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Harry Weese Collection, c.1915-2004 (bulk 1937-1985)

Accession Number: 2006.4

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TITLE:Harry Weese Collection, c.1915-2004
EXTENT:23 linear feet (28 boxes), 1 portfolio, 2 oversized portfolios, and flatfile materials.
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
ABSTRACT:Papers, notebooks, photographic material, drawings, and realia related to the life and career of Chicago architect, Harry Mohr Weese.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Architectural drawings, drawings, manuscripts, correspondence, holograph papers, typescript papers, printed papers, photographic prints, photocopies, realia, and a scrapbook.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was donated by Harry Weese's children, Shirley Weese Young, Marcia Weese, and Kate Weese in 2006. Additional materials were donated by Ben Weese and by Stanley Allan in 2011.

Harry Mohr Weese was born June 30, 1915 in Evanston, Illinois. Intent on becoming an architect, Weese entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall of 1933. In 1936 he transferred briefly to Yale University, but ultimately returned to MIT a year later, where he completed his course work and received a Bachelors in Architecture in 1938. After graduation, he was awarded a yearlong fellowship in city planning at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. There, he was exposed to Eliel Saarinen, Carl Milles, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames, as well as collaborated with future brother-in-law and business partner, Benjamin Baldwin. Cranbrook's comprehensive approach allowed Weese to study all aspects of design, inspiring him to try his hand at furniture, metalworking, pottery, and weaving. In 1939 he returned to MIT to work as a research assistant for the Bemis Housing Foundation. Shortly thereafter, he was offered a job as a designer at the Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) Chicago office. He remained at SOM until 1940, when he and Baldwin began a private architectural firm in Kenilworth, Illinois. Their projects were residential and predominately commissioned by family members and friends in the Midwest. The two also collaborated on furniture designs, which they entered in the Museum of Modern Art's 1940 Industrial Design Competition; their design won for the Outdoor Living category.

America's entrance into World War II prompted Weese to join the United States Navy, within which he served as an Engineering Officer from 1941-1946. He returned to SOM directly after his service. However, in less than a year, he again set out to start his own practice, Harry Weese and Associates (HWA), this time without Baldwin. HWA launched in 1947, the same year that Weese, his wife Kitty Baldwin, and their friend Jody Kingrey founded Baldwin Kingrey, a modern furniture store in Chicago. Along with operating HWA out of Baldwin Kingrey's back room, Weese acted as the store's design consultant and designed pieces for his Baldry furniture line. The Weeses and Kingrey sold the business in 1957, when Weese turned his efforts exclusively to HWA.

Like the first architectural firm with Baldwin, HWA's early projects were residential. Weese's commercial work began in the early 1950s through Irwin Miller's many commissions in Columbus, Indiana, and his Purity Grocery and Cummins Engine Company chains around the country. However, the turning point for Weese's career was being selected to design the American Embassy in Accra, Ghana (1958), after which HWA expanded considerably. Another defining moment came in 1966, when the National Capitol Transportation Agency awarded HWA the contract to design Washington, DC's first rapid rail network. Other notable HWA designs are the Arena Stage Complex (Washington, DC), Chicago Time-Life Building, 17th Church of Christ (Chicago, Illinois), Metropolitan Correctional Center (Chicago, Illinois), Fulton House (Chicago, Illinois), and Dade County Transportation System (Miami, Florida). HWA maintained offices in Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Miami, and Dallas.

Throughout his career, Weese advocated historic preservation. In Chicago, he led the restoration of Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Theater and other landmarks like Orchestra Hall and the Field Museum. Weese remained very committed to Chicago, the city he considered home, serving on Mayor Jane Byrne's Architectural Advisory Committee and proposing a number of architectural, planning, and transportation solutions. He stood out as "Chicago's Conscience," and was known for openly criticizing the city's latest development missteps. He served as President of the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1975. And in 1978, he became the new publisher of Inland Architect, a journal devoted to the building arts of the Midwest. He received many awards and honors, and served on numerous panels for architecture, urban planning, and the fine arts--including the Vietnam Memorial jury in 1981. Harry Weese died October 29, 1998 in Manteno, Illinois.

