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Picardi, E. Alfred, Papers, 1949-2011 (bulk 1965-1975)

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E. Alfred Picardi Papers, 1949-2011 (bulk 1965-1975)

Accession Number: 2014.3

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:E. Alfred Picardi Papers, 1949-2011
EXTENT:1 box (0.5 linear feet)
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:Correspondence, photographs, printed matter, personal and project papers documenting the career of the engineer Egidio Alfred Picardi.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Printed papers, typescript papers, correspondence, presentation portfolio, map, slides; and black and white, toned and color photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Picardi, E. Alfred, 1922-2010.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was donated by Egidio Alfred Picardi's son, Alfred Philip Picardi, March 2014.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Born in Corona, New York on March 6, 1922, Egidio Alfred Picardi was introduced to the construction field by his father at a young age. After working in the Operations Research Group of Navy Office of Scientific Research and Development, he received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, class of 1944. After graduation he was employed by the Crandall Engineering Company of Boston, Massachusetts to do structural analysis for the Long Island Viaduct in Boston Harbor. His achievements as a civil engineer also included the design of the solar telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona and tenure as chief engineer at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, where he introduced the shell structure concept in high-rise building design as originally proposed for the John Hancock Center. Picardi left SOM in 1967 for Perkins & Will, where he designed the Standard Oil of Indiana building in Chicago (now the Aon Center). Picardi was a lauded engineer, receiving many awards and accolades for his architectural achievements. He died on August 14th, 2010 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The E. Alfred Picardi Papers are comprised predominantly of newspaper articles and photographs regarding Picardi's work and achievements with the Chicago architectural and engineering firms Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and Perkins & Will, from the mid 1960s to mid 1970s, the primary focus of the articles and photographs being Picardi's work on notable Chicago buildings such as the John Hancock Center and the Standard Oil of Indiana Building (now the Aon Center). Other notable materials include: slides, maps and photographs of other projects such as the Long Island Viaduct (c.1949), the Kitt Peak Solar Telescope in Tuscon, Arizona (c.1965); his submission on welded structural systems in high-rise office buildings to the 1974 Lincoln Foundation Award Program; and correspondence regarding his lectures at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, various resumes, and additional writings.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDES. Arranged first into two subseries: The John Hancock Center and Standard Oil Building. Original arrangement has been retained, which is predominantly chronological.

SERIES II: PROJECT PAPERS. Arranged first into four subseries: The John Hancock Center, Kitt Peak Solar Telescope, Long Island Viaduct, and Standard Oil of Indiana Building. Chronological arrangement within each subseries.

SERIES III: CORRESPONDENCE. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES IV: PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL PAPERS. Arranged first into four subseries: Professional Records, Honors and Awards, Writings, and Printed Materials. Chronological arrangement within each subseries.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Picardi, Egidio Alfred, 1922-1910.
Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill.
Perkins & Will.
John Hancock Center (Chicago, Ill.)
Standard Oil Building (Chicago, Ill.)
Crandall Engineering Company.
Skyscrapers--Designs and plans.
Skyscrapers--United States.
Structural engineering.

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
TLStyped letter signed
ALSautograph letter signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
CTLcarbon typed letter
n.d.not dated
akaalso known as
SOMSkidmore, Owings and Merrill
ASCEAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
MITMassachusetts Institute of Technology

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

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
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, patrons are requested to 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:
E. Alfred Picardi Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by Jessica Gradolf in 2015.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDES

JOHN HANCOCK CENTER:
Box.FF 1.1
Exterior view.
Color photograph.
n.d. 1

STANDARD OIL BUILDING:
aka AON BUILDING.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION.
Box.FF 1.1
Design drawing, "Wall Details - October 1969, Based on the Proposed Structural System."
Black and white photograph.
c.1969 1
Box.FF 1.1
Design drawing, "Spandrel Detail."
Black and white photograph.
c.1969 1
Box.FF 1.1
Site plan, "Progress Report October 1969 - Standard Oil Company (Indiana) Building."
Black and white photograph.
10/1969 1
Box.FF 1.1
Site plan, "Zone A Floors 2-19."
Black and white photograph.
10/1969 1
Box.FF 1.1
Design drawing, "The Proposed Structural System."
Black and white photograph.
10/1969 1
Box.FF 1.1
Model view.
Black and white photographs.
c. 1969 4
Box.FF 1.1
Model views, structural design.
Black and white photographs.
3
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. Figure 1: "Comparison of Chicago's Tallest."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. Figure 2: "Comparison of World's Tallest."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. Figure 5: "Bolted Joint Test."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Design drawing. Figure 9: "Wall Details."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Number of stories vs. weight of steel.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. "Column Loads."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Figure 10: "Wind Pressure vs. Height."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Figure 10-A: "Peak Resultant Deflections Due to Wind on Various Building Shapes."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Figure 12: "Column Axial Loads - Wind."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Figure 13: "Column Axial Loads (DL + LL + W)."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Figure 14: "Spandrel Shear - Wind."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Figure 15: "Earthquake Resistance."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Design drawing. Figure 17: "Erection Using Creeper Derricks."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. Figure 18: "Erection Tolerances."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Graph. Figure 19: "Caisson Construction."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. Figure 20: "Foundation Details."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. Figure 21: "Substructure Section."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. Column Sections."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Diagram. "Spandrel Detail."
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Model views, structural design.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 9
Box.FF 1.1
Exterior construction views.
Black and white photographs.
c. 1972 2
Box.FF 1.1
Exterior construction views.
Toned photographs.
c. 1972 7
Box.FF 1.1
Exterior construction views
Color photograph.
c. 1972 1
Box.FF 1.1
Building and product materials.
Black and white, toned and color photographs.
n.d. 18
Box.FF 1.1
Building and product materials.
Black and white photographs.
n.d. 2

MISCELLANEOUS.
Box.FF 1.1
Picardi and wife at construction site.
Toned photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Beam inscribed with "Another Dream Realized."
Toned photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1
Display, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at M.I.T.
Color photographs.
n.d. 12
Box.FF 1.2
"Design and Construction of Standard Oil of Indiana Building - Chicago."
Color slides.
1978 92






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PROJECT PAPERS

JOHN HANCOCK CENTER:
Box.FF 1.3
"Apartment Skyscraper in Chicago/Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Architects," Architectural and Engineering News.
03/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
Murphy, Pat. "Tower is the Brain's Child," Chicago Daily News.
05/19/1965 2
Box.FF 1.3
Murphy, Pat. "Computer Given Credit for New Building in Chicago," Columbia South Carolina Record.
05/28/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
Murphy, Pat. "Brain Spits Out Data for 100-Story Building," San Antonio Evening News.
05/28/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
Murphy, Pat. "Computer Helps Erect 100-Story, $95 Million Building in Chicago," Corpus Christi Texas Caller.
05/30/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
"Architects, Engineers Use IBM 1620 in Designing Chicago's Hancock Center."
05/31/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
Murphy, Pat. "Computer Used to Design Hancock Center," St. Louis Post-Dispactch.
06/04/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
"Use of an IBM Computer is Credited..." EDP Weekly.
06/07/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
Murphy, Pat. "New Chicago Tower Product of Computer",The Blade.
06/27/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
"The Computer in Structural Design," Computers and Automation.
06/1965 1
Box.FF 1.3
"X-Braces Trim Steel Tonnage," Engineering News-Records.
09/23/1965 2
Box.FF 1.3
"Chicago Skyline Adds a New Dimension," Business Week.
04/02/1966 1
Box.FF 1.3
"John Hancock Center to be Chicago's Tallest Skyscraper," Lawyers Title News.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.3
Nageburg, Alvin. "Hancock Building's Journey Toward the Sky Starts Tomorrow."
06/1969 1
Box.FF 1.3
"American Bridge Awarded Huge Hancock Work."
n.d. 1

KITT PEAK SOLAR TELESCOPE
Box.FF 1.4
"Skidmore, Owings and Merrill for AURA Solar Telescope" Actual Specifying Engineer.
09/1965. 1
Box.FF 1.4
Slide lecture for the Royal Astronomy Society.
07/08/1979 1
Box.FF 1.4
Map detail of location of Kitt Peak.
n.d. 1

