The Claude Stoller Collection is comprised of two boxes of material that primarily represent his career as a Faculty member
at UC Berkeley. The bulk of the collection consists of course materials and student work from 1957-1991. Also included in
the collection are reference materials, many of which focus on issues surrounding architecture's social role and teaching
architecture. One of these reference materials utilizes 3-D glasses to explain engineering graphics. There are some faculty
administrative files, and professional papers relating to Stoller's professional projects.
Claude Stoller was born and raised in the Bronx, New York where he attended public schools. He enrolled at City College of
New York for a semester while searching for a school with a strong visual arts curriculum. Although he had heard of Black
Mountain College from his brother Ezra Stoller, an architectural photographer, it was at the 1938 Bauhaus exhibition at the
Museum of Modern Art in New York that Black Mountain caught his attention. Although both Moholy-Nagy's New Bauhaus and Black
Mountain College were represented, Black Mountain's sliding tuition scale appealed to Stoller. He applied to Black Mountain
and Cooper Union in New York and was accepted at both. A dinner interview by the ever-charming Xanti Schawinsky, a former
Bauhaus student who had taught at Black Mountain, at a restaurant overlooking the Hudson River helped make the final decision.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
Collection is open for research.