The personal and professional papers of Harry Mohr Weese consist of 1 portfolio, 2 oversized portfolios, and 18 linear feet of notebooks, correspondence, clippings, printed matter, photographic material, drawings, legal documentation, financial documentation, unpublished manuscripts, handwritten notes, realia, and a scrapbook from c.1915 [1937-1985] 2004. The collection's most comprehensive material focuses on Weese's early architectural career (1937-1956), heavily documenting his school and fellowship research and writings, as well as his early residential projects in the Midwest. Personal material and his notebooks also constitute a significant portion of this collection. The collection has been divided into seven series as follows: Series I., Project Papers, documents only a fraction of HWA's project list and includes mostly promotional items such as brochures, postcards, broadsides, press releases, clippings, and ephemera related to each project. Exceptions are HWA's Ghana Embassy project, Expo 1992 proposal, and Federal Triangle proposal, all of which include photocopied architectural sketches. Also, a number of Weese's early residential projects like Cottage #2, "E" House, Pritchard Residence, Shack Tamarack, Weese Studio, Yellow House, and some General Projects material are comprised of original architectural notes and sketches, correspondence, receipts, and fabric swatches. More material can be found on these early projects in Series II, Box.FF 4.5. Series II., Early Works, is comprised of Weese's architecture-related course syllabi, notes, and assignments; college, fellowship, and early career research files, including architectural drawings, sketches, notes, and printed matter; and related correspondence. All material found in the Research Files subseries is organized according to Weese's own cataloging system outlined in the first two annotated index cards in Box.FF 3.1; some Research Files material cross-references with Series I projects. The Correspondence subseries also houses Weese's early professional references and AIA registration. Series III., Notebooks, consists of 101 small notebooks--hybrids of sketchbook, daybook, diary, and memo pad--that document Weese's personal and professional thoughts and sketches throughout the majority of his architectural career (1937-1988). Each individual notebook and notebook page have been numbered; an accompanying subject index has been created, identifying approximately 180 different projects recorded by Weese within his notebooks. Note that the years 1938-1942 and 1968 do not have corresponding notebooks, and only a photocopy exists of the notebook dated 11/15/1975 (found in Box.FF 12.5). Some loose-leaf pages have been removed from the notebooks and flattened; they can be found in Box.FF 12.1-12.2. Additional photocopied pages from original notebooks # 51, 52, and 61 can be found in Box 12. Series IV., Photographic Material, contains black and white and color photographs, Photostats, color 35mm slides, black and white and color transparencies, black and white and color negatives, and color Super 8mm film, the majority of which relates to HMW's personal life and travels. However, there is a significant number of professional studio and office-setting portraits of HMW, as well as an entire subseries devoted to photographs of HWA projects. Some personal photographs, too, incorporate images of co-workers, clients, friends, and family on HWA project sites such as Purity Grocery Stores, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Time-Life Building Chicago, Weese Studio, and the United States Embassy in Ghana. Series V., Office Papers, consists of correspondence, financial documentation, printed material, project lists, annual report, and letterhead as employed in the daily operations of Harry Weese and Associates. Also included are issues of HWA newsletters and other HWA promotional material. Series VI., Writings and Printed Material, the largest series, is comprised mostly of clippings, printed matter, and unpublished works related to Weese. A comprehensive bibliography has been created for the published and unpublished works written about Weese, as well as the published material written by Weese. A group of Weese's writings from Inland Architect, selected by Stanley N. Allen for possible book publication, is included in Box.FF 18.2. Note that fragile newsprint found in this series has been photocopied. The series also contains Weese's reports related to his work as an Engineering Officer in the United States Navy during WWII and other notes and speeches written throughout his early architectural career. Also included is Kitty Weese's manuscript and correspondence with publishers regarding her unpublished monograph Unbuilt Buildings, which highlights Weese's proposed projects. A scrapbook made of clippings, the majority of which are accounted for in the bibliography, and ephemera are also found in this series. Miscellaneous printed matter collected by Weese constitutes the final subseries. Weese's 1936 journal entries can be found in Box.FF 22.10. Series VII., Personal Papers, consists of correspondence, printed matter, typescript, financial documentation, legal documentation, drawings, and realia related to Weese's personal life. Personal correspondence with family members, Ben Baldwin, Serge and Barbara Chermayeff, Lili Swann Saarinen, John Entenza, I.M. Pei, and a host of others constitute the majority of this series. Also included are Weese's birth certificate, passports, United States Navy records, school report cards and schedules, diplomas, yearbooks, professional awards, original drawings and paintings, and biographical information compiled by Kitty Baldwin Weese and Marilyn Levy, including resumes, project lists, writings, and award lists.

SERIES I: PROJECT PAPERS. Arranged first into two subseries: Named Projects and General Projects. Alphabetical arrangement by project name within both subseries. Some projects cross-reference with Series II. EARLY WORKS.

SERIES II: EARLY WORKS. Arranged first into three subseries: School, Research Files, and Correspondence. School is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by course title; Research Files are arranged alphabetically according to Harry Weese's personal cataloging system; and Correspondence is arranged chronologically. Some projects cross-reference with SERIES I. PROJECT PAPERS.

SERIES III: NOTEBOOKS. Arranged chronologically and have been numbered accordingly from 1-101.

SERIES IV: PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL. Arranged first into four subseries: Photographs/Photostats, Slides/Negatives/Transparencies, and Miscellaneous. Photographs/Photostats are arranged into four additional subsubseries: Identified Projects, arranged alphabetically by project title; Portraits arranged chronologically; Personal arranged chronologically; and Miscellaneous/Unidentified. Slides/Negatives/Transparencies are arranged chronologically, then alphabetically. Moving Image Film is arranged alphabetically by city name.

SERIES V: OFFICE PAPERS. Arranged first into four subseries: Operational, Correspondence, Printed Material, and Miscellaneous. Arranged chronologically within each subseries.

SERIES VI: WRITINGS AND PRINTED MATERIAL. Arranged first into four subseries: Writings about Harry Weese, Harry Weese Writings, Scrapbook, and Miscellaneous. Writings about Harry Weese are arranged chronologically. Harry Weese Writings are arranged chronologically except alphabetically by project title for the Unbuilt Buildings monograph. Scrapbook is organized by Weese in rough chronological order. Miscellaneous is arranged chronologically.

SERIES VII: PERSONAL PAPERS. Arranged first into seven subseries: Correspondence, Drawings, Biographical Information, Awards/Tributes, Personal and Legal Records, Realia, and Printed Material. Correspondence, Biographical Information, Awards/Tributes, Realia, and Printed Material arranged chronologically. Drawings arranged into two additional subsubseries: Originals and Photocopies. Personal and Legal Records arranged into five additional subsubseries: School, Navy, Legal, Financial, and Personal Lists, within which the items are arranged chronologically.

This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Weese, Harry, 1915-1998
Harry Weese and Associates
Baldwin Kingrey (Firm)
Weese, Kitty Baldwin
Kingrey, Jody
Furniture design--History--20th century--Sources
Furniture designers--Archives
Architecture--Study and teaching--United States--History--Sources
Architecture--United States--20th century--Sources
Architects--United States--Archives
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture
Yale University. Dept. of Architecture

AIAAmerican Institute of Architects
AICArt Institute of Chicago
ALSautograph letter signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
HMWHarry Mohr Weese
HWAHarry Weese and Associates
KBWKitty Baldwin Weese
MITMassachusetts Institute of Technology
n.d.not dated
OPOversize Portfolio
(OS)Offsite storage
TLtyped letter
TLStyped letter signed

Baldwin Kingrey Collection, 2006.1
Oral History of Harry Weese: Interviewed by Betty J. Blum. Chicago: The Art Institute, 1991.
Weese, Ben, Papers, 2004.5

See also separated materials housed at the Chicago History Museum.

