Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library has announced the creation of The Jane C. Loeffler Collection of Research Papers on American Embassies, a collection donated to the library by gift in 2014 by Washington, D.C. author/historian Jane C. Loeffler. The Avery, in New York City, is among the nation’s leading architectural research libraries. Acquiring the new collection represents a significant achievement in the Avery’s on-going effort to document America’s mid-century modernist architecture. Faculty and students at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation also recognize the acquisition as a huge asset to the School’s academic programs and see it as a trove likely to generate new research and spawn seminar projects (such as the GSAPP studios that addressed re-use potential of U.S. embassies in Oslo and London, both designed by American modernist Eero Saarinen). The Avery has already processed Loeffler’s archival collection so scholars and others can make use of its interviews, notes, government documents, reports, and photographs. A finding aid is available for those interested.
Items from The Jane C. Loeffler Collection, among new acquisitions on exhibition at Columbia’s Avery Library, May 2014 (Photo by Jorge Otero-Pailos)
For complete press release from Columbia announcing its acquisition of the Loeffler embassy archives, click here.
Columbia inaugurated its acquisition of the new Loeffler collection with a special program on September 9, 2014 co-sponsored by the Blinken European Institute, the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, and the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Title of the program was Architecture and Diplomacy: Transatlantic Approaches. A video of the program is available online here.
For more news about new Loeffler archives, see Columbia Daily Spectator.