Roth, E. Maria, Collection

A Guide to the E. Maria Roth Collection, 1940-2010, n.d. Ms.2007.009


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Emily Cook

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
E. Maria Roth Architectural Collection1940-2010
3.6 Cubic Feet 3 boxes
Roth, Maria
The materials in the collection are in English.
The E. Maria Roth Architectural Collection contains the personal papers, professional papers, and project files of a landscape architect working largely in New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. School work from Cooper Union and Rutgers University is included, along with a school notebook from 1940 made during the Hitler era in Germany. Projects largely conform to the following categories: schools, residences/neighborhoods, public and recreation areas, and furniture/structural designs.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], E. Maria Roth Architectural Collection, Ms2007-009, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

Parts of the E. Maria Roth Architectural Collection were donated to Special Collections in 2006, while the rest was received in 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the original E. Maria Roth Architectural Collection occurred in 2007. Items added to this collection were processed from June to July, 2010.

Biographical Note

E. Maria Roth lived in Germany throughout World War II and later immigrated to the United States at age fifteen. She attended Bulkeley High School in Hartford, CT, and became a United States citizen. After receiving a Certificate of Completion from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York City in 1956, Roth designed for Robert P. Moran Architects and Engineers in East Orange, New Jersey, until 1958.

From 1974 to 1976, Roth served as a substitute teacher while rewriting and updating the landscape portion of Hopewell Township, New Jersey's city ordinances; performing technical translation of German; and providing civil engineering and architectural work in New Jersey firms. Also in 1976, Roth earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University. From 1976 to 1978, Roth worked for Van Note-Harvey Associates in Princeton, New Jersey, and Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York.

During the late 1970s to the mid nineties, she worked for the state of New Jersey in several departments: the Department of Transportation as an Assistant Landscape Architect, Transportation Planner, and Assistant Architect; the Department of Human Servicers as Senior Architectural Assistant; and the Department of Community Affairs as Construction Code Specialist.

Roth returned to a private architecture firm as a Marketing Associate, Morgan Architecture Inc, in Lawrenceville, NJ, from 1996 to 1997. In 2000, she received a Master of Science from Virginia Tech's department of Landscape Architecture. Roth continued her relation with Virginia Tech as a part time instructor of German in 2005.

Scope and Contents

The E. Maria Roth Architectural Collection contains the personal, professional, and project records of an architect working primarily in New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. Documents date from the mid to late twentieth century to the early twenty-first century.

Roth's personal papers include artwork, educational documents, newspaper articles, various notes and sketches, and a resume of her work. The artwork within Roth's personal papers includes intricate paper cut-outs, prints done in linoleum paint, hand-painted cards, and several examples of calligraphy.

The included educational papers extend from Roth's early grammar school days through high school, to her time at Columbia University, Cooper Union, Rutgers University, and finally Virginia Tech. Particularly significant is Roth's grammar school notebook created during the Hitler era in Germany. This social studies/geography notebook, from 1940, mentions Hitler's fifty-first birthday as well as other contemporary political events.

Roth's professional papers include competition information, an application to a professional organization, newspapers from her time as editor of the "New River Free Press," logos Roth designed, and documents from her time at the New Jersey Department of Transportation.


The collection is arranged in the following series: personal papers, professional papers, and project records. Within these series, folders appear in alphabetical order

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History

Rights Statement for Archival Description

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Container List

Personal Papers
1940-2010, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1
    n.d. (c.1949-1952)
  • oversize folder: 5
  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    Artwork/Calligraphy, Bulkeley High School, Hartford, CT
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Calligraphy, Department of Transportation
  • box-folder 1 folder: 4
    Calligraphy, "Freedom to Read"
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5
    Calligraphy, German Language from Goethe's Faust
  • box-folder 1 folder: 6
    Citizen Activism, Blacksburg, VA
    2000, 2010
    Scope and Contents note

    Pieces written as a citizen activist in Blacksburg.

  • oversize folder: 1
    Columbia University School of Engineering
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1
    Cooper Union Architectural Design, "Construction"
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2
    Cooper Union Architectural Design I, "Garden Apartment"
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3oversize folder: 2
    Cooper Union, "Chelsea Redevelopment"
    May 1956, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7
    Cooper Union Class Notes, History of Architecture
    n.d. (c.1954)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 4
    Cooper Union Life Drawing Sketch Book
  • box-folder 1 folder: 8
    Cooper Union Sketches of Professors
  • box-folder 1 folder: 9
    Grammar School Notebook
    Spring 1940
    Scope and Contents note

    Created during the Hitler era in Germany.

