Peter Pollack papers: 1965-2009 (bulk 1980-2005)
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All Series Level Scope and Content Notes

The Peter Pollack collection (29.5 linear feet, 51 tubes, 13 oversized folders) documents Pollack's professional involvement in the field of landscape architecture. While the collection includes material relating to his teaching career and his involvement in landscape architecture organizations, the bulk of the collection relates to specific projects Pollack worked on. The collection documents his entire career, but includes a greater depth of information related to projects Pollack was involved with in the Ann Arbor area. In addition to the working files for these projects, the collection includes copious sketches drawn by Pollack and official project plans. The material relating to the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the Pfizer campus is particularly strong.

The collection has been arranged into the following series: Administrative Files and Promotional Materials; Project Summaries; Project Files; Teaching Files and Other Activities; Digital Materials; and Videotapes.

Administrative Files and Promotional Materials (1 linear foot) contains information related to Pollack Design Associates and promotional materials for various projects.

The Project Summaries (3.5 linear feet) series contains project lists and brief summaries of projects Pollack worked on, in addition to more comprehensive project reports for projects Pollack worked on in the state of Michigan.

The Project Files (20.5 linear feet, 51 tubes, 13 oversize folders) have been arranged into the following sub-series: Ann Arbor Projects, Herman Miller Projects, Pfizer Campus Projects, and Other Michigan Projects. Each subseries has been divided into Textual Files and Drawings and Plans. Drawings and Plans includes items in both folders and tubes. Folders are largely comprised of pencil drawings and sketches, while tubes are largely composed of project plans.

The Ann Arbor Projects (9.5 linear feet, 15 tubes, 6 oversize folders) subseries contains correspondence, minutes, permits, presentations, and working files related to various projects Pollack worked on in Ann Arbor. These projects include the Allen Creek Greenway Task Force; the Ann Arbor Corridor Study; the Farmer's Market commission; the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan; the Commission on Art in Public Places; Downtown Design Guidelines; the Downtown Development Authority, Fuller Road; Furstenberg Park; Gandy Dancer; Huron-Division-Fifth St; Liberty Plaza; Mary Beth Doyle Park; the State Street Urban Design Project; and the University of Michigan. The subseries also contains sketches, plans, and drawings related to Pollack's projects in Ann Arbor.

The Herman Miller Projects (2 linear feet, 1 tube, 1 oversize folder) subseries documents various projects Pollack completed for Herman Miller, Inc. and their Zeeland and Holland, Michigan campuses. Materials include correspondence, permit applications, working files, sketches, and plans.

The Pfizer Campus Projects (4.5 linear feet, 22 tubes, 5 oversize folders) subseries includes correspondence, minutes, permit applications, study results, plans, drawings, and sketches related to the Warner-Lambert, Parke-Davis, and Pfizer in Ann Arbor. There is a small amount of material related to the Kalamazoo campus as well. Major projects profiled include the Parke-Davis master plan, the 2800 Plymouth Road Facility, Pfizer's Planned Unit Development (PUD), and Stormwater Wetlands Management.

The Other Michigan Projects (4.5 linear feet, 13 tubes, 1 folder) subseries contains correspondence, working files, press clippings, minutes, permit applications, sketches, drawings, and plans relating to various Pollack projects in Michigan. These projects include Charlevoix, the Huron River Bikeway Study, the Huron-Whittaker Corridor Study, Independence Lake Park, and the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.

Teaching Files and Other Activities (2.5 linear feet) document Pollack's involvement with the Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee (NATAC), his work at the University of Michigan, and various professional activities. Items include minutes, correspondence, course materials, and award applications.

The Videotapes (1 linear foot) series is comprised of VHS tapes that document the State Street Urban Design Project and various areas of Ann Arbor.

The Digital Material series has been arranged in the following sub series: Ann Arbor Projects, Herman Miller Projects, Pfizer Projects, and other Michigan Projects. The series consists of digital material related to a number of Pollack's projects and includes design files, presentations, photographs, and project plans. The digital material came to the library on CD-ROMs, which were then transferred to a computer using the Duke Data Accessioner and uploaded to the University of Michigan's Deep Blue digital repository.