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Guide to the Hartley Burr Alexander Projects Collection
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Series 1 Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California, 1924-1931

Physical Description: .5 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, photographs, publications, reports, and a synopsis, all of which detail the sculptural decorations and inscriptions created for the Los Angeles Public Library.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 1, Folder 1

Book Cover

Box 1, Folder 2

Booklet, “Dedicatory Exercises of the Central Library Building," July 15, 1926

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1924-1926

Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 4

General, [1924=1931]

Box 1, Folder 5

Children’s Entrance and Court, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 6

Interiors, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 7

North Façade, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 8

Tower Sculpture, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 9

West Entrance, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 10

West Façade, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 11-12

Publications, 1927-1931

Box 1, Folder 11

“Like Stepping Into a Story Book’” Library Bureau, 1927

Box 1, Folder 12

“The Sculpture of Lee Lawrie,” Architectural Forum, May 1931

Box 1, Folder 13

Publicity, 1926-1933, undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Sculpture and Inscription Information, [1924-1931]

Box 1, Folder 15

Thematic Synopsis of the Sculpture and Inscriptions, [192-]

 

Series 2 Century of Progress Exhibition, Chicago Illinois, 1930-1933

Physical Description: .5 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, building layouts, exhibition area and grounds layout information, pamphlets, and photographs of buildings and models for the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago. The correspondence in this series primarily discusses the symbolic and decorative features for buildings and landscaping areas designed for the Century of Progress Exhibition.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 2, Folder 1

Architectural Blueprints and Drawings, 1933

Box 2, Folder 2

Book Cover, 1933

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence, Oct. 2, 1930-Oct. 26, 1932

Box 2, Folder 4

Invitation to Opening Ceremony, 1933

Box 2, Folder 5-6

Layouts, 1930-1933

Box 2, Folder 5

Electricity Building Layout, 1930

Box 2, Folder 6

Exhibition Area Layout, The Hall of Science, 1933

Box 2, Folder 7

Pamphlets, 1933

Box 2, Folder 8-9

Photographs, 1931-1933

Box 2, Folder 10

Schedule of Special Features for the Exposition Grounds, 1933

Box 2, Folder 11

Synopses, Structures and Features, undated

 

Series 3 Department of Justice, Washington D.C., 1932-1935

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains both correspondence and photographs detailing the symbolic decorative and inscription features created for the Department of Justice building in Washington D.C. The correspondence in this series is primarily between Hartley Burr Alexander, sculptor C.P. Jennewein, and the architects Zantzinger, Borie, & Medary. Several drawings, and photographs sent to Dr. Alexander by C.P. Jennewein, remain attached to the original letters with which the photograph was sent.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1932-1935

Box 3, Folder 2-6

Photographs, [1932-1935]

Box 3, Folder 2

General, [1932-1935]

Box 3, Folder 3

Attorney General’s and Soliciter General’s Suites, [1932-1935]

Box 3, Folder 4

Entrance Court, [1932-1935]

Box 3, Folder 5

Interiors, [1932-1935]

Box 3, Folder 6

Library Lobby, [1932-1935]

 

Series 4 Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1932-1934

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, photographs, and a synopsis of the sculpture and inscriptions created for the Ellen Samuel Memorial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The correspondence file in this series contains letters to and from architect Paul Cret, and the architectural firm Zantzinger, Borie, & Medary, which discusses the symbolic decorative and inscription features for the memorial.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 3, Folder 7

Annual Report, Fairmount Park Association 62nd Annual Report, Publication No.73, 1934

Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1932-1934

Box 3, Folder 9

Invitation, Fairmount Park Art Association Annual Meeting, 1934

Box 3, Folder 10

Photographs, [1932-1934]

Box 3, Folder 11

Synopses, Synopsis of the Sculpture and Inscriptions, 1932

 

Series 5 Joslyn Memorial Building, Omaha, Nebraska, 1929-1932

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a booklet, correspondence, inscription information, photographs, and newspaper clippings concerning the sculptures and inscriptions created for the Joslyn Memorial Building in Omaha, Nebraska. The correspondence contains letters to and from Hartley Burr Alexander, architects John and Alan McDonald, and sculptor John David Brcin, who created the sculpture decorations for the building. Many of the letters contain detailed information concerning the design of the sculptures. The newspaper clippings, located in the publicity folder, also contain detailed information concerning both the sculptures, and the inscriptions.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 4, Folder 1

