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Abraham W. Geller architectural records and papers, 1915-1999 (bulk 1940-1990s)

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Abraham W. Geller architectural records and papers, 1915-1999 (bulk 1940-1990s), Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

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Creator(s):Geller, Abraham W.
Title:Abraham W. Geller architectural records and papers, 1915-1999 (bulk 1940-1990s)
Physical description:approx. 50 linear feet of papers; approx. 4850 photographs; approx. 11,250 drawings; (44 archives boxes, 18 manuscript boxes, 10 portfolio boxes, 6 card file boxes, 116 tube boxes, 8 flatfile drawers, rolls)
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

This large collection documents in great detail the architectural projects of Abraham Geller and his colleagues throughout the United States and abroad, spanning the 1940s through the 1990s. Types of projects represented include retirement homes, recreational facilities, medical centers, private residences and prototype dwellings for large residential developments, urban renewal projects, and offices.

Among the projects with substantial documentation are the Cinema I & II theaters (Manhattan); the Aaron Davis Hall at City College (Manhattan); many commissions for the Health Insurance Plan of New York throughout the five boroughs; the E. Dent Lackey Plaza in Niagara Falls; and the Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research (Bronx). Working overseas, major projects also include extensive buildings for the Investors Overseas Service (France, Germany and Switzerland); and for the Intercoastal Resources Commission in the Carribean.

Geller's activities in professional associations and organizations, his numerous awards and recognitions, and his relationships with many artists are also well documented in other series. This collection is especially rich in drawings and images of his projects as well as detailed daily records of the business side of architectural commissions. Additionally, there are numerous research and reference materials related to project types. Lastly, Geller took a great interest in the promotion of his projects and practice, which is reflected in a significant amount of public relations material in his collection.

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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

Abraham W. Geller architectural records and papers, 1915-1999 (bulk 1940-1990s), 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 Annemarie van Roesselin 2005 and 2009. Shelley Hayreh edited and published the finding aid for the collection in 2014.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion October 11, 2010 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-10-11 File created.

CLIO ID: 7321779 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

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Abraham W. Geller & Associates.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bye & Hermann.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Emery Roth & Sons.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ezra D. Ehrenkrantz & Associates.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nemeny and Geller.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bye, A. E. (Arthur Edwin)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cavaglieri, Giorgio, 1911-2007.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
De Rivera, JoseĢ Ruiz, 1904-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Geller, Amy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Geller, Jules.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Geller, Marion.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jallade, Louis E. (Louis Eugene), 1876-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nemeny, George.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stoller, Ezra.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Veltri, John.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Topics (Corporate Names)

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Brooklyn College.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
City University of New York. City College. Aaron Davis Hall--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Cinema I, II, and III (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
E. Dent Lackey Plaza (Niagara, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Henry Ittleson Center for Child Research--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Investors Overseas Services--Buildings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Queens Borough Public Library--Buildings--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Shelter Rock Jewish Center (Roslyn, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Snug Harbor Cultural Center.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Topics

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Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)--Buildings, structures, etc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Apartment houses--Massachusetts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Apartment houses--New Jersey.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Apartment houses--New York (State)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architects--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architects--United States--Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--France--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Germany--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Study and teaching.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--Switzerland--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States--History--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic--New York (State)--New Jersey.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dwellings--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hotels--Dominican Republic--Santo Domingo.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hotels--Haiti.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion picture theaters--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Public buildings--New York (State)--New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Resorts--Dominican Republic--Santo Domingo.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Resorts--Germany.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architects.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Type of Material

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Typescript papers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Carbon typescript papers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Holograph papers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Printed papers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographic prints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Film negatives.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographic transparencies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architectural reprographic prints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mixed media drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biography

Abraham William Geller (1912-1995) was born in Romania and emigrated to New York City in 1920. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he studied architecture first at Cornell University from 1932-1936 and then at New York University, from which he graduated in 1938. Geller served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. Geller's early training included positions at the firms of William Lescaze, Shreve Lamb & Harmon and Gropius & Breuer. In 1946 he partnered with George Nemeny and Basil Yurchenko to form Nemeny and Geller Associates. In 1950 he opened his own practice, Abraham W. Geller & Associates, Architects and Planners, the firm for which he would remain the principal architect throughout his career. He was also joined by his wife, Marion Geller, an interior designer, in his office. Geller and his firms won numerous awards and professional honors. Geller was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1972, and in 1985 he was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' highest professional honor. Introducing a retrospective exhibit of his own work in 1995 Geller observed "It is obvious from the work exhibited here that I am not a specialist. Further, I do not believe that the practice of architecture requires specialization. I believe that each project has its own unique logic, requires careful research, and has a possible solution that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing." Geller died in 1995 in New York City, at the age of 83.

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