A Guide to the Iris Alex Collection 1956-2002 Alex, Iris, Collection Ms2002-026

A Guide to the Iris Alex Collection 1956-2002

A Collection in
the Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2002-026


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Processed by: Amy Shaffer, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection number
Ms2002-026
Title
Iris Alex Collection 1956-2002
Physical Characteristics
1 container (1 document box); .5 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Development Administrator for Facilities Development Corporation of the State of New York, building consultant for the Young Women's Christian Association, and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Active from the 1950s until 1991. The collection includes both volumes of A Building Manual for the YWCA, written by Alex as well as some biographical information and articles about her work. Also contains correspondence between Alex and other architects about Julia Morgan.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Iris Alex Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Iris Alex Collection, Ms2002-026 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Iris Alex Collection was donated to the International Archives of Women in Architecture at the Special Collections by their creator in 2000, with two additional donations in 2002.

Processing Information

The processing and arrangement of the Iris Alex Collection took place in September 2002. A finding aid was created for it in September 2004.


Biographical/Historical Information

Architect Iris S. Alex (b. 1926) studied at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She spent 13 years working for the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. In the 1970s, Alex worked part-time at Related Designs, Inc. Her main employment was with the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association where she served as the National Architect starting in 1970. While with the YWCA, she developed and oversaw its building advisory service and wrote a two-volume Building Manual for the YWCA. In 1981 she began working as the Development Administrator for Facilities Development Corporation of the State of New York, a position she held until her retirement in 1991.

Scope and Content

The Iris Alex Collection contains material about Alex's career, including a resume, magazine articles, blueprints and a two-volume building manual. It also contains her correspondence with other architects about the career of architect Julia Morgan. There is also correspondence with Morgan's biographer, Sara Boutelle.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series, one containing information about Iris Alex's professional career, and one containing information that Alex collected about architect Julia Morgan.

Series I includes a resume, copies of three building plans, articles and photographs showing projects Alex worked on, and both volumes of the YWCA building handbook that she wrote.

Series II consists of clippings about Julia Morgan, correspondence with other architects and historians about Morgan's work, and correspondence with Morgan's biographer, Sara Boutelle.

Contents List

Series I.: Professional Information, 1959-2002
  • Box-folder 1-1
    Biographical Information, 1998-2002
  • Box-folder 1-2
    Plan for a House Addition, 1959
  • Box-folder 1-3
    Blueprints for a Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Project, 1962
  • Box-folder 1-4
    Article and Photographs about Bassett Hospital Project in Cooperstown, NY for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, 1968-1971
  • Box-folder 1-5
    Articles on Projects for Related Designs, 1972-1974
  • Box-folder 1-6
    A Building Manual for the YWCA , Volumes 1 and 2, by Iris Alex, 1978, 1981
  • Box-folder 1-7
    Correspondence About Work for the State of New York Facilities Development Corporation, 1981-1992
Series II.: Julia Morgan Information 1976-1991
  • Box-folder 1-8
    Clippings and Photographs of Julia Morgan and Her Work, 1976-1988
  • Box-folder 1-9
    Correspondence About Julia Morgan, 1976-1981
  • Box-folder 1-10
    Correspondence About Julia Morgan with Sara Boutelle, 1976-1991
  • Box-folder 1-11
    Information about Sara Boutelle, 1990