Eleanore Pettersen Architectural Collection, 1915-2010 (bulk 1950-2000) Pettersen, Eleanore Architectural Collection Ms2003-018

Eleanore Pettersen Architectural Collection, 1915-2010(bulk 1950-2000)

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Repository
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Collection Number
Ms2003-018
Title
Eleanore Pettersen Architectural Collection, 1915-2010 (bulk 1950-2000)
Physical Characteristics
218 containers; 296 cu. ft.
Creator
Eleanore Pettersen
Language
English
Abstract
Eleanore K. Pettersen (1916-2003) received a Certificate in Architecture from Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art in 1941, and was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin from 1941-1943. She was one of the first women licensed as an architect in the state of New Jersey in 1950, and was the first woman in New Jersey to open her own architectural office. She primarily designed residences and was also very active in professional and civic organizations. She became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 1991. The collection consists of project files, sketches, blueprints, drawings, models, photographs, and other material relating to over 600 of Pettersen's projects as well as material relating to her participation in various professional and civic organizations. The materials in the collection range in date from 1915-2003 with the bulk of the material dating 1950-2000.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Eleanore Pettersen Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Eleanore Pettersen Architectural Collection, Ms2003-018, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Eleanore Pettersen Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in September 2003.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Eleanore Pettersen Architectural Collection commenced in February, 2009 and was completed in February, 2010. Preliminary processing was untaken by Amy Vilelle in 2007.


Biographical Information

Eleanore K. Pettersen entered Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art in New York City in 1937 intent on studying painting; but, her first drafting course changed her focus and she emerged in 1941 with a Certificate in Architecture. Following Cooper Union she apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin from 1941 to 1943. After leaving the communal environment of Taliesin, where Pettersen comments that she “was never without a bandage the whole time,” she worked on various projects including the National Defense Research Committee in Princeton, NJ, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and with architect Arthur Rigolo in Clifton, New Jersey before becoming licensed as an architect in the state of New Jersey in 1950 and opening her own architectural office in 1952. Pettersen was the first woman in the state to open her own architectural office and she did so in style, renovating a 200-year-old barn in Saddle River, NJ, to be her home and office.

Over the years she employed a number of interns and apprentices (often women), preferring to hire right out of architecture school. Within a few weeks of being hired and initiated into the firm’s detail-oriented method, the new employees were assigned their own projects and were encouraged to work closely with the clients and to follow their projects through not only the design but building aspects as well. In July 1970, Pettersen formed Design Collaborative, an interior design component to her architectural firm, furthering her thorough involvement in the design process.

Although Pettersen designed a number of commercial and institutional properties, she was primarily a residential architect. Among her clients were former President Richard Nixon and jazz artist George Benson. She was also extremely proud of her involvement with the luxury town house community, Bear’s Nest, in Park Ridge, New Jersey. It was developed in phases during the 1980s and 1990s, and each of the approximately 200 units had custom design features.

She stressed a personal relationship with the clients, and this is very evident in the correspondence and writings found within her collection. An excerpt from the program Ageless Perceptions IV: Senior Women in Architecture, an exhibit held at the SOHO20 Gallery in New York City, highlights Pettersen’s devotion to architecture:

1991 will be my fortieth year as an architectural principal with my own office. Architecture has been a total commitment. If I were to make a choice all over again, the choice would be the same. Architecture has imbued me with a sense of self worth and has given me the privilege of contributing a new sense of life and meaning to my clients and their families.

Pettersen’s commitment to architecture superseded creating designs and working with clients. She also served on a number of national and local professional/civic organizations promoting architecture as a viable profession for women with her presence and accomplishments.

In 1957 she founded the Bergen County Chapter of Altrusa (a service organization for professional women), and over her decades long involvement served as president for three non-consecutive terms. She was also on several boards including: the Arts Center of Northern New Jersey; Ramapo College of New Jersey; the Mercer Community College board of directors; Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA); and various Bergen County committees including the Bergen County Task Force of Affordable Housing.

Professionally she was just as engaged becoming a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1954 and serving on various sub-committees. She also belonged to the New Jersey Society of Architects, the Architectural League of Northern New Jersey, and served on the boards of local architecture schools like the New Jersey Institute of Technology

Pettersen was featured in [at least] three exhibitions: Ageless Perceptions IV – Senior Women in Architecture at the SOHO20 Gallery in New York City in 1991, Eleanore Pettersen, FAIA/Four Decades (a one-woman show) at the Arts Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, NJ, in 1991, and Taliesin Legacy: The Independent Work of Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentices at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York in 1992.

During her fifty year career Pettersen achieved a number of firsts including: the first woman recipient of the Professional Achievement Citation for Distinguished Accomplishments by Cooper Union (1965); first woman appointed by the governor to the New Jersey State Board of Architects and subsequently its first woman president (1975- 1976); first female president of the New Jersey Society of Architects (1984); and first woman elected as New Jersey’s Regional Director to the AIA Board (1986-1989).

Pettersen was named an AIA Fellow in 1991. She passed away at her Saddle River home in 2003.

Scope and Content

Pettersen’s collection encompasses over fifty years of architectural practice including project files, sketches, drawings, blueprints, models, slides and photographs representing approximately 600 designs. The collection also contains Pettersen’s personal papers including biographical information, family papers, and photographs. The materials range in date from 1915-2003 (bulk 1950-2000) and are divided into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, Project Records, and Artifacts and Models. See the contents list below for more detail about the individual series.

