Gunnar Birkerts papers: 1930-2017
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Steno Book Travel Diaries with Conceptual Drawings [subseries]

The Travel Diaries with Conceptual Drawings subseries is especially noteworthy for giving the researcher insight into the spontaneous daily writings, musings and drawings of the architect while on the road visiting projects around the world. Handwritten and sometimes in his native Latvian language, these notebooks give the reader a sense of how Birkerts interacted with clients and associates while traveling. The tiny conceptual drawings on the pages of these diaries represent the spontaneity of his creative process, as he sought solutions to design problems on a train or plane. The volumes are arranged chronologically, with the notes and drawings for particular building projects indicated in the finding aid. The travel diaries contained in Box 11 were deemed by Birkerts to be too personal to be accessible to the public at the present time and thus are restricted for 50 years until 2033 to 2045.

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Notes and drawings of Studio Concept and Honduras Chape l 1980
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Notes and drawings of Domino's Pizza, Inc. and St. Peter's Lutheran Church 1984
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Notes and drawings of St. Peter's Lutheran Church Furniture, Duke University Law School and University of Michigan Sports Services Building 1985
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Notes and drawings of Domino's Tower (important sketches), Domino's Franchise Building, Domino's Chairman's Office Candelabra and Log Holder and University of Michigan -- Flint Library 1986
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Notes and drawings of University of Michigan-Flint Library 1 and Domino's Franchise Building 1980s

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Notes and drawings of Minnesota History Center Competition, Weinstein Residence and Domino's Master Plan 1986
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Notes and drawings of Studio, University of Michigan-Flint Library 1, University of Wyoming Museum Competition, Holtzman and Silverman Office Building Lamp, Minnesota History Center Competition and Domino's Accessories 1986

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Notes and drawings of University of California at San Diego Library Addition, Novoli Multi-Use Center, Domino's Gate and University of Western Michigan Honors College 1987
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1987-Notes and drawings of Bardha Residence, Domino's Tower, Silverdome Papal Altar and Western Michigan University Honors College
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1987-Notes and drawings of Domino's Tower 1987
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1987-1988 Notes and drawings of Novoli Multi-Use Center, 1987-1988 1987-1988
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1988 Notes and drawings of Domino's Gate and Las Vegas School 1988
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1988-1989-Notes and drawings of US Embassy, Caracas, University of Iowa Law School and Weinstein Residence 1988-1989
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Notes and drawings of University of Turin Administrative Tower II 1990
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Notes and drawings of Juma al-Majid Center for Culture and Heritage Competition, Dubai 1991-1993
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Notes and drawings of Venice Sports Center 1991-1992
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Notes and drawings of Venice Sports Center 1992
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Notes and drawings of National Library of Latvia and Grasis Residence Handrail 1992
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Notes and drawings of Domino's Chapel and Furniture, Cross of Christ Church and Kaufman Residence Door 1997
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Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia, University of Torino projects, Father Tim Pelc's Chalice and project timelines 1990
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Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia, University of Torino projects, Father Tim Pelc's Chalice and project timelines 1998
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Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia and St. Hugo of the Hills Church Columbarium 1999
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Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia and Blessed Sacrament II Cardinal's Furniture 1999
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Notes and sketches of National Library of Latvia and Blessed Sacrament Cathedral II & III
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Notes and sketches of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral III light fixtures and University of California Library, San Marco 200-2001
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Notes and sketches of Riga Museum of Occupation, Lincoln School II, and Adrian Dominican Sisters Maria Chapel 2001-2002