Ada Louise Huxtable papers

Huxtable, Ada Louise


239.5. linear ft (432 boxes 27 flat file folders).
5 audiocassettes : analog, 1 7/8 ips ; 1/8 in.
9 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color. ; 1/2 in.
9 videodiscs (DVD) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
41 computer discs ; 3 1/2 in.
27 computer discs ; 4 3/4 in.
Organized in six series: Series I. Correspondence, 1949-2012; Series II. Writing, 1934-2012; Series III. Architect files, 1886-2012; Series IV. Research files, 1859-2012; Series V. Advisory committees, juries and speaking engagements, 1889-2012; Series VI. Personal papers, 1912-2013.
The Ada Louise Huxtable papers are comprised of correspondence, typescripts and drafts of her writings, research files, awards and honors, advisory committee papers, personal papers, architectural plans and photographic materials. Correspondence between Huxtable and her readers, which often included prominent architects, politicians and scholars, unveil changing public sentiments about architecture over the second half of the 20th century. Huxtable⁰́₉s writing for newspapers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as well as other journals, books and lectures provide a comprehensive record of the evolution of her extensive career as an architecture critic. The research files comprise a large portion of the Huxtable papers with one series of files focused on architects and the other focused on geographic subjects. The research, which was integral to Huxtable's writing, serves as documentation of the shifting landscape of architectural design, planning and urbanism inthe last 50 years. Huxtable's architect research files focus on the work of Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, Johnson & Burgee, Le Corbusier, Richard Meier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Renzo Piano, Eero Saarinen, Skidmore Owings and Merrill and Minoru Yamasaki.
Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013), architecture critic for the New York Times (1963-1982) and the Wall Street Journal (1997-2012), was one of the most important voices in the field of architectural criticism during the second half of the 20th century, known for her well reasoned and passionately held beliefs about the built environment. She also was a pioneer of the architectural preservation movement and championed the conservation of many important landmarks in New York and elsewhere in the country. A consummate writer and researcher, Huxtable published 11 books in her lifetime. Her long, distinguished career carried with it the honor of receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellowship as well as numerous other awards. Huxtable also actively served on many committee boards and juries, such as the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Japanese Praemium Imperiale. Ada Louise was married to L. Garth Huxtable in 1942, an industrial designer and occasional collaborator.
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