Pfeiffer, Alberta, Architectural Collection A Guide to the Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection, 1929-1976 Ms.1988.017

A Guide to the Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection, 1929-1976 Ms.1988.017


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Harvey Clark

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1988.017
Title
Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection,1929-1976
Quantity
10.3 Cubic Feet, 15 Boxes, 3 Folders
Creator
Pfeiffer, Alberta Raffl, 1899-1994
Location
Please note:Boxed materials in this collection are located in off-site storage and may require 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
Alberta Pfeiffer graduated from the University of Illinois--Urbana/Champaign in 1923 as one of the first women to achieve a degree in architecture at that institution. The collection contains drawings, photographs, and correspondence of her architectural career. Most projects are residential, and the collection consists of approximately 250 different designs for various jobs.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection, Ms1988-017, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1988 and 1993.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection was completed in November 2010.


Biographical Note

Architect of Hadlyme, Connecticut; born in Red Bud, Illinois (1899). Pfeiffer was one of the first women to study architecture at the University of Illinois--Urbana/Champaign where she graduated first in her class (1923). She was also the first woman to win the American Institute of Architects School Medal.

She began her 55 year career as an architect at the Chicago firm Tallmadge and Watson. After a year she returned to the University of Illinois for graduate work. In 1925, she moved to New York City where she worked with the Harrie T. Lindberg architectural firm until she set up practice in Hadlyme with her husband, Homer F. Pfeiffer, in the early 1930s.

Their practice was mainly residential focusing on design and renovations in the area surrounding Hadlyme, Connecticut. In 1940, Homer joined the Navy to supervise the construction of naval housing, hospitals, and other facilities while Alberta continued their firm's work on her own. After the war Alberta established her own private practice and flourished in the post-war boom recalling during the 1950s and 1960s she was never without a project and often had as many as ten designs on her desk at the same time. At her retirement in 1977 she had designed and/or renovated over 250 projects.

She was active in many professional and community groups joining the Society of Connecticut Craftsmen (1935) and a lifetime member of the Connecticut Society of Architects. Pfeiffer was a member of the local board of Education and the Zoning Board, and was involved in mental health issues and activities.

Pfeiffer died in 1994.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 15 boxes and 3 oversize folders consisting of drawings, photographs, and correspondence relating to Pfeiffer's architectural career. Most projects are residential, and the collection contains approximately 250 different designs for various projects.