A portion of this collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks. The remainder of the collection is housed in off-site storage and is so designated by the abbreviation 'OS' in the location column of the finding aid's item listing. 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

Portions of this collection are restricted; wherever possible, surrogate copies are provided for patron use, as noted in the series listings. The remainder of 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

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.

Harry Weese Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

This collection was processed by Dana M. Lamparello from January-September 2008, and by Julie Murray in January 2014 and Nathaniel Parks in February 2014.

A publications bibliography is available online (See: Appendix I).

A subject index to the notebooks is available online (See: Index I).



Box.FF 1.1a
1 East Scott Street Apartments, Chicago, IL.
Brochure (with insert). Contains floor and site plans, renderings, and photographs of building model.
c.1968 1
Box.FF 1.1b
1235 N. Astor, Chicago, IL.
Photocopies. Preliminary sketches.
n.d. 5
Box.FF 1.1c
200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL.
Photocopies. Project summary.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.2a
227 East Walton Street Apartments, Chicago, IL.
Brochures. Contains floor plans, photographs, and apartment price guide.
1956, c.1956 4
Flatf. 53.6
75 Hawthorne Road, Boat House [Part 1], Barrington, IL.
Pencil on tracing paper architectural drawings. Contains site plan, plans, elevation, and details of boat house. Added to collection in 2011.
n.d. 5
Flatf. 53.8
75 Hawthorne Road, Boat House [Part 2], Barrington, IL.
Matted pencil on tracing paper architectural drawings. Contains elevations of boats (matted). Added to collection in 2011.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.2b
Airport City.
Photocopies. Preliminary sketches.
1973? 18
Box.FF 1.3
Arena Stage, Washington, DC.
Brochures, ephemera, and clipping.
c.1962 9
Box.FF 1.4a
Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL.
Brochure, printed matter, and ephemera.
1967, c.1967 3
Box.FF 1.4b
Campbell US Courthouse Annex, aka Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago, IL.
Brochures and photocopy. Project summary.
07/20/1977, 08/23/1977, n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.5
Cottage Number 2, Glen Lake, MI.
Annotated typescript and carbon typescript. Lists improvements to be made to Cottage no. 2.
10/11/1957 3
Box.FF 1.6a
Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.
Brochure. Includes floor plans and renderings for Crown Center office buildings.
c.1967 1
Box.FF 1.6b
Cummins Engine Company, Columbus, IN.
Pencil, ink and collage on paper. Dealership prototype and branding; 38p. (including insert).
c.1953 1
Cummins Guest House.
See: Box.FF 23.13.
Box.FF 1.7
Dade County Transit, Miami, FL.
Printed matter. Photocopies of conceptual renderings of Earlington Heights Station and Brownsville Station.
c.1980 7
Box.FF 1.8
"E" House (Hyde Park Redevelopment Project), 5617 South Harper St., Chicago, IL.
TL and handwritten notes. Notes and letter regarding changes to house with costs.
06/10/1960, 08/26/1960 4
Box.FF 1.9
Expo 1992, Chicago, IL.
Photocopies of drawings and notes. Photocopies of plans and costs. Includes photocopies of drawings, one drawing marked "Strictly confidential," and a set of notes originally from notebook number 93, box 10 (01/02/1985).
07/21/1983, 02/31/1985, c.1985 6
Portf. 1.7
Expo 1992, Chicago, IL.
Color drawings on paper, mounted on foam board. Renderings.
1979 2
Box.FF 1.10
Federal Triangle, Washington, DC.
Brochures. Includes renderings.
07/1979, 07-08/1979 2
Box.FF 1.11a
First Baptist Church, Columbus, IN.
Printed matter. Invitation and brochure page from the dedication services.
09/19/1965 2
Box.FF 1.11b
Fulton House, Chicago, IL.
Photocopies. Project summary.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.11c
Insulux Dairy.
Architectural drawing.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 26.1-13, 27.1-11 (OS)
Lake Village, Chicago, IL.
Correspondence, photocopies, handwritten notes, typescript papers, printed papers, legal papers and financial papers. Documentation related primarily to the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) vs. U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) lawsuit. Includes project papers, legal papers and significant research material on demographics of Chicago's south side, previous legal cases regarding segregation and housing and local zoning laws. Folder listing: project papers (schools and education, Box.FF 26.1); project papers (finances, Box.FF 26.2-3); project papers (Greenwood Park Apartments, Box.FF 26.4): project papers (HUD/FHA contracts, Box.FF 26.5); project papers (Kenwood/Hyde Park research, Box.FF 26.6); project papers (correspondence, marketing, research, misc., Box.FF 26.7-9); legal papers (correspondence, general papers, Box.FF 26.10-13, 27.1-6); legal papers (City of Chicago, Box.FF 27.7); legal papers (Levi Julian, Box.FF 27.8); legal papers (research, Box.FF 27.9-11).
Box.FF 1.12
LaSalle Plaza, Chicago, IL.
Brochure. Includes photographs and renderings.
c.1973 1
Box.FF 1.13
Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Brochure and printed matter. Related to formal dedication.
10/05/1969, c.1969 5
Box.FF 1.14
Martin Residence.
Architectural drawing. Preliminary sketch.
07/17/1947 1
Flatf. 53.6
Mayo Clinic, Harwick Building II, Rochester, NY.
Architectural drawing. Preliminary sketch.
c.1978-1979 1
Box.FF 1.15
Milwaukee County War Memorial Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI.
Brochures and printed matter. Brochures contain photographs, model photographs, and floor plans.
c.1969, n.d. 6
Portf. 1.3
Milwaukee County War Memorial Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI.
Brochure and color photocopy. Includes rendering.
1969, n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.16
North LaSalle Redevelopment, Chicago, IL.
Brochure. Proposal for the Park City Associates.
05/10/1961 1
Box.FF 1.17
Northside Junior High School, Columbus, IN.
Annotated brochure and printed matter. Brochure contains floor plans.
1961 2
Box.FF 1.18
Old Town Apartments (aka, Eugenie Lane), 235 W. Eugenie St., Chicago, IL.
Printed matter.
c.1962 1
Box.FF 1.19
Pritchard House, Glen Lake, MI.
Handwritten notes and architectural drawings. Includes floor plan and information about furnishings (with some furniture sketches) and costs.
06/1940 11
Box.FF 1.26
Purity Stores, IN.
Drawings. Photocopies of prototype sketchbook. Also includes United States Embassy, Accra, Ghana.
1955 1
Box.FF 1.20
Red House, Barrington, IL.
Printed matter. Property data sheet for Barrington Board of Realtors.
c.1978 1
Box.FF 1.21
Saint Thomas Church, Neenah and Menasha, WI.
Brochures. Brochure includes construction photographs.
06/23/1963 2
Box.FF 1.22
Sawyer Library, Williams College, Williamstown, MA.
Brochure. Exhibition catalog.
1976 1
Box.FF 1.23
Shack Tamarack House, Glen Lake, MI.
Financial document , ephemera and blueprint. AKA, Weese, John, Log Cabin. Includes Union Welt Corp. bill and fabric samples with notes.
08/23/1939, c.1939 3
Box.FF 1.24a
Steelcase Bi-Space, Chicago, IL.
Brochure and typescript press releases.
1979 4
Portf. 1.2
Steelcase Bi-Space, Chicago, IL.
Brochure. Brochure includes color photographs.
1979 1
Box.FF 1.24b
Terman Engineering Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
Brochure. Brochure includes black and white photographs and architectural drawings.
1977 1
Box.FF 1.25
Time-Life Building, Chicago, IL.
Brochures and photocopies. Brochures include photographs and a drawing.
c.1969, 1972 4
Box.FF 1.26
United States Embassy, Accra, Ghana.
Drawings. Photocopies of sketchbook. Also includes Purity Stores prototype sketches. See also: Box.FF 23.13.
1955 1
Box.FF 1.27a
Washington, DC Metro, Washington, DC.
Typescript and photocopies. Includes history of the Metro project and article.
03/2001, n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.27b
Water Tower House, Barrington, IL.
Printed matter. Greeting card featuring HMW's drawing of home.
c.1948 1
Box.FF 1.28
Weese Studio, Barrington Hills, IL.
Architectural drawings. See also: Box.FF 23.13.
10/1957-12/1957, n.d. 22
Portf. 1.8
Weese Studio, Barrington Hills, IL.
Architectural drawings. See also: Box.FF 23.13.
10/1957, 04/1958, n.d. 3
Box.FF 23.1
[Weese Studio], Tea House, Barrington Hills, IL.
Architectural drawing.
04/22/1984 1
Box.FF 23.2
Wolf Point Landings Renovation, Chicago, IL.
Brochure and drawings.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 23.3
Yellow House, Barrington, IL.
Drawings. Original interior and lighting sketches.
c.1952 3

