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Radford Architectural Company Collection, c.1903

Radford Architectural Company Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1996

Radford Architectural Company Collection, c.1903

Accession Number: 1994.6

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Radford Architectural Company Collection, c.1903
EXTENT:1 oversize portfolio and flatfile materials
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:The Radford Architectural Company designed affordable residential and commercial architecture. The blueprints and specifications in this collection include house numbers 6560L, 6632L, 6537L, 6605L, 6542L (all for Armstrong Lumber Company), and 504, a three- bedroom, two-story house published in The Radford American Homes. Riverside, IL: Radford Architectural Company, 1903, pages 150-151.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Architectural reprographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Radford Architectural Company
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The materials related to house 504 were donated to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1994 by Ms. Janet S. Bartow, who found the materials among her family's papers on Long Island, NY. The remainder of the collection was purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in 2004.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
The Radford Architectural Company, based in Chicago, provided plans for residential and commercial buildings to the American public. Their architects and designers created hundreds of options at various levels of affordability for families and entrepreneurs wishing to build an attractive structure without having to pay an architect's commission. The company published catalogues detailing the floor plans, showing finished renderings and presenting estimated building costs for each building design.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The blueprints and specifications in this collection include house numbers 6560L, 6632L, 6537L, 6605L, 6542L (all for Armstrong Lumber Company), and 504, a three- bedroom, two-story house published in The Radford American Homes. Riverside, IL: Radford Architectural Company, 1903, pages 150-151.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Radford Architectural Company
Radford Architectural Company--Archives
Armstrong Lumber Company
Architecture, Domestic--United States--History--Sources
Architecture, Domestic--Designs and plans--History--Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
c.circa
Flatf.flatfile
OPoversize portfolio

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Radford Architectural Company Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by the staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1996. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002 and Nathaniel Parks in 2008.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

OP 1
House design, number 504. Architectural plans.
Blueprint on paper.
c.1903 9
OP 1
House design, number 504. Specifications, pages A through P.
Blueprint on paper.
c.1903 1
Flatf. 7.4
Armstrong Lumber Company, promotional poster.
Positive blueprint (?), with hand-coloring. Includes plans for house numbers 6560L, 6632L, 6537L, 6605L, 6542L.
1915 1


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