Booklet, “The Kaleidescope,” Kantuck and Company, Inc., 1932

Box 4, Folder 2-4

Correspondence, 1929-1932

Box 4, Folder 5

Inscriptions, [1929-1932]

Box 4, Folder 6

Photographs, undated

Box 4, Folder 7

Publicity (Newspaper Clippings), [1930]

 

Series 6 Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926-1932

Physical Description: .4 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, a pamphlet, photographs, and a synopsis of the decorations and inscriptions created for the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The correspondence in this series primarily discusses the symbolism of the exterior of the building and the re-arrangement of inscriptions over the great arches.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 4, Folder 8

Book Cover

Box 4, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1926-1932

Box 4, Folder 10

Pamphlet, “A Substantial New Building for a Substantial Old Company,” Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1927

Box 4, Folder 11-17

Photographs, [1926-1932]

Box 4, Folder 11

General, [1926-1932]

Box 4, Folder 12

Archway Grill Ornaments, [1926-1932]

Box 4, Folder 13

Engraved Figures, [1926-1932]

Box 4, Folder 14

Geometric Ornament, [1926-1932]

Box 4, Folder 15

Façade Ornament, [1926-1932]

Box 4, Folder 16

Symbolic Ornament, [1926-1932]

Box 4, Folder 17

Decorations and Inscriptions, [1926-1932]

 

Series 7 Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Home Office Building, Ottawa, Canada, 1927-1933

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, floor plans, photographs and synopses’ of the symbolic decorations and inscriptions created for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Home Office Building in Ottawa, Canada.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 5, Folder 1-4

Correspondence, 1929-1934

Box 5, Folder 5

Floor plans, 1931

Box 5, Folder 6

“The Last Architecture,” by Hartley Burr Alexander, 1930

Box 5, Folder 7

Other Architectural Structures, 1930

Box 5, Folder 8

Photographs, [1929-1933]

Box 5, Folder 9

Synopses, “Description of Allegorical Mosaic Decoration Designed by the Artist Barry Faulkner for the Vaulted Ceiling of the Entrance Vestibule,” 1927

Box 5, Folder 10

Synopses, “Synopsis of Decoration for the New Home Office Building, Metropolitan Life Insurance Building,” [1929-1933]

 

Series 8 Rockefeller Center, New York, New York, 1931-1933

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, photographs, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, and the thematic synopsis for Rockefeller Center. The correspondence in this series primarily discusses the architectural decorations and symbolism used in the design of Rockefeller City, or Radio City. Contained within the correspondence are several drafts of the thematic synopsis. A copy, possibly the final draft, is housed separately. A series of articles published in Architectural Forum by the architects for Rockefeller City, along with an article published in Harpers Monthly Magazine, discuss the architectural design of Rockefeller City.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 5, Folder 11

Book Cover

Box 5, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1930-1931

Box 5, Folder 13

Photographs, undated

Box 5, Folder 14-18

Publications

Box 5, Folder 14

Allen, Frederick Lewis, “Radio City: Cultural Center,” Harpers Monthly Magazine, [193-]

Box 5, Folder 15

Clute, Eugene, “The Story of Rockefeller Center,” The Architectural Forum, [1932]

Box 5, Folder 16

Harrison, Wallace K., “Drafting Room Practice,” The Architectural Forum, Vol. :VI, No. 1, Jan. 1932

Box 5, Folder 17

Hood, Raymond, “The Design of Rockefeller City,” The Architectural Forum, Vol. LVI, No. 1, Jan. 1932

Box 5, Folder 18

Reinhard, L. Andrew, “Organization for Cooperation,” The Architectural Forum, Vol. LVI, No. 1, Jan. 1932

Box 5, Folder 19

Publicity, 1931-1933

Box 5, Folder 20

Synopses, “Thematic Synopsis for Rockefeller City,” [1931-1933]