Arrangement

The Eleanore Pettersen Architecture Collection is divided into five series: Personal Papers, Professional Papers, Office Records, Project Records, and Art, Artifacts, Models. The series are arranged alphabetically by subject except for the Project Records. They are arranged in a Project Index alphabetically by client’s name.

Related Material

The ImageBase at Virginia Tech's Special Collections contains digital images of Pettersen's work.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Pettersen, Eleanore, 1916-2003.
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
  • Corporate Names:

  • Design Collaborative.
  • Eleanore Pettersen Associates.
  • Subjects:

  • Architects--New Jersey.
  • Architectural drawing--20th century.
  • Buildings--Specifications.
  • Women architects--New Jersey.
  • Women-owned architectural firms.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Models (representations).
  • Architectural drawings.
  • Blueprints.
  • Photographs.
  • Occupations:

  • Architects.

Contents List

SERIES I: Personal Papers, 1918-2003

The Personal Papers series contains Pettersen’s family papers, biographical information, and personal correspondence (1963-1999). The series also contains a subseries of photographs and slides.

  • SUBSERIES A: General, 1928-2003
    • Box 1
      • ‘Adrienne Remembered,’ eulogy, 1985
      • Biographical information, 1941-1994
      • Diploma from Cooper Union and Commencement Program, 1976
      • Correspondence, personal, 1963-1977
      • Correspondence, personal, 1981-1983
      • Correspondence, personal, 1990-1999
      • Correspondence, personal, undated
      • Estate planning, personal, 1999
      • Family Papers (Cecil Pettersen), 1928-1951
      • Family Papers, poetry of Cecil Pettersen, undated
      • Gordin, Alixie, Casting Society of America 8th Annual Artios Awards Program, 1992
      • Hejduk, John. Such Places as Memory, autographed book
      • Memo regarding will, undated
      • Memorial service, Pettersen, 2003
      • Postage stamps, 1982, undated
    • Box 81
      • Copy of a sketch featuring a young woman and a letter from Eugene Mackay, 1946
    • Map Case 30, Drawer 1, Folder 1
      • Artwork, Alixe Gordin
  • SUBSERIES B: Photographs/Slides, 1918-1995

    The subseries photographs/slides are divided further into Family Portraits and Photographs, Miscellaneous. The miscellaneous photographs are mostly unidentified snapshots. Major subjects present include: Altrusa meetings; Pettersen's barn/studio and pets; Pettersen's travels to visit friends; parties/gatherings; house models; Taliesin West Half Century celebration; and a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Grand Waikapu Country Club in Maui, Hawaii.

    • Family Portraits, 1918-1995
      • Box 1
        • Photographs of Pettersen, circa 1919-1995
        • Photographs, proof sheets of Pettersen portraits by Jill Krementz, undated
        • Photographs, Pettersen’s family
        • Photographs, family and friends, 1918-1929, undated
      • Box 81
        • Portrait of Pettersen as a baby, framed
        • Portrait of Pettersen’s father, E.A. Pettersen, undated
        • Portrait of a young woman in riding attire, undated
        • Portrait of a young woman [Pettersen?], undated
        • Portrait of a young woman [Pettersen?], undated
    • Photographs, Miscellaneous
      • Box 10
        • Contains photographs featuring: Altrusa meetings; Pettersen's barn/studio and pets; Pettersen's travels to visit friends; parties/gatherings; house models; Taliesin West Half Century celebration; and a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Grand Waikapu Country Club in Maui, Hawaii.
      • Box 11, Container B
        • Slides, People, 1940-1949
          • Mary Schneider, 1941
          • Ruth Brooke, 1941
          • Alixe Gordin and Pettersen, May 1948
          • Herb Princeton, September 1949
          • “Rudi,” 1947-1949
      • Box 11, Container C
        • Slides, 1989, 1995
          • People and scenery, 1989 (trip, boat, crocodile, friends)
          • People and scenery, 1989 (trip, boat, crocodile, friends)
      • Box 11, Container D
        • Slides, 1946, 1976-1989
          • Building, 1987 (Frank Lloyd Wright, desert?)
          • Colonial and Barns, 1946
          • Construction site, desert, 1989
          • Trip, Ancient ruins, 1989
          • Trip, England, 1976
          • Trip, Stonehenge, 1977
SERIES II: Professional Papers, 1915-2002, bulk 1950-2000

The Professional Papers series consists of material relating to Pettersen’s participation in various professional and civic organizations, material (collected by Pettersen) documenting Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin, various awards received by Pettersen, correspondence, and general reference files.