Portf. 1.4
Baseball Park Weekend Problem.
Drawing. Original sketch.
12/1939 1
Box.FF 23.4
Demountable House.
Drawings, clipping, and handwritten notes. Plans for a demountable house of interchangeable parts that includes erection, construction, and plumbing details.
1942 17
Portf. 1.6
Demountable House.
Graphite on tracing paper drawings. Plans for a demountable house of interchangeable parts that includes erection, construction, and plumbing details.
[1942] 2
Box.FF 23.5
Furniture design ideas and specifications.
Drawings, clippings, printed matter, and handwritten notes.
c.1947, n.d. 22
Portf. 1.9
Furniture design.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 23.6
Victrola (tank).
n.d. 2
Box.FF 23.7
Unidentified project, possibly Weese Studio, Barrington Hills, IL.
Architectural drawings and photocopies.
c.1940s 22
Box.FF 23.8
Unidentified project, "Mutation of Tower, 1985-87."
Architectural drawings.
1985-1987 8
Flatf. 53.6
Unidentified project(s), possibly an office.
Pencil on tracing paper architectural drawings. Includes interior perspective rendering of an office with a piano and furniture design sketches, including perspective renderings, plans, and elevations. Added to collection in 2011.
n.d. 4
Box.FF 23.9
Unidentified residence.
Typescript and object. Object is textile sample.
n.d. 7
Box.FF 23.10-23.13
Unidentified sketches.
Architectural drawings and blueprint. Includes original and photocopied sketches and 1 spiral-bound sketchbook. Drawing in 23.10 is probably Navy Pier. From spiral sketchbook (23.13): 1 drawing in spiral is Accra Embassy; 1 drawing might be Cummins Guest House; 2 drawings labeled Barrington 1956, are early sketches for the Studio.
1950, 1955, 1956, 1968, n.d. 64
OP 1.3
Unidentified sketches.
Graphite and colored pencil, and glue, on tracing paper, architectural drawings.
n.d. 3
Flatf. 53.6
Unidentified sketches.
Graphite on tracing paper and blueprint.
n.d. 4
Portf. 1.9
Unidentified sketches.
n.d. 2



