Brandeis University Architecture collection
Scope and Contents
Material in this collection were created from 1886 through 2006 (bulk, 1935-1998). Items include photographs, articles, maps, architectural plans and sketches, exhibit cards, and narrative descriptions. This collection represents a compilation of materials from a variety of sources concerning the architecture of individual buildings and the general campus. A significant portion of the collection includes an exhibit on Usen Castle produced by Joel Grushkin (Brandeis 1978), titled "Usen Castle in Perspective." Other items of note include photographs of the campus when it was owned by Middlesex University and an interview with Max Abramovitz. This collection also contains interior and exterior plans and sketches of individual buildings, architectural plans and sketches for the general campus, topographical maps of the area and Waltham, and assorted other plans and sketches relating to Brandeis architecture.
- 1886-2006, undated
- Majority of material found in 1935-1999
Conditions Governing Access
Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
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
The grounds of Brandeis University began to take shape as a campus during the 1920s with the start of Middlesex University. The most significant buildings on the Middlesex campus included the Castle, the Veterinary School building (later Ford Hall), and the library, which previously served as a horse stable. When Brandeis University took over the charter of Middlesex University shortly after the Second World War it gained ownership of the campus. Since then, Brandeis has continuously added to and reshaped the campus and its buildings. A significant portion of the campus was designed by the architectural firms of Max Abramovitz and Eero Saarinen.
12.00 Linear Feet
3 manuscript boxes, 3 map drawers other_unmapped
Language of Materials
Arranged in five series: 1. General Architecture, 1949-1997, undated; 2. Middlesex University, 1935-1944, undated; 3. Individual Buildings, 1886-2006, undated; 4. Campus, 1949-2004, undated; 5. Joel Grushkin Exhibit, 1953-1998, undated.
For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.
Source of Acquisition
Acquired from a variety of sources from the 1990s to 2006, and materials from various collections have been transferred here.
Accruals and Additions
This is an artificial collection to accommodate small donations or unaffiliated donations which document the architectural development of the university. Processed and finding aid created by Eliot Wilczek in January 1999. Updated in August 2000. Folder entitled, "Seifer Hall & Sydeman Hall," is missing and has been removed from the Individual Buildings series. -KAA, 12/29/03 Folder entitled "Ford Hall--Architectural Plans" was added to the collection on May 18, 2004. Series of architectural plans and sketches transferred from Facilities was added to the collection by Matthew Mara in July 2006.
Other Descriptive Information
Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information. http://brandeisarchives.blogspot.com/2009/04/campus-that-brandeis-university-now.html
- Abramovitz, Max Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Architecture -- Massachusetts -- Waltham Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Architecture -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Brandeis University
- Brandeis University -- Buildings Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Brandeis University -- Planning Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Grushkin, Joel Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Eliot Wilczek
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Code for undetermined script
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