  • SUBSERIES A: General, 1949-2000
    • Box 1
      • Correspondence, professional, 1969-1990
      • Correspondence, professional, 1991-2000, undated
      • Correspondence from Virginia Tech/IAWA, 1991
      • Draft of letter to Bill Brown III (re: NJSE and architectural archives), undated
      • Draft of Chapter III (unidentified project), undated
      • Lecture notes, Altrusa (2 sets), undated
      • Lecture notes on architecture, 1989-1993
      • Lecture notes on architecture, undated
      • Lecture notes and slides on architecture, undated
      • Lecture script ‘How to sell a haunted house’ for Bergen county Consortium for teacher of the gifted, 1995
      • Lecture notes on Residential Architecture, 1920s-1990s, circa 1990
      • Lecture Slides, Pettersen Houses, undated
      • Lecture Notes on Frank Lloyd Wright (5 sets), 1979, undated
      • Lecture, 'Wright Houses and Building,' undated
      • Letters of Recommendation for EKP, 1949
      • Letters of Recommendation by EKP, 1950-1955, 1967-1978
      • Presentation slides, 1949-1922 (see box 11 below)
      • Reference Files
        • AIA Newsletter “Memo,” 1980-1981, 1986
        • Architects’ Office Management and Administration Report, 1990 [newsletter]
        • Bergen County directory of organizations for women, 1980
        • Clippings from House Beautiful, 1967
        • Georgia, roster of registered architects, 1956
        • Holder, Gus. Booklet “Interiors that Charm,” undated
        • Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig. Article, 1992
        • Montim, R. M. album, curriculum vitae and completed project photos, 1988
        • National Fallout shelter Design Competition Awards, 1967
        • National Park Service Alumnae Association newsletter “The Bulletin,” 1981-1994
        • New Jersey State Women’s Committee, clippings and fliers, 1973-1996
        • “Notebook of Enterprising Women,” business directory, 1986
        • Ostrom, Barbara, clippings, 1990
        • Postcards, undated
        • Ramapo College, booklets and newsletter, 1985-1992
        • Rose, James (landscape architect), articles, 1987-1992
        • Saddle River, NJ, clippings on housing and zoning, 1987-1995
        • Wilmington Station Rehabilitation (including profile of Pettersen’s office), 1977
        • Women in Architecture, clippings and book chapter, 1977-1992
        • Women’s Rights Information center, clippings and newsletters, 1982-1983
    • Box 77
      • State licenses to practice architecture, Georgia, 1956
      • State licenses to practice architecture, Massachusetts, 1974
      • State licenses to practice architecture, New York, 1974
      • State licenses to practice architecture, North Carolina, 1958 (2)
    • Box 85
      • AIA, certificate of membership, 1954
      • Member, Board of Architects, New Jersey, 1973
      • State license to practice architecture, Connecticut, 1961
      • State license to practice architecture, New Jersey, 1950
    • Box 87
      • Cooper Union, diploma, 1941
      • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Standard Junior Examination, 1950
    • Box 11, Container C
      • Presentations Slides
        • Buildings, 1976
        • Buildings, undated (not Pettersen)
        • Buildings, interiors, undated
        • Buildings, 1992
        • Lecture slides, Pettersen portrait, undated
        • East Hampton, 1949, 1958, 1971, 1973
  • SUBSERIES B: Associations and Committees, 1955-2002

    Pettersen was active locally and nationally in professional organizations, as a member of the New Jersey Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects, and in civic organizations, as a member of the Altrusa Club, YWCA, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She was also involved in various local groups/projects, such as the Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County, Bergen Community College Women’s Institute Advisory Council, and the Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board. Materials relating to these activities primarily include minutes, correspondence, agendas, reports, notes, and printed material.