Related Material

There is an article about the acquisition of the Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection in the Fall 1990 IAWA Center News , the International Archive of Women in Architecture newsletter.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Architects
  • Architectural drawing -- 20th century
  • Architectural drawings (visual works)
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Alberta Pfeiffer Architectural Collection, Ms1988-017 by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Professional Papers
  • box-folder 15 folder: 7-8
    Christmas Cards
    n.d.
  • box-folder 15 folder: 9
    Clippings
    1974, 1986
  • box-folder 15 folder: 10-11
    Correspondence
    1936-1939, 1977
  • box-folder 15 folder: 12
    Correspondence, IAWA
    1988-1989
  • box-folder 15 folder: 13
    Mental Health Legislation Correspondence
    n.d.
  • box-folder 15 folder: 14
    Military Plaque Design
    1966
  • box-folder 15 folder: 15oversize folder: 3
    Photographs
    n.d.
  • box-folder 15 folder: 16
    Seminaries for Clergy
    1964-1965
  • oversize folder: 1
    Watercolors, school work competitions
    n.d.
Projects
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1
    Hobart Thompson Residence, Job 02
    1933
  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    Earnest Ely Residence, Job 03
    1934
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3oversize folder: 2
    Henry 0'Neil Residence, Job 06
    1934
  • box-folder 1 folder: 4
    Andrew J. Pizzini Residence, Job 07
    1934
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5
    O. Glenn Saxon Residence, Job 08
    1934
  • box-folder 1 folder: 6
    Ralph Bellany Residence, Job 09
    1934
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7
    Luke Finlay Residence, Job 14
    1935
  • box-folder 1 folder: 8
    Paul P. Swett Residence, Job 16
    1935
  • box-folder 1 folder: 9
    T.W. Goodrich Residence, Job 17
    1935
  • box-folder 1 folder: 10
    Henry Hull Residence, Job 18
    1936
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1
    Matthew Griswold Residence, Job 19
    1936
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2
    R. W. Huntington Residence
    1936
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3
    Adolph Levi Residence, Job 21
    1936
  • box-folder 2 folder: 4
    J.M. Mitchell Residence, Job 22
    1936
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5
    Elser Pool Residence, Job 25
    1936
  • box-folder 2 folder: 6
    Guy Pearce Jones Residence, Job 26
  • box-folder 2 folder: 7
    Robert Bradford Residence, Job 30
    1936
  • box-folder 2 folder: 8
    Alfred Sanford Residence, Job 31
    1937
  • box-folder 2 folder: 9
    Lyne Church, Job 32
    1937
  • box-folder 3 folder: 1
    Philip. S. Owen Residence, Job 33
    1937
  • box-folder 3 folder: 2
    Thomas Nason Residence, Job 34
    1938
  • box-folder 3 folder: 3
    Jones Kennel, Job 35
    1937
  • box-folder 3 folder: 4
    Holbrook Residence, Job 36
    1937
  • box-folder 3 folder: 5
    Kehoe Residence, Job 37
    1937
  • box-folder 3 folder: 5-6
    Lyne Church, Job 38
    1937
  • box-folder 3 folder: 7
    Moodus Savings Bank, Job 39
    1937
  • box-folder 3 folder: 8
    Peck Residence, Job 41
  • box-folder 3 folder: 9
    Chappel Residence, Job 43
    1938
  • box-folder 4 folder: 1
    Wilson Residence, Job 43
    1938
  • box-folder 4 folder: 2
    Pizzini Residence, Job 46
    1938
  • box-folder 4 folder: 3
    Norton Residence, Job 48
    1938
  • box-folder 4 folder: 4
    Tremaine Residence, Job 49
    1938
  • box-folder 4 folder: 5
    Reaser Residence, Job 50
    1938
  • box-folder 4 folder: 6
    Tremaine Servants Quarters, Job 52
    1939
  • box-folder 4 folder: 7
    Clifford Scott Residence, Job 53
  • box-folder 4 folder: 8-9
    Meloney Brown Residence, Job 55
  • box-folder 5 folder: 1
    Whitney Studio, Job 56
    1939
  • box-folder 5 folder: 2
    Holbrook Residence, Job 60
    1940
  • box-folder 5 folder: 3
    Ferguson Residence, Job 61
    1949
  • box-folder 5 folder: 4
    Inglis Griswold Residence, Job 63
    1940
  • box-folder 5 folder: 5
    Bar-T-Bar Land and Cattle Co., Job 64
