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Richard E. Filipowski papers, circa 1940-1998

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as eight series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1941-1974
7 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material consists of a Bauhaus questionnaire, student identification card, marriage license, Canadian selective service documents, resumes, contracts, price lists, and other miscellaneous material.
Description Container Select
Bauhaus Archiv Questionnaire, circa 1950
1
1
Biographical Outlines and Resumes, circa 1951-circa 1972
1
2
Canada Selective Service Documents, 1943-1948
1
3
Central Technical School Report Card, 1941
1
4
Institute of Design Student Registration Card, 1946
1
5
Joan Peterson Gallery Contracts, Sales and Price Lists, 1962-1974
1
6
Marriage License, 1946
1
7

Series 2: Correspondence , 1941-1998
0.6 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 6

Correspondence mostly relates to Richard Filipowski's teaching and sculptures. Notable correspondents include letters from collector Herbert M. Agoos, Lawrence B. Anderson, Pietro Belluschi, Serge Chermayeff, Stuart Davis, Garrett Eckbo, Walter and Ilse Gropius, Thomas Howgarth, Gyorgy Kepes, William H. Kessler, Thomas M. Messer, Laszlo and Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, Joan Peterson, Robert O. Preusser, Kevin Roche, Julian Rowan, Crombie F. Taylor, and Konrad Waschman.
Description Container Select
Undated Correspondence, circa 1941-circa 1998
1
8
Correspondence, 1941-1944
1
9
Correspondence, 1945-1947
1
10
Correspondence, 1948-1949
1
11
Correspondence, 1950
1
12
Correspondence, 1951
1
13
Correspondence, 1952 January-April
1
14
Correspondence, 1952 May-December
1
15
Correspondence, 1953
1
16
Correspondence, 1954
1
17
Correspondence, 1955
Oversized material housed in OV 6, Folder 1.
1
18
Correspondence, 1956
1
19
Correspondence, 1957
1
20
Correspondence, 1958
1
21
Correspondence, 1959
1
22
Correspondence, 1960 January-June
1
23
Correspondence, 1960 July-December
1
24
Correspondence, 1961
1
25
Correspondence, 1962
1
26
Correspondence, 1963
1
27
Correspondence, 1964
1
28
Correspondence, 1965
1
29
Correspondence, 1966
1
30
Correspondence, 1967 January-June
1
31
Correspondence, 1967 July-December
1
32
Correspondence, 1968 January-May
1
33
Correspondence, 1968 June-December
1
34
Correspondence, 1969 January-March
1
35
Correspondence, 1969 April-December
1
36
Correspondence, 1970-1971
1
37
Correspondence, 1972
1
38
Correspondence, 1973
1
39
Correspondence, 1974
1
40
Correspondence, 1975
1
41
Correspondence, 1976
1
42
Correspondence, 1977
1
43
Correspondence, 1982-1986
1
44
Correspondence, 1987
1
45
Correspondence, 1988-1989
1
46
Correspondence, 1991-1998
1
47
Correspondence Regarding Hampshire Craft Furniture, 1956
1
48
Correspondence Regarding Sculpture Climax, 1968-1973
1
49
Oversized Department Store Layout from Box 1, Folder 18, 1955
OV 6
1

Series 3: Writings , 1951-1969
0.4 Linear feet
Box 1

Writings consist of Filipowski's childhood memoir, typescript drafts of assorted lectures on art, scattered notes, and other material. There is also a sound recording of a lecture titled"Art Phobia in our Society" delivered in Oneonta, N.Y. There is one typescript of a speech by T.S. Jones.
The material in this series is grouped by type of writings such as short story, memoir, lectures, and notes. The lectures are in chronological order with undated lectures at the beginning of the grouping.
Description Container Select
"A Cube In Lincoln" Short Story, circa 1956-circa 1968
1
50
"Terra Cotta Episodes, 1927-1932" Childhood Memoirs, circa 1960-circa 1980
1
51
Lectures
"Art and Anarchy", circa 1956-circa 1968
1
52
"Dimensions of Color", circa 1956-circa 1968
1
53
"G. N. E. A.", circa 1956-circa 1968
1
54
Lecture at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Symposium, 1956
1
55
"The Act of Art", 1957
1
56
Assorted Lectures, 1959
1
57
Lecture at University of Toronto, School of Architecture, 1960
1
58
"Advising Young People on the Career Opportunities in Architecture" at Opinion Institute, 1961
1
59
Lecture at DeCordova Museum, 1962
1
60
"Art Phobia in Our Society" at SUNY Oneota - Handwritten and Typescript Drafts, 1968
1
61
"Art Phobia in Our Society" at SUNY Oneota, 1969
1 sound tape reel
1
62
Assorted Notes, circa 1956-circa 1968
1
63
Speech at Colorado Design Conference by T. S. Jones, 1951
1
64

