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Anderson, William Peirce, Collection, 1886-1915

William Peirce Anderson (1870-1924) Collection,

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Finding Aid Published: 1998

William Peirce Anderson (1870-1924) Collection, 1886-1915

Accession Number: 1992.1

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:William Peirce Anderson (1870-1924) Collection, 1886-1915
EXTENT:1.5 linear feet (3 boxes), 3 portfolios and 2 oversize portfolios
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:Papers and photographs document the education and professional practice of Chicago architect William Peirce Anderson.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Holograph papers, typed papers, printed papers, mixed media and colored pencil works on paper, bound diaries, black and white photographic prints and realia.
ORIGINATION: Anderson, William Peirce, 1870-1924
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection of papers was donated by Benedict Brout in 1992. He received the collection from Mary Louise Anderson, sister of Peirce Anderson, whom he met when he received a Peirce Anderson Scholarship in 1932.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
William Peirce Anderson was born February 20, 1870, to Hugh and Hannah Louisa Peirce Anderson in Oswego, New York. He spent his childhood in Salt Lake City, Utah, and returned east to attend the Riverview Military Academy in Poughkeepsie, New York. He continued his studies at Harvard, receiving his A.B. degree in 1892. At the encouragement of Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham, Anderson enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study architecture. Successfully completing the requirements of the Ecole, Anderson left in 1899 with the professional title Architecte Diplômé par le Gouvernement. Peirce Anderson, as he was known professionally, spent the next year on a Grand Tour in Italy, France and Spain, sketching and visiting architectural monuments. Anderson then returned to Chicago to work for Burnham and the successor firm, Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Having learned a great deal about city planning in Burnham's office, Anderson designed the city planning for improvements to Manila and the Philippines' summer capital, Baguio. His work in Chicago included planning buildings along the Chicago River, as well as designing such buildings as Marshall Field's and Union Station. Anderson was a member of the Architectural League, the National Sculptors Society, American Painters, and the Harvard Club in New York. After Burnham's death in 1912, President Taft appointed Anderson as Burnham's successor on the National Committee of Fine Arts. During World War I, Anderson served as chairman of the executive committee of the Central Department of the United States Navy, in addition to his work designing military training camps across the country. Anderson was diagnosed with cancer in 1923 and died on February 10, 1924.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection consists predominantly of the assignments, class notes, essays, and drawings from Anderson's years at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Also included are personal photos from his travels directly after leaving the Ecole as well as literature related to his early work with Daniel Burnham. The collection contains his Harvard graduation program and a medal honoring William P. Anderson's membership in, the Société des Architectes Diplômés par le Gouvernement. Anderson's class notes are in French, while some of his personal writings are in English. Series I contains syllabi, notebooks, notes, drawings, and other documents relating to Anderson's studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. Series II contains miscellaneous papers, including correspondence, printed material and clippings about projects, drawings, travel diaries, a reprinted map, and a medal from the Société des Architects. Series III contains portrait, travel, and personal photographs.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: ECOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS PAPERS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS. Harvard University materials are followed by papers and drawings from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, followed by miscellaneous papers. All materials are arranged chronologically, with undated material at the end of the series in alphabetical order by title.

SERIES II: MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES III: PHOTOGRAPHS. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Anderson, William Peirce, 1870-1924
Anderson, William Peirce, 1870-1924 Archives
Anderson, William Peirce, 1870-1924 Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Graham, Anderson, Probst, White
Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts (France)

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated
n.p.not paginated
OPOversize Portfolio
Portf.Portfolio
TLtyped letter
TLStyped letter, signed

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Daniel H. Burnham Collection, 1943.1
Edward H. Bennett Collection, 1973.1

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings and building fragments by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture.

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

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
One item in this collection is resticted from patron use. The remainder of the 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/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.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:
William Peirce Anderson Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1998. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ALTERNATE FORM AVAILABLE:
The medal awarded to Anderson has existing AIC copy photography, as indicated in the inventory listing. Copies of these images may be ordered through the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: ECOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS PAPERS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS:
Box.FF 1.1
Harvard College memorabilia.
Includes graduation program and printed songs.
1892 4

ECOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS, PARIS, FRANCE:
Box.FF 1.2
Le dessin technique.
Brochure.
1891 1
Box.FF 1.3
Descriptive Geometry syllabus.
Brochures.
1894 2
Box.FF 1.4
Descriptive Geometry class notes.
Anderson holograph. Series A-E: lines, planes, cones, cylinders, helixes, hyperboloids and paraboloids.
c.1894 1
Portf. 1
Class assignment sheets.
Anderson holograph. Anderson's accompanying drawings have been moved to Portf. 2 or OP 3, with photocopies placed in proper sequence.
10/09/1894-02/06/1900 80
Portf. 2
Sketches for class assignments.
Ink and graphite on tracing paper.Unmatted.
1894-1895 28
OP 3
Sketches for class assignments.
Ink and graphite on tracing paper.Mounted and matted.
1894-1895 8
Box.FF 1.5
Descriptive Geometry class notes: reduction and planar rotation.
12/29/1894-01/07/1895 1
Box.FF 1.6
Descriptive Geometry class notes: perspectives, contours and shadows.
c.1894-c.1895 1
Box.FF 1.7
Notes and sketches for hypothetical projects.
01/28/1895-02/08/1895 1
Box.FF 1.8
Descriptive Geometry notebooks of finished drawings, corresponding to notes in Box 1, folder 4, Series A-B.
06/03/1895-06/12/1895 1
Box.FF 1.9
Descriptive Geometry notebooks of finished drawings, corresponding to notes in Box 1, folder 4, Series C-E.
06/08/1895-06/19/1895 1
Box.FF 1.10
Descriptive Geometry notebooks of finished drawings, Series F.
06/07/1895-06/21/1895 1
Box.FF 1.11
Notes and sketches of architectural details from antiquity.
n.d. 1

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS:
Box.FF 1.12
The Perkins Atelier of Architecture.
Brochure.
1903 1
Box.FF 1.13
Analytic Geometry class notes.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.14
Architectural Theory class notes.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.15
Construction class notes, on support, balance and equilibrium.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.16
Mechanics class notes.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.17
Miscellaneous notes and sketches.
n.d. 8






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS
CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 2.18
Frank E. Perkins to William Peirce Anderson.
TLS. Regarding translations of Pillet's works.
02/06/1902 1
Box.FF 2.18
John Wiley & Sons to William Peirce Anderson.
TLS. Regarding publishing translation of Pillet's Descriptive Geometry.
05/19/1902 1
Box.FF 2.18
Frank E. Perkins to William Peirce Anderson.
TLS. Regarding translations of Pillet's works.
02/06/1902 1
Box.FF 2.18
Bates & Guild Co. to William Peirce Anderson.
TLS. Wanting more information on translation of Pillet.
08/14/1902 1
Box.FF 2.18
Bates & Guild to William Peirce Anderson.
TLS. No longer interested in Pillet's work.
10/18/1902 1
Box.FF 2.18
Envelopes.
With notation Prof. Pillet's translations.
c.1902 2
Box.FF 2.18
[Gen. Henry Corbin] to William Peirce Anderson.
TL. Regarding plans for his house and projects in Manila. First page only.
03/15/1906 1

PRINTED MATERIALS ON PROJECTS:
Box.FF 2.19
A great railroad terminal and how Chicago got it. The Voter 12, no. 133, pp. 17-24.
05/1914 1
Box.FF 2.19
Report of Mr. John F. Wallace to the Committee on Railway Terminals of the City Council of Chicago.
Pamphlet.
c.1914-1915 1
Box.FF 2.19
Washington its beginning, its growth and its future. National Geographic Magazine 27, no. 3, pp. 220-292.
03/1915 1
Box.FF 2.20
Advertisement for W.W. Gavitt Medical Co.
c.1912 1
Box.FF 2.20
Advertisement for Ladies Home Journal  "Keeping Up Club."
n.d. 1

TRAVEL PAPERS:
Box.FF 2.21
Travel journal, Paris and London
08/27/1896-09/25/1896 1
Portf. 4
Studies of palace (?) interiors.
Watercolor on paper.
c.1890s 2

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS:
REST
Medal from Société des Architectes Diplômés par le Gouvernement.
THIS ITEM IS RESTRICTED. PATRONS ARE REQUESTED TO USE THE REFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHS IN BOX 2, FOLDER 22.
1900 1
Box.FF 2.22
Obverse and reverse views of medal from Société des Architectes Diplômés par le Gouvernement.
Black and white photographic prints. AIC negatives A32098 (obverse) and A32099(reverse).
n.d. 2
OP 5
Map of Perugia, 1580.
Modern  photographic print.
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: PHOTOGRAPHS
WILLIAM PEIRCE ANDERSON, PORTRAITS AND PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS:
Box.FF 2.23
William Peirce Anderson, portrait.
Source unknown.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.23
William Peirce Anderson, formal portrait.
Source unknown.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 2.23
Views of swimming meet.
1886 2
Box.FF 2.23
Electrical workshop at Johns Hopkins University.
n.d. 1

WILLIAM PEIRCE ANDERSON, TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS:
Box.FF 2.24
Egypt.
n.d. 7
Box.FF 2.25
Middle East.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 2.26
Norway.
n.d. 1

MISCELLANEOUS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND IMAGES:
Box.FF 2.27
Italian buildings and sculpture.
Photogravures.
n.d. 12
Box.FF 2.28
Miscellaneous buildings.
Photogravures.
n.d. 7
Box.FF 2.29
LeMans cathedral, LeMans, France.
Brochure.
n.d. 1







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