    1940
  • box-folder 5 folder: 6
    Shaw Residence, Job 65
    1941
  • box-folder 5 folder: 7
    Sorenson Residence, Job 66
    1944
  • box-folder 5 folder: 8
    Wharton Residence, Job 67
    1941
  • box-folder 5 folder: 9
    Manley Residence, Job 68
    1941
  • box-folder 5 folder: 10
    Pizzini Residence, Job 69
    1941
  • box-folder 5 folder: 11
    Seidler Residence, Job 70
    1941
  • box-folder 5 folder: 12
    Kihn Residence, Job 71
    1942
  • box-folder 5 folder: 13
    Proudfoot Residence, Job 72
    1942
  • box-folder 5 folder: 14
    Kehoe Residence, Job 75
    1945
  • box-folder 5 folder: 15
    Manville Residence, Job 76
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 1
    Ritchie Residence, Job 78
    1945
  • box-folder 6 folder: 2
    Buck Residence, Job 80
    1946
  • box-folder 6 folder: 3
    Kehoe Residence, Job 81
    1945
  • box-folder 15 folder: 6
    Various Church Plans
    1946-1951
  • box-folder 6 folder: 4
    Samuels Residence, Job 85
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 5
    Chidsey Residence, Job 86
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 6
    Brenmin Residence, Job 87
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 7
    Brummer Residence, Job 88
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 8
    Ely Residence, Job 90
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 9
    Brown Residence, Job 91
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 10
    Knollenberg Residence, Job 92
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 11
    Church Residence, Job 95
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 12
    Ondek Residence, Job 97
    1947
  • box-folder 6 folder: 13
    Peggy's Catalog, Job 98
    1948
  • box-folder 6 folder: 14
    Kuvalanka Residence, Job 100
    1948
  • box-folder 6 folder: 15
    Edward Lyman Residence, Job 101
    1948
  • box-folder 6 folder: 16
    Tremaine Residence, Job 102
    1948
  • box-folder 7 folder: 1
    Steele Residence, Job 104
    1948
  • box-folder 7 folder: 2
    McKee Residence, Job 105
    1949
  • box-folder 7 folder: 3
    Adams Residence
    1949
  • box-folder 7 folder: 4
    Bradford Residence, Job 107
    1950
  • box-folder 7 folder: 5
    Lake Residence, Job 108
    1955
  • box-folder 7 folder: 6
    Hewett Residence, Job 112
    1950
  • box-folder 7 folder: 7
    Bent Residence, Job 113
    1950
  • box-folder 8 folder: 1
    Emerson Residence, Job 114
    1950
  • box-folder 8 folder: 2
    Griswold Residence, Job 115
    1950
  • box-folder 8 folder: 3
    Franchetti Residence, Job 116
    1950
  • box-folder 8 folder: 4
    Ely Residence, Job 117
    1950
  • box-folder 8 folder: 5
    Bennet Residence, Job 119
    1951
  • box-folder 8 folder: 6
    Fisher Residence, Job 121
    1951
  • box-folder 8 folder: 7
    McKee Residence, Job 122
    1951
  • box-folder 8 folder: 8
    Jonnke Residence, Job 123
    1951
  • box-folder 8 folder: 9
    Reynolds Residence, Job 124
    1951
  • box-folder 8 folder: 10
    Jewett Residence, Job 125
    1951
  • box-folder 8 folder: 11
    Griswold Residence, Job 126
    1951
  • box-folder 8 folder: 12
    Bernstein Residence, Job 127
    1952
  • box-folder 8 folder: 13
    Morrison Residence, Job 128
    1952
  • box-folder 8 folder: 14
    Hoedebeake Residence, Job 129
    1952
  • box-folder 9 folder: 1
    Humpal Residence, Job 131
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 2
    Hosford Residence, Job 134
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 3
    Selden Kitchen, Job 135
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 4
    Morrison Porch, Job 136
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 5
    Maud Sargent Residence, Job 137
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 6
    Ely Farm Residence, Job 138
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 7
    Tremaine Barn, Job 139
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 8
    Willows Residence, Job 140
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 9
    Halperin Residence, Job 141
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 10
    Spaulding Residence, Job 142
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 11
