Victor Gruen papers, 1886-1991 (bulk 1960-1980).


Victor Gruen papers, 1886-1991 (bulk 1960-1980).

Personal and business correspondence, project files, speeches, writings, biographical material, and scrapbooks documenting Gruen's career in architectural design, city planning, and environmental counseling, with special emphasis on architectural and land use projects undertaken from 1960 to 1980 by his firms, Gruen Associates, headquartered in New York and Los Angeles, and Victor Gruen International, centered in Vienna, Austria. Project files are most extensive for design of the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and the city plan for Vienna, Austria. The firm's efforts to revitalize the central business districts of Fort Worth, Tex., Rochester, N.Y., Kalamazoo, Mich., Boston, Mass., Fresno, Calif., Urbana, Ill., and other American and European cities are also documented. Other topics include planning new towns, regional planning, general land development, public housing projects, and designs for college campuses. There is also material on the establishment of the Victor Gruen Foundation for Environmental Planning in Los Angeles and its sister organization, Zentrum für Umweltplanung in Vienna. Gruen's personal and family life are also well documented. Business associates represented include Rudolf L. Baumfeld, John Belle, Jack Beyer, Daniel Branigan, Sydney H. Brisker, Edgardo Contini, Mel Gooch, Herman Guttman, Abbott Harle, Frank E. Hotchkiss, Ki Suh Park, Cesar Pelli, John Richard Pointer, Sylvia Press, Allen Rubenstein, Rolf Sklarek, Ben Southland, David Travers, Karl Van Leuven, Marge Wheaton, and Beda Zwicker. Personal correspondents include Betty Berg, Margaret Gruen, Michael Stephen Gruen, Hortense Hockett, Horst Jarka, Judith and Richard Kafka, Rita Lawrence, Leopold and Valeska Lindtberg, Harry Lowry, Helen Michaelis, Felix and Hedi Salzer, Valerie and Willy Steiner, and Stewart L. Udall.

30,450 items.88 containers plus 83 oversize.1 microfilm reel.123.6 linear feet.

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