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Guide to the Architecture of Stanford University Collection
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Architectural documentation

Architectural documentation

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1886-1888

Scope and Content Note

Major correspondents include Frederick Law Olmsted; J. C. Olmsted; J. G. McMillan; Ariel Lathrop; Francis Walker; and J. MacLaren. Corresondence in this folder is primarily concerned with the development of the campus plan, and the begining stages of construction of the university. Included are many letters from Olmsted to Leland Stanford and Mr. J. G. McMillan (supervising engineer). There are also numerous communications to Mr. McMillan from the Lathrop brothers, who served as Leland Stanford's representatives on the site.
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1889 Jan-Aug

Scope and Content Note

Major correspondents include Frederick Law Olmsted, J. C. Olmsted, J. G. McMillan, and Thomas H. Douglas. The contents of this folder deal primarily with the construction and landscaping of the campus. Correspondence is primarily between the Olmsteds, Leland Stanford, and J. G. McMillan.
Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1889 Sep-1892

Scope and Content Note

Major correspondents include Frederick Law Olmsted and J. C. Olmsted; Henry S. Codman; Ariel Lathrop; Thos. H. Douglas; and Charles Edward Hodges. Contents of this folder deal with the visit of Henry S. Codman (an Olmsted partner) to the Palo Alto site; disputes between Olmsted and Ariel Lathrop; the dismissal of Mr. McMillan; and Olmsted's withdrawal from the Stanford University project. Included is Olmsted's letter to David Starr Jordan introducing the firm, May 6, 1891.
Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1898-1902

Scope and Content Note

Major correspondents include Charles Edward Hodges, Charles Lathrop, and Joseph Lamb. Contents include corespondence between Charles Edward Hodges, Jane Stanford, and Charles Lathrop regarding construction of the Museum additions, Memorial Church, parts of the quadrangle, the gymnasium and the library. There is also corresondence between university officials and Joseph Lamb, manufacturer of stained glass windows.
Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence 1904-1937

Scope and Content Note

Major correspondents include Joseph Lamb, Charles Lathrop, firm of Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, and the Olmsted Brothers firm. Contents include correspondence regarding construction of the library (destroyed in the 1906 earthquake); copy of letter (1910) from Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge to J. C. Branner stating their role in construction of the university; copy of letter (1914) from firm of Olmsted Brothers to the Stanford Board of Trustees with their recommendations regarding campus landscaping; copies of letters (1930s) from the Olmsted Brothers to Emory Smith regarding F. L. Olmsted's role in the construction of the university; and Charles Coolidge's reminiscences (1937).
Box 1, Folder 6

Notes Explanatory of the Leading Motives of the Plan 1888

Scope and Content Note

"Notes explanatory of the leading motives of the plan," 2p., typescript copy, n.a.
Box 1, Folder 7

News clippings and notes

Scope and Content Note

Clippings regarding F. L. Olmsted; Register of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers in the Library of Congress; and photocopies of bills for tile roofs of some of the original buildings.
Box 2

Olmsted Correspondence, Library of Congress

Scope and Content Note

Photocopies of papers relating to Stanford University in the F. L. Olmsted Papers (box 46, folder on Stanford University, 88p.) and the Papers of Olmsted Associates (Lab File 1032, box 74b, 355 p.).
Box 3

Clinton Day letters to Jane Stanford re: Stanford Memorial Church 1901-1902