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Randall, John D., Papers, 1884-1993

John D. Randall (1919-1999) Papers,

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

Finding Aid Published: 2001

John D. Randall (1919-1999) Papers, 1884-1993

Accession Number: 1994.4

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:John D. Randall (1919-1999) Papers, 1884-1993
EXTENT:3.25 linear foot  (2 boxes) and 1 portfolio
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:Documents compiled by architectural historian John D. Randall in the course of research for the revised edition of book, History of the Development of Building Construction in Chicago (1999), and subsequent publications.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Manuscripts, books, printed papers, posters, black and white photographic prints, and postcards.
ORIGINATION: Randall, John D. (1919-1999)
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This majority of this collection was a gift of John D. Randall to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1994. Additional materials from the Richard Nickel Archive and an unknown source were added in 2014.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
John D. Randall (1919-1999) was a Chicago architect, author, and preservationist. Son of structural engineer and author Frank Alfred Randall (1883-1950), he graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1943 where he studied under the influential German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. John Randall became the champion of Adler and Sullivan's Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York, and Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Missouri; both were ultimately saved from destruction. During his long campaign to preserve the Guaranty, he opened and operated the Louis Sullivan Architecture Museum within it. Randall also joined the fight to save Adler and Sullivan's now demolished Garrick Theater in Chicago. In addition to his own writings on architecture, in 1999 Randall revised and expanded his father's comprehensive reference book, History of the Development of Building Construction in Chicago (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1949).

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection is comprised of John D. Randall's many publications, correspondence, photography by Richard Nickel, and other miscellaneous articles and images. Entries are listed alphabetically by building name or general subject. Several of the books included in the donation were transferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in 1999.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Items are arranged in alphabetical order by subject

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Randall, John D. (1919-1999)
Randall, John D.--Archives
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
Architecture--New York (State)--Buffalo--Sources
Architectural drawing--Exhibitions
Architects--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
ALSautograph letter, signed
TLStyped letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
Flatf.flatfile
n.d.no date
OPOversize Portfolio
TLtyped letter

SEPARATED MATERIALS:
Published books from this donation were transferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in 1999. A listing of those items can be found at the end of this inventory.

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Randall, John D. History of the Development of Building Construction in Chicago. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.

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/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:
John D. Randall Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by Natasha Derrickson of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2001. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002 and Anna Feuer in 2014.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

BUFFALO ARCHITECTURE SERIES POSTERS:
Flatf. 15
Guaranty Building, Adler and Sullivan (number one).
1986 1
Flatf. 15
Darwin D. Martin Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright (number two).
1986 1
Flatf. 15
Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Henry Hobson Richardson (number four).
1987 1
Flatf. 15
George Barton Residence, Darwin D. Martin Residence, Walter V. Davidson Residence, and William R. Heath Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright (number five).
1989 1
Flatf. 15
Late Nineteenth Century Streetscape, Buffalo, New York (number six).
1993 1

CHICAGO CITY HALL, CHICAGO, IL:
Box.FF 1.1
Detail of lobby directory.
Postcard.
n.d. 1

ELLICOTT SQUARE BUILDING, BUFFALO, NY:
Box.FF 1.2
Wilson, F.L. "The Plan of the Ellicott Square building,"   The Electrical World, pp. 519-522.
04/30/1898 1

ELMSLIE, GEORGE GRANT:
Box.FF 1.3
George Grant Elmslie to Frank Randall.
ALS Regarding information on Louis Sullivan buildings.
09/08/1942 1

FIELD MUSEUM, CHICAGO, IL:
Box.FF 1.4
The Randalls to Eric Randall.
Signed postcard, mounted on wood support. Wishing Eric Randall a happy birthday.
02/21/1964 1

FISHER BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL:
Box.FF 1.5
"Illinois Coal Operator's Association," [Something of the Fisher Building Where the Headqaurters are Now Located, and Something Also About the Unique Art Collection that made the Springfield Offices One of That City's Attractions.]  Fuel VIII, no. 19, pp. 640-641.
03/12/1907 1
OP 1
Scrapbook.
Contains newspaper articles, advertisements, and brochures, primarily related to the Fisher Building and owner, Lucius G. Fisher. Other Chicago buildings include the Great Northern Building, the Masonic Temple, the Monadnock Building, and Plymouth Place, as well as the Park Row Building in New York City, New York.
1896-1924 1

GUARANTY BUILDING, BUFFALO, NY:
See also Prudential Building
Box.FF 1.6
Dolan, Thomas J. "Something to Make Us Proud"   The Magazine of the Buffalo News
12/11/1983 1
Box.FF 1.6
John Randall to John Vinci.
Signed ALS, TLS Regarding the Louis Sullivan Museum.
1978-1979 5
Box.FF 1.6
Randall, John D. Catalog: The Guaranty Building Collection of the United Founders Life Insurance Company
Extensive information on the construction of the building, including a chronology, contractors, and various drawings.
08/1983 1

