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Eli Rabineau architectural records and papers, 1942-1987

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Eli Rabineau architectural records and papers, 1942-1987, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Eli Rabineau (1914-1991) was an architect whose practice was most active in Westchester County, New York. He graduated with a degree in architecture from New York University in 1946, and with a degree in urban planning from Columbia University in 1970. He designed many public buildings, synagogues, and Jewish centers, including the award-winning Yonkers Public Library Sprain Brook (East) Branch (Now Grinton I. Will Branch), which project records comprise the majority of the present collection.

At a Glance

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Creator(s):Rabineau, Eli, 1914-1991.
Title:Eli Rabineau architectural records and papers, 1942-1987
Physical description:5.5 linear feet (in 5 archival boxes and 1 oversize box)
Language(s):In English
Access: The bulk of this collection is stored in Columbia University Libraries' off-site storage facility. Materials will be recalled by request. This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series:

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection documents extensively with project drawings, reports, correspondence, photographs, and some news clippings of Rabineau’s award winning project – Yonkers Public Lirbary at Yonkers, New York, from 1958-1985. The much smaller portions of the collection consist of some correspondence, architectural practice files, photographs, news clippings and presentation booklets of his other projects. The collection is arranged in two series: Professional Papers, and Yonkers Public Library Sprain Brook (East) Branch (Now Grinton I. Will Branch).

Series I: Professional Papers

This series is comprised of documents related to his architectural practice, as well as other professional works. The records of other projects besides Yonkers Public Library are included in this series as they contain only summarized information of the projects (such as brief project descriptions, reduced-size renderings and final photographs). Two items in a separate oversize box contains miscellaneous project files and a scrapbook of news clippings.

Series II: Yonkers Public Library Sprain Brook (East) Branch (Now Grinton I. Will Branch)

This is the primary component of the collection, which comprises of correspondence, original drawings, construction documents, schedules, specifications and photographs, from the initial commission of the Library’s Sprain Brook (East) Branch that was completed in 1962, the follow-up mezzanine floor alternations and roof repairs in the 1970s, to the rehab program in 1984 for the Branch which by then had renamed as Grinton I. Will Branch.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

 The bulk of this collection is stored in Columbia University Libraries' off-site storage facility. Materials will be recalled by request. This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.

Restrictions on Use

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's 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 Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For additional guidance, see Columbia University Libraries' publication policy.

In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, 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. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Preferred Citation

Eli Rabineau architectural records and papers, 1942-1987, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library. Department of Drawings and Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chialin Chou (Archives Intern) under the supervision of Shelley Hayreh, Avery Archivist, in April 2013.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion April 13, 2013 Finding aid written in English.
    2013-04-13 File created.

CLIO ID: 10236481 View CLIO record

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Index Terms

The names and terms listed below are represented in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a consortial/union catalog offered by OCLC that allows users to search the holdings of multiple archives and libraries.

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Subjects

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Architecture--New York (State)--Yonkers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Library Architecture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
School buildings--New York (State)--Yonkers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biography

Eli Rabineau was born on Aug 19, 1914. He studied architecture in New York University and obtained his license to practice in 1946. In 1970, he went to Columbia University and graduated with a degree in urban planning. And in 1972, he joined AIA Westchester Charter.

He was active in Westchester County, New York and designed many public buildings, synagogues, and Jewish centers, including the AIA Award of Merit winner - Yonkers Public Library Sprain Brook (East) Branch (Now Grinton I. Will Branch), the Bet Torah Synagogue in Mount Kisco, and Jewish centers in both communities.

He was active in civic and professional organizations, wrote many articles for architectural magazines, and was the author of the book A High Density Model for Future Urban Communities (1970). Additionally, He was the director of public facilities planning for the New York City Planning Commission from 1971 to 1980 and worked as a consultant until his death in 1991.

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