: Architectural Writings and in Series 5: Project Files. Correspondence in this series complements the files found in these other series and they should be consulted together for a better understanding of McCoy's career.
This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.
DescriptionContainer
General Correspondence, 1922-1929
4
38
General Correspondence, 1946-1952
4
39-42
General Correspondence, 1953-1959
4
43-46
General Correspondence, 1960-1965
4
47-51
General Correspondence, 1966-1968
5
1-4
General Correspondence, 1969-1970
5
5-8
General Correspondence, 1971-1973
5
9-13
General Correspondence, 1974
5
14-16
General Correspondence, 1975
5
17-19
General Correspondence, 1976-1978
5
20-24
General Correspondence, 1979
5
25-27
General Correspondence, 1980-1981
5
28-32
General Correspondence, 1982-1983
5
33-37
General Correspondence, 1984
5
38-41
General Correspondence, 1985
5
42-44
General Correspondence, 1986
5
45-47
General Correspondence, 1987
6
1-4
General Correspondence, 1988
6
5-7
General Correspondence, 1989
6
8-10
Undated Correspondence, A-Z, circa 1940s-1980s
6
11-14
Undated and Unidentified Correspondence, circa 1940s-1980s
6
15

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