    Morrison Residence, Job 143
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 12
    Sisk Residence, Job 144
    1953
  • box-folder 9 folder: 13
    Holmes Residence, Job 145
    1954
  • box-folder 9 folder: 14
    Swan Residence, Job 146
    1954
  • box-folder 9 folder: 15
    Griswold Residence, Job 147
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 1
    Bernstein Residence, Job 148
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 2
    Jewett Residence, Job 149
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 3
    Cone Residence, Job 150
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 4
    Halperin Barn Residence, Job 150
    1955
  • box-folder 10 folder: 5
    Ryerson Residence, Job 151
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 6
    Chandler Residence, Job 152
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 7
    Telichet Residence, Job 153
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 8
    Holbrook Residence, Job 154
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 9
    Randall-Mills Residence, Job 155
    1954
  • box-folder 10 folder: 10
    Blenner-Hassett Residence, Job 156
    1955
  • box-folder 10 folder: 11
    De Saulniers Residence, Job 157
    1955
  • box-folder 10 folder: 12
    Richardson Residence, Job 158
    1955
  • box-folder 10 folder: 13
    White Residence, Job 159
    1955
  • box-folder 10 folder: 14
    Fire House, Job 160
    1955
  • box-folder 10 folder: 15
    Ryerson Residence, Job 162
    1958
  • box-folder 10 folder: 16
    Westerbeit Residence, Job 162A
    1956
  • box-folder 10 folder: 17
    Brevoort Residence, Job 162B
    1956
  • box-folder 10 folder: 18
    Edwards Residence, Job 162C
    1956
  • box-folder 10 folder: 19
    Fisher Residence, Job 162C
    1956
  • box-folder 11 folder: 1
    Aager Residence, Job 164
    1955
  • box-folder 11 folder: 2oversize folder: 2
    Garfinkel Residence, Job 165
    1956
  • box-folder 11 folder: 3
    Brevillier Residence, Job 166
    1956
  • box-folder 11 folder: 4
    Kenney Residence, Job 167
    1956
  • box-folder 11 folder: 5
    Goodrich Kitchen, Job 168
    1956
  • box-folder 11 folder: 6
    Whitaker Residence, Job 169
    1956
  • box-folder 11 folder: 7
    Morrison Residence, Job 170
    1957
  • oversize folder: 2
    Turner, Jr, Job 171
    1957
  • box-folder 11 folder: 8
    Murtz Residence, Job 172
    1957
  • box-folder 11 folder: 9
    O'Conner Residence, Job 173
    1958
  • box-folder 11 folder: 10
    McDonnell Residence, Job 174
    1958
  • box-folder 11 folder: 11
    Hayes Residence, Job 175
    1958
  • box-folder 11 folder: 12
    Kearns Residence, Job 176
    1958
  • box-folder 11 folder: 13oversize folder: 2
    Sheffield Residence, Job 177
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 14
    Kengor Residence, Job 179
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 15
    Copp Study, Job 180
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 16
    John J. Speis Jr. Residence, Job 181
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 17
    Buck Residence, Job 182
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 18
    Delinks Residence, Job 183
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 19
    Hamilton Jerret Residence, Job 184
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 20
    Baldwin Residence, Job 185
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 21
    Webster Residence, Job 186
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 22
    Moriarty Residence, Job 187
    1959
  • box-folder 11 folder: 23
    Simpson Residence, Job 188
    1959
  • box-folder 12 folder: 1
    Ely Residence, Job 189
    1959
  • box-folder 12 folder: 2
    Kenyon Residence, Job 190
    1959
  • box-folder 12 folder: 3
    Speirs Residence, Job 191
    1959
  • box-folder 12 folder: 4
    Jerett Residence, Job 192
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 5
    Howard Bawns Residence, Job 193
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 6
    Harold Fair Residence, Job 194
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 7
    Allyn Bown, Jr. Residence, Job 195
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 8
