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Nikolaus Pevsner miscellaneous papers, 1957-1979

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Finding aid for the Nikolaus Pevsner miscellaneous papers, 1957-1979

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection of papers relates primarily to Nikolaus Pevsner's work during the 1960s and 1970s, including publications and speaking engagements, pedagogical research on art and architecture education, and his membership on boards and committees, such as the Council of Bauhaus. Material includes correspondence, typescripts, manuscripts, ephemera, photocopies, clippings, study photographs, negatives, and slides.

Extensive correspondence in Series I includes letters to and from many well-known scholars from the worlds of art and architectural history, such as Anthony Blunt, John Coolidge and John Pope-Hennessy. Series II contains correspondence, typescripts and other documents related to Pevsner's writing in the 1960s and 1970s, including the following books: A Dictionary of Architecture (1966), Studies in Art, Architecture and Design (1968) and A History of Building Types (1976). Also included are manuscripts for articles and lectures, and related correspondence. In Series III are research files pertaining to specific buildings and other architectural topics, study photographs, and pedagogical research. Pevsner's professional files in Series IV document his involvement with the Council of Bauhaus from 1960 to 1972, and also contain assorted general correspondence, invitations to give lectures and write reviews, and honorary degrees. Assorted administrative and personal files in Series V document basic office management, such as hiring typists and ordering supplies, as well as personal business such as ordering Christmas cards and arranging a dinner party.


The collection is arranged into five series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1962-1977;
Series II. Writings and lectures, 1958-1978;
Series III. Research, 1958-1977;
Series IV. Professional activities, 1957-1977;
Series V. Administrative and personal, 1960-1979.

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