Box.FF 2.1
Exams and Papers.
Manuscripts, booklets, and drawings. Graded exams and papers from HMW's years at MIT and Yale.
c.1933, 10/31/1933, 03/20/1934, 05/05/1937, 03/22/1938, 04/04/1938 12
Box.FF 2.2
"Architectural Design 4.751," course notes and assignments.
Typescripts, annotated typescripts, handwritten notes, and architectural drawings. Relates to first and second term course at MIT (1937-1938). Assignments include sketch problems titled "Entrance and Approach to an Aquarium," "A Music Hall," "Offices for an Interior Decorator," "A Health and Welfare Unit for Central Cambridge," "A Trailer Camp," "The Private Office of a Publisher," and "An Exposition Building for a Cement Company."
1937-1938 11
Box.FF 2.3
Art History Papers and Notes.
Typescripts, handwritten notes, and drawings. From HMW's years at MIT and Yale.
01/08/1935, 1936, c.1936, 04/28/1938, 8
Box.FF 2.4
"European Civilization," course notes, assignments, and exams.
Typescripts and handwritten notes. Relates to courses taken at MIT.
1937-1938 43
Box.FF 2.5
"History of Architecture," course notes.
Handwritten notes and drawings. Relates to courses taken at MIT.
c.1934 147
Box.FF 2.6
"Materials 17.76," course notes.
Typescript, handwritten notes, clippings, and drawings. Relates to course taken at MIT.
c.1938 114
Box.FF 2.7
Typescript and handwritten notes. Includes syllabi, notes, and assignments for MIT and Yale course work related to freehand drawing, design, professional relations, dry point etching, and French.
1935, 1937-1938, c.1937, n.d. 12

Box.FF 3.1
Cataloging System.
Annotated index cards, brochures, clippings, and typescript. One small box with index cards arranged in alphabetical order according to HMW's own cataloging system, which he applied to his notes and thoughts on Geoscropy [sic], Architecture, Product Design, Books, Photography, and Projects. The first index card in box decodes his personal system.
c.1940 1
Box.FF 2.8
Ad - Bibliography, Books.
Printed matter, clippings, correspondence, and brochures. Includes book catalogs and HMW's orders from Wittenborn and Co. and Julius Hoffmann/Verlag/Stuttgart.
1940, 1942, c.1940s 48
Box.FF 2.9
Ap - Minimum Plans, Shelter Unit.
Printed matter, clippings, handwritten notesarchitectural drawings, and photostats. Notes and plans for low-cost housing projects. Possible research for Bemis Foundation.
1939, 10/1941, 02/1942, c.1942 48
Box.FF 2.10
App - Projects, Ring restaurants, housing development.
Printed matter, correspondence, and drawings. Notes and plans for chain restaurants (Ring Restaurants and Howard Johnsons), future projects, and housing. Possible research related to HMW's MIT thesis on prefabrication.
1938, 1939 21
Box.FF 2.11
AAgs - Graphic Standards, Data on Dimensions.
Clippings, handwritten notes, and photostats.
11/1935, 11/1936, 05/1939, c.1939 9
Box.FF 2.12
AAphl - Phonograph and Lighting.
Clippings and printed matter.
c.1942 5
Box.FF 2.13
AAAbemis - BEMIS Programs.
Handwritten notes, correspondence, and clippings. Research related to HMW's research assistant position with Bemis Foundation.
1939-1940 41
Box.FF 2.14
AAAc - Costs.
Handwritten notes. Research for Land and Services Minimum Improvements Forum.
04/1939, c.1939 28
Box.FF 2.15
AAen - Engineering.
Clippings, handwritten notes, architectural drawings, correspondence, and object. Object is a Corrugated Roofing Slide Rule.
1938, 1940, 1942, c.1940 9
Box.FF 4.1
AAAeng - Plumbing theory, costs.
Correspondence, clippings, receipts, handwritten notes, and architectural drawings. Relates to plumbing in Red House built for H.E. Weese c.1940.
1939, 1940, 1959 10
OP 1.1
AAAeng - Plumbing theory, costs.
Graphite on tracing paper architectural drawings. Relates to plumbing in Red House built for H.E. Weese c.1940.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 4.2
AAAm - Material.
Clippings, handwritten notes, architectural drawings, and typescript. Includes some information on prefabrication materials.
1939, c.1940, 1943 10
Box.FF 4.3
AAAsp - Specification, Theory, etc.
Clippings, handwritten notes, architectural drawings, typescript, correspondence, brochures, and object. Object is Herman H. Hettler Lumber Co. measuring tool. Includes HMW's Productive Home Architectural Competition submission specifications.
1939, 1940, c.1940 23
Box.FF 4.4
AAAst - Structures Systems.
Clippings, handwritten notes, architectural drawings, correspondence, and brochures. Includes information on prefabrication structures.
1930, 1940, c.1940, 1941 27
Box.FF 4.5
Ad1 - Barrington Houses, Glen Lake Projects (rough sketches), Personal Schemes.
Architectural drawings, handwritten notes, typescript, and correspondence. Includes notes and sketches for Cottage #1 and #2, Pritchard House, Red House, Barrington Barn and House, and Shack Tamarack House.
1938, c.1939, 1941 63
OP 1.1
Ad1 - Barrington Houses, Glen Lake Projects (rough sketches), Personal Schemes.
Graphite on tracing paper architectural drawings. Includes sketches for Pritchard House and one unidentified residence.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 4.6
Ad2 - Sketches and details, boats, airplanes, etc.
Drawings, handwritten notes, printed matter, brochure, and correspondence.
1935, 1938, 1940, c.1940s 17
OP 1.1
Ad2 - Sketches and details, boats, airplanes, etc.
Graphite on tracing paper drawing.
c.1940s 1
Box.FF 4.7
Ad3 - Various ideas for manufacturers: Barbasol Packaging, etc.
Architectural drawings, printed matter, and object. Materials relate to packaging re-design; object is McLaurin-Jones Company paper and glue sample.
c.1940s 7
OP 1.1
Ad3 - Various ideas for manufacturers: Victor Seal.
Graphite on tracing paper drawings.
c.1940s 2
Box.FF 4.8
Ai1 - Reflections and Significant Passages, Shaw's Preface MARS.
Typescript, manuscript, and clipping. Includes George Bernard Shaw's foreword on new architecture for the Modern Architectural Research group, as well as information on the SHELTER categorical analysis and approaches to carrying out architectural research.
1938-1941, c.1940 15
Box.FF 4.9
Ao1 - Material on group organizations: CIAM, BASIS.
Correspondence, printed matter, brochure, typescript, architectural drawings, and handwritten notes. Materials relate to HMW's work with Congres Internatinal d'Architecture Moderne and the BASIS environmental research group. BASIS was the Chicago version of San Francisco's TELESIS group.
1940-1941, c.1940s 29
Box.FF 4.10
Gh - Housing.
Correspondence, printed matter, and brochures.
1937-1939, 1942, c.1940s 11
Box.FF 4.11
Gi - Ideology and Theory.
Handwritten notes, drawing, brochures, and printed matter.
1938-1939, 1942, c.1940s 26
Box.FF 4.12
Gr - Regionalism.
Handwritten notes, drawings, typescript, and printed matter. Documentation of HMW's "Regionalism" presentation.
1939, c.1939 13
Box.FF 4.13
Handwritten notes, drawings, architectural drawings, typescript, annotated typescript, and clippings. Includes meeting notes, member contacts, and research.
1940-1941, c.1940s 17
OP 1.1
Graphite and colored pencil on tracing paper drawing. Includes meeting notes, member contacts, and research.
c.1940s 1
Box.FF 4.14
Prefab Systems.
Clippings and handwritten notes. Consists almost entirely of Architectural Forum clippings related to prefabrication and demountable systems.
1938-1941, c.1940s 29

