A Guide to the Walter Gropius/G. Preston Frazer Papers, 1969-1992 Gropius, Walter, and G. Preston Frazer Papers Ms1992-052

A Guide to the Walter Gropius/G. Preston Frazer Papers, 1969-1992

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1992-052


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1992-052
Title
Walter Gropius/G. Preston Frazer Papers, 1969-1992
Physical Charactertistics
0.3 cu. ft. 1 box
Creator
Frazer, George Preston
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence (from Mrs. Walter Gropius to G. Preston Frazer), as well as photographs, newsclippings, and publications about Gropius.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Walter Gropius/G. Preston Frazer Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Walter Gropius/G. Preston Frazer Papers, Ms1992-052, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Walter Gropius/G. Preston Frazer Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1992. Additional negatives and contact sheets were donated in 2014.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Walter Gropius/G. Preston Frazer Papers commenced and was completed in 1992. Additional description was completed in October 2009 and October 2014.


Biographical Information

Walter Gropius (1883-1969) was a renowned German-American architect; director of the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1928 and Chair of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1938 to 1952.

G. (George) Preston Frazer was born in Davidson, Tennessee, February 4, 1908, to George Augustine and Sadie (Warner) Frazer. He received a BA in Liberal Arts from the Virginia Military Institute in 1929. In 1935, he completed a BS in Engineering at the University of Hawaii, and in 1937, a Masters of Architecture at Harvard University. During World War II, he served with the Second Armored Division in Europe and North Africa. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1968. From 1939 to 1940 and from 1946 to 1974, he taught in the Art Department of Virginia Tech. Following his retirement, Frazer continued to support Virginia Tech, which continues to be among the many institutions to display donations of his work. Frazer died at his home in Catawba, North Carolina, on September 10, 2003.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, mostly from Mrs. Walter Gropius to G. Preston Frazier, as well as photographs of the Walter Gropius bust at Virginia Tech and events surrounding the dedication. The collection also contains publications and clippings about Gropius and his work.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969
  • Subjects:

  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Architecture

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Correspondence, 1969-1992
  • Letter from Charles Burchard to Preston, December 2, 1969
  • Postcard from Jean to Preston, December 7, 1969
  • Letter from Mrs. Gropius to Mr. Frazer, December 11, 1969
  • Letter from Charles Burchard to Frazer, Carter, Sevely, December 19, 1969
  • Letter from Mrs. Gropius to Mr. Frazer, February 21, 1970
  • Postcard to Preston, March 6, 1970
  • Letter from "Grope Fest" to Mr. Preston Frazer, May 14, 1970
  • Letter from Mrs. Gropius to Mr. Frazer, December 13, 1970
  • Letter from Mrs. Walter Gropius to Mr. Frazer, October 15, 1972
  • Letter from Mrs. George A. Frazer to Preston Frazer, November 1, 1972
  • Letter from Charles Burchard to George P. Frazer, October 24, 1977
  • Letter from Charles W. Steger to George and Bea, April 20, 1992
Box-folder 1:2
Photographs, 1969, n.d
  • Box-folder 1:2
    4 slides of Gropius bust
  • Box-folder 1:2
    15 unidentified photographs
  • Box-folder 1:2
    4 photographs from the presentation of Gropius bust, December 9, 1969
  • Box-folder 1:2
    4 8x10 photographs of Gropius bust
  • Box-folder 1:5
    Walter Gropius Bust Dedication Events, Negatives (photographs by John Carnochan), 1969
  • Box-folder 1:6
    Walter Gropius Bust Dedication Events, Contact Sheets (photographs by John Carnochan), 1969
Box-folder 1:3
Publications, 1963-1969
  • "Magister Gropius." Reprinted from September 1969, Progressive Architecture
  • V.P.I. Daily Bulletin, Vol. 18, No. 41. Wednesday, December 3, 1969
  • Walter Gropius-architect-creator-educator. An exhibition of the works and creations of Walter Gropius.Arranged by the Bahaus Archive, Darmstadt with support of the foreign office of the federal Republic of Germany
Box-folder 1:4
Miscellaneous, 1968-1970
  • Speech given by Mrs. Gropius
  • Photocopy of article on Grope Fest
  • Western Union Telegram to Professor Marvin Sevely and Professor Preston Frazer from Grope Fest, May 8, 1970
  • Advance for feature article in the newspaper, The Star Ledger
  • Newspaper article about Gropius. The New York Times, July 6, 1969
  • Newspaper article about Gropius. The New York Times, July 8, 1969
  • Harvard University: The President's Report, 1968-1969

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Frazer, George Preston
  • Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969