LONG ISLAND VIADUCT
Box.FF 1.5
Design notbook, "Long Island Viaduct."
c.1949 1
Box.FF 1.5
Aerial views.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 1.5
Banner, Earl. "Tugs Take Last Section of Long Island Bridge Down Harbor--Tide Will Drop It Into Place," The Boston Globe,.
05/23/1951. 4

STANDARD OIL OF INDIANA BUILDING:
aka AON BUILDING.
Box.FF 1.6
Picardi, E. Alfred. "Structural System-Standard Oil of Indiana Building."
1975 1
Box.FF 1.6
McMullen, Jay. "New Tallest Building for Chicago," Chicago Daily News.
01/14/1970. 2
Box.FF 1.6
McCarthy, Ray. "New Building to outdo Big John" Chicago American Today.
01/14/1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Newman, M. W. "Call this the Age of the High-Rise Man," Chicago Daily News.
01/15/1970. 2
Box.FF 1.6
"Standard Oil (Indiana) Sets Third Highest Building," Wall Street Journal.
01/15/1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Big John, meet Big Stan," Chicago Daily News.
01/15/1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Schreiber, Edward. "Plans Tallest Building in City: Standard Oil Tells 100-Million Project,Chicago Tribune.
01/15/1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Schreiber, Edward. "Standard Plans Tallest Building : 100 Million Dollar Tower Announced," Chicago Tribune.
01/15/1970. 2
Box.FF 1.6
Golden, Harry Jr. "City's tallest building set for E. Randolph," Chicago Sun-Times.
01/15/1970. 1
"Another plus for Chicago," Chicago Sun-Times.
January 16, 1970.
"Reflecting Confidence in Chicago," Chicago Tribune.
January 16, 1970.
Box.FF 1.6
"Standard Oil Signed on Skyline to be More Bold Than John Hancock," Dodge Construction News.
01/16/1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Tube Design Principle Used in 1,136-ft-high Tower,"
01/22/1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Negelberg, Alvin. "Simplicity is Key to Standard Tower: Design is a Big Step Forward," Chicago Tribune.
01/08/1970. 2
Box.FF 1.6
"Turn for the Better," Chicago Tribune.
04/07/1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Dig in for Chicago's Tallest",Chicago Sun-Times.
April 7, 1970. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"City's Tallest Structure to Rise at 200 East Randolph Street," The Economist.
April 11, 1970 2
Box.FF 1.6
Hunt, Charlotte. "Start made on highest building here."
1970 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Piggy-back Elevators: Double-Deckers Installed by Otis for Standard Oil," Dodge Construction News.
07/03/1970 1
Box.FF 1.6
"U.S. Steel Fabricating Wire for Standard Tower's Floor System," Dodge Construction News.
04/29/1971 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Ready Steel Work for 80-Story Tower," Chicago Tribune.
05/02/1971 2
Box.FF 1.6
"Supports for Standard," Chicago Tribune.
05/04/1971 2
Box.FF 1.6
Nystrom, David. "Forest of Beams," Chicago Tribune.
08/15/1971. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Walker, Arthur. "Skyline Buddies: Big Buck, Big Stan Climbing Upward to John Big John," Chicago Tribune.
09/24/1971 1
Box.FF 1.6
Ward, Thomas E. "Steel heads for the sky in Chicago," Dodge Construction News.
12/18/1972. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Wire mesh eliminates sprayed-on fireproofing in composite floors," Dodge Construction News.
12/1972 1
Box.FF 1.6
"New Standard Oil Building Rises in Chicago," Adventure Road.
Advertisement.
03/1973. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"A True Skyscraper," Dodge Construction News.
04/02/1973. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Big Stan model on display at the Museum of Science and Industry," Dodge Construction News.
06/18/1973. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: CORRESPONDENCE
Box.FF 1.7
Robert J. Hansen to E. Alfred Picardi.
TLS. Regarding his lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
11/20/1971 1
Box.FF 1.7
Robert C. Gunness to E. Alfred Picardi.
TLS. Regarding Perkins and Will's contribution to the Civil Engineering Department at M.I.T.
02/22/1972 2
Box.FF 1.7
Robert C. Gunness to E. Alfred Picardi.
*CTL. Regarding Perkins and Will's contribution to the Civil Engineering Department at M.I.T.
02/22/1972 2
Box.FF 1.7
Richard J. Farrell to E. Alfred Picardi.
TLS. Regarding M.I.T. papers on the design of the Standard Oil Building.
03/08/1972 1
Box.FF 1.7
Jacob A. Blayman to E. Alfred Picardi.
TLS. Regarding their meeting in Washington, D.C.
03/24/1972 1
Richard S. Sabo to E. Alfred Picardi.
TL. Regarding his participation in the 1974 Lincoln Foundation Award Program.
05/1974 1
Box.FF 1.7
E. Alfred Picardi to the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation.
Photocopy. Submission to the 1974 Lincoln Foundation Award Program.
12/02/1974 1
Box.FF 1.7
Leslie E. Robertson to E. Alfred Picardi.
ALS. Personal correspondence.
12/1986 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL PAPERS

