A Guide to the Judith Edelman Architectural Papers, 1947-2009 Edelman, Judith Architectural Papers Ms1997-010

A Guide to the Judith Edelman Architectural Papers, 1947-2009

A Collection in
the Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1997-010


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Processed by: Danielle Morrison, Student Assistant; Laura Katz Smith, Special Collections Staff; and Samantha Winn, Archivist. Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection number
Judith Edelman Architectural Papers 1948-2009
Physical Characteristics
1.5 cu. ft., 3 boxes
Edelman, Judith, 1923-2014 ;
Judith Edelman, FAIA, was a partner at The Edelman Partnership/Architects of New York City and a founding member of the Alliance of Women in Architecture (AWA). Edelman chaired the American Institute of Architect's first task force on women. Her papers comprise correspondence, photographs, lecture materials, newspaper clippings, publications, project files, and ephemera relating to Edelman's work in architecture and urban development as well as her advocacy on behalf of women professionals.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictionss

Permission to publish material from the Judith Edelman Architectural Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Judith Edelman Architectural Papers, Ms1997-010, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Processing Information

The initial processing, arrangement and description of the Judith Edelman Architectural Papers was completed in July 1997 by Danielle Morrison, Student Assistant, and Laura Katz Smith, Manuscripts Curator. Additions were processed incorporated in November 2017 by Samantha Winn, Collections Archivist.

Acquisition Information

The Judith Edelman Architectural Papers were donated to the International Archive of Women in Architecture by their creator in January 1997. Additional materials were donated by the creator in June 1997 and by Edelman's estate in March 2015.

Biographical/Historical Information

Judith Edelman (nee Hochberg), FAIA, was born on September 16, 1923, in Brooklyn, New York and passed away on October 4, 2014 in her Manhattan home. She was educated at Connecticut College (1940-41), New York University (1941-42), and Columbia University School of Architecture (1942-46) where she received her B. Arch. in 1946. She apprenticed with architect Huson Jackson from 1948 to 1958, then worked for architect Harold Edelman from 1958 to 1960 and as a designer for Edelman & Salzman from 1960 to 1964. She was a partner in Edelman & Salzman, Architects, from 1964 to 1978, and The Edelman Partnership/Architects in New York City from 1979 to 2014. She was a registered architect in New York state, where she conducted renovations and designed residential and commercial structures.

Edelman was elected to the executive committee of AIA's New York chapter in 1971. Edelman served as chairwoman of the Task Force on Women in Architecture for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) from 1974 to 1975, overseeing the development of landmark reports and affirmative action plans on the status of women in the field. In 1974, she served as a model and inspiration for a children's book by Gloria and Esther Goldreich, What Can She Be? An Architect . She was awarded a fellowship in the AIA in 1981. In 1989, the National Organization for Women’s New York Chapter designated Edelman a "Woman of Vision." Edelman was a founding member of the Alliance of Women in Architecture and a member of the International Union of Women Architects (UIFA).

External Sources:
Martin, D. (2014, October 18). "Judith Edelman, Architect, 91, Is Dead; Firebrand in a Male-Dominated Field." New York Times.

Scope and Content

The Judith Edelman papers comprise correspondence, photographs, lecture materials, newspaper clippings, publications, and ephemera relating to Edelman's work in architecture and urban development as well as her advocacy on behalf of women professionals. Materials include writings by Edelman and about her work, as well as correspondence relating to several traveling exhibits on women in architecture. The collection also includes reference materials, drawings, and photographs for ten architectural projects conducted between 1965 and 1992.


The collection is divided into three series:

Series I: Personal, (1947-1998, n.d.) contains biographical information, published profiles, personal correpsondence, and photographs.

Series II: Professional (1952-2009, n.d.) includes publications and handwritten speech drafts, ephemera for various lecture series, documentation of Edelman's professional contributions to various associations, records of significant professional fellowship and conferences, correspondence relating to various exhibitions, and reference files on New York architecture and the history of women architects. This series comprises Subseries A: Writings; Subseries B: Presentations and Lectures; Subseries C: Associations and Committees; Subseries D: Conferences and Travel; Subseries E: Exhibitions; and Subseries F: Reference files.

Series III: Projects (1965-1992, n.d.) includes photographs, catalogs, drawings, project proposal documents, and files on ten projects to which Edelman contributed.

Index Terms


  • Edelman, Judith, 1923-2014
  • Subjects:

  • History of Women in Architecture
  • International Archive of Women in Architecture
  • Women architects -- New York
  • Women-owned architectural firms

Container List

Series I: Personal
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1
    Biographical Information, 1997-1998, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    Profiles and interviews with Edelman, 1973-1982, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Personal correspondence, 1947, 1973, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 4
    Photographs, n.d.

