A Guide to the Berta Rahm Architectural Collection, 1951-1963 Rahm, Berta, Architectural Collection Ms1998-011

Berta Rahm Architectural Collection, 1951-1963

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1998-011


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1998-011
Title
Berta Rahm Architectural Collection, 1951-1963
Physical Characteristics
1.4 cu. ft. 1 Oversize Folder
Creator
Rahm, Berta
Language
English
Abstract
Berta Rahm was one of the early Swiss women architects. Included in the collection are exhibition panels and a competition proposal containing architectural drawings, photographs, and slides.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Berta Rahm Architectural Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Berta Rahm Architectural Collection, Ms1998-011, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

Berta Rahm Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1998.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Berta Rahm Architectural Collection was completed in December 2010.


Biographical Note

Architect of Switzerland. Educated at l'Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Zurich (Diploma in architecture, 1934). Inspired by her uncle, Arnold Meyer, who had a successful architecture practice in Hallau, Rahm opened an architecture practice in Zurich (1934). Her one-woman office encompassed all phases of architectural practice, from project design and construction plans to supervision of the construction sites. Some notable projects include: Hohweri House, a historical house in Hallau, Switzerland (1953-1954), an exhibition pavilion for SAFFA in Zurich, Switzerland (-1958), and Nageliseehof Farm, a progressive farm in Hallau, Switzerland (-1951).

In 1966 Rahm closed her office when she felt that the obstacles she faced due to her gender made it impossible for her to continue her architectural practice. She then began her second career as a publisher founding ALAVerlag, a publishing company devoted to literature by women and about the emancipation of women.

Rahm enjoyed traveling. After receiving a traveling grant she visited Holland and Denmark in 1935 and toured Scandinavia several years later. Scandinavian architecture was an important model for Rahm and she was also impressed with the emancipated lifestyles of women in the Nordic countries. These travels influenced her work and led to the publication of an award-winning novel, 1939: Reise nach Skandinavien und Finnland (Zurich, 1942), which included many of her travel sketches.

Rahm died in 1998.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of exhibition panels of her main works exhibited in 1963 at the Congress of the Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes (UIFA) in Paris. Also includes nine drawings for the Kunzle-Stiftung Schaffhausen competition (n.d.).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Related Material

Pictures of her work are available on the VT ImageBase.

There is an article about the acquisition of the Berta Rahm papers in the Fall 1998 IAWA Center News, the International Archive of Women in Architecture newsletter.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Occupations:

  • Architects.
  • Subjects:

  • Architectural drawing--20th century.
  • Local Subjects:

  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)

Contents List

Project Records
  • Oversize Map-case 14|Drawer 5|Folder 1
    Competition Kunzle-Stiftung Schaffhausen, n.d.
  • Oversize Map-case 14|Drawer 5|Folder 1
    Exhibition of the first UIFA-Congress, Paris, 1963.