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Guide to the John Hancock Callender Papers ; Callender (John Hancock) Papers

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Guide to the John Hancock Callender Papers 1911-1990

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: John Hancock Callender, 1908-1995
Dates: 1911-1990
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet
Abstract:Correspondence, publications, articles by and about Callender and his residential architecture designs. Also personal papers including scrapbooks of a year spent as a visiting professor in Taiwan.
Identification: MG392
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The records of John Hancock Callender were in no discernable order when received; therefore a series order was imposed during processing.Series one is composed of papers relating to his professional career. Included are books and articles by Callender, articles about houses he designed, photographs and blueprints for several houses, and greeting cards which he designed.The second series, Personal Papers, contains diplomas, military records, academic notebooks, personal photographs, two Yale University publications and two scrapbooks of his year at Cheng Kung University, one containing photographs, the other invitations and other mementos.Articles on Callender houses were removed from the journals, which were discarded. Several Yale publications that did not contain information on Callender were also removed from the papers. This reduced the records by 2 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The records of John H. Callender span the years 1911 to 1990, with the bulk of the material covering the decades of the 1940s and 1950s.

Included in the records are professional papers such as articles by and about Callender and the homes he designed, and scrapbooks and other personal material.


Administrative/Biographical History

John Hancock Callender was born in Kansas City, Missouri on January 18, 1908, the son of Alonzo Lee and Lola (Hancock) Callender. He was educated in the public schools of Kansas City before attending Yale University where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and from which he graduated with a B.A. degree in English in 1928. He then continued at Yale for two more years studying design. From 1935 to 1939 he attended New York University from which he graduated with a B.Arch.

In 1931 he went to work for the Housing Research Division of John B. Pierce Foundation researching the living habits of families, and designing and superintending the construction of low cost housing. He was an early advocate of prefabricated housing.

During his military service, 1943-1945, he was a consulting architect for the National Housing Agency, Staff Army Engineers, and supervised the remodeling of laboratories for the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. Following the war he was in p rivate practice, specializing in private residences, before joining the faculty of Columbia University where he taught from 1953-1954. He then taught at Princeton University 1963-1973, and the Pratt Institute, 1970-1972. During the 1967/1968 academic year he was visiting professor at Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan. He was the author of several books and many articles, and was the editor of Time saver standards for architectural design data, a standard reference for architects. He held membersh ip in the American Institute of Architects, serving as chairman of the small home committee from 1948 to 1950.

He married Mary Carnwath on August 5, 1933; they had one daughter, Janet. He died of cancer in Lansdale, Pa., March 30, 1995.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

City Planning
Scrapbooks

Callender, John Hancock--Archives.

Architects -- New York (State) -- New York -- Records and correspondence

Administrative Information

Source

The records of John Hancock Callender were transferred to the University of Idaho Library by his widow, Mary Carnwath, via Gifford Pierce, professor of architecture at the University of Idaho, between September 1996 and February 1997.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Professional Papers 1926-1968
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1/11/1Articles: General 1945 1 item
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1/21/2Architectural & Engineering News forum 1962 3 items
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1/3-51/3-5About Callender designed houses 1929-1957 25 items
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1/61/6John B. Pierce Foundation 1939-1941 10 items
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1/71/7By John H. Callender 1931-1943 12 items
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1/81/8The Builder's materials (typescript) 1943 3 items
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1/91/9Bertha Schaefer Gallery. The Modern house comes to life 1947 3 items
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os/10os/10Blueprints for Griffith, Sadi, and Dennet residences 1935-1937 31 items
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1/111/11Book: Callender, John H. Before you buy a house 1953 1 item
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1/121/12Curtain walls of stainless steel 1955 1 item
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1/131/13School building costs 1957 1 item
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1/14-151/14-15Space requirements of war housing 1944 2 items
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1/161/16Stainless steel uses in architecture 1968 1 item
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os/16aos/16aTime-saver standards for building types 1966 1 item
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os/16bos/16bTime-saver standards for building types 1973 1 item
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1/171/17Vitrolux spandrel glass for curtain walls undated 1 item
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1/181/18Book on prefab ca. 1936 1 item
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1/191/19Booklets: Family living as the basis for dwelling design 1943-1944 2 items
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1/201/20Brochures: Revere Quality House Institute 1948 3 items
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1/211/21Business cards and stationery undated 6 items
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1/221/22Certificates and registrations 1941-1950 3 items
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os/23os/23New York license 1941 1 item
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1/241/24Construction reports 1939 2 items
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1/251/25Correspondence 1941-1945 10 items
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1/261/26Stainless steel curtain wall research, Princeton University. Drawings undated 7 items
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1/27-281/27-28Curtain wall research project studies, 1-9 1957 9 items
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1/291/29Drawings of Callender houses ca. 1937-1940 7 items
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1/301/30Greeting cards designed by JHC ca. 1926 18 items
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1/311/31Printing block for triangular design 1 item
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1/321/32Photographs: Various JHC designed homes ca. 1945-1955 24 items
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os/33os/33Greene House, Syosset, N.Y. 1950 3 items
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os/34os/34Lada-Mocarskis (Big-inch house), North Castle, New York 1952 3 items
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os/35os/35Molinoff Residence undated 10 items
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os/36os/36Old mission undated 1 item
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os/37os/37Rose Residence, Beechhurst, Queens undated 1 item
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os/38os/38Unidentified ca. 1955 12 items
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1/391/39Pierce, John B. Foundation. Current activities 1943 1 item
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1/401/40Planning and Building Associates, promotional booklet 1941 1 item
Series II. Personal Papers 1911-1990
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2/412/41Appraisal of Callender donation to University of Idaho library 1996 1 item
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2/422/42Certificates, diplomas 1920-1939 6 items
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2/432/43Hancock, T.C. Scraps of family history (photocopy) 1911 1 item
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2/442/44Military papers 1940-1944 19 items
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2/452/45Notebook: Course with Albert Schweizer 1934 1 item
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2/462/46Photographs: J.H. Callender ca. 1953-1990 7 items
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2/472/47"The scribble in book" 1940-1941 1 item
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2/482/48Scrapbook: Collateral reading, class notes, illustrations, personal prejudices ca. 1928 1 item
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os/49-50os/49-50Cheng Kung University, Taiwan 1967-1968 2 items
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2/512/51Yale University. Library Gazette, v.1, n.1 June 1926 1 item
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os/52os/52Thirty year record, class of 1928 1958 1 item

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