    • Box 1
      • Altrusa Club of Bergen County, 1978, 1980
      • Altrusa Club of Bergen County, 1978-1981
      • [Altrusa International], 1979-1982
      • Altrusa, Masters, Year Book, 1978-1980
      • Altrusa, Membership Bank, 1976-1977
      • Altrusa Club - Miscellaneous Papers, Newspaper Clippings
      • ACP: Feasibility Study for a 4-Year College in Bergen co., New Jersey by Architects Associated for College Planning (ACP), 1967
      • AIA, Architectural Education Initiative, 1987-1988
      • AIA, Committee on Design, Design Commission, 1986-1988
      • AIA, Convention, 1982-1984
      • AIA, Board of Directors, minutes, December 1984
    • Box 2
      • AIA, Board of Directors, Minutes, Correspondence, 1986-1987
      • AIA, Board of Directors, Correspondence and Meeting Information, 1987
      • AIA, General Information, 1983-1985
      • AIA, Housing Committee Correspondence, 1991
      • AIA, Recommendation letters for Jay Iselin to be the Public Director of AIA Board, 2001
      • AIA, Regional Director, brochures and notes on committee membership and fund raising, 1988
      • AIA, Regional Director, reports, correspondence, NJSA/AIA firm directory, 1987-1989
      • AIA, reports, 1987-1988
      • AIA: Women in Architecture Task Force, 1975-1980
      • Architecture Advisory Commission, Minutes, 1984
      • Art Center of Northern New Jersey Board, 1997
      • Bergen Community College Women's Institute Advisory Council, 1977-1978
      • Bergen County - Affordable Housing Task Force, 1990-1992
      • Bergen County - Art Auction, November 1979
      • Bill Bradley for U.S. Senate, Advisory Council, 1984-1985
      • Cases for CASA (Cart Appointed Special Advocate) Recognition, 1997
      • Cooper Union, 1955, 1957, 1967, 1973-1979
      • Cooper Union, 1979-1981
      • Cooper Union Alumni Association, 2000
      • Cooper Union Trustees meeting and school catalog, 1983
      • Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County, Affordable House, 1977-1981 (2 folders)
      • Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County, 1980-1982 (3 folders)
      • Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County, 1982-1986 (4 folders)
      • [Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County], 1987
      • Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art, and Architecture (IFRAA), 1984, 1986-1987
      • IFRAA, 1987-1989 (2 folders)
      • Mercer County Community College, Board of Directors, handbook and correspondence, 1980-1984
      • New Jersey Institute of Technology, correspondence, 1979-1981
      • New Jersey School of Architecture (at New Jersey Institute of Technology), Advisory Board, 2001-2002
    • Box 3
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, 1979-1980 (3 folders)
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, 1980-1981 (2 folders)
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, 1982
      • New Jersey Society of Architects (NJSA), Annual Meetings, Budgets, Building Codes, 1980-1981
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, 1981-1982, 1984-1985 (2 folders)
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, 1982-1986
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, 1983-1984
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Annual Conference, 1984
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Treasurer's Report, 1985
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, 1985-1986 (3 folders)
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Adult Education Committee, 1971
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Amicus Brief, Comments of Code, Women in Architecture, 1985-1986
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Continuing Education, 1980
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Schinnerer Speech: A New Vista of Architect’s Legal Responsibilities, 1960
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Executive Committee Information, April 1987
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Executive Committee Information, May 1987
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, Executive Committee Information, June 1987
      • New Jersey State Board of Architects, Minutes, 1984-1985
      • New Jersey State Board of Architects, Minutes, 1987
      • New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 1985-1987
      • Ramapo State College, 1985-1986
      • Ramapo State College, Board of Directors Calendar and Address List, 1992
      • Taliesin, Correspondence with Edgar Tafel and others, 1970-1998, undated
      • Taliesin, Fellows' Alumni Events, 1986-1992
      • Taliesin, The Taliesin Fellowship, 1932-1982, directory
      • Turnpike Regional Environment Enrichment, beginning 1985
      • [Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board], 1977-1978 (2 folders)
      • Uniform Construction Appeal Board, Saddle River, beginning 1979, Vasilios Saites, 1979
      • Uniform Construction Appeal Board, Saddle River, beginning 1979, Samuel E. Jensen, Jr., 1979
      • Uniform Construction Appeal Board, Saddle River, beginning 1979, Daniel Melehan, 1979
      • Uniform Construction Appeal Board, Saddle River, beginning 1979, Eleanore Pettersen, 1977-1979
      • Uniform Construction Appeal Board, Appeal Board Hearing, Dr. John Winn, 1981
      • YMCA-YWCA, 1975-1982
      • YWCA Board of Trustees, 1983-1985
    • Box 11, container C
      • Slides
        • Altrusa
          • Meeting [Altrusa?], 1993
          • Women by Lake, 1993
          • Conference, 1993
          • Installation, 1994
          • Altrusa BC, February 1995
          • Scranton conference, May election, 1995
  • SUBSERIES C: Awards, 1957-2002

    Professional and civic awards presented to Pettersen.

    • Box 4
      • AIA, Architects League of Northern New Jersey - Appreciation, Lifetime Award, 1997, 1999
      • AIA, Fellowship Nomination, 1991 Binder One
      • AIA, Fellowship Nomination, 1991 Binder Two
      • AIA, Fellowship Nomination, 1991, material inserted in AIA Fellowship binder, 1991
      • AIA, Fellowship, correspondence, 1991
      • AIA, Certificate of Fellowship, 1991
      • Altrusa Club, 'A Salute to Eleanore Pettersen, F.A.I.A,' 2000
      • Arts Center of Northern New Jersey, Artist Ball honoring Eleanore Pettersen, 1991
      • Borough of Ramsey, Certificate of Appreciation, 1983
      • Brandeis University National Women's Committee, bookplate given in honor of Pettersen, 1993
      • Casas for CASA, appreciation plaque, 1997
      • Child Care Center, Dr. David Goldberg, Appreciations Award, 1985
      • Cooper Union, Augustus St. Gaudens Award for Professional Achievement, 1994
      • Cooper Union, membership in The Golden Legion, 1991
      • Cooper Union, Professional Achievement, 1965
      • Cooper Union, membership in The Society of 1859, 2002
      • County of Bergen, New Jersey, Certificates of Commendation, 1993
      • Finalist, Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 1992
      • Finalist, Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 1993
      • Girl Scouts Outstanding Achievement, 1987
      • Kathryn Miller Award to Outstanding Women active in Women's Rights Issues in Bergen County, 1989
      • New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Certificate of Appreciation, 1996
      • New Jersey Institute of Technology, Certificate of Appreciation, 1997
      • New Jersey Women of Achievement, 1995
      • Pioneer Women of the 1990s, 1991
      • Ramapo College, Recognition, 1994, undated
      • Saddle River, Mayor's Award, 1994
      • Socially Responsible 1992 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, finalist, 1992
      • Women’s Rights Information Center, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton ‘The World is Moving’ Award,” 1991
      • Women's Rights Information Center, Turning Point Person, 1999
    • Box 76
      • Cooper Union, professional achievement citation, 1965
      • New Jersey, member Energy Crisis Study Commission, 1974
      • New Jersey, member Energy Crisis Study Commission, 1974
      • Women's Rights Information Center "Turning Point Person," 1999
    • Box 78
      • AIA, certificate of appreciation, 1989 Design Commission
      • Altrusa Club of Bergen County, 1957
      • Arts Center of Northern New Jersey, Patron of the ARTS award, 1991
      • New Jersey, Assembly Commendation, 1992
      • New Jersey, Assembly Resolution, March 1992 observed as "Women's History Month"
      • New Jersey, member Uniform Construction Code Advisory Board, 1976
      • Taliesin Fellowship, certificate, 1992
      • Sterling’s Who's Who Directory (2 folders)
    • Box 86
      • Cooper Union, Second Century Society, undated
      • Arts Council of Bergen County and Architects League of Northern New Jersey, Recognition certificate, 1967
      • Arts Council of Bergen County and Architects League of Northern New Jersey, County Award of Merit, 1967
      • Modern Nursing Home Administrator, Nursing Home of the Month Award for Excellence of Architectural Design, 1966
      • State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, certificate of appreciate for services as chairperson of the youth consultants of the New Jersey State Commission on Women, 1974
      • Sixth Annual Masonry Awards Programs, 1st place, residential multi-unit, 1989
      • New Jersey Legislature, Senate Resolution honoring and saluting Eleanore Pettersen, 1999
      • New Jersey Society of Architects, AIA, meritorious service as president, 1985
  • SUBSERIES D: Frank Lloyd Wright, 1915-2002