    Family portrait (color); black and white photographs, c. 1970s, probably taken by Robert Ipcar for "What Can She Be? An Architect."

Series II: Professional
  • Subseries A: Writings
    • box-folder 1 folder: 5
      Review of 'Housing Messages,' Journal of architectural research (vol 7 No 3), August 1980,
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      "Barriers to Architectural Innovation: The Case of Two Bridges," by Edelman, published as a chapter in The Unsheltered Woman , edited by Eugenie Ladner Birch 1985
    • box-folder 1 folder: 7
      Memo, women in architectural program at Columbia University
  • Subseries B: Presentations and Lectures
    • box-folder 1 folder: 8
      Speech draft, SHF Annual Meeting, 9 June 1983
    • box-folder 1 folder: 9
      Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lecture Series (poster), 1977-1978
    • box-folder 1 folder: 10
      Claire Watsun Forrest Memorial Lecture Series at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, with two interviews with Edelman 1981-1982
    • box-folder 1 folder: 11
      Hunter College, Women and Housing Seminar 1981-1983
  • Subseries C: Associations and Committees
    • box-folder 1 folder: 12
      American Institute of Architects, women in architecture, 1973-1989

      Includes copy of the 1975 AIA Affirmative Action Plan and documents from the Task Force on Women in Architecture, chaired by Edelman.

    • box-folder 1 folder: 13
      Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals, 1982
    • box-folder 1 folder: 14
      New York State Association of Architects, 1973 Convention
    • box-folder 1 folder: 15
      American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter, 1971-1979, 2009 (Honors Committee)
    • box-folder 1 folder: 16
      National Organization for Women, New York Chapter, 1989 and 2008

      Includes correspondence and acceptance speech draft 1989 Women of Vision Award.

  • Subseries D: Conferences and Travel
    • box-folder 1 folder: 17
      Women in Architecture Symposium, Washington University, 29 March 1974
    • box-folder 1 folder: 18
      West Coast Women's Design Conference, University of Oregon, 18-20 April 1974
    • box-folder 2 folder: 1
      Conference for Women in Design and Planning, Boston Architectural Center, 7-9 November 1975
    • box-folder 2 folder: 2
      China Study Group on Environmental Issues, 1977
    • box-folder 2 folder: 3
      Urban Poverty and Distributive Justice, New York, NY, 1979
    • box-folder 2 folder: 4
      American Academy of Rome, Rome Prize Fellowship Application, 1990-1991
    • box-folder 2 folder: 5
      Preservation League of NYC, Cuba 2000
    • box-folder 2 folder: 6
      Cuba, 2001-2004
    • box-folder 2 folder: 7
      American Academy of Rome, 27 October - 10 November 2003
  • Subseries E: Exhibitions
    • box-folder 2 folder: 8
      NYC-AIA Exhibition, 'Women in Architecture,' 1974
    • box-folder 2 folder: 9
      'Alliance of Women in Architecture, 1972-1982', 1982
    • box-folder 2 folder: 10
      Correspondence Re: American Institute of Architects,'That Exceptional One,1987-1988'
    • box-folder 2 folder: 11
      AIA/NYChapter, 'Projections: A Celebration of Work by Women,' 1996
  • Subseries F: Reference files
    • box-folder 2 folder: 12
      Women in Architecture,' Architectural Forum, September 1972
    • box-folder 2 folder: 13
      Making Room: Women and Architecture,' Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics, Issue 11 (Vol 3, No 3), 1981
    • box-folder 3 folder: 1
      Exhibition Catalog for 'Recent American Synagogue Architecture,' 6 October to 8 December 1963, The Jewish Museum, New York
    • box-folder 3 folder: 2
      Photocopy of Huron Jackson's 'A Guide to New York Architecture, 1660-1952,' Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1952.
Series III: Projects
  • box-folder 3 folder: 3
    Stable, n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 4
    Gansevoort Market Area Study, NY, 1965
  • box-folder 3 folder: 5
    Fleming-Joffe Ltd., New York and St. Louis, 1967
  • box-folder 3 folder: 6
    Nine-G Cooperative, New York, 1969
  • box-folder 3 folder: 7
    Rudolph House, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, 1969
  • box-folder 3 folder: 8
    Claremont Gardens, Ossining, NY, 1970s
  • box-folder 3 folder: 9
    Jenings Hall Senior Citizen's Housing, Brooklyn, New York, 1981
  • box-folder 3 folder: 10
    New Goddard-Riverside Apartments, New York, 1984
  • box-folder 3 folder: 11
    Columbus Green Apartments, New York, 1987
  • box-folder 3 folder: 12
    Chung Pak/Everlasting Pine, New York, 1992