Gilmore D. Clarke Papers,1927-1982, [1937-1974 (bulk)]

Collection Number: 15-1-808

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Gilmore D. Clarke papers, 1927-1982, 1937-1974 (bulk)
Collection Number:
15-1-808
Creator:
Gilmore D., Clarke 1892-
Quantity:
4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs, correspondence, clippings
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection consists primarily of correspondence documenting Clarke's unsuccessful campaign to prevent the demolition of Cornell University's Boardman Hall and its replacement by Olin Library. Also included are addresses, published Christmas sonnets by Clarke, 1968-1980, 1982, clippings, articles, letters to the editor (Ithaca Journal and the New York Times), photographs, campus maps, and photocopies of letters, including two from Harry S. Truman concerning Clarke's opinion on remodelling part of the White House (1947). Represented in the collection are Bernhard Louis Clynes, John Lyon Collyer, George Bain Cummings, Edmund Ezra Day, Arthur Hobson Dean, C.W. DeKiewiet, Douglass Boardman Lee, Thomas W. Mackesey, Deane W. Malott, Floyd Roy Newman, Jerome O'Connor, Nathaniel Alexander Owings, Gustav Jaeger Requardt, and Allen Hosie Treman.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Landscape architect, civil engineer, professor of city and regional planning.
Gilmore D. Clarke graduated from Cornell University in 1913, and joined the faculty there in 1935. He was a partner in the New York firm of Clarke and Rapuano, Inc., chairman of the National Commission of Fine Arts from 1937-1950, the head of a White House remodelling project, a member of the board of design of the 1939 World's Fair, and an architectural consultant on the United Nations headquarters and other projects in New York and Washington.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection consists primarily of correspondence documenting Clarke's unsuccessful campaign to prevent the demolition of Cornell University's Boardman Hall and its replacement by Olin Library. Also included are addresses, published Christmas sonnets by Clarke, 1968-1980, 1982, clippings, articles, letters to the editor (Ithaca Journal and the New York Times), photographs, campus maps, and photocopies of letters, including two from Harry S. Truman concerning Clarke's opinion on remodelling part of the White House (1947). Represented in the collection are Bernhard Louis Clynes, John Lyon Collyer, George Bain Cummings, Edmund Ezra Day, Arthur Hobson Dean, C.W. DeKiewiet, Douglass Boardman Lee, Thomas W. Mackesey, Deane W. Malott, Floyd Roy Newman, Jerome O'Connor, Nathaniel Alexander Owings, Gustav Jaeger Requardt, and Allen Hosie Treman.
Approximately 150 mounted gelatin silver print photographs of projects Clarke designed as landscape architect for the New York City Park Commission, ca. 1930- 1937. Approximately 400 photographs of projects Clarke designed as landscape architect for the Westchester County (N.Y.) Parks Commission, especially the Bronx River Parkway, ca. 1925-ca. 1937, including one photograph of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, ca. 1925.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Clarke, Gilmore D., 1892-
Clynes, Bernhard Louis.
Collyer, John Lyon, b. 1893.
Cummings, George Bain, b. 1890.
Day, Edmund Ezra, 1883-1951.
De Kiewiet, C. W.(Cornelius William), 1902-
Dean, Arthur H.
Lee, Douglass B.
Mackesey, Thomas W.(Thomas William), 1908-1976.
Malott, Deane W.(Deane Waldo), 1898-
Newman, Floyd R.(Floyd Roy), 1890-1990.
O'Connor, E. Jerome, 1891-1977.
Owings, Nathaniel Alexander, 1903-
Requardt, Gustav J. (Gustav Jaeger).
Treman, Allan H., 1899-1975.
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Cornell University--Buildings.
Cornell University--Planning.
Cornell University.Libraries.
White House (Washington, D.C.)

