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Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Records, 1950-1952

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

Finding Aid Published: 2003

Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Records, 1950-1952

Accession Number: 1952.1

This collection was processed with the support of a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
©Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved.

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Records, 1950-1952
EXTENT:.2 linear foot (1 box)
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:Daybooks document the activities of the Burnham Library Microfilming Project, a joint venture of The Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois to record the drawings of noted Chicago architects including David Adler, D.H. Burnham, William LeBaron Jenney and Co., and Louis Sullivan.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Bound daybooks.
ORIGINATION: Replinger, John G.
Winteroud, George C.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was donated by the Executive Associates of the microfilming project to the Burnham Library in 1952.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
In the early 1950s, the Burnham Library of The Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois co-sponsored a project to microfilm architectural drawings by Chicago architects or of Chicago buildings. Drawings were borrowed from architectural firms and building owners or managers. In the two years of concentrated activity, from September 1950 to August 1952, approximately 11,000 drawings representing over five hundred projects by sixty architects were filmed, as well as some photographs and written records. Among the architects represented are Adler and Sullivan; Burnham and Root, and subsequently D.H. Burnham and Co; Holabird and Roche; William LeBaron Jenney and Jenney and Mundie; S.S. Beman; Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin; and Schmidt, Garden and Martin.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The two daybooks were kept by the Executive Associates, John G. Replinger, in 1950-1951 and by George C. Winteroud in 1951-1952. Most of the entries record the daily process of the microfilming project--including the selection, repair, and transportation of drawings--and the editing of the film. However, the Executive Associates also carefully documented the interviews they conducted during the process. Thus, conversations with George Elgh, chief draftsman at Burnham and Hammond; George B. Eich, an engineer who worked in the offices of Howard van Doren Shaw and David Adler; George Grant Elmslie, at age eighty; and Richard E. Schmidt, at age eighty-five provide unique insights into the activities and motivations of these master architects. The appended name index to the daybooks only records the more important or interesting comments about architects and buildings. It does not cite every appearance of a name if the reference is only to a meeting, phone call, letter, etc., and lacking additional information. Citations to individual buildings have been located at the architects' names. Additionally, two indexes of the Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Records microfilm reels are appended to this finding aid. These appendices give a complete listing of architects, project names, and reel locations for all of the drawings found in this microfilm collection.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Burnham Library of Architecture
University of Illinois
Replinger, John G.
Winteroud, George C.
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Sullivan, Louis H., 1856-1924
Adler, David, 1882-1949
Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914
Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912
Elmslie, George Grant, 1871-1952
Feick, George, 1881-1945
Griffin, Marion Mahony, 1871-1962
Griffin, Walter Burley, 1876-1937
Jenney, William Le Baron, 1832-1907
Schmidt, Richard E. (Richard Ernest), b. 1865
Adler and Sullivan
Burnham and Root
D.H. Burnham & Co.
Jenney and Mundie
Schmidt, Garden and Martin

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
The microfilm that resulted from this project may be consulted in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries under the following title in the online catalog:
Architectural archives, primarily of Chicago Metropolitan Area [microform]: microfilm project

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE INSTITUTIONAL ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Official summaries of the planning, activities, and oversight of the microfilm project are recorded in the annual reports of the Burnham Library, which are held in the Institutional Archives of The Art Institute of Chicago.

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings by many of the architects represented in this collection--in some cases the same drawings that were microfilmed--are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture and Design.

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:
Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Collection Records, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Burnham Library in 1989. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003 and Nathaniel Parks in 2007.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
This collection was transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1989.

APPENDIX NOTE:
Project name and architect indexes of the Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Records microfilm reels (call no. 1973 1)—currently cataloged in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' collection—are appended to this finding aid.

INDEX NOTE:
A name index of daybooks kept by the Executive Associates is appended to this finding aid. Entries for the drawings microfilmed by the 1952 project are included in the Burnham Index to Architectural Literature, listed by architect and project name.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

Box.FF 1.1
Replinger, John G. Daily Progress Records and Notes, Volume 1.
Bound daybook.
09/05/1950-08/31/1951 1
Box.FF 1.2
Winteroud, George C. Daily Progress Records and Notes, Volume 2.
Bound daybook.
09/04/1951-08/25/1952 1


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