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Gerald Bernstein collection

 Collection — other: all
Identifier: 03-MWalB00296A

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to Brandeis buildings and its architecture. Aerial photographs, master plans, architectural design boards and various renderings of the Three Chapels and other campus structures are included in the collection. Research materials for "Building a Campus: An Architectural Celebration of Brandeis University's 50th Anniversary" are also included, along with slides, notes, and a recording of a lecture by Bernstein on “Modern Architecture in Microcosm.”


  • 1935-2000
  • Other: Date acquired: 2006-07-20


Conditions Governing Access

This collection has not yet been reviewed for access and may contain restricted materials. Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections in advance to request access.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical or Historical Information

Gerald S. Bernstein (1935-2006) was a scholar of modern and contemporary architecture. Bernstein held the position of Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis from 1967-2004, and served as Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 1979-1981 and 1985-1986. His classes in architectural history were popular with students, and he was recognized with several awards throughout his career, including the Brandeis Alumni Association Recognition Award, the National Women's Committee Recognition Award, the Annual Teaching Award, and the first Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts at Brandeis.

In addition to teaching, Professor Bernstein was responsible for organizing the Richard Saivetz '69 Annual Memorial Architectural Symposium. Bernstein was also an expert on the history of the Brandeis campus, and served as the editor of a 1999 publication for the University entitled, "Building a Campus: An Architectural Celebration of Brandeis University's 50th Anniversary."

Source: "University Mourns Death of Longtime Professor Gerald Bernstein," US Fed News Service, Including US State News, 10 Jan 2006


2.50 Linear Feet

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This collection is arranged by subject, in two series. The series are as follows: Series 1. Brandeis Architecture Materials, Series 2. Modern Architecture in Microcosm Lecture.

Custodial History

This collection was transferred to the archives in two accessions. The first was donated by Professor Bernstein in 1999, and the second was transferred by Joy Vlachos, Department Administrator for the Department of Fine Arts, in 2006.

Processing Information

Materials were processed and described to the folder level in May 2013. Collection-level description was updated in June 2022.

Collection was maintained in the order in which it was received by the archives.

It is unclear whether folder titles were retained from the creator, or devised by an earlier processor.

Gerald Bernstein collection
Original processing completed and finding aid written by Ben Schmidt in May 2013. Finding aid updated by Kate McNally in June 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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