Gunnar Birkerts papers: 1930-2017
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Personal Papers [series]

The Personal Papers consists of a small biographical file compiled by Birkerts and his wife, Birkert's first architectural drawings; his student notebooks and drawings, and a small group of family photographs. Birkerts first two architectural drawings, renderings of a gas station and house, produced when he was 17 years of age, document his early understanding of modern architecture in 1942. The course notebooks and project drawings, completed while Birkerts was a student at the Technische Hochschule from 1944 to 1949, illuminate the educational foundation of his architectural career and show his incipient interest in furniture as well as building design. Two important photographs of Birkerts with his mother in Riga at the ages of four and five are also found in this series.

 
Biographical Information [subseries]
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Biographical Outline Prepared by Gunnar & Sylvia Birkerts 2001
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Gunnar Birkerts Architects, Inc. Website print-out 03/25/2002
 
First Architectural Drawings 1942 [subseries]
 
Renderings Showing Birkerts' First Understanding of Modern Architecture at Age 17
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Perspective of Shell Gas Station. undated
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Perspective of House. 1942
 
Student Work at Technische Hochschule, Stuttgart, Germany 1944-1949 [subseries]
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"Schrifttumsverzeichnis fur Architektur-Studierende" (Student Reading List), Winter Semester, . Notebook with drawings of student projects 1946-1947
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"Statik I" (Structural Engineering) Notebook, Winter-Spring Semesters, 1947. Course notebook with calculations and drawings
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"Siedlungswessen" (Village Planning), 1948. Course notebook with drawings
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Furniture Designs Submitted to International Competition, Museum of Modern Art, 1948. (8 photographs (prints of chair and settee perspectives, elevations;details), 9 negatives (1-1/4x2-inch))
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Student Project Drawings. (74 negatives (1-1/4x2-inch))
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Student Project Models. (Five 3-1/2x4-1/2-inch photographic negatives of projects and three 3-1/2x4-1/2-inch glass negatives of final "Diploma Arbeit")
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Correspondence and Certificates 1947-1952
 
Student Furniture and Building Designs at Technische Hochschule, Stuttgart, Germany 1947 [subseries]
 
Architectural Drawings
 
Moebelbau und Innenarchitektur der Vorstand [for] Professor A. G. Schenck
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Plans, Elevations and Sections of Tables, Bookcases, Lamps Sofas and Chairs. 1947
 
Zweigesch Doppelhaus
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Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of House. 1947
 
Family Photographs 1920s-1950s [subseries]
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Photos