Guide to the Henry Wright Papers,
1907-1960, 1907-1938 (bulk)

Collection Number: 2736

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
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Compiled by:
H. Finch
Date completed:
February 1973
EAD encoding:
Martin Heggestad, Ann Hubert, May - July 2002
Date modified:
Marcie Farwell, August 2015

© 2002 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Henry Wright papers, 1907-1960, 1907-1938
Collection Number:
2736
Creator:
Henry Wright, 1878-1936.
Quantity:
.9 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Project reports, article notes, and biographical material.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes project descriptions and reports on garden cities, housing research; the relation of city planning to architecture; article notes written jointly with Lewis Mumford; and biographical material.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Henry Wright was a city planner.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes project descriptions and reports on garden cities, some of which are with Clarence Stein; housing research, some on war housing and some done with Albert Mayer; the relation of city planning to architecture; article notes written jointly with Lewis Mumford; and biographical material.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Wright, Henry, 1878-1936.
Mayer, Albert.
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-
Stein, Clarence S.

Subjects:
Architecture.
City planning.
Housing.
Housing--Effect of wars on.
City planners.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Henry Wright Papers, #2736. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
Folders 1-30
Biographical data prepared by HW
September 1936
Albert Mayer, "Henry Wright: Creative Planner" Survey Graphic,
Box 1
November 1960
Henry Churchill, "Henry Wright: 1876-1936" Journal of AIP
Box 1
1936
Benjamin M. Gruzen, "Henry Wright,...A List of References"
Box 1
1907
A City Plan for Saint Louis (HW was a member of one of the committees)
Box 1
1909
"Planning Country Home Grounds and Gardens," 4 p. pamphlet
Box 1
1919
No Man's Land of Real Estate..., 7 p. manuscript
Box 1
August 1920
"Planning City Areas for Small Homes," Supplement to The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 16 p.
Box 1
1920
Untitled manuscript, 4 p.,
Box 1
October 1921
"Shall We Community Plan?," The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 5 p.
Box 1
1923
Correspondence: To, Lewis Mumford, August 17 with clipping; From, Nebraska Masonic Home, October 8
Box 1
December 1923
"Housing Progress," The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, 2 p. with L.M. [Lewis Mumford?]
Box 1
1923
Modern Homes for City Dwellers, 23 p. brochure [mutilated]
Box 1
August 1923-1926
Garden Cities Studies. A group of 18 studies, drafts and notes relative to the development of garden cities. All listed here because of their subject unity.
Box 1
August 13, 1923
What is to be Learned from Housing Developments of the Past in America, 11 p. typescript
Box 1
August 13, 1923
Real Estate Development, 3 p. typescript,
Box 1
August 13, 1923
War Housing in the United States, 2 drafts, 7 p. typescript,
Box 1
August 13, 1923
Critical Examination of the Relation of Site Use and Cost to the Housing Problem in America, 15 p. typescript
Box 1
August 13, 1923
Addenda, 28 p. typescript,
Box 1
August 24, 1923
Further Investigation in the Field of Site Development Costs in Relation to Housing, 5 p. typescript, 6 sheets graphics
Box 1
August 28, 1923
Garden City Studies, 7 p. typescript
Box 1
September 3, 1923
Garden City Studies, 4 p. typescript,
Box 1
September 3, 1923
A Critical Examination Of Present Zoning Practice in Relation to the Housing Situation, 2 p. typescript
Box 1
September 11, 1923
[Drafts of Five Sections], 8 p. typescript, "For Mumford,"
Box 1
1923
Housing Developments in the Past, 2 drafts, one signed by Lewis Mumford, 16 p. typescript
Box 1
1923
Garden City Reports, Superseded, 40 p. typescript, 16 sheets of graphics
Box 1
1923
Garden City 1st Report, Not Final, 27 p. typescript
Box 1
1923
Garden City Next to Last Report, Not Final, 41 p. typescript; subtitle: Preliminary Study of a Proposed Garden Community in the New York Region by Alexander M. Bing, Henry Wright, Clarence S. Stein. [p. 20 missing]
Box 1
1923
Notes, 12 p.
Box 1
July 25-28, 1924
Garden Cities, 19 p. manuscript
Box 1
August 5, 1924
Garden Cities, 15 p. typescript,
Box 1
January-February 1926
Garden City Research, 9 p. typescript, E. Standish Palmer,
Box 1
1924
First Annual Report of the Stockholders of Associated Specialists, Inc., (HW was First Vice-President)
