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Museum Building Construction Series CAI.ARC.2017.02

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA, 01267


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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2018-03-09T16:33-0500
Language: English

Repository: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Library
Title: Museum Building Construction Series
Dates: 1952-1973
Quantity: 113.16467 Linear feetboxes, drawers and tubes
Physical Description note of the Architectural Drawings The overall physical condition of the architectural drawings in this inventory is good. However, due to the condition (age and fragilty) of some of the drawings in the inventory, many of which were duplicates of the originals, they had to be rehoused separately in handmade, large oversized archival quality folders, interwoven with large acid-free, archival quality tissue paper. Though most of the drawings in the inventory are stable enough to handled well, it is advised that they still get handled very carefully, due to their age.
Dimensions note Mainly the diazo-prints and blueprints and other drawings/ sketches in this series range from 8.5 x 11 inches to 36 x 74 inches.
Abstract This inventory of outlines who was actively involved within the campus expansion project along with the companies that were also contracted, as well recorded and documented from the early 1950's to the early 1970's. The inventory contains architectural drawings, records, correspondences and other relevant ephemera related to this series.
Identification: CAI.ARC.2017.02

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in nine series: by the name of one architect who was prominently involved, Daniel Perry, as well as the company of specialty, who were contracted and/ or sub-contracted for the duration of the expansion project.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection comprises the records of the original construction of the Clark Art Institute's Museum Building, formerly known as the 55' Building. The records document development and construction from 1952 to 1960.

Documentation of the project includes a very small number of photostat prints, a few hectographs and the majority of the inventory consists of blueprints and diazo-print architectural drawings. Other items include preliminary designs, consultant documentation, project team correspondence, certificates, contracts, permits, affidavits, etc.

Additionally, there are several filing cabinet drawers in the North Court storage room that still contain Museum Building drawings that can be added to this collection. There are also several drawers full of various manuals, receipts, and correspondence. These drawers were intended to be part of this collection, however, due to time/staff/resource constraints it was decided that these materials should stay where they are for now and that a future Archival Studies graduate student can use them as an internship project.

History of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute envisioned a master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.

Adams, Jack
Aetna Steel Products Corp.
Albin Gustafson Co.
Alcock & Beyer Co.
Allen, F. Ellwood, Landscape Architect
Allston, M.A.
American Blower Corporation
American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Corp.
Andrew Wilson Company
Anemostat Corporation of America.
Architectural drawings (process)
Architectural surveys
Arlington (Mass.)
Art museum architecture
Art museums (buildings)
Art museums (institutions)
Arthur Beutel and Frank Hay .
As-Built drawings
Babcock-Davis Associates Inc.
Bankers Trust Company (New York, N.Y.)
Barrett, Norman W., Construction Manager
Bellamy-Robie Inc.
Bethlehem Steel Company
Blueprints (Reprographic copies)
Boston (Mass.)--Pictorial works
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Building Permits
Business correspondence
C.E. Halback & Company
C.H. Cronin, Inc.
Cambridge (Mass.)
Charts (Graphic documents)
Chicago (Ill.)
Chicago Pump Company
Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956
Commercial correspondence
Concrete Plank Company
Crandall and Paulsen Contractors.
Davey, Pete
Design drawings
Detroit (Mich.)
Dwyer Products Corporation
E. Van Noorden Company
E.R. Blaisdell State Products
E.T. Ryan Iron Works
electrical drawings
electrical engineering
electrical engineers
electrical plans
elevations (building divisions)
Farrell, Vincent
Flockhart Foundry Co.
Framingham (Mass.)
Fred Colangelo , Chief Draftsman
Garden City (N.Y.)
General Bronze Corporation
Geo. T. McLauthlin Co.
George A. Fuller Company
Graceffa, John
H.B. Ives Company
Holden, R. F., Jr.
Irish, Ralph
James Hunter Machine Co.
Jersey City (N.J.)
Kota Products, Inc.
Lawrence (Mass.)
Leclerc, Pierre , Decorator
Louisville (Ky.)
Maurice F. Blouin, Inc.
McKee, Russell V., Superintendent
mechanical engineering
mechanical engineers
Michael Art Bronze Co.
Michigan City (Ind.)
Moran, Peter
Neff, Henry C. , Civil Engineer
New Haven (Conn.)
New York (N.Y.)--Pictorial works
Newark (N.J.)
North Adams (Mass.)
Oscar C. Rixon Company
Park L. Davis Comapany
Parker, Thomas
Perry, Daniel, d. 2002
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Port Jefferson (N.Y.)
Rev. William J. Cole
Rocky Point (Suffolk County, N.Y.)
Sanford, Lauren
Severud, Gottschalk and Conlin.
Simon Ventilighter Co.
Slavik, Frank C.
Somerville (Mass.)
Springfield (Mass.)
The Architects' Collaborative (TAC).
Theodore Schwamb Co.
Unistrut Company .
Vermont Marble Company
W.D. Allen Manfacturing Company .
Walter Nelson , Bronze
Ward Leonard Electric Co.
West End Iron Works .
Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Weston, Karl Ephraim, b. 1874
Williamstown (Mass)
Zurn Manufacturing Co.

Related Material

The following collections are related to this one:

•CAI.ARC.2007.52 --- Blueprints from the Architects Collaborative •CAI.ARC.2008.26 --- The Architects Collaborative Records of the Manton Research Center •CAI.ARC.2009.09 --- Specifications Manuals for the Service, Museum, and Manton Buildings •CAI.ARC.2009.12 --- Architectural Drawings for the Museum Building •CAI.ARC.2012.07 --- A Preliminary Guide to Architectural Display Materials from the Director's Office •CAI.ARC.2012.09 --- Architectural Design Drawings by Larry Richards for The Architects Collaborative (TAC) and Pietro Belluschi, 1967-69, for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. •CAI.ARC.2017.01 --- Preliminary Guide to Documents and Drawings from the Campus Expansion Project •CAI.ARC.2017.03 --- Manton Building Construction Series

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