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Addition 4

Identifier: Series 5

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: Boxes 1 - 5: The Carl W. Condit Papers consist almost exclusively of manuscripts or typescripts of his publications. Also included is a copy of his unpublished PhD. dissertation; a bibliography of his publications, 1946-1977; and a small amount of material pertaining to one of his courses.

Materials relating to his published works are arranged by title in chronological order by year of their publication. Following the typescript for American Building Art: The Nineteenth Century (1960) is filed a critical report on the book by Robert Vogel of the U.S. National Museum, prior to its publication. Condit's book, The Chicago School of Architecture (1964) is a revised and enlarged version of The Rise of the Skyscraper (1952). Pages 1-32 of the typescript of The Chicago School of Architecture (1964) are missing. Both the manuscript and typescript copies of Chicago, 1910-1929 (1973) and Chicago, 1930-1970 (1974) are filed together, because in their original form they were not divided into two volumes. Pages and chapter numbers are consecutive through both volumes. In published form, volume one includes chapters 1-6 and volume two chapters 7-12.

Condit's articles are listed by title and date. For full bibliographic citations see the Bibliography in Box I Folder 3. The bibliographic information for the articles “The Pioneer Stage of Railroad Electrification” parts I and II was not available.


  • 1942-1997

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From the Collection: 21.00 Boxes

Language of Materials


Acquisition information

Donated to the University Archives by Carl W. Condit between September 26, 1979 and February 17, 1981 and accessioned as numbers 79-181, 80-26, 80-85, 80-164, and 81-43.

Description of the addition

The additions have been arranged in three main categories: architectural notebooks, publications files, and correspondence. All materials are arranged chronologically by date. The architectural notebooks consist primarily of small photographs of commercial and residential buildings with a few diagramatic sketches and some notes. The publications files include some contracts with publishers and some royalty statements, texts of several articles and introductions to books, and the handwritten first draft of The Railroad System of Metropolitan New York. The correspondence includes many letters dealing with Condit's speeches and publications. He served as a reader for books, articles, and proposals and this section includes much correspondence and some brief texts related to this editorial work. A few comments made by readers of Condit's texts are included. Correspondence will also be found here dealing with the preservation of buildings including the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad terminal in Chicago. There is some correspondence concerning the courses taught by Condit at Northwestern. Condit wrote letters of recommendation for many faculty members and students.


William. K. Beatty; March, 1981.


Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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