HITCHCOCK, HENRY-RUSSELL:
Box.FF 1.7
Henry-Russell Hitchcock to Frank Randall.
ALS Regarding the Wainwright Building and Louis Sullivan.
10/19/1966 1

NICKEL, RICHARD:
Box.FF 1.8
Randall, Jack. "Richard Nickel: Architectural Photographer and Collector, a Tribute."
Typescript.
c.1972 1
Box.FF 1.9
Cable Building, Chicago, IL. (demolished 1961)
Black and white photographic prints. Richard Nickel, photographer.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.10
Southern Illinois University, Lovejoy Library Lounge, Edwardsville, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Richard Nickel, photographer.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.11
Rookery Building, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Richard Nickel, photographer.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.12
Unidentified hallway.
Black and white photographic print. Richard Nickel, photographer.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.13
John Vinci with terra cotta square.
Black and white photographic print. Richard Nickel, photographer.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.14
John Vinci and Richard Nickel on the Garrick Theater, Chicago, IL.
Black and white photographic print. Richard Nickel, photographer.
n.d. 1

NICKERSON RESIDENCE, CHICAGO,IL:
Box.FF 1.15
Edgar Martin to M.T. MacEachern.
TL. Regarding a copy of a letter found by Mr. Pond referring to the Nickerson residence. Copy enclosed: D. Davis to "Friend Mason," TL, regarding the Nickerson residence, dated 05/22/1881.
03/10/1923 2
Box.FF 1.16
Drury, John. "The Nickerson Mansion" .
Typescript. From the Chicago Daily News.
05/10/1940 1
Box.FF 1.16
"Three Old Residencces of Gold Coast, Past and Present" .
Typescript.
n.d. 1

PRUDENTIAL BUILDING, BUFFALO, NY:
See also Guaranty Building
Box.FF 1.19
Prudential Building Buffalo. Buffalo: Louis Sullivan Architecture Museum and Resource Center.
1980 2
Box.FF 1.19
Greater Buffalo Development Foundation Prudential Building Feasibility Study
c.1977 1
Box.FF 1.6
From John Randall to John Vinci.
Signed ALS, TLS Regarding progress of construction.
1978 4

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, PILLSBURY HALL, MINNEAPOLIS, MN:
Box.FF 1.18
Exterior view.
Sepia Albertype postcard.
n.d. 1

RENWICK, EDWARD A.:
Box.FF 1.20
Renwick, Edward A. "Deep Basement Construction in Chicago."
Photocopy typescript.
1932 1

PUBLICATIONS (BOOKLETS AND JOURNALS):
Box.FF 1.21
Journal of the American Society of Architectural Historians 2, no. 1.
01/1942 1
Box.FF 1.22
Randall, John D. Frank Lloyd Wright: Six Buffalo Houses. Buffalo, NY.
1990 2
Box.FF 1.23
Randall, John D. Skyscrapers: The First 100 Years. Buffalo, NY.
1984 2
Box.FF 1.24
Wight, Peter B. The Development of New Phases of the Fine Arts in America. Chicago: Inland Publishing Co.
1884 1
Box.FF 1.25
Randall, John D. Treasures of American Architecture and Their Architects [1988 draft]
16 pages with minimal notes. Short bibliography for each building is provided.
1988 2

PUBLICATIONS (BOOKS):
Box 2
Ericsson, Henry. Sixty Years a Builder. Chicago: Kroch and Son.
With autograph signature on title page.
1942 1
Box 2
Randall, John D. The Art of Office Buildings. Springfield, IL: Ford Printing, Inc.
1972 1
Box 2
Randall, John D. Buffalo and Western New York, Architecture and Human Values. Buffalo, NY: Artcraft-Burow.
Tranferred from the Richard Nickel Archive, 2014.
1976 1


APPENDIX:
Architecture and Design: Henry Ericsson Co. VII, no. 2, March 1943.

Centennial History of the City of Chicago: its Men and Institutions. Chicago: Inter Ocean, 1905.

Chicago and its Resources Twenty Years After 1871-1891. Chicago: Chicago Times Co., 1892.

Holcombe, Paul E. Depreciation and Obsolescence in the Tacoma Building. Chicago: National Association of Building Owners and Managers, 1929.

Moderne Architektur. Vienna: Verlag von Anton Schroll, 1902.

Prudential Building Buffalo. Buffalo: Louis Sullivan Architecture Museum and Resource Center, 1980.

Randall, John D. Frank Lloyd Wright: Six Buffalo Houses. Buffalo, 1983.



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