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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill photographs, circa 1945-1969.

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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill photographs. Located in the 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 SOM Photos View CLIO record
Creator(s):Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Title:Skidmore, Owings & Merrill photographs, circa 1945-1969.
Physical description:691 photographic prints; .25 linear feet printed materials (14 print boxes)
Language(s): Materials are in English.
Access: 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 »
Types of Materials in the Collection:Black and white photographic prints , printed papers and positive photostats .

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection begins with photographs, arranged geographically by state, then by city; then follow unidentified project photographs, an group portrait; and a small amount of published materials.

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection primarily includes black and white and color photographic prints of approximately 100 buildings designed by the American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in locations throughout the United States, circa 1945-1969. Buildings depicted include the American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City; Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Bloomfield, Conn.; Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich.; H.J. Heinz Company, Ltd., Hayes Park, Middlesex, England; Istanbul Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey; Lever House, New York City; Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, New York City; New York Hospital, New York City; Royall National Bank, Palestine, Tex.; Union Carbide Corporation, New York City; and Wausau Hospital, Wausau, Wis. A few projects from Belgium, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela are also represented. View types include models, architectural drawings, buildings under contruction, interior and exterior views of completed structures, and aerial views. Most images are mounted individually on boards; a small group of images is bound for presentation. Lastly, several images of the SOM partners at a meeting in Japan and a few published materials with photographic illustrations are also included. Many of the images were taken by significant photographers, including Lee Boltin, Vories Fisher, Hedrich-Blessing, James S. Hornbeck, and Ezra Stoller.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

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. 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

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill photographs. Located in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Finding aid written by Teresa Harris, Mellon Graduate Intern, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Teresa Harris, Mellon Graduate Intern, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, under the supervision of Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist.

XML instance generated from Excel spreadsheet and MS Word document, 2008-12-06. Finding aid written in English.
    2008-12-06 File created.
    2009-07-23 File revised.

CLIO ID: 6702954 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 (Buildings)

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American Republic Insurance Company building (Des Moines, Iowa)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chase Manhattan Bank and Plaza (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Connecticut General Life Insurance Company building (Bloomfield, Conn.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ford Motor Company building (Dearborn, Mich.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
H. J. Heinz Company, Ltd. (Hayes Park, Middlesex, England)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Istanbul Hilton Hotel (Istanbul, Turkey)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lever House (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York Hospital.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Royall National Bank (Palestine, Tex.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Union Carbide Corporation building (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wausau Hospital (Wausau, Wis.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Topics

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Bank buildings--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Commercial buildings--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hospitals--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Place Names

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California--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Colorado--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Connecticut--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hawaii--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Illinois--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Indiana--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Louisiana--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Maryland--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Michigan--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Minensota--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New Jersey--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (State)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ohio--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oklahoma--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Oregon--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pennsylvania--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tennessee--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Texas--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Virginia--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Washington--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wisconsin--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Additional Creators (Personal Names)

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Belluschi, Pietro, 1899-1994.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Boltin, Lee.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Checkman, Louis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fisher, Vories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hornbeck, James S.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Janu, Rudolph.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lincoln, F. S.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Maffitt, Theodore S.,--Jr.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Merrill, John.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Owings, Nathaniel Alexander, 1903-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Severinghaus, J. Walter.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stoller, Ezra.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Additional Creators (Corporate Names)

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Dementi Studio.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hedrich-Blessing (Firm)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wurts Brothers (Photographers : New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Founded in 1936, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the world's largest and most influential architecture, urban design, engineering, and interior firms. SOM came to national prominence by the early 1940’s led in part by commissions from the United States government to build a number of military complexes, including the U.S. Naval Postgraduate College in Monterey, California, the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago, and the Atomic Energy Commission facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After World War II, the firm has designed in a range of styles, including the International Style, brutalism, and postmodernism. While especially well known for its many iterations of the "glass box" skyscraper, SOM is also credited as the design pioneer of the suburban “corporate campus.” Originally based in Chicago with sister offices in New York and San Francisco, this international firm has built in over 50 countries, often designing for U.S.-based corporations expanding operations in developing countries.

SOM’s noted buildings include: Chicago's Sears Tower (Graham & Khan) and John Hancock Center (Khan), Lever House in New York City (Bunshaft), the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO (Netsch), the Bank of America World Headquarters in San Francisco, as well as Burj Dubai in Dubai and the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. Although SOM prefers to emphasize the firm rather than any one individual practitioner, some of its more prominent architects have included Charles Bassett, Natalie de Blois, Gordon Bunshaft, Myron Goldsmith, Bruce Graham, Bill Hartmann, Fazlur Khan and Walter Netsch.

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