Box.FF 4.15
TLS, TL, and photostats. Includes a copy of HMW's State of Illinois architect registration certificate and HMW's early references/recommendations, most of which were received as sealed but have since been opened. Previously sealed envelopes are noted.
1937-1941 35



Box.FF 5.1-5.19
Notebooks 1-19.
Notebooks. Most notebooks include scraps of paper and clippings; see also notebook subject index.
1937, 1943-1953 19
Box.FF 6.20-6.25, 6.27-6.37
Notebooks 20-25, 27-37.
Notebooks. Most notebooks include scraps of paper and clippings; see also notebook subject index.
1953-1963 17
Box.FF 7.38-7.51, 7.53-7.54, 12.1
Notebooks 38-51, 53-54.
Notebooks and handwritten notes. Notebook number 40 (06/1965) has looseleaf paper filed in 12.1. Most notebooks include scraps of paper and clippings; see also notebook subject index.
1964-1967, 1969-1973 16
Box.FF 8.55-8.60, 8.62-8.72
Notebooks 55-60, 62-72.
Notebooks. Most notebooks include scraps of paper and clippings; see also notebook subject index.
1974-1978 17
Box.FF 9.73, 9.75-9.82, 9.84-9.91
Notebooks 73, 75-82, 84-91.
Notebooks. Most notebooks include scraps of paper and clippings; see also notebook subject index.
1978-1984 17
Box.FF 10.92-10.101
Notebooks 92-101.
Notebooks. Most notebooks include scraps of paper and clippings; see also notebook subject index.
1984-1988, n.d. 10
Box.FF 11.26, 11.45, 11.52, 11.74, 11.83, 12.2
Oversized notebooks 26, 45, 52, 74, 83.
Notebooks. Notebook number 52 (1973 [2]) has loose leaf papers filed in 12.2. Most notebooks include scraps of paper and clippings; see also notebook subject index.
1956, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982 5

Box.FF 12.3-12.6
Notebook Copies.
Architectural drawings. Includes photocopies of pages from notebook numbers 51 (1973 [1]), 52 (1973 [2]), and 61 (1976 [Munich]); original not included in collection for photocopies of notebook 11/15/1975.
1973, 1975-1976 41