Subjects:
Campus planning.
Christmas--Poetry.
Express highways--New York (State)--Westchester County.
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration.
Landscape architecture--New York (N.Y.)
Landscape architecture--New York (State)--Westchester County.
Landscape architecture--United States--Designs and plans.
Parks--New York (State)--Westchester County.
College teachers.
Planners.
Urban parks.
Zoos.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Gilmore D. Clarke papers, #15-1-808. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related collection:Clarke and Rapuano records, #3047.
Related collection:Cornell University Architectural Advisory Council records, #43-3-496.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Mounted photographs of various locations in New York
1930-1937, undated
Includes images of Bronx Parkway Extension, Bronx River Parkway, Saw Mill River Parkway, Hutchinson River Parkway, and Glen Island Park
Box 2
Mounted photographs of various locations in New York
1936-1939, undated
Includes images of Astoria Pool, Bryant Park, Washington Square Park, Columbus Park, Ten Eyck Houses, Battery Park, Barrett Park Zoo, 1936 World's Fair, Tri-Borough Bridge, Roosevelt Avenue Bridge, Battery Bridge (proposed design), Thomas Jefferson Swiming Pool, and Pelham Bay Park Golf House
Box 3
Mounted photographs of various locations in New York
1936, undated
Includes images of Astoria Pool, Prospect Park Zoo, Chrystie-Forsyth Playground, Bryant Park, Claremont Park, Flushing Meadow Park, Fort Tryon Park, Madison Square Park (proposed design), Thomas F. Smith Park, Washington Square Park, Zach's Bay, Jones Beach, Thomas Jefferson Swimming Pool, Central Park Zoo, Chisholm Park, City Hall Park (proposed design), Bushwick Park, and Carl Shurz Park
Box 4
Mounted photographs of various locations in New York
1929-1933, undated
Includes images of Glen Island Park, V. Everett Macy Park, Palmer-Central Avenue Bridge, Tibbetts Brook Park, Hutchinson River Parkway, Cross County Parkway, New York Eastern State Parkway, and New State Parkway
Box 5
Mounted photographs of various locations in New York
1930-1937, undated
Includes images of Cross County Parkway, Bronx River Parkway Extension, Bronx River Parkway, Hutchinson River Parkway, Ten Eyck Houses, Grand Central Parkway, Henry Hudson Parkway, Saw Mill River Parkway, and Tibbetts Brook Park
Box 6
Mounted photographs of various locations in New York
1927-1937, undated
Includes images of Saw Mill River Parkway, Rye Beach, New York Eastern State Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, and Bronx River Parkway Extension
Box 7
Mounted photographs of various locations in New York
1930-1937, undated
Includes images of Hutchinson River Parkway, Glen Island Park, Poundridge Reservation, Sprain Brook Parkway, Saw Mill River Parkway, Bronx River Parkway Extension, Grand Central Parkway, and Rye Beach
Box 8 Folder 1
Correspondence
1937-1951
Box 8 Folder 2
Correspondence and news clipping
1953-February 1957
Box 8 Folder 3
Correspondence and news clippings
March 1957
Box 8 Folder 4
Correspondence and news clippings
April 1957
Box 8 Folder 5
Correspondence
May-September 1957
Box 8 Folder 6
Correspondence and news clippings
January-February 1958
Box 8 Folder 7
Correspondence and news clipping
March-April 1958
Box 8 Folder 8
Correspondence and news clippings
May-December 1958
Box 8 Folder 9
Correspondence and news clippings
January 1959
Box 8 Folder 10
Correspondence and news clippings
February-March 1959
Box 8 Folder 11
Correspondence, news clippings, and sonnets
April 1959-1963
Box 8 Folder 12
Addresses and invitation
1950-1965
Box 8 Folder 13
Sonnets
1970-1982
Box 8 Folder 14
Correspondence
1958-1959
Box 9
Photographs of structures or drawings, most unidentified, made for the Westchester County Park Commission
Undated
Box 10
Photographs of structures or drawings, most unidentified, made for the Westchester County Park Commission
Undated
Also includes an image of Franklin Delano Roosevelt giving a speech, possibly taken at the dedication of the Bronx River Parkway on November 5, 1925 at Valhalla, New York in Westchester County
Mapcase Folder 1-2
11 matted and inscribed photographs of bridges designed for the Westchester County Park System
Undated