    Pettersen served as an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright as part of the Taliesin Fellowship from 1941 to 1943. Over the years, she collected material, such as newspaper and magazine clippings, newsletters (Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and FLLW Update), documenting Frank Lloyd Wright, his buildings, and his legacy. She also collected material, such as correspondence, publications, and clippings relating to Taliesin Fellows.

    • Box 4
      • Binder one, 1950-1959 (4 folders)
      • Binder two, 1980-1989 (4 folders)
    • Box 5
      • Ads for Frank Lloyd Wright homes and inspired products, 1978-1994, undated
      • Books/Exhibit catalogs
        • Book catalogs and advertisements, 1986-1995
        • Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, catalogs and brochures, 1989-2001
        • J.B. Muns Fine Art Books, book catalogs, 1985-1994
        • Prairie Avenue Bookshop, book catalogs, 1992-1995
        • “Frank Lloyd Wright – Architect” exhibit at Museum of Modern Art, 1994
        • “Realizations of Usonia: Frank Lloyd Wright in Westchester,” exhibit catalog, 1985
      • Brochures and Booklets
        • Brochures, exhibits, tours, etc. regarding Frank Lloyd Wright, 1978-1997, and undated
        • “The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright in concrete Masonry,” pictorial booklet, 1989
        • “The Lighting of a Great Museum” (the Guggenheim), booklet, 1960
        • Usonian Homes, brochures, 1947
      • Calendar (based on the book “The Wright Style”), 1994
      • Clippings
        • 1949-1958 (2 folders)
        • 1960-1969
        • 1970-1979 (includes Svetlana Stalin information)
        • 1980-1989
        • 1990-1992
        • 1993-1999
        • 2000-2002
        • Undated
        • Apprentices/fellows, clippings, 1989-1993, undated
      • Correspondence about Frank Lloyd Wright and apprentices, 1981-1991
      • Encyclopedia of Frank Lloyd Wright, William Allen Storer information, 1988
      • Magazine articles (more magazine articles are located in Box 80 below)
        • 1975-1989
        • 1990-1999
        • Architectural Record, “The Wright Legacy Evaluated,” 1960
        • Harper’s, “From Bauhaus to Out House,” 1981
        • Life Houses, pages including Frank Lloyd Evaluated,” 1960
        • Northwest Architect, feature on Frank Lloyd Wright, 1969
        • Progressive Architect, “Wright Prevails,” 1987
        • Saturday Evening Post, “Frank Lloyd Wright: Defiant Genius,” 1961
        • Sergeant, John. “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses: the case for organic architecture,” 1975
        • WETA Magazine featuring Frank Lloyd Wright documentary, 1998
        • Wisconsin Stories, “Frank Lloyd Wright in Spring Green, 1911-1932,” 1980
      • Newsletters
        • Bulletins: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy,” 1990-1991
        • “FLLW Update,” 1988-1996 (2 folders)
        • “Frank Lloyd Wright Newsletter,” 1981
        • “Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly,” 1990-1992
      • Photographs/Slides (See box 11, container B below)
      • Postcards, undated
      • Taliesin
        • From letters and brochures, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Taliesin West), 1988-1997
        • “Friends of Taliesin” newsletter, 1985-1989
        • “Journal of the Taliesin Fellows,” newsletter and correspondence, 1990-1999
        • “Taliesin Fellowship News,” newsletter, 1988-1989
    • Box 80
      • Magazine articles
        • 1971 and undated
        • Architectural Forum, issue from January 1948
        • Architectural Forum, articles, 1949-1956
        • House + Home, articles, 1952-1955
        • Wisconsin Magazine of History, “Organic Living: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship and Georgi Gurdjieff’s Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man,” by Robert C. Twombly, 1974-1975
        • “Wright’s Houses,” by George Nelson
    • Box 11, Container B
      • Buildings, 1937-1949
        • “Auldbrass Plantation,” Stevens, Yemassee, South Carolina, August 1946
        • Barnsdall (Hollyhock House), 1941
        • Dodge House – LA Gill, 1915-1916
        • Ennis, 1941-1942
        • Falling Water, 1937
        • Florida Southern, 1946
        • Guggenheim
        • Hillside, 1942
        • Jacobs House
        • Johnson Wax
        • Larkin
        • Lloyd Lewis, Riverside, IL, 1943
        • Little House, 1941
        • Marin County
        • McDowell Peak, 1942
        • Millard House, undated
        • M.I.T., July, 1949
        • Oklahoma residence, interior, 1955
        • Robie House, Chicago, IL 1909
        • Storer
        • Sturgis, 1942
        • Taliesin, 1938-1942
        • Unidentified
        • Wylie House
SERIES III: Office Records, 1946-2003

The Office Records series consists of materials relating to the day to day operations of a private architectural practice including financial materials, exhibit materials, publicity, clippings and scrapbooks featuring Pettersen and her practice, and photographs.