PROFESSIONAL RECORDS:
Box.FF 1.8
"Professional Records"
Career summary.
c.1975 1
Box.FF 1.8
Resume.
c.1999 1
Box.FF 1.8
Picardi, Alfred P. "Egidio Alfred Picardi Legacy of Engineering Accomplishments Selected Bibliography with Abstracts."
2014 1

HONORS AND AWARDS:
Box.FF 1.9
"Perkins & Will recieve citation for excellence by the American Iron and Steel Institute." Washington Post.
05/12/1973. 2
Box.FF 1.9
"Skyscraper Design Receives Citation," Rapphanock Record.
c.1973. 1
Box.FF 1.9
"Picardi Elected Senior VP," The Evening Star and Daily News.
06/29/1973. 1
Box.FF 1.9
Perkins and Will Engineers, Inc. announcement of E. Alfred Picardi's appointment as Executive Vice President in Charge of Eastern Operations.
c.1973. 1
Box.FF 1.9
"White Stone Stone Preserved," Rapphanock Record.
06/13/1974 1
Box.FF 1.9
"MIT Alumni Honor Picardi With Award" Rapphanock Record.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.9
Press Release. The James F. Lincolm Arch Welding Foundation.
E. Alfred Picardi awarded $75,000 for his "tube concept" design.
05/02/1975 1

WRITINGS:
Box.FF 1.10
Picardi, E. Alfred. "Structural System - Standard Oil of Indiana Building," Journal of the Stuctural Division
04/1973 2
Box.FF 1.11
"Welded Structural System - Highrise Office Building", 1974 Lincoln Foundation Award Program: Division 1 - Structures.
Presentation Portfolio.
05/02/1975 1
Box.FF 1.10
"The Evaluation of Structural Concepts for Buildings", the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers."
Lecture Series Notes.
c.1985 1
Box.FF 1.10
"High Rise Buildings and 911," unpublished.
05/05/2002 1
Box.FF 1.10
"The Greatest Generation."
Address to the M.I.T. class of 1944.
c.2004 1

PRINTED MATERIALS:
ARCHITECTURE.
Box.FF 1.12
"Cast 9,000-Ton Ring Girder To Support 36 Building Floors," Construction Methods.
02/1964 1
Box.FF 1.12
Golden, Harry Jr. "Sears Tower in Chicago to be tallest in world."
c.1970 1
Box.FF 1.12
"Building Foundation of Huge Sears Tower," Chicago Tribune.
c.1970 1
Box.FF 1.12
"Visualize Pedestrian Promenades",Chicago Tribune.
12/05/1971. 1
Box.FF 1.12
Gapp, Paul, "Equitable - a Building Linked to History, $25 Million, 35-story Skyscraper On Site of Cabin, Soap Plant."
n.d. 1


ROBERT ABBOUD, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF FIRST CHICAGO CORP.
Box.FF 1.12
Griffin, Dick. "The view from the 57th floor," Chicago Daily News.
04/22/1974. 1
"Abboud at head of line for First Chicago reins," Chicago Daily News.
04/22/1974.

MISCELLANEOUS.
Box.FF 1.12
"Architect and artist Adam Reed Tucker will be at the National Building Museum on Saturday to work on his mini White House, part of a series of famous buildings made from legos," The Washington Post.
04/08/2011. 1







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