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Adler, Dankmar, Collection, 1844-1941

Dankmar Adler (1844-1900) Collection,

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Finding Aid Published: 2000

Dankmar Adler (1844-1900) Collection, 1844-1941

Accession Number: 1952.2

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Dankmar Adler (1844-1900) Collection, 1844-1941
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:Papers and photographs related to the life and work of Chicago structural engineer Dankmar Adler, partner of architect Louis H. Sullivan.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Autograph correspondence, typescript papers, printed papers, and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:Mrs. Julius E. Weil, daughter of Dankmar Adler, donated the main part of the Dankmar Adler Collection to the Burnham Library of Architecture in February 1952. Additional photographs were donated by Mrs. Iving D. (Joan Weil) Saltzstein, probably during the 1970s. The remaining materials are gifts of other donors, as indicated in each series inventory. Unless otherwise noted, items in this collection are from the original Weil gift.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Dankmar Adler was born in Stadtlengsfeld, Thüringen, Germany, in 1844. In 1854, he immigrated to the United States with his father and settled in Detroit. After finishing his education in local public schools, failing the University of Michigan entrance exam, and demonstrating he was ill-suited for mercantile pursuits, Adler became an apprentice to John Schaefer, a Detroit architect. From Schaefer he learned the basics in architectural ornamentation and the origin and history of architectural styles. Adler continued his architectural study with E. Willard Smith, who gave him a systematic introduction to the history of architecture and the philosophy of architectural design and laid the foundation of Adler's professional knowledge.

Adler arrived in Chicago in 1861, eventually employed by Augustus Bauer. His time with Bauer was short, due to Adler's enlistment in the Illinois Light Artillery. During his service he studied science and history as time allowed and gained more professional experience while working as a draftsman for the Topographical Engineers' Office of the Military Division of Tennessee. After his discharge in August 1865, Adler returned to Bauer's office briefly before moving to the service of architect O. S. Kinney, in whose office he soon became foreman. Finally, in January 1871, Adler ventured out on his own to form a partnership with Edward Burling, with whom he worked on rebuilding Chicago after the fire. The partnership with Burling ended in 1879 and soon thereafter Adler's business connection with Louis Sullivan began. Adler and Sullivan dissolved their partnership in 1895, having designed over 100 buildings and made significant contributions to work on steel-frame construction and the skyscraper. In addition to running a prolific practice, Adler was involved in architectural organizations and wrote on architecture. He died in Chicago April 16, 1900.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection contains of letters and papers, including a seven-page autobiography, and photographs.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: LETTERS AND PAPERS. Items are arranged chronologically with undated material listed at the end of the series.

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS. Photographs are arranged chronologically.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900
Adler, Dankmar, 1844-1900--Archives
Adler and Sullivan
Chicago Auditorium Building (Chicago, Ill.)
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--19th century--Sources
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
Architects--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

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

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, 00.20
Ralph Marlowe Line Collection, 2000.3
Richard Nickel Archive, 2010.6
Sullivaniana Collection, 1931.1

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan 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:
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:
Dankmar Adler Collection, 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 2000. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
This collection was transferred to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in October 2000.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: LETTERS AND PAPERS



CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.1
Dankmar Adler to Albert Sullivan.
ALS, with envelope. Regarding a trip to New York City by Louis Sullivan to show the revised designs of the Auditorium Building to Professor Ware.
02/12/1887 1
Box.FF 1.2
Ferdinand W. Peck to Dankmar Adler.
ALS, with typescript copy. Regarding Adler's genius with the Auditorium Building and particularly the Convention Hall.
1888 2
Box.FF 1.3
Dankmar Adler to Ferdinand W. Peck.
ALS photocopy, with typescript transcription photocopy. Regarding improvements and changes in electric apparatus of the Auditorium stage. Gift of Tom Connelly, 1943. From the Thomas Eddy Tallmadge Collection. Original in Architects' and Designers' Papers, 00.5.
02/14/1894, n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.4
Birch Burdette Long to Mrs. Dankmar Adler.
ALS. Expressing sympathies on Dankmar Adler's death
04/23/1900 1

WRITINGS BY DANKMAR ADLER:
Box.FF 1.5
Autobiography of Dankmar Adler.
Typescript papers.
post-1892 1

MISCELLANEOUS:
Box.FF 1.6
Resolution of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Printed paper, with envelope. Concerning Adler's death.
05/29/1900 2
Box.FF 1.7
Illinois Society of Architects. Monthly Bulletin 26, nos. 2-3, p. 3.
Printed paper, with envelope. Announcement of Auditorium Building.
08/1941-09/1941 2






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS


Box.FF 1.8
Dankmar Adler's mother's house, Nentershausen, Hessen, Germany.
Black and white photographic print. Gift of Mrs. Iving D. (Joan Weil) Saltzstein. AIC negative G20763.
1844 1
Box.FF 1.9
Dankmar Adler, portrait at age 19.
Black and white photographic print, with autograph note. AIC negative C33128.
1863 2
Box.FF 1.10
Dankmar Adler, full-length portrait.
Black and white photographic print. Original taken c.1880. Gift of Mrs. Iving D. (Joan Weil) Saltzstein. AIC negative G20762.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.11
Dankmar and Dila Adler.
Black and white photographic print. Original taken c.1890. Gift of Mrs. Iving D. (Joan Weil) Saltzstein.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.12
Dankmar Adler, portrait.
Black and white photographic print. D.R. Clarke, photographer. Gift of the Auditorium Building Corporation. AIC negative C33129.
n.d. 1







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