  • SUBSERIES A: General, 1962-2003

    The General subseries focuses on the daily operations of the practices with an emphasis on financial matters. Materials present include: invoices, architectural fees, budget correspondence, purchase order books (1972-2000) and appointment books (1993-1998).

    • Box 5
      • Architectural fees, 1994-1999, 2001 (7 folders)
      • Architectural invoices, 1982
      • Budgets (office), 1988-1989
      • Business comparison report by Dun and Bradstreet, 1994
      • CAD – Bruning Co., invoices and product information, 1985-1987
      • CAD – Holguin, contacts and product information, 1986-1987
      • Contract disputes with Picasso Painters, 1984-1985
      • Copies of employee’s pay statements, 2001
      • Correspondence, outgoing faxes, 2001 (communications to Tom, Q&A relating to legal dispute with Weissmann's’s)
      • Correspondence from Emily Schultz and Associates, 1995, 2000
      • Correspondence, fax from Emily Schultz, 2000 (regarding Cooper Union, Weissmann contract, letter and construction)
      • Credit References, 1967-1972
    • Box 6
      • Design Collaborative vs. Bear’s Nest, Phase I, Closing Papers, 1986, 1994
      • Estimates, 1982-1983
      • Estimating forms, undated
      • Financial records, 1981-1982
      • Interior Design Costs, 1972-1976
      • Invoices, 1981-1997
      • Invoices – consultation, 1962-1972
      • Jenson silver, letter and photos, 1992
      • Job cost record, 1961
      • Job lists, 1984 and undated (3 folders)
      • Job list/time record, 1986-1988, 1992-1994
      • Kantor, Carl, photos of sculpture and letter, 1996
      • Library, Saddle River, 2000
      • Pajoohi vs. Pettersen, 1997
      • Photographer’s bills, Alexandre Georges, 1968-1969
      • “Print book” for plan reproduction payments, 1982-2000
      • Product and architecture information file, undated
      • Professional association dues, 1974-1979
      • Prospects, 1972-1981
      • “Purchase Orders” book with project information, 1972-2000
      • Requests for proposals (from Camden Housing Authority), 1999
      • Standard details, including Nadel #5614, Troeger #5702, Gardner #5715, Lippman, and Reppen
      • State License Cards, 1989-2003
      • Weissmann vs. Pettersen, 2000
      • Unidentified poloroids and magazine clippings [associated with Stoller, Turner, Scott, and Russo?], undated
      • Unidentified sketches and product information, undated
    • Box 88
      • Appointment books, 1993-1998 (6 folders)
      • Reproduction of original exhibits in the Supreme Court case: The Tennessee Electric Power Company et al. v. Tennessee Valley Authority
  • SUBSERIES B: Clippings/Scrapbooks, 1957-2001

    The Clippings/Scrapbook subseries includes newspaper and magazine clippings (1957- 2000) about Pettersen and her practice, real estate ads for houses designed by Pettersen, and two scrapbooks compiled by Pettersen.

    • Box 7
      • Clippings
        • Pettersen, 1957-1969
        • Pettersen, 1970-1979
        • Pettersen, 1980-1989
        • Pettersen, 1990-2000
        • Pettersen, undated
        • Pettersen with correspondence, 1971-1988
        • Pettersen, houses for sale
        • AIA Bulletin featuring Pettersen, 1965
        • “At Cooper Union” publications with articles on Pettersen, 1966, 1973, 1985, 1994
        • Bear’s Nest
        • Magazine articles about Pettersen and her work, 1966-1972
        • New Jersey Society of Architects “Architecture New Jersey” publications with articles on Pettersen, 1958, 1967, 1976, 1984
        • Nixon and his house, 1981-2001
      • Scrapbooks
        • Alford-Nixon-Ushijima Residence in Saddle River, NJ (5 folders)
        • Pettersen scrapbook (2 folders)
    • Box 80
      • American Home, “Old Barn into Lovely Home,” May 1965
      • Star Ledger, “Meet Eleanore Pettersen, student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Designing Woman,” 2000
  • SUBSERIES C: Oversize Drawings – (rolled tubes), 1950 and undated
    • Box 95
      • Borough of Saddle River Master Plan, 1950
    • Box 98
      • Proposed Development West of Rt. 17 Saddle River, Master Plan
  • SUBSERIES D: Presentation Materials, 1991-1992

    The Presentation Materials subseries contain exhibit boards, publicity, and other materials for three exhibits featuring Pettersen.