Series 4: Teaching Files , 1943-1970
0.7 Linear feet
Box 2, OV 6

Teaching files includes material from the Institute of Design (later the Illinois Institute of Technology), the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This series contains syllabi, faculty meeting minutes, sketches for lectures, blueprints, notes for lectures, school catalogs and schedules, and files on student exhibitions and projects, including two films, Do Not Disturb with Moholy-Nagy and Hearts and Arrows. Also included are materials from the ACSA-AIA Teacher's Seminar.
The bulk of the folders in this series are grouped together according to the university where Filipowki taught: The Institute of Design, Harvard, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Description Container Select
Institute of Design
Biographical Profiles of Select Faculty, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
1
Course Descriptions and Syllabi, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
2
Curriculum and Courses, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
3
Faculty Memos and Meeting Minutes, 1946
2
4
Faculty Memos and Meeting Minutes, 1947
2
5
Faculty Memos and Meeting Minutes, 1948
2
6
Faculty Memos and Meeting Minutes, 1949
2
7
Film Do Not Disturb Notes and Drafts, 1943-1946
2
8
Film Hearts and Arrows Notes and Log Sheets, 1948-1950
2
9
Foundation Course, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
10
From Plane to Structure Exhibition, 1950
2
11
Lecture Notes, 1948-1950
2
12
Printed Material, 1943-1949
2
13
Printed Material, 1950-1953
2
14
Product Design, Visual Design, and Photo & Film Curriculum Descriptions, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
15
Program Description, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
16
Sketches, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
17
Spring, Summer, Fall Coursework, 1947
2
18
Spring Term Coursework, 1948
2
19
Summer and Fall Term Coursework, 1948
2
20
Spring, Summer, Fall Term Coursework, 1949
2
21
Spring and Summer Term Coursework, 1950
2
22
Visual Design Workshop, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
23
Visual Fundamentals Course, circa 1946
2
24
Miscellaneous, circa 1946-circa 1950
2
25
Harvard University
Design Fundamentals - Course Developments and Design, circa 1950
2
26
Design Fundamentals - Coursework for Fall and Spring Terms, 1950-1951
2
27
Design Fundamentals - Coursework for Fall and Spring Terms, 1951-1952
2
28
Design Fundamentals - Sketches, 1950-1951
2
29
Design Fundamentals - Sketches, 1951-1952
2
30
Design Fundamentals - Workshop Design Changes, circa 1950
Oversized material housed in OV 6, Folder 2.
2
31
Design Fundamentals - Workshop Design Financial Records, 1950-1951
2
32
Student Lists, 1950-1951
2
33
Student Lists and Grades, 1951-1952
2
34
Summer School, 1967-1968
2
35
Summer School, 1969
2
36
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Course Descriptions, circa 1952-circa 1970
2
37
Faculty Memorandums, circa 1953
2
38
Faculty Memorandums, 1954-1956
2
39
Faculty Memorandums, 1956-1957
2
40
Faculty Memorandums, 1957-1959
2
41
Faculty Memorandums, 1960-1966
2
42
Faculty Memorandums, 1967-1970
2
43
Lecture Notes and Drafts, circa 1952-circa 1966
2
44
Lecture Notes and Drafts, 1957
2
45
Lecture Notes and Drafts, 1959
2
46
Lecture Notes and Drafts, 1960-1961
2
47
Lecture Drafts, 1966
2
48
Printed Material, 1954-1967
2
49
Summer Session Correspondence, 1955-1956
2
50
Summer Session Correspondence, 1956
2
51-52
Summer Session Lecture by Joseph Hudnut, 1956
2
53
Summer Session Lecture by Robert Motherwell, 1956
2
54
Summer Session Panel Discussion, 1956
2
55
Summer Session Printed Material, 1956
2
56
Summer Session Scheduled Speakers, 1956
2
57
Summer Session Schedules and Notes, 1956
2
58
Visual Design Department Proposal, 1954-1970
2
59
ACSA-AIA Teachers' Seminar in Colorado - Correspondence, 1957
2
60
ACSA-AIA Teachers' Seminar in Colorado - Lecture Notes, 1957
2
61
Seminar in Chile, 1960
2
62
Miscellaneous Lecture Drafts and Notes, circa 1946-circa 1965
2
63
Oversized Workshop Layout and Room Design from Box 2, Folder 31, 1950
OV 6
2

