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Marcel Breuer papers, 1920-1986

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Series 6: Writings , 1923-1981
1 Linear foot
Boxes 7-8; Reels 5718-5720

This series contains typescripts of lectures and articles written by Breuer concerning architecture and its history. Writings by others are about Breuer and his work and include typescripts, galleys, and photographs of architectural and design projects used in the publication of the book Marcel Breuer Buildings and Projects, 1921-1961 by Cranston Jones.
The series is arranged into four subseries and the files are arranged chronologically.
  • 6.1: Speeches and Lectures by Breuer, 1923-1975
  • 6.2: Articles and Books by Breuer, 1936-1978
  • 6.3: Speeches by Others, 1958-1981
  • 6.4: Articles and Books by Others, 1959-1981
6.1: Speeches and Lectures by Breuer, 1923-1975
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Typescript: ["Defining Modern Architecture"], undated
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875-884
Typescript of lecture: ["History of Modern Architecture"], undated
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885-910
Typescript of lecture: "On Form and Function at the Bauhaus in 1923," published in Offzett magazine
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911-935
Typescript of lecture: "Where Do We Stand?" Zurich, Switzerland, 1934
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936-954
Typescript of lecture: "What Is Happening to Modern Architecture?" Museum of Modern Art, 1948
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955-957
Typescript of lecture for symposium on Paul Klee, Museum of Modern Art, 1950
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958-966
Typescript: "Speech to the Student Body," Sarah Lawrence College, 1950
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967-974
Typescript of speech: "Must Architecture Be Sterile?" Architectural League, 1950
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975-984
Manuscript and typescript of speech: "On Freezing the Terms of Aesthetics," dedication of Vassar dormitory, 1951
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985-1002
Manuscript and typescript of lecture: "Notes on Architecture,", 1959
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1003-1010
Manuscript and typescript of lecture: "On Regional Architecture," First Inter-American Architectural Symposium, Bogotá, Colombia, 1959
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1011-1029
Typescript: "Speech on the Occasion of the Exhibit of Pier Luigi Nervi's Work at the Architectural League,", 1959
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1030-1054
Typescript of speech: "On Religious Architecture," dedication of the Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, New York, 1959
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1055-1061
Typescript of speech: "On City Administration," dedication of Hunter College, 1959
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1062-1069
Typescript of speech for panel discussion: "Individual Expression Versus Order: The Issue in Architecture Today," Architectural League of New York (also given in Toronto, 1974), 1961
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1070-1091
Typescript of lecture: "Matter and Intrinsic Form," University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1963
typescript, printed announcement and program
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1092-1183
Typescript of speech at the presentation of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1963
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1184-1193
Typescript of speech: "Remarks of Marcel Breuer," Cornell University, 1963
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1194-1200
Typescript of speech accepting honorary degree from Budapest Technical University, 1967
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1201-1203
Typescript of lecture: "The Artist in the World of Science," St. John's University Science Symposium, 1967
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1204-1241
Manuscript and typescript of speech: "Politics and Architecture," with Senator Eugene McCarthy, television Channel 13, 1967
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1242-1249
Typescript of speech: "About the Eye,", 1968
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1250-1254
Typescript of speech accepting Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, 1968
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1255-1260
Manuscript of speech: "Reinforced Concrete," Cimenteries Cementbedrijven, Brussels, Belgium, 1969
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1261-1265
Typescript of speech for dedication of New York University Technology Building, 1970
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1266-1268
Typescript of speech for panel discussion: "Individual Expression Versus Order," Toronto, 1974
(speech originally given in 1961 to the Architectural League of New York)
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1269-1289
Manuscript and typescript of speech accepting posthumous award for László Moholy-Nagy, 1975
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1290-1292
6.2: Articles and Books by Breuer, undated, 1936-1978
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Miscellaneous fragments, undated
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1294-1302
Text for The Marcel Breuer Coloring Book, undated
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1303-1321
Typescript of article: "On Architecture and Material," published in Circle, 1936
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1322-1324
Typescript of article: "On a Design of a Bi-Nuclear House," published in California Arts and Architecture, 1943
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1325-1326
Typescript: "M. B. Aluminum Furniture,", 1944
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1327-1336
Typescript of article: "A New Sarah Lawrence Building" for a brochure for the college, 1951
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1337-1340
