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Philip Johnson papers, 1908-2002 (bulk 1925-1998)

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Johnson (Philip) papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Philip Johnson papers (1908-2002) offer documentation of the early and later career of one of America's most influential architects, shedding light on Johnson's work not only as a designer, but also as a writer, a teacher, and a public figure.

Approximately half of the collection is devoted to photographs of Johnson's drawings, his buildings, his friends, and his colleagues, and Johnson himself. The rest of the collection consists mainly of printed materials, though a limited number of medals and audiovisual materials are included. The greater part of the printed material consists of clippings and full-length publications about Johnson and his work. Also included are correspondence, legal documents, and manuscripts. Included in the correspondence files are letters Johnson wrote to his mother and family, 1925-1944. There are no drawings in the collection.

Although the contents of this archive span nearly a century, there is little documentation of the designs from the middle of his career, 1967 to 1992, the period in which he designed numerous high-rise buildings with partner John Burgee. Instead, the collection centers on Johnson's early work, particularly his Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, and contains a number of little-known projects that were never constructed.

Other Johnson papers are held by the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Avery Library, Columbia University. Drawings for the high-rise buildings of the 1980s, designed with his partner John Burgee, are in private hands.

Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in 9 series: ;
Series I. Project files, 1940-1996;
Series II. New Canaan estate files, 1945-1995;
Series III. Professional documents, 1948-2000;
Series IV. Personal documents, 1925-1998;
Series V. Personal photographs, 1908-1998;
Series VI. Honors and accolades, 1978-2002;
Series VII. Writings by Johnson, 1931-2001;
Series VIII. Published materials about Johnson, 1935-2001;
Series IX. Computer disks, sound and video tapes, 1953-1995
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