Box.FF 12.7-12.8
Identified Projects.
Black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, and negative. Includes images of the following projects: 200 South Wacker Drive building, Chicago, IL, c.1981; Columbus School, Columbus, IN, November 1957; First Baptist Church, Columbus, IN, 1965; Hoey House, n.d.; Lake Village, Chicago, IL (1st anniversary celebration); Museum of Modern Art, New York City Low Cost Furniture Competition, 1948; Purity Grocery Store chain, March 1956; Red House, c.1940; Steelcase Showroom, Chicago, IL, c.1979; Theoretical Skyscraper, n.d.; United States Embassy, Accra, Ghana, model, c.1958; Weese, Robert House, Barrington, IL, c. 1940; Weese Studio, Barrington, IL (construction, November 1957 and interior, 1958).
c.1940, 1948, 1956-1958, 1965, 1971, c.1979, c.1981, n.d. 44
OP 1.4
Identified Projects.
Color photographic print. Includes images of the following projects: I.C. Theatre (Chicago, IL?); Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist (Chicago, IL); .
c.1970s-1980s 2
Box.FF 12.9-12.10
Black and white photographic prints and color photographic prints. Formal and candid portraits of HMW spanning his childhood, student years, Navy service, and professional career; includes original Life photos from 1958 article.
c.1915, c.1918, 1939, c.1940-1945, 1954, 1958, c.1963, 1967, 1974-1975, 1981, 1983, 1988, n.d. 88
Box.FF 12.11-12.14, 24.1a
Personal and professional.
Black and white photographic prints and color photographic prints. Some images feature John Entenza, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jane Byrne, Lyndon B. Johnson, Walter Mondale, Ben Weese, Weese family at Presbyterian Home, the MIT Council for the Arts group, HWA meetings, and HMW and others on project sites for Purity Grocery Stores, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Chicago Time-Life building, MAC Race, Weese Studio, Weese Family Farm, Barrington Red House, Weese Boat, United States Ghana Embassy, Wartime Christmas Gretings, and an unidentified bank; includes photocopies of some photographs.
c.1917, c.1920, 1938, c.1942, c.1944, c.1957, 1965-1966, 1968, c.1968, c.1969, 1973, 1976, 1979-1980, 1990, n.d. 171
OP 1.4
Personal and professional.
Color photographic prints. includes: HWA announced as National Capital Transportation Agency's general architectural consultant, unidentified project (model).
03/10/1966, n.d. 2
Box.FF 12.15, 24.1b
Unidentified / Miscellaneous.
Black and white photographic prints, color photographic prints, and photostats. Includes photostats of unidentified architectural drawings, figure drawings, and floor plans.
c.1938, 1959, c.1960s, n.d. 33
Portf. 1.5
Unidentified / Miscellaneous.
Color photographic print. Harry Weese, photographer. Travel photograph, possibly taken during World War II.
1945 1
OP 1.2
Unidentified / Miscellaneous.
n.d. 10
OP 1.4
Unidentified / Miscellaneous.
Black and white and color photographic prints. Includes photo experiment and travel photo that may have been taken by Weese during World War II.
n.d. 2

Box.FF 12.16-12.18, 13.1-13.5
Color slides. 35mm color slides relating to Chicago Deconstruction, NWI project, MAC Race, and HMW's trips to Russia, Saudi, Cairo, Giza, Ridyadh, and Hong Kong; includes unidentified projects and some personal slides.
1966, 1967, c.1970, c.1974, 1975-1977, c.1982, n.d. 411
Box.FF 13.6
Black and white negative and color negative. Includes 8x10 negative for Harry Weese Houses cover and some personal 35mm negatives.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 13.7
Black and white transparencies. Includes material related to Harry Weese Houses and HWA.
n.d. 8

Box.FF 13.8-13.9
Super 8mm Film.
Color film. Includes 2 film reels related to HMW's trips to Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Hamburg, London, Oslo, and Moscow.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 13.10
Copper Plates.
Copper plates. Etched images of Weese Studio.
n.d. 2



Box.FF 14.1
Financial documents, manuscript, and annotated typescript. Includes some material from HWA.
1957-1958, 1978, c.1980s 5
Box.FF 14.2
Correspondence. Includes correspondence with Serge Chermayeff's office and the Institute of Design; relates mostly to HWA correspondence.
1947-1948, 1955, 1979, c.1989, 1997, 1999-2000 14
Box.FF 14.3-14.6
Printed Material.
Brochures, newsletters, and printed matter. Relates to HWA. Includes 3 promotional booklets complied by Stanley Allan (articles, employee lists, color images).
c.1983, 1990-1992, 1997, 2000, n.d. 20
Printed matter, typescript, annotated typescript, and object. Includes letterhead and envelope, lists of former employees and other architects; object is wooden hand-painted sign for Baldwin and Weese's architectural firm in Kenilworth, IL (restricted access).
c.1940, n.d. 6



Box.FF 14.8, 15.1-15.5, 16.1-16.4, 17.1-17.5, 25.1
Printed matter, clippings, and typescript. Includes full copies and clippings related to press about HMW and HWA, as well as research papers written about HMW. Includes 1979 copy of "Process Architecture" signed by HW and dedicated to Stanley Allan.
1934, 1938, 1941, 1949, 1950, 1953-1955, 1957-1958, 1960-1992, 1994, 1997-2000, 2004, n.d. 301

Box.FF 18.1-18.2
Printed matter, clippings, and correspondence. Relates to HMW-authored articles, including his Publisher's Diary/Notebooks for Inland Architect; correspondence relates to grouping of articles selected by Stanley N. Allen for possible book publication.
1955, 1958, 1961, 1972-1975, 1977-1980, 1982-1985, n.d. 67
Box.FF 18.3
Navy Writings.
Typescript, annotated typescript, and manuscript. Relates to HMW's notes and firsthand accounts of his experiences as an Engineering Officer in the United States Navy during WWII.
1945-1946, n.d. 9
Box.FF 18.4-18.6
Unbuilt Buildings Monograph.
Typescript, annotated typescript, manuscript, correspondence, and handwritten notes. Includes material related to KBW's unpublished monograph about HMW's proposed and unbuilt projects, with manuscript, notes, and correspondence. Projects included are Sun-Times Proposal; Oshkosh, WI airplane museum; Ashdod, Israel marina; Anchorage, Alaska library; Harry Weese on Burnham's plan; Wolf Point; Islands in the Lake; Reuse of Navy Pier; Bertram Plaza (accommodating people with disabilities); Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Competition; Terra Museum; Federal Triangle; Los Angeles office building; and Snowmass Interfaith Chapel
1987-1991, n.d. 54
Box.FF 18.7
Notes and Speeches.
Typescript, annotated typescript, and handwritten notes. Notes for speeches given by HMW.
1937, 1950, 1952, n.d. 5

Harry Weese, editor.
Box 28 (OS)
Full issues.
Printed papers. Includes: July 1972 (1); Oct., Dec. 1973 (2); July, Nov., Dec. 1975 (3); Feb., May-Oct., Dec. 1976 (10); Jan.-Nov. 1977 (11); Jan., Mar.-June, Aug.-Sept. 1978 (6); May-Dec. 1979 (7); Jan.-June, Sept.-Dec. 1980 (9); Jan.-Dec. 1981 (23); Jan.-Oct. 1982 (7); May-June 1983 (1); Jan.-April, Nov.-Dec. 1985 (3); Jan.-Feb. 1987 (1); Nov.-Dec. 1989 (1); No. 4, 1998 (1). Gift of Stanley Allen, 2011.