Series 5: Project Files , 1944-1976
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3, OV 6-7

Project files contain correspondence, business records, notes, printed material, sketches and photographs for commissions in architecture, sculpture and furniture design. Notable folders include projects with Moholy-Nagy, Temple Emanu-El with letters from William W. Wurster, Temple B'rith Kodesh with letters from Belluschi, Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church with letters from Otto E. Reichert-Facilides, the Art in the Embassies Program, and design for the RKO General Building. There are also files on programs which Filipowski assisted in planning and organizing, including the ICA's Design in Industry exhibition, the Boston Art Festival, and an exhibition of Filipowski's work at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
The projects in this series are arranged chronologically as the original order was maintained.
Description Container Select
Canadians All, 1944
2
64
Projects with Moholy-Nagy, 1946
2
65
Sherman Hotel Beauty Salon Project with Moholy-Nagy, circa 1946
2
66
Smith College Dormitories Competition, 1946
2
67
International Furniture Competition, 1948
2
68
Design in Industry Exhibition (1952) - Correspondence and Printed Material, 1952
2
69
Design in Industry Exhibition (1952) - Photographs, 1952
2
70-71
Hampshire Craft Furniture, 1954
Oversized material housed in OV 7, Folder 1.
2
72
Boston Art Festival Committee, 1954-1955
2
73
Temple Emanu-El Bronze Menorah, 1956-1957
2
74
Power Strut Inc. Sculpture Installation, 1957
2
75
Temple Israel, 1957-1959
Includes 3 lantern slides.
2
76
Dallas Sheraton Hotel Commission
Contracts and Financial Records, 1958-1959
2
77
Correspondence, 1958-1959
2
78
Photographs, 1958-1959
2
79
Printed Material and Notes, 1958-1959
2
80
Merit Oil Company Sculpture, 1959
Oversized material housed in OV 6, Folder 3.
2
81
Temple B'Rith Kodesh
Correspondence, 1962-1963
2
82
Insurance, Sketches, Notes, 1962
2
83
Photographs, 1962-1963
2
84
Printed Material, 1962-1963
Oversized material housed in OV 7, Folder 2.
2
85
Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1963-1965
2
86
Revere Copper & Glass Incorporated, 1964-1965
3
1
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1964-1979
3
2
Boston Sheraton Hotel Commission, 1965-1968
Oversized material housed in OV 6, Folder 4.
3
3
Art in the Embassies Program, 1966-1970
3
4
Richard Filipowski Sculpture Exhibition - Fitchburg Art Museum (1969), 1968-1969
3
5
Locust Plaza Sculpture, 1971-1972
3
6
RKO General Building Government Center Competition, 1973
3
7
"Projected Color" Research Project, 1976
3
8
Oversized Merit Oil Company Sculpture Design from Box 2, Folder 81, 1959
OV 6
3
Oversized Boston Sheraton Hotel Pedestal Design from Box 3, Folder 3, 1965
OV 6
4
Oversized Hampshire Craft Furniture Storage Unit Design from Box 2, Folder 72, 1954
OV 7
1
Oversized Temple B'Rith Kodesh Printed Material from Box 2, Folder 85, 1968
OV 7
2

Series 6: Printed Material , 1941-1989
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3, OV 7

Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs and announcements; clippings about his art, designs, and teaching; and reproductions of Filipowski's designs and illustrations.
The material in this series is arranged by document type, such as catalogs and clippings, then arranged chronologically within each grouping.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements - Undated, circa 1946-circa 1980
Oversized material housed in OV 7, Folder 3.
3
9
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1947-1950
3
10
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1951-1959
3
11
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1960-1965
Oversized material housed in OV 7, Folder 4.
3
12
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1966-1968
3
13
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1969
3
14
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1971-1988
Oversized material housed in OV 7, Folder 5.
3
15
Other Artists' Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, circa 1950-1989
3
16
Clippings, 1941-1949
3
17
Clippings, 1950-1954
3
18
Clippings, 1955-1959
3
19
Clippings, 1960-1964
3
20
Clippings, 1965-1969
3
21
Clippings, 1970-1978
3
22
Miscellaneous, circa 1941-1958
3
23
Miscellaneous, 1962-1989
3
24
Oversized Exhibition Announcement from Box 3, Folder 9, circa 1946-circa 1980
OV 7
3
Oversized Catalogs and Announcements from Box 3, Folder 12, 1964-1965
OV 7
4
Oversized Catalogs from Box 3, Folder 15, 1972
OV 7
5

