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Talbot Faulkner Hamlin papers and architectural records, 1880-1959 (bulk 1916-1955)

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Talbot Faulkner Hamlin architectural drawings and papers. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Avery ID:D&A TF Hamlin View CLIO record
Creator(s):Hamlin, Talbot, 1889-1956.
Title:Talbot Faulkner Hamlin papers and architectural records, 1880-1959 (bulk 1916-1955)
Physical description:9.1 linear feet of papers; 510 drawings; 2166 negatives; 1691 photographs; 160 postcards
Language(s): Materials are in English.
Access: This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Archives and Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu  More information »
Types of Materials in the Collection:Correspondence, typescript papers, carbon typescript papers, holograph papers, printed papers, photographic prints, bound volumes, architectural reprographic prints, mixed media drawings, negative photostats, postcards, scrapbooks, and one glass plate negative .

Arrangement

Arrangement

This material is arranged in six series: Professional Papers; Greek Revival Architecture in America; Benjamin H. Latrobe; Project Records; Photographs; and Personal Papers. Series are further described by subseries; the arrangement of materials within each subseries is described at the beginning of each subseries inventory.

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection contains professional and personal writings, published papers, correspondence, photographs, architectural records, student work, and research materials related to the academic and architectural practice of Talbot Faulkner Hamlin.

The largest portion of the collection, Series 1, relates to his academic life as an architectural historian and educator from 1916, when he accepted his first position at Columbia University, until the publication of his last book, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, in 1955. This part of the collection contains correspondence, notes, records of public activities, reference files, scrapbooks, writings and lectures. Series 2 and 3 contain materials relating to the publication of Greek Revival Architecture in America and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, respectively, including manuscripts, drafts, notes, published papers, lectures, and illustrations used and not used.

Hamlin’s career as a practicing architect was relatively brief and few architectural records from his professional practice survive. Series 4 contains drawings, files and specifications, and photographs of approximately eighty projects in United States and Asian.

Additionally, Hamlin traveled extensively and photographs that he took en route also form a significant portion of this collection. Series 5 contains photographic prints and negatives taken in many regions the United States and in more than sixteen foreign countries. Most of the photographs record his visits to architectural sites, with a small group of images documenting his fondness for sailing during these trips.

Lastly, a small body of personal papers and student work, Series 6, completes the collection. It includes Hamlin’s art and sketch books, private correspondence, fiction and poetry, personal and family photographs, student papers and drawings.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Archives and Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at 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

Talbot Faulkner Hamlin architectural drawings and papers. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Related Material

Architectural drawings and records by Talbot Faulkner Hamlin's partner Henry Killam Murphy (1877-1954) and his related firms can be found in the Henry Killam Murphy papers, 1904-1936, held by Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. A description of this collection can be found in Yale's online library catalog, Orbis.

In addition, research materials relating to Talbot Faulkner Hamlin's father Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin (1855-1926) can be found in the Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin Architectural Records and Drawings collection, held by Avery Library's Dept. of Drawings & Archives. Full descriptive records for this collection can be found in Columbia's online library catalog CLIO.

Records of the Office of the Avery Librarian are also held in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives. For further information, please contact the department’s staff.

Selected Bibliography

Kaufman, Peter S. American Architectural Writing, Beaux Arts Style: the Lives and Works of Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin and Talbot Faulkner Hamlin. PhD dissertation, Cornell University, 1986.

Kaufman, Peter S. The Complete Works of Talbot Hamlin and A.D.F. Hamlin. CPL Bibliography 239 & 240 (April-May 1989). Chicago: : Council of Planning Librarians, 1989.

Cody, Jeffrey W. Building in China: Henry K. Murphy’s “Adaptive Architecture,” 1914-1935. Hong Kong: : Chinese University Press, 2001

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Finding aid written by Min-Ying Wang, Mellon Graduate Intern, for the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Min-Ying Wang, Mellon Fellow, in 2007-2008, under the direction of Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

EAD instance generated by Eric Pellerin, Graduate Student Intern, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, from MS Word file and MS Excel spreadsheet, May 16, 2008. Finding aid written in English.
    2008-05-16 File created.
    2009-12008 File revised.