    • Box 6
      • Exhibit at Arts Center of Northern New Jersey: “Eleanore Pettersen, AIA, Four Decades,” 1991
        • Invitations and Exhibit Material
        • Board and panel descriptions of projects
        • Correspondence and news clippings
        • Exhibit information (includes FAIA nomination information)
        • Photographs of exhibit
      • Exhibit at SOHO20 “Ageless Perceptions IV: Senior Women in architecture,” 1991
      • Exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York Center “Taliesin Legacy: The Independent Work of Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentices,” 1992
    • Boxes 8, Boxes 82-83, 90-92, Map Cabinet 32 Drawer 5 Folder 1, and 2 oversize folders located on top of map cabinets 30 and 31
      • Exhibit at Arts Center of Northern New Jersey: “Eleanore Pettersen, AIA, Four Decades,” 1991
        • Exhibit boards
    • Box 89
      • Exhibit panels [featuring Bear’s Nest, Mark’s residence]
      • Presentation prints
  • SUBSERIES E: Public Relations, 1954-1990

    The Public Relations series contains materials relating to the promotion of Pettersen’s practice including press clippings, correspondence between Pettersen and interviewers/media outlets, and photograph albums containing a selection of Pettersen’s projects.

    • Box 6
      • Alford/Nixon House, publicity clippings, 1969-1990
      • Promotion, 1954, 1967, 1973-1979
      • Publicity, 1966-1976
      • Public relations, 1969, 1972
      • Rosica, Mulhern and Associates, 1984
      • Albums
        • Anisfield residence
        • Barn (Pettersen’s home/office)
        • Bear’s Nest
        • Gardner residence
        • Glickman residence
        • Lapkin residence
        • Lenk-Benson residence
        • Marks residence
        • Segal residence
        • Seminara residence
        • Simmons residence
        • Swartley residence
        • Van Ness residence
  • SUBSERIES F: Photographs, 1946-2001

    The Photographs subseries contain glass slides, photographs, and slides of a mixture of unidentified structures and buildings designed by Pettersen. The photographs are mostly snapshots and Polaroids.

    • Box 8
      • Glass Slides
        • Houses – Exteriors (3 slides)
        • Houses – Interiors (3 slides)
        • Houses – Quanchi Interiors (2 slides)
        • Model – Church of St. Philip the Apostle, Clifton Lakes, NJ (13 slides)
    • Box 9
      • Alford/Nixon residence (#8011), 1982
      • Alford/Nixon residence
      • Anisfield, model and house, undated
      • Art Center of Northern New Jersey, #9315
      • Bear’s Nest, aerial shots by Charles L. Lutz, undated
      • Bear’s Nest, Alford/Nixon, and unidentified, undated
      • Bear’s Nest
      • Benson residence
      • Berkowitz residence #8308
      • Cabana Pools
      • Cape Cod – exterior, 1991
      • Church [?] – exterior
      • Cocozello residence
      • Contact sheets depicting Bear’s Nest, Pettersen’s home/studio, and Anisfield, undated
      • Corcoran, #9104, negatives
      • Corrodi, James, May 25, 1960
      • Dinallo #7605
      • Franklin Lakes Church, Anisfield Residence [?]
      • Gardner, 1997
      • Glickman residence
      • Hartwyck West Retirement Home
      • Henken, Patricia
      • High rise offices [?] for Saddle River
      • House, brownstone, interior and exterior
      • House, low Usonian-style, undated
      • Houses, miscellaneous
      • Houses, construction, interior and exterior
      • Houses – exteriors (2 folders)
      • Houses – exteriors – wooden house with small wrap balcony
      • Houses – exteriors – modern, pointy house by water
      • Houses – exterior – location Saddle River, NJ
      • Houses – exterior – boxy stone and wood house
      • Houses – exteriors – oriental style on hill, concrete block building, block entranceway
      • Houses – exteriors – colonial, undated
      • Houses – exterior – wooden house with wrap porch (on a hill)
      • Houses – exterior – octagon pods and swimming pool
      • Houses – interior
      • Huber residence
      • Jacobs, #9414
      • Jaeckle, construction photographs
      • Land – undeveloped
      • Lapkin [and others?] – photographs from owners showing house and landscaping project, 1985 and undated
      • Lenk and Segal residences, undated
      • Marks residence (#7402 or #7502), undated
      • Mininni, #9309
      • Model – house
      • Model – house with long breezeway and fence
      • Model – Project 143/Martha’s Vineyard, undated
      • Model – swimming pool
      • Nasson College, Westerly Campus, undated
      • Negatives – model, Pettersen’s barn, dog
      • Motel, Woodcliff Lake, NJ
      • Office building, Paramus, NJ (Lucibello)
      • Passarella, #9308
      • Pettersen’s Barn (home/studio)
      • Pettersen and her employees, 1982
      • Pettersen at her home/studio, 1973 and undated
      • Pompton Hair Salon
      • Raia, #9804
      • Rothman, 1955
      • Sadinoff residence – interior
      • Scheiber residence
      • Seminara residence
      • Structure by stone dam
      • Color transparencies – Taliesin and Taliesin West
      • Taylor #9903
      • Tennessee Valley Authority, 1951
      • Types of stone; furniture, undated
      • Viefhuse, #8402, undated
      • Weissmann, undated
    • Box 81
      • Pettersen’s home/studio gate, undated
      • Aerial photographs of a residence
      • Board with 12 color transparencies featuring exterior and interior of a residence
      • Church – St. Philip of the Apostle
      • Model – House with mark-ups
      • Pompton Beauty Salon – exterior
    • Box 88
      • Transparencies, Surfari Village, 1970
      • Unidentified house, undated
    • Box 11, Container A
      • Slides
        • Alford/Nixon residence, 1989 and undated
        • Barn, addition site, 1970
        • Beach, 1978 (Surfari Village?)
        • Bear’s Nest, 1987, 1990 and undated
        • Community Christian church; Pettersen’s studio; beach, March 1980
        • Coviello [#5902], 1969
        • George E. Pierce, Photographs of Pettersen residences, 1990 (includes Marks, Glickman, and unidentified)
        • Jolly House, December 1949 [Pettersen?]
        • Marks [#7402], undated
        • Nasson College construction, 1966-1967
        • Schreiber [#5603], March 1958
        • Simmons construction [#6920], 1970, 1971
        • Troeger [#5702], November 1957
        • Unidentified projects
          • Early Pettersen projects, 1946-1948 (glass slides)
          • Unidentified residence, 1958
          • Unidentified residence, 1958 [Pettersen’s barn and dog?]
          • Unidentified residences, 1968-1973 (includes several including Segal [#6506?])
          • Unidentified residence, circa 1988
          • Unidentified residence, 1988 (heavily landscaped, stone)
          • Unidentified residence featuring construction, clients, and Pettersen, 2001
        • Wilfert residence, March 1958
  • SUBSERIES G: Computer Disks, 1986-1988, and undated

