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Mies van der Rohe collection, 1938-1980

 Collection
Identifier: 006.06.24

Unrelated items concerning Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, including, but not limited to, the following: Printed program and biography for dinner welcoming Mies to Chicago on accepting the position of Director of the department of architecture at Armour Institute of Technology; Oct. 18, 1938. Letter (and bibliography) from Paige Temple to George R. Bushnell on letterhead from "The Office of Mies van der Rohe"; Dec. 13, 1972. Invitation and donation card to the Mies van der Rohe Lecture Series, sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology; March 1973. Published brochure and two-page "Building Facts" on One IBM Plaza building designed by Mies. Publicity materials concerning the preview showing of the film Mies van der Rohe (directed and co-produced by Mies's daughter Georgia van der Rohe) at Illinois Institute of Technology; 1980. (See Acc. No. 1991.2.)

Dates

  • 1938-1980

Creator

Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

STORAGE

Collection Size

1 Folders

Abstract

Printed program and biography for dinner welcoming Mies to Chicago on accepting the position of Director of the department of architecture at Armour Institute of Technology; Oct. 18, 1938. Letter (and bibliography) from Paige Temple to George R. Bushnell on letterhead from "The Office of Mies van der Rohe"; Dec. 13, 1972. Invitation and donation card to the Mies van der Rohe Lecture Series, sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology; March 1973. Published brochure and two-page "Building Facts" on One IBM Plaza building designed by Mies. Publicity materials concerning the preview showing of the film Mies van der Rohe (directed and co-produced by Mies's daughter Georgia van der Rohe) at Illinois Institute of Technology; 1980. (See Acc. No. 1991.2.)

Biographical Note

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) was recruited in 1938 by Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago. Mies was given the title Professor of Architecture and Director of the Architectural Curriculum. Following the merger of Armour with Lewis Institute (another Chicago technical college) to create Illinois Institute of Technology, Mies held the same position and titles at IIT. He became Professor of Architecture and Director of the Architecture Department in 1949 after a reorganization of the curriculum. Upon a further reorganization of the Architecture Department in 1951, his title was changed to Professor of Architecture and Director of the Department of Architecture and City Planning. After his retirement, Mies continued as Emeritus Professor of Architecture until his death. Mies received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from John F. Kennedy in July 1963, the Gold Medal from the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in June 1966, and the Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from IIT, also in June 1966. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1968. Mies developed the IIT campus master plan in 1941 and designed ca. 20 buildings on university's campus, including the first classroom building on the campus, Alumni Memorial Hall. Other Mies buildings on campus include Perlstein Hall, the Commons, Carr Memorial Chapel, and the world-renowned Crown Hall.

Physical Location

S56/7/?

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1998.161

Processor

Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

Part of the Paul V. Galvin Library. University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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