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Walter Curt Behrendt papers, 1910-1945

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Walter Curt Behrendt papers, 1910-1945. Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Walter Curt Behrendt (1884-1945) was a German-American architect and an active advocate of German modernism. The collection is composed primarily of lectures and writings.

At a Glance

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Creator(s):Behrendt, Walter Curt, 1884-1945
Title:Walter Curt Behrendt papers, 1910-1945
Physical description:1.3 linear feet (3 manuscript boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The Walter Curt Behrendt papers are composed primarily of lectures and writings.

Series I: Faculty Papers contains papers related to Behrendt’s career at Dartmouth College, including attendance cards, a grade book, examinations and a proposal for a class on building types from the Middle Ages to the present. The series also includes drafts of a letter explaining how Behrendt believes architects should be educated.

Series II: Lectures contains scripts, notes and slide lists of lectures Behrendt gave at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Wheaton College and talks he gave in Germany. Most of the lectures are annotated. The majority of the lectures deal with the development of cities, city planning, regional planning, modern architecture, housing, transportation and zoning. The lectures cover the history of architecture from antiquity through the 1940s, including Greek, Rome, the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Art Nouveau Movement, and the International Style.

Series III: Personal Papers contains two letters from the contractor W.H. Trumbull regarding the construction of Behrendt’s house. It also contains a letter from J. F. Schoellkopf, Jr. regarding the National Recreation Association. The series also contains biographical information, which lists Walter Curt Behrendt’s education, civil service work in Prussia and Germany, and his career after he emigrated to the US in 1934.

Series IV: Writings contains annotated manuscripts by Behrendt covering city planning, modern architecture and housing. There are essays on organic forms, Frank Lloyd Wright, Japanese houses, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the New Spirit of Building and the Origin of the Spirit of Modern Architecture. Subseries 2: Articles primarily contains articles on urban reconstruction and German architecture and architects such as, Alfred Messels, Hans Grisebach, and Hans Poelzig. Subseries 3: Book Reviews contains reviews written by Behrendt. Behrendt reviewed books by Lewis Mumford, Herman Kobbe and Henry-Russell Hitchcock.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

 This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, 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

Walter Curt Behrendt papers, 1910-1945. 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 Kerri Pfister (Archives Intern), under the guidance of Shelley Hayreh, Archivist of Drawings & Archives, Avery Library, in April 2011.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion March 2, 2011 Finding aid written in English.
    2011-03-02 File created.

CLIO ID: 8507461 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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CUL Collections:
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Behrendt, Walter Curt, 1884-1945PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kobbe, HermanPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hitchcock, Henry Russell, 1903-1987PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Messels, AlfredPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Grisebach, Hans, 1848-1904PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poelzig, HansPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rohe, Ludwig Mies van der, 1886-1969PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Haussmann, Georges Eugène Baron, 1809-1891PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wren, Christopher, Sir, 1632-1723PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Topics

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CUL Collections:
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Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
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Architecture--EnglandPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--FrancePortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--GermanyPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Housing--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Housing--EnglandPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Urban transporationPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
ZoningPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Community development, UrbanPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
SuburbsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture, ModernPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
International style (Architecture)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Modern movement (Architecture)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Arts and crafts movementPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
City planning.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Walter Curt Behrendt was born December 16, 1884 in Metz, Alsace and died in April 26, 1945 in Norwich, Vermont. From 1912-1933, Behrendt worked in Civil Service in Germany shaping public housing policy, the principles of lay-out and development. Behrendt emigrated to the United States in 1934 and became a Visiting Lecturer in Housing and City Planning at Dartmouth College, 1934-1937. In 1937-1941, Behrendt was a Professor of City Planning and Housing at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and returned to Dartmouth in 1941.

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