    The Computer Disks subseries contains 5 ¼-inch and 3 ½-inch diskettes. They contain office records and project files. 1986-1988 and undated

    Access Restrictions

    The accessible information has been transferred to Special Collections server space, please contact Special Collections Staff for assistance in accessing this material.

SERIES IV: Project Records, 1946-2002

The Project Records series consists of files, specifications, drawings, and other material relating to over 650 design and construction projects carried by Pettersen with her consecutive firms Eleanore Pettersen Associates and Design Collaborative.

Arrangement note: The Project Index is a way to organize the various formats of architectural records from the same project. The project index is organized alphabetically by client’s last name and then by project number. Researchers should note that several distinct projects share project numbers.

  • Boxes 14-50
    SUBSERIES A: Files, 1946-2002

    The Files subseries consists of standard forms of agreement, change orders, invoices for architectural service, applications and certificates of payment, specifications, photographs, notes, correspondence, drawings and sketches, purchase orders, job reports, schedules, and other material created by Pettersen (and, to a certain extent, her associates) in the course of work on various residential and commercial projects. Projects primarily include the design and construction of new residences, and additions and alterations to existing residences. Most projects are located in New Jersey although there are also projects in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida.

    Pettersen classified some of her files as “Dead Files.” This classification has been retained and is indicated in the Project Index with an italicized box number. The “Dead Files” include boxes 40-47.

  • Boxes 51-54
    SUBSERIES B: Specifications, 1956-2002

    The Specifications subseries consist primarily of master copies, but also some draft and office copies, of specifications for various projects. Copies of specifications can also be found in the Files subseries; these copies were maintained distinct from the project files and therefore seem to warrant arrangement as a separate subseries.

  • Boxes 55-75
    Map-case 16,17, 28-32
    Rolled Storage Boxes 96-203
    SUBSERIES C: Drawings, 1946-2002

    The Drawings subseries includes architectural plans and sketches on a variety of formats including trace paper, diazo prints, blueprints, and CAD drawings.

SERIES V: Artifacts, and Models

The Artifacts, Models series contains memorabilia, material samples, and models associated with Pettersen and her practice as well as Design Collaborative.

  • SUBSERIES A: Artifacts
    • Box 79
      • Bear’s Nest coaster
      • Leather wallet [believed to have belonged to Pettersen’s father]
      • Office stamps
        • Design Collaborative
        • Eleanore Pettersen’s signature
        • Embossing stamp, New Jersey Registered Architect
        • Embossing stamp, Design Collaborative
      • Pettersen’s nameplate
      • Tile samples (4)
      • Wooden gavel, President New Jersey Society of Architects, AIA, 1985
    • Map-Case 32 Drawer 5 Folder 8
      • Eleanore Pettersen, FAIA business signs on corrugated plastic
  • SUBSERIES B: Architecture Models
    • Box 204
      • Model A
    • Box 205
      • Model B – Glickman Residence #8201
    • Box 206
      • Model C – Northern New Jersey Arts Center
    • Box 207
      • Model D – Yecies Associates
    • Box 208
      • Model E – Studio Building
      • Model F
    • Box 209
      • Model G
    • Box 210
      • Model H
    • Box 211
      • Model I
    • Box 212
      • Model J – Project 143
    • Box 213
      • Model K
    • Box 214
      • Model L
    • Box 215
      • Model M
    • Box 216
      • Model N (model in poor condition)
    • Box 217
      • Model O – Yecies conference table and desk
    • Box 218
      • Model P- (model in poor condition)
    • Physical Location: Located on top of Map Cabinet #16
      • Model Q
    • Physical Location: Located on top of Map Cabinet #18
      • Model R – Sadinoff #8813
SERIES VI: Additional Donations, 1991-2003; 2010

Records donated at a later date than the original collection and from a source other than the primary donor.

  • SUBSERIES A: Acc2010-026, 2010
    • Box 219
      • AIA, New Jersey Chapter, Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award Medal and Certificate, 2010
  • SUBSERIES B: Acc2011-076, 1991-2003
    • Box 8
      • Bear's Nest
      • Clippings regarding Pettersen, 1991-1995; 2003
      • Correspondence from Pettersen,1992, 1994
      • Correspondence regarding Pettersen, 1992; 2000-2001
      • Exhibit: "Eleanore Pettersen, A.I.A., Four Decades, 1991

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Pettersen, Eleanore, 1916-2003.
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.