A Guide to the Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio, 1915-1920, 2003, n.d. Skala, Lilia Sofer, Student Portfolio Ms2003-015

A Guide to the Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio, 1915-1920, 2003, n.d.

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Collection Number Ms2003-015


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2003-015
Title
Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio, 1915-1928, 2003, n.d.
Physical Characteristics
1 Cubic Feet 1 box; 12 oversize folders
Creator
Skala, Lilia Sofer, 1896-1994
Language
German
Language
Material is in German with some items translated into English. The translation was performed by Andrew Creamer.
Abstract
Student portfolio of Lilia Sofer Skala, who studied architecture at the University of Dresden from 1915 to 1920. Consists of her work as a student, including architectural drawings, sketches, photographs, and watercolor paintings, copies of her academic records, and other printed material.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collections should include the following information: Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio, Ms2003-015 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio was donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture in 2002. Additional materials were donated in 2004 and 2013.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Lilia Sofer Skala Student Portfolio took place from March to July 2004. The finding aid was updated March 2011to reflect the addition of the translated articles. The finding aid was updated July 2013 to include Acc2013-062.


Biographical/Historical Information

Lilia Sofer Skala was born in Vienna, Austria in 1896. She earned a degree in architecture from the University of Dresden and became the first female member of the Austrian Association of Engineers and Architects, practicing architecture.

Skala became a successful stage and film actress in Europe before fleeing the Nazis with her husband and two sons. Among the personal belongings with which she escaped was her portfolio of student work from the University of Dresden.

Skala immigrated to the United States in 1939 and eventually found success as an actress on Broadway and in television and film. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963 for her role as Mother Maria in Lilies of the Field .

Skala passed away in 1994.

Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of Lilia Sofer Skala's work as a student of architecture at the University of Dresden from 1915 to 1920. The student work includes architectural drawings, ink and charcoal sketches, and watercolor paintings. The collection also consists of biographical information including copies of Skala's academic records, printed material about the architectural program at the University of Dresden at the turn of the century, articles by and about Skala, and press material for LiLiA! , a play about Skala written and performed by her grandaughter, Libby Skala.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series of Drawings and Biographical Information.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Photographs
  • Watercolors (paintings)

Contents List

Drawings, 1915-1920, n.d.
  • Folder 1
    Construction drawings, various projects (9 drawings), 1915-1917
  • Folder 2
    Engineering and construction drawings, various projects (10 drawings), 1915-1916
  • Folder 3
    Folder 11
    Folder 12
    Charcoal sketches (13 original drawings and 1 photographic print), 1915-1917, n.d.
  • Folder 4
    Construction drawings, various projects (12 drawings), 1917-1920, n.d.
  • Folder 5
    Construction drawings, Fauilieupeusiau (7 drawings), 1918-1919
  • Folder 6
    Drawings and watercolor, Putz Salon (Rauwkruist Prof. Hogg) (4 drawings), 1919-1920
  • Folder 7
    Construction drawings, Das Palais Einer Furstin (13 drawings), 1920
  • Box-Folder 1
    8
    Thesis, Building Specifications for Das Palais Einer Furstin, 1920
  • Folder 8
    Construction drawings (unfinished), De Taig (7 drawings), n.d.
  • Folder 9
    Pencil and watercolor sketches, Furniture for a Contest (5 drawings), n.d.
  • Folder 10
    Watercolor renderings (8 drawings), 1919-1920, n.d.
  • Folder 11
    Ink sketches (2 drawings), n.d.
  • Box-Folder 1
    9
    Photographs, 3 photographs of Skala's designs and 2 photographs of an orphanage in Laa, Austria for whicj she designed an addition/remodel
Biographical Information, 1917-1928, 2003
Box-Folder: 1
1-7
Scope and Contents note

Includes copies of academic records, copy of newspaper article about Skala, printed material containing information about the architectural program at the University of Dresden, articles by and about Skala (translated into English), and press material for Libby Skala's play, LiLiA!