  • box-folder 1 folder: 10
    "The New Yorker" Letter
  • box-folder 1 folder: 11
    Notes and Sketches
    1998-2000, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 12
    Ocean Currents and Pollution Patterns Map
    Scope and Contents note

    Map drawn by Roth based on National Geographic Magazine.

  • box-folder 1 folder: 13
    Personal Photos
  • box-folder 1 folder: 14
    Press Coverage
    1975-1976, n.d.
    Scope and Contents note

    Articles cover Medford Circle Project, Pennington Park Project, and Toll Gate School Project. Folder also includes an article profiling Roth as an eighteen year old award winning student. Additional photographs included.

  • box-folder 1 folder: 15
    Plant Drawings
  • box-folder 1 folder: 16
  • oversize folder: 10
    Rutgers University, Cook College, Advanced Landscape Architecture, "Town Green"
    January 1977
  • box-folder 1 folder: 17
    Rutgers University, Cook College, Intermediate Landscape Architecture, "The Hunt Club"
  • oversize folder: 11oversize folder: 15
    Rutgers University, Cook College, Intermediate Landscape Architecture, "Haddonfield Commons," "Married Student Housing," "Elementary School, K. Play Area"
  • box-folder 1 folder: 18oversize folder: 12
    Rutgers University, Cook College, Landscape Architecture Materials and Structures
  • oversize folder: 16
    Virginia Tech, Urban Design
    Scope and Contents note

    Includes drawings that redesign Blacksburg and other locations.

Professional Papers
1956-2006, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 19
    A. S. L. A. Application
  • oversize folder: 7
    Competitions, 1956, n.d.
    Scope and Contents note

    Includes Drawings for the "1956 Marble Industry of New York Competition" and the "Parcel Enamel Design Competition."

  • box-folder 1 folder: 20
    Gloucester Board of Transportation Memo, NJ
  • box-folder 1 folder: 21
    Logos Designed by Roth
    1974, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 22
    New River Free Press
    1998, 2002, 2006
  • box-folder 1 folder: 23
    New Jersey Uniform Construction Code News
  • box-folder 1 folder: 24
    Open Space Advisory Board, Trenton, NJ
  • box-folder 1 folder: 25
    Principles of Successful Code Officials
1973-2005, n.d.
  • oversize folder: 3
    Untitled Sketch
  • box-folder 1 folder: 26
    Blacksburg Baptist Church Expansion, Blacksburg, VA
  • box-folder 1 folder: 27oversize folder: 18
    Christiansburg Public Library Reading Garden, Christiansburg, VA
  • oversize folder: 14
    Churchill Junior High School, "Planting Design," East Brunswick, NJ
  • oversize folder: 13
    Dublin Park
  • box-folder 1 folder: 28
    Eggerts Crossing Village, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • box-folder 1 folder: 29
    First Presbyterian Church, Pennington, NJ
    June 5, 1975
  • box-folder 1 folder: 30
    Garden Shed [for Roth Home], Blacksburg, VA
  • box-folder 1 folder: 31
    Hopewell Valley Housing Coalition, Pennington, NJ
  • oversize folder: 4
    Lincoln Property Company, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, Plainsboro Township, NJ
  • box-folder 1 folder: 32
    Lower Township, NJ, Schematics
  • box-folder 1 folder: 33
    Marcus, Elizabeth, Residence, Hopewell, NJ
  • box-folder 1 folder: 34oversize folder: 8
    Medford Circle [Department of Transportation], Medford, NJ
    1979, n.d.
  • oversize folder: 16
    Outdoor Nature Education Area, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, Pennington, NJ
  • oversize folder: 9
    Pennington, NJ, Park
    Scope and Contents note

    See also "Press Coverage."

  • oversize folder: 17
    Private Golf Course, Montgomery Township
  • oversize folder: 14
    Raritan Valley Community Development Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ
  • box-folder 1 folder: 35
    Roth Residence, Pennington, NJ
  • box-folder 1 folder: 36
    Roth Table/Furniture
    1977, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 37
    Shack, Mrs. R., Planting Design, Pennington, NJ
    April 2003