A Guide to the Sarah Pillsbury Harkness Architectural Collection, 1985-1997, 2013 Harkness, Sarah Pillsbury, Architectural Collection Ms1997-024

A Guide to the Sarah Pillsbury Harkness Architectural Collection, 1985-1997, 2013

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1997-024


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1997-024
Title
Sarah Pillsbury Harkness Architectural Collection 1985-1997, 2013
Physical Characteristics
1 box, 1 oversize folder; 2.25 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
The Sarah Pillsbury Harkness Architectural Collection consists of a book written by her in 1985, a booklet documenting the presentations given on November 21, 1991, and architectural drawings and photographs for her 1996-97 design of a house in Essex, Massachusetts.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Sarah Pillsbury Harkness, Ms1997-024 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Sarah Pillsbury Harkness Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1997.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Sarah Pillsbury Harkness Architectural Collection commenced and was completed in April 1998.


Biographical Information

Born 1914. Sarah Pillsbury Harkness, an architect of Lexington, Massachusetts, received her Master of Architecture degree from the Smith College Graduate School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 1940. She was a founder, in 1945, and now Principal Emeritus of the Architects Collaborative (TAC). She was President of the Boston Society of Architects, a chapter of the AIA, in 1985. She was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer and Guest Lecturer at the University of Arizona, Tucson, a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a thesis advisor, lecturer, critic, and honorary member of the Boston Architectural Center.

Harkness's most noteworthy designs include the New Main Library and the Olin Arts Center at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine; the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; the Art School Addition at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts; and the C. Thurston Chase Learning Center of the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Harkness has received many awards in her career, including the Boston Society of Architects Prize (1941), the American Association of School Administrators Award for her design of the Fox Middle School in Bedford, New York (1967), the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for her design of the Chase Learning Center of the Eaglebrook School (1967), the American School and University Louis I. Kahn Citation for her design of the Olin Arts Center at Bates College (1987), and the Boston Society of Architects 1991 Award of Honor.

Harkness was elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1979. She is a registered architect of Massachusetts and Tennessee. Harkness died May 22, 2013.

Scope and Content

The Sarah Pillsbury Harkness collection consists of a book written by her in 1985, Sustainable Design for Two Maine Islands; a booklet documenting the presentations given on November 21, 1991, at an awards dinner by the Boston Society of Architects, where Harkness was presented with the 1991 Award of Honor; and architectural drawings and photographs for her 1996-1997 design of a house in Essex, Massachusetts.

Related Material

Separated Material

The following book has been removed and cataloged for the Special Collections Rare Book Collection:

Harkness, Sarah P. Sustainable Design for Two Maine Islands. Boston, Boston Architectural Center, 1985. This book is cataloged for the Rare Book Room, Special Collections. Rare Book Collection HT393 M2 S9 1985 Spec Large


Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Biographical Information, 1991, 1997, 2013.
Box-folder 1:2
Audiocassette of a lecture given by Harkness at Virginia Tech on October 29, 1986, about sustainable design, 1986.
Box-folder 1:3
Booklet documenting the presentations given at the awards dinner when Harkness was presented with the Boston Society of Architects 1991 Award of Honor, November 21, 1991. Includes photographs of many of Harkness's designs and biographical information about her, 1991.
Box-folder 1:4
Photographs of the Shaw House in Essex, Massachusetts, 1997.
Oversize 1
Architectural drawings of the Shaw House in Essex, Massachusetts (23 drawings), 1996-1997.