CLIO ID: 3460613 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 (Personal Names)

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Hamlin, Talbot, 1889-1956.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lafever, Minard.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Corporate Names)

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Columbia University. --School of Architecture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pei-ching ta hsüeh.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Peking University (Peking, China)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ginling College (Nan-ching shih, China)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McGill & Hamlin. PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Murphy & Dana. PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Murphy, McGill & Hamlin. PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wayland Academy (Hang-chou shih, China)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Fairs)

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Exposition internationale (1937 : Paris, France)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Topics

HeadingCUL Archives:
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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Architectural firms--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--History.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--California.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--China.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Japan.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Korea.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Philippines.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Study and teaching.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dwellings--California.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Exhibitions--France--Paris.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Exhibitions--California--San Francisco.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schools--China--Hangzhou Shi.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sculpture.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges--China--Beijing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges--China--Nanjing.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Universities and colleges--Korea.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Places)

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China--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Honolulu (Hawaii)--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Japan--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Paris (France)--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
San Francisco (Calif.)--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Material Types

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Architectural drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drawings. PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sketchbooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Professions

HeadingCUL Archives:
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Architects. PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College librarians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Additional Creators (Personal Names)

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Giedion, S. (Sigfried), 1888-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Horn, Milton.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morrison, Hugh, 1905-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Peterson, Charles E. (Charles Emil), 1906-2004.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1902-1983.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Purcell, William Gray, 1880-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Summerson, John, 1904-1992.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whitehill, Walter Muir, 1905-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Woolet, William Lee.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Talbot Faulkner Hamlin was born on June 16, 1889 in New York City. He was the second of the four children of Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin (1855-1926), professor of architecture at Columbia University, and Minnie Florence Marston Hamlin (1859-?).

Hamlin’s formal education began in the Trinity School in New York in 1898. His parents transferred him to the Horace Mann School in New York in 1900. Hamlin spent six years there until his graduation in 1906. He went to Amherst College in the same year and received his Bachelor of Art in classics and English in 1910. In the fall of 1910, Hamlin enrolled in the School of Architecture at Columbia University and began his forty-six year association with the University. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1914.

Upon graduation, Hamlin was hired as a draftsman in the New York architectural firm of Murphy and Dana. He became a partner of the firm in 1920 and the firm’s name was changed to Murphy, McGill and Hamlin, following Richard Henry Dana, Jr.’s (1879-1933) departure in 1921. The firm lasted until 1924, when Henry Killam Murphy (1877-1954) withdrew and the firm became known as McGill and Hamlin. This partnership with Henry J. McGill (?-1953) ended in 1930 when Hamlin began his own firm, which lasted until the Depression, when commissions became scarce. During his years as a professional architect, Hamlin participated in various projects, mainly located in the United States and Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines. The bulk of his projects in the United States were residential and institutional (schools and churches), while projects in Asia were institutional (schools and monuments) and commercial. Although more than once Hamlin expressed his interests in modern architecture through his writing, his design showed a disparity: the United States works were mainly in the eclectic historical style that was still dominant at that time, while the Asian works incorporated indigenous detailing within conventional Beaux-Arts compositional arrangements.

Hamlin’s academic career began in 1916 when he was appointed a part-time instructor of architectural history and theory in the School of Architecture at Columbia University. In 1934, he relinquished his professional practice and accepted the full-time position of Avery Librarian for the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. Among his major contributions to Avery Library, Hamlin established the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. Hamlin remained librarian until 1945, when he resigned in order to devote more time to his professorship. Hamlin served the University for thirty-eight years, until his retirement in 1954.

In addition to teaching, Hamlin’s academic achievement also rests on his publication and public service. He had been an avid writer since his youth. In his lifetime, he published eight book-length works and miscellaneous essays, encyclopedia and dictionary articles, critical and book reviews, as well as poetry, plays, and fiction. He was also the editor of the four-volume Form and Functions of Twentieth Century Architecture (1952). Among his publications, the most notable are Greek Revival Architecture in America (1944) and Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1955). The latter won him the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1956. Hamlin had appreciation for modern architecture and brought attention to Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Russian avant-garde architecture in his writing. Nevertheless, most of his major works are on historical architecture, particularly pre-modernist American architecture. Hamlin was also an active member of the Society of Architectural Historians and active in historical preservation in New York.

Hamlin became ill during a trip to Florida and died on October 7, 1956, in Beaufort, South Carolina.

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