    Henry Bowes Residence, Job 195
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 9
    Davies Residence, Job 197
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 10
    Luke Residence, Job 197A
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 11
    Webster Bedroom Wing, Job 198
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 12
    Girls Scouts, Job 199
    1960
  • box-folder 12 folder: 13
    Hal Baly-Madison Residence, Job 200
    1961
  • box-folder 12 folder: 14
    Rauch Residence, Job 201
    1961
  • box-folder 12 folder: 15
    Allen Residence, Job 202
    1961
  • box-folder 12 folder: 16
    Martinson Residence, Job 203
    1961
  • box-folder 12 folder: 17
    Fulton Residence, Job 204
    1961
  • box-folder 12 folder: 18
    Bennet Residence, Job 205
    1961
  • box-folder 12 folder: 19
    Hayleton Residence, Job 206
    1961
  • box-folder 12 folder: 20
    Hodlyn Residence, Job 208
    1962
  • box-folder 13 folder: 1
    Russel (in Hadlyme) Residence, Job 209
    1962
  • box-folder 13 folder: 2
    Shaw Residence, Job 210
    1962
  • box-folder 13 folder: 3
    Morrison Residence, Job 211
    1963
  • box-folder 13 folder: 4
    HoH, Job 212
    1963
  • box-folder 13 folder: 5
    Spencer Residence, Job 214
    1963
  • box-folder 13 folder: 6
    Irvine Residence, Job 214A
    1963
  • box-folder 13 folder: 7
    New Allen Residence, Job 215
    1964
  • box-folder 13 folder: 8
    Marer Residence, Job 216
    1964
  • box-folder 13 folder: 9
    Bloom Residence, Job 217
    1964
  • box-folder 13 folder: 10
    Harty Residence, Job 218
    1965
  • box-folder 13 folder: 11
    Sheffield Garage, Job 220
    1964
  • box-folder 13 folder: 12
    James F. Orr Residence, Job 221
    1964
  • box-folder 13 folder: 13
    Phillip Gordon Residence, Job 222
    1965
  • box-folder 14 folder: 1
    Renato Tiezzi Residence, Job 223
    1965
  • box-folder 14 folder: 2oversize folder: 2
    Han Rennhard Residence, Job 224
    1966
  • box-folder 14 folder: 3
    Fisher Study, Job 225
    1967
  • box-folder 14 folder: 4
    Speirs Rental Cottage, Job 226
    1967
  • box-folder 14 folder: 5
    Brevillier Bay Window, Job 227
    1967
  • box-folder 14 folder: 6
    Smith Residence, Job 228
    1967
  • box-folder 14 folder: 7oversize folder: 2
    Hostnik Residence, Job 229
    1967
  • box-folder 14 folder: 8
    Speirs Residence, Job 230
    1968
  • box-folder 14 folder: 9
    Stanley Peterson Residence, Job 231
    1968
  • box-folder 14 folder: 10
    North School House, Job 231A
    1968
  • box-folder 14 folder: 11
    Metcalfe Residence, Job 232
    1969
  • box-folder 14 folder: 12
    Haser Residence, Job 232
    1969
  • box-folder 14 folder: 13
    Griswold Residence, Job 234
    1970
  • box-folder 14 folder: 14
    McFarland Residence, Job 235
    1970
  • box-folder 14 folder: 15
    Sheffield Residence, Job 236
    1971
  • box-folder 14 folder: 16
    Plimpton Residence, Job 237
    1971
  • box-folder 14 folder: 17
    Hostnik Residence, Job 238
    1972
  • box-folder 14 folder: 18
    Cole Residence, Job 238
    1972
  • box-folder 14 folder: 19
    Murray Residence, Job 240
    1972
  • box-folder 14 folder: 20
    Hood Residence, Job 241
    1972
  • box-folder 14 folder: 21
    Van Halem Residence, Job 244
    1974
  • box-folder 14 folder: 22
    Brevillar Residence, Job 247
    1974
  • box-folder 14 folder: 23
    Littlefied Residence, Job 247
    1977
  • box-folder 14 folder: 24
    Roger Hilsman Residence, Job 249
    1973
  • box-folder 14 folder: 25oversize folder: 2
    Williams Residence, Job 249
    1975
  • box-folder 14 folder: 26
    Friedman Residence, Job 250
    1976
  • oversize folder: 2
    Armour, Job Unknown
    n.d.
  • box-folder 15 folder: 3
    Hilley Residence, Job Unknown
    n.d.
  • oversize folder: 2
    Kihn Residence, Job Unknown
    1938
  • box-folder 15 folder: 1
    Lyme Elementary School, Job unknown
    1949
  • box-folder 15 folder: 2
    Neilson Residence, Job Unknown
    1958
  • oversize folder: 2
    Ruby Boyer Miller, Job Unknown
    n.d.
  • box-folder 15 folder: 4
    Sargeant Residence, Job Unknown
    n.d.
  • box-folder 15 folder: 5
    Williams Residence, Job Unknown
    n.d.