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Walker O. Cain papers, 1892-1994 (bulk 1960-1994)

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Walker O. Cain papers. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Columbia University, New York, NY.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Walker O. Cain (1915-1993) was an American architect associated with the firms of McKim, Mead & White (1940-1961), Steinmann, Cain & White (1961-1965), Steinmann & Cain (1965-1967), Walker O. Cain & Associates (1967-1978), and Cain, Farrell and Bell (1978-1986). Collection consists chiefly of travel sketches, cartoons, invitations, and other ephemera. The collection also includes correspondence with Alexander Calder and photographs of the sculptor and his works; photographs and printed materials related to the firm of McKim, Mead & White; Scrapbooks; Medals; and a few architectural drawings.

At a Glance

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Creator(s):Cain, Walker O., 1915-1993.
Title:Walker O. Cain papers, 1892-1994 (bulk 1960-1994)
Physical description:approx. 8.5 linear feet (in 12 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 2 archival boxes, 2 rolls, and 1 oversize folder)
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 made up of four series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists chiefly of travel sketches, cartoons, invitations, and other ephemera. The arrangement of the material relies primarily on Walker Cain’s filing system. Therefore, unlike material is sometimes grouped together because it was originally found in the same folder. Moreover, folder titles have been transferred from the original file folder label given by Walker Cain. A folder title in square brackets indicates it has been supplied by the cataloger and not from Cain’s original file (however, this is not the case in Series VI: Medals and Series VII: Miscellaneous, where all titles have been supplied by the cataloger). The folder titles supplied by Cain do not always provide the most accurate description of the material found within a certain folder, therefore, a great effort has been put forward to describe the majority of the material contained within each folder. This description or scope and content note is found in the container list under each folder title. It is important to look at the scope and content notes rather than rely on a folder title to help determine what material will be found in each folder.

The names and groupings of the subseries under Series V: General Files comes from Cain’s original filing system. Subseries 5: MMW includes material related to the firm of McKim, Mead & White. Some of the material within this series pre-dates Cain’s employment with the firm and includes photographs and printed materials. Subseries 6: Sandy Calder includes correspondence with Alexander Calder and photographs of the sculptor and his works.

The collection was donated in 3 accessions, in 1994, 1996, and 2007. The material is from the first accession (1994.004) unless otherwise noted.

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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

Walker O. Cain papers. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Columbia University, New York, NY.

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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

CLIO ID: 3464753 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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Additional Creators (Personal Names)

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Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Utudjian, Edouard.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Corporate Names)

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Armenian Church.--Diocese of the Armenian Church of AmericaPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Century Club (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
McKim, Mead & White.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Topics)

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Caricatures and cartoons.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Europe--Description and travel.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Types of Material

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Architectural drawings--AmericanPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
InvitationsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
SketchbooksPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
SketchesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Travel sketchesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
WatercolorsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biography

Walker O. Cain (1915-1993) was an American architect associated with the firms of McKim, Mead & White (1940-1961), Steinmann, Cain & White (1961-1965), Steinmann & Cain (1965-1967), Walker O. Cain & Associates (1967-1978), and Cain, Farrell and Bell (1978-1986). Among Cain’s most notable buildings are St. Vartan Cathedral, the Armenian Church at Second Avenue and 34th Street, the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of History and Technology in Washington, and the Jadwin Gymnasium and Computer Center at Princeton.

Cain was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where he held the Trustees’ Scholarship for five years. In 1937 he was a recipient of the Schweinfurth Scholarship to study in Fontainebleau, France.

In 1939 he won the Henry Adams Prize of the American Institute of Architects and was a finalist in the Paris Prize competition the same year.

In 1938 and 1939, he won honorable mention in architecture in the competition for the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.

Then, in 1940, while a candidate for a master’s degree in fine arts at Princeton University, Cain won the Rome Prize. After moving to New York City, he served as chairman of the board of the American Academy in Rome from 1974 to 1984. Cain also served as the chairmen of the New York chapter of Save Venice, Inc. during the 1970s.

Walker O. Cain died in Southhampton, L.I. in 1993.

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