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Title

  • Victor Gruen papers,

Summary

  • Personal and business correspondence, project files, speeches, writings, biographical material, and scrapbooks documenting Gruen's career in architectural design, city planning, and environmental counseling, with special emphasis on architectural and land use projects undertaken from 1960 to 1980 by his firms, Gruen Associates, headquartered in New York and Los Angeles, and Victor Gruen International, centered in Vienna, Austria. Project files are most extensive for design of the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and the city plan for Vienna, Austria. The firm's efforts to revitalize the central business districts of Fort Worth, Tex., Rochester, N.Y., Kalamazoo, Mich., Boston, Mass., Fresno, Calif., Urbana, Ill., and other American and European cities are also documented. Other topics include planning new towns, regional planning, general land development, public housing projects, and designs for college campuses. There is also material on the establishment of the Victor Gruen Foundation for Environmental Planning in Los Angeles and its sister organization, Zentrum für Umweltplanung in Vienna. Gruen's personal and family life are also well documented.
  • Business associates represented include Rudolf L. Baumfeld, John Belle, Jack Beyer, Daniel Branigan, Sydney H. Brisker, Edgardo Contini, Mel Gooch, Herman Guttman, Abbott Harle, Frank E. Hotchkiss, Ki Suh Park, Cesar Pelli, John Richard Pointer, Sylvia Press, Allen Rubenstein, Rolf Sklarek, Ben Southland, David Travers, Karl Van Leuven, Marge Wheaton, and Beda Zwicker. Personal correspondents include Betty Berg, Margaret Gruen, Michael Stephen Gruen, Hortense Hockett, Horst Jarka, Judith and Richard Kafka, Rita Lawrence, Leopold and Valeska Lindtberg, Harry Lowry, Helen Michaelis, Felix and Hedi Salzer, Valerie and Willy Steiner, and Stewart L. Udall.

Names

  • Gruen, Victor, 1903-1980

Headings

  • -  Baumfeld, Rudolf L.,---1988
  • -  Belle, John
  • -  Berg, Betty--Correspondence
  • -  Beyer, Jack
  • -  Branigan, Daniel
  • -  Brisker, Sydney H.,--1914
  • -  Contini, Edgardo
  • -  Gooch, Mel,--1923
  • -  Gruen, Margaret,--1944---Correspondence
  • -  Gruen, Michael Stephen,--1941---Correspondence
  • -  Guttman, Herman,--1918
  • -  Harle, Abbott,--1923
  • -  Hotchkiss, Frank E
  • -  Jarka, Horst--Correspondence
  • -  Kafka, Judith--Correspondence
  • -  Kafka, Richard--Correspondence
  • -  Lawrence, Rita--Correspondence
  • -  Lindtberg, Leopold--Correspondence
  • -  Lindtberg, Valeska--Correspondence
  • -  Lowry, Harry,---1974--Correspondence
  • -  Michaelis, Helen--Correspondence
  • -  Park, Ki Suh,--1932
  • -  Pelli, Cesar
  • -  Press, Sylvia
  • -  Rubenstein, Allen
  • -  Salzer, Felix--Correspondence
  • -  Salzer, Hedi--Correspondence
  • -  Sklarek, Rolf
  • -  Southland, Ben,--1917
  • -  Steiner, Valerie--Correspondence
  • -  Steiner, Willy J.--Correspondence
  • -  Travers, David
  • -  Udall, Stewart L.--Correspondence
  • -  Van Leuven, Karl,--1914
  • -  Wheaton, Marge
  • -  Zwicker, Beda
  • -  Gruen Associates
  • -  Université catholique de Louvain (1970- )--Buildings
  • -  Victor Gruen Foundation for Environmental Planning
  • -  Victor Gruen International (Firm)
  • -  Zentrum für Umweltplanung (Vienna, Austria)
  • -  Architectural design
  • -  Architectural firms--Austria--Vienna
  • -  Architectural firms--California--Los Angeles
  • -  Architectural firms--New York (State)--New York
  • -  Architecture
  • -  Central business districts
  • -  Cities and towns
  • -  City planning--Austria--Vienna
  • -  City planning--California--Fresno
  • -  City planning--Illinois--Urbana
  • -  City planning--Massachusetts--Boston
  • -  City planning--Michigan--Kalamazoo
  • -  City planning--New York (State)--Rochester
  • -  City planning--Texas--Fort Worth
  • -  College buildings--Belgium
  • -  Environmental engineering
  • -  Land use
  • -  Public housing
  • -  Real estate development

Notes

  • -  Arranged in seven series. Series 1: Correspondence File, 1904-1980; Series 2: Personal File, 1886-1980; Series 3: Project File, 1924-1990; Series 4: Subject File, 1929-1991; Series 5: Writings, 1921-1979; Series 6: Speeches, 1943-1977; and Series 7: Oversize, 1935-1980.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container or reel number, Victor Gruen Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Microfilm edition of several playbills (1939-1940) for performances by the Refuge Artists Group and by the American Viennese Group, Inc. available, no. 21,147.
  • -  Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1994.
  • -  Gift, Mrs. Victor Gruen, 1992.
  • -  Transfer, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, 1992.
  • -  Scrolls transferred to Library of Congress Asian Division.
  • -  Dictation belt transferred to Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
  • -  Map and atlas transferred to Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.
  • -  Some photographs and architectural drawings transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
  • -  Designer, architect, and urban planner. Born in Vienna, Austria, as Victor David Grünbaum. Changed name after emigrating to the United States in 1938. Returned to Vienna in 1967.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms001017

Medium

  • 30,450 items.
  • 88 containers plus 83 oversize.
  • 1 microfilm reel.
  • 123.6 linear feet.

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  • mm92081474

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