Series 7: Photographic Material , circa 1940-1989
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4, OV 8

Photographs, negatives, and slides are of Richard Filipowski and others, including a group photo for the Architecture of Crow Island School with Bill Kessler, Johannes Molzahn and others; works of art including sculptures, paintings and furniture designs; slides of his exhibitions at the Nexus Gallery and the Joan Peterson Gallery, and works of art by his students from Harvard and MIT.
Photographic materials are loosely arranged by subject with photographs of Richard Filipowski at the beginning of the series.
Description Container Select
Richard Filipowski, circa 1940-1989
Includes "Crow Island School" group photo and photos of Filipowski with others.
3
25
Artwork by Richard Filipowski at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1966-1967
3
26
Furniture, circa 1949-1951
3
27
Negatives of Artwork from Institute of Design, circa 1946-circa 1950
Oversized material housed in OV 8, Folder 1.
3
28
Paintings and Other Artwork by Richard Filipowski, circa 1940-cira 1947
3
29
Sculptures, 1944-1949
3
30
Sculptures, 1950-1957
Includes 3 lantern slides.
3
31
Sculptures, 1958-1960
3
32
Sculptures, 1961-1962
3
33
Sculptures, 1963-1966
3
34
Sculptures, 1967-1970
3
35
Slides of Artwork, 1947-1974
Includes exhibition installation images from Nexus Gallery and Joan Peterson Gallery.
3
36
Artwork by Institute of Design Students, circa 1947-circa 1948
3
37
Projects by Harvard Design Fundamentals Students, circa 1950-circa 1952
3
38-40
Artwork by MIT Students, circa 1970-1979
3
41
"Computer Generated Designs" by MIT Student S. M. Simpson Jr., 1966
Contains 2 microfilm reels. Oversized material housed in OV 8, Folder 2.
3
42
Artwork by Others, circa 1947-circa 1948
4
1
Artwork by Others, circa 1950-circa 1955
4
2
Oversized Photo of Art from Box 3, Folder 28, circa 1946-circa 1950
OV 8
1
Oversized Printouts of "Computer Generated Designs" from Box 3, Folder 42, 1966
OV 8
2

Series 8: Artwork , circa 1940-circa 1985
0.7 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5, OV 6, 8

Artwork includes sketches of sculptures and ideas for designs, cardboard studies for his sculptures, Christmas card designs, designs for typography and graphics, and 3 sketchbooks with drawings from travels. The are also a few sketches by Patricia Parker (Mrs. Richard E.) Filipowski.
Description Container Select
Cardboard Studies for Sculptures, circa 1945-circa 1950
4
3
Chair Designs, 1959-1960
Oversized material housed in OV 6, Folder 5.
4
4
Christmas Cards, 1974-circa 1985
Oversized material housed in OV 8, Folder 3.
4
5
Prints, 1943-1948
4
6
Sculpture Studies, 1949-1961
Oversized material housed in OV 8, Folder 4.
4
7
Sketchbook from Trip to Chile, 1960
4
8
Sketchbook from Chamberlain, Maine, 1961
4
9
Sketchbook, circa 1967
4
10
Sketches, circa 1940-circa 1955
4
11
Sketches, circa 1945-1980
4
12
Sketches from the Institute of Design, circa 1942-circa 1950
4
13
Sketches for Sculptures, circa 1945-circa 1980
4
14
Sketches for Sculptures, circa 1945-circa 1980
5
1-5
Sketches for Sculptures, 1969-1970
5
6-7
Sketches for "Ideas", circa 1950-circa 1970
5
8-10
Typography and Graphics Designs, circa 1940-circa 1948
5
11
Sketches by Patricia Parker Filipowski, circa 1940-circa 1949
5
12
Oversized Chair Designs from Box 4, Folder 4, 1959-1960
OV 6
5
Oversized Christmas Card, 1974
OV 8
3
Oversized Sculpture Studies from Box 4, Folder 7, circa 1961
OV 8
4

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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