Typescript for book: Sun and Shadow, 1954-1960
2 Folders
including notes and receipts
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1342-1361
Typescript for book: Sun and Shadow, 1954-1960
2 Folders
including notes and receipts
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5719
12-79
Manuscript and typescript: "On Frank Lloyd Wright," for Architectural Forum, 1959
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80-83
Typescript: "Introduction for Publication in Architectural Record,", 1963
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84-86
Typescript of foreword of book Egypte by Jean-Louis de Cenival, 1964
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87-91
Typescript of article: "Some Reflections About the Facade," published in Industria Italiana del Cemento, 1966
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92-94
Typescript of article: "The Faceted, Molded Facade: Depth, Sun and Shadow," published in Architectural Record, 1966
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95-113
Typescript of article: "On Concrete," published in Architecture Formes et Fonctions, 1971
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114-119
Typescript: "Hugh Stubbins,", 1975
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120-121
Typescript statement for the National Concrete Masonry Association, 1978
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122-123
6.3: Speeches by Others, 1958-1981
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Typescript of speech delivered by Walter Gropius on his 75th birthday at Harvard Club Alumni Dinner, 1958
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125-129
Typescript of speech honoring Breuer by the ambassador of France, 1978
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130-133
Typescript of speech honoring Breuer by Mr. Remoudet [?], 1978
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134-137
Typescript of speech: "Recollections on Working with Lajkó," delivered at the memorial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1981
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138-144
Typescript of speech about Breuer by Robert F. Gatje, delivered at the Smithsonian Institution, 1981
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145-150
6.4: Articles and Books by Others, 1959-1981, undated
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Typescript of entry on Breuer for Collier's Encyclopedia by Nina Bremer, undated
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152-155
Material for book, Marcel Breuer Buildings and Projects, 1921-1961 by Cranston Jones, 1959-1969
34 Folders
Contract and Notes
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157-199
Typescript with annotations by Breuer
8 Folders
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200-873
Brief writings by Breuer for book
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874-888
Galley proofs
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889-960
Proof sheets of photographs
4 Folders
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962-1046
"Back-up material" photographs for book (see list of projects included below)
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1047-1455
"Back-up material" photographs for book, continued
  • Portrait of Breuer (photograph by Hans Namuth)
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • South Boston Redevelopment Project
  • Stuyvesant Six
  • El Recreo Urban Center
  • Flaine Ski Resort Town
  • Wellfleet Housing Development (Bi-Nuclear "H" House)
  • UNESCO Headquarters
  • U.S. Embassy, The Hague
  • Elberfeld Hospital
  • New London Railroad Station
  • Bantam Elementary School
  • Litchfield High School
  • Whitby School
  • Hunter College (photographs by Breuer)
  • Institute for Advanced Study
  • Convent of the Annunciation
  • New York University
  • St. John's Abbey and University
  • Sarah Lawrence College Arts Center
  • Vassar College
  • Wheaton College Art Center
  • St. Francis de Sales Church
  • Temple B'Nai Jeshurun
  • One Charles Center
  • IBM, France
  • Torrington Manufacturing Company, Canada
  • Torrington Manufacturing Company, Van Nuys
  • Van Leer Vatenfabrieken, Office Building
  • De Bijenkorf Department Store (photograph by Robert Doisneau)
  • Obergurgl Ski Hotel
  • Kharkov Theater
  • Ariston Club, Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • Kleinmetallhaus
  • Plas-2-Point Demountable Houses
  • Yankee Portables
  • Boroschek Apartment
  • Breuer Apartment, Berlin
  • Breuer House, Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • Breuer House I, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Breuer Cottage, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
  • Breuer House II, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Caesar House
  • Chamberlain Cottage
  • Clark House
  • De Francesco Apartment (bedroom)
  • Gagarin House I
  • Geller House I
  • Grieco House
  • Haggerty House
  • Hanson House
  • Harnischmacher [Apartment?] bedroom
  • Harnischmacher House
  • Laaff House
  • McMullen Beach House
  • Neumann House
  • Preston Robinson House
  • Staehelin House
  • Starkey House
  • Edgar Stillman House, Wellfleet, Massachusetts
  • Rufus Stillman House I, Litchfield, Connecticut
  • Thompson House
  • Thost House
  • Tompkins House
  • Ventris Apartment
  • Wolfson Trailer House
  • Multistory apartment house
  • Dolderthal Apartments
  • Tanaguarena Apartments, Venezuela
  • Miscellaneous furniture designs
  • Candlesticks (photograph by Hans Namuth)
  • Bedroom for Bauhaus exhibition
  • Haus-am-Horn kitchen
  • House for a Sportsman
  • Wohn Hotel
  • Gane's Exhibition Pavilion
  • Garden City of the Future (civic center), 1936
  • House in museum garden, Museum of Modern Art
  • Miscellaneous designs for rooms
  • Dining room designed by Gropius
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10-165
Jacket design for book
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166-168
Typescript of book Marcel Breuer by Camillo Gubitosi and Alberto Izzo, 1981
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169-217

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