OP 2.2
Scrapbook. Includes mostly clippings, ephemera, and printed matter related to Weese and HWA projects; also includes 1966 Chicagoan of the Year program.
1940-1976 1

Box.FF 19.1-19.2, 25.5
Brochures, book, and typescript. Includes clippings, map of McIntosh Meadows, "World Cities" brochure (except from Thai Ler Liu's book); also includes an inscribed bound galley of For the Glory of Washington by Stanley N. Allan.
1937-1939, 1943, 1954, 1965, 1966, 1994, c.2008, n.d. 24



Box.FF 20.1-20.8, 24.2a-24.5
ALS, TLS, TL, carbon copies, color photographic prints, printed matter, ephemera, and clippings. Includes personal correspondence with family members, Ben Baldwin, Serge and Barbara Chermayeff, Lili Swann Saarinen, John Entenza, and I.M. Pei.
1930-1954, 1956-1959, 1961-1962, 1963, 1964-1969, 1973, 1976, 1978-1980, 1982-1984, 1986-1991, 1994, 1996, 1999, n.d. 581
Box.FF 20.9
List of Contacts.
Typescript and annotated typescript. Materials related to Department of Architecture Yale University Alumni directory and HMW's foreign associates.
1940, 1986, n.d. 5

Box.FF 21.1
Drawings, etchings, paintings, and printed matter. Material is mostly HMW's original drawings and paintings; a number of drawings were completed by HMW and his children.
c.1931, c.1937, 1946, 1973, 1979, n.d. 30
Portf. 1.1
Ink and watercolor on tracing paper drawing. Harry Weese, artist.
n.d. 1
OP 1.5
Watercolor drawings. Material is mostly HMW's original drawings and paintings; a number of drawings were completed by HMW and his children.
n.d. 7
OP 2.1
Mixed media drawings. Includes memorabilia from China.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 21.2
Drawings and printed matter. Material consists of photocopied drawings from HMW's sketchbooks; sketches include those of human figures, animals, landscapes, boats, and abstractions; also includes the 1992 exhibition flier for "Sketches and Themes: The Designs of Harry Weese."
1943-1945, n.d. 118

Box.FF 21.3-21.4
Biographical Information.
Typescript, annotated typescript, manuscript, and printed matter. Includes resumes and project lists, writings,award lists, and genealogical records and data. Material compiled by KBW and Marilyn Levy, HMW's long-time secretary.
1948, c,1951, 1970, 1974, 1983, 1985-1987, 1993, n.d. 35

Box.FF 3.2, 21.5
Awards and Tributes.
Typescript and printed matter. Includes pamphlets from HMW awards, and transcribed introductions for HMW award ceremonies.
1938, 1958, 1970-1971, 1973, 1992-1993 9
Portf. 1.2
Awards and Tributes.
Printed matter. AIA Chicago.
1996 1

Box.FF 22.1-22.5, 25.2
School Documents.
Typescript, annotated typescript, printed matter, and photostats. Includes class schedules, report cards, diplomas, and honorary degrees.
1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930-1938, 1979-1980, n.d. 32
Box.FF 22.6-22.8
Navy Documents.
Correspondence and printed matter. Includes copies of Navy application, orders, terminal leave, separation data, certificates, identification card, and officer's record jacket.
1941-1944, 1947, 1951, n.d. 80
Box.FF 22.9
Legal Documents.
Realia. Includes birth certificates and passports.
1937, 1951, 1980, 1995, n.d. 6
Box.FF 22.10
Financial Documents.
Typescript, annotated typescript, manuscript, and correspondence. Material relates to MIT and Yale tuition costs and payments, loans to HMW, HMW investments, HMW tax return, and cashbook including 1936 journal entries written while HMW was a Yale student.
1934-1944, 1954 9
Box.FF 22.11
Personal lists.
Typescript, annotated typescript, and manuscript. Includes lists of belongings, photo subscriptions, and purchases.
1940, 1945, n.d. 4
Box.FF 25.3a-25.3b
Cedar Michigan and Barrington properties
Typescript, annotated typescript, printed matter Includes supply lists, notes, receipts, checks, contracts, and bills in regards to house located in Cedar Michigan and Barrington Property.
1925, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1940, n.d. 35

Box.FF 19.3, 25.7
Realia. Includes AIA Chicago Chapter centennial medallion, President Truman inaugural medallion, Miami-Nassau Cape Knox souvenir medallion, Cliff Dwellers Merit Award, Medal of the American Insitute of Architect School, lapel pins, cufflinks, and keys.
1938, c.1950, 1969-1970, n.d. 12

Box.FF 21.6-21.8, 25.4, 25.6
Printed Matter.
Typescript, annotated typescript, printed matter, book, and ephemera. Includes HMW's high school yearbook and college graduation programs, Christmas Cards, Musical Clubs of M.I.T. Program, Kenilworth Union Church Programs, Map of Weese Ranch, as well as magazines, maps, postcards, and catalogs related to his personal life and travel.
1929, 1930-1940, 1943, 1945, 1952, 1966-1967, n.d. 49
Portf. 1.2
Printed Matter.
Black and white photographic prints and map, book. Includes oversized portfolio is Institute of Design's (IIT) "Student Independent" publication (1957; Aaron Siskind, ed.) and a reproduction of James Wright's manuscript survey of Chicago in 1834.
1957, n.d. 2

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