Box 1
May 1924
Report of D.M. Kendall and Henry Wright on their Investigation of the Present Speculative Building Operations now in Progress in Brooklyn and Long Island, 22p. typescript, 19 sheets of graphics and photographs
Box 1
Folders 31-49
April 20-25, 1925
"Exhibit: Preliminary Studies of Natural Features and Economic Development of the State," Commission of Housing and Regional Planning, 8 p. brochure,
Box 2
May 1925
"The Road to Good Houses," Survey Graphic, 5 p. issue on planning
Box 2
December 15, 1925
The Home Ideal Versus Reality, 4 p. typescript,
Box 2
January 1926
"The Home Ideal Versus Reality," American Federationist, 5 p.
Box 2
March 15, 1926
"Housing: How Much for How Much?," The Survey Midmonthly, 5 p.
Box 2
March 16, 1926
Memorandum in regard to proposed regional planning report, 1 p. typescript,
Box 2
August 16, 1926
An Account of Sunnyside Gardens in Relation to Problems and Development of Design and Site Planning..., 21 p. typescript
Box 2
1926
Sunnyside Gardens an Experiment in Planning, 10 p. typescript
Box 2
1926
Study of Application of Sunnyside Planning Principles to a Larger City Area, 23 p. typescript and graphics
Box 2
Nov. 1928
[C.A. Beard], "Economy, Charm and Safety of the Cul-de-Sac Street," The American City, 4 p. [The author, identified as an "eminent English town planner," comments on Radburn.]
Box 2
1928
Untitled typescript, 17 p., annotated "AIA C.P.C."
Box 2
August 1929
"Group Housing," Building Developer, 8 p.
Box 2
September 2, 1929
"How to Reduce the Cost of Land Development," National Real Estate Journal, 6 p.
Box 2
Nov. 1929
Some Principles Relating to the Economics of Land Subdivision," American City Planning Institute, 12 p. Preprint No. 1
Box 2
1930
Some Principles Relating to the Economics of Land Subdivision, Paper No. 1. 20 p. pamphlet including the article above and comment on it by members of the Institute
Box 2
January-April 1930
Housing Research Completed under the Direction of Henry Wright, 84 p. typescript and 11 sheets of graphics
Box 2
January-April 1930
Housing Research, Division II Only, The Problems and Relative Advantages of Smaller Types of Dwellings..., 56 p. typescript and 10 pages of graphics,
Box 2
February 1931
"Picturesque Architecture," The Architecture Forum, 7 p.
Box 2
March 1930
"The Place of the Apartment in the Modern Community," The Architectural Record, 31 p., plus 6 p. multilith,
Box 2
September 1930
"The Autobiography of Another Idea," reprint from The Western Architect, 7 p.
Box 2
Folders 50-92
January 17, 1931
Discussion of Neighborhood Planning..., 6 p. typescript
Box 3
February 1931
"The Architect, the Plan and the City," The Architectural Forum, 7 p.
Box 3
March 1931
"The Apartment House: A Review and Forecast," The Architectural Record, 16 p.,
Box 3
December 3, 1931
The President’s Conference on Home Building and Home Ownership. Tentative Report of the Committee on Subdivision Layout. 82 p. pamphlet, [HW was a member of the committee]
Box 3
December 3, 1931
Proceedings: Committee on Design of the President's Conference Home Building and Home Ownership, 33 p. typescript
Box 3
1931
Summary of Further Developments of "A Housing Research" for the Consideration of the Temporary Housing Commission of Illinois, 81 p. typescript
Box 3
February 15, 1932
The In Betweens of Community Planning, Student Memo: Lecture Series, 3 p. multilith
Box 3
March 12, 1932
Will a New Dwelling Type Solve the Problem of Providing Low Rentals for the Lower-Income Groups?, 4 p. multilith
Box 3
March 1932
"The Cost of Housing," The Architectural Forum, 6 p.
Box 3
April 7, 1932
Memorandum, To Clarence S. Stein, 3 p.
Box 3
June 1932
"A Self - Starter for the Building Industry," Building Investment, 6 p.
Box 3
October 1932
"Hillside Group Housing," The Architectural Record, 14 p.,
Box 3
October 29, 1932
Hillside Housing Development, Memorandum to Clarence S. Stein, 7 p.
Box 3
1932
Summary and Further Development...Temporary Housing Commission of Illinois, 82 p. typescript, [See item in 1931]
Box 3
June 1933
"Are We Ready for an American Housing Advance?," Architecture, 8 p.
Box 3
July 1933
"Housing-Where, When, and How?," Architecture, 32 p., forward by Lewis Mumford
Box 3
August 1933
"Housing - Where, When, and How?," Part Two, 31 p.
Box 3
August 1933
"Sinking Slums," Survey Graphic, 3 p.
Box 3
January 22, 1934
Notes to Lewis Mumford re: New Republican Articles. 8 p. typescript
Box 3
February 14, 1934
"New Homes for a New Deal," 46 p. pamphlet, with Albert Mayer and Lewis Mumford
Box 3
March 7, 1934
"New Homes for a New Deal, Part II Abolishing Slums Forever," 4 p. article from The New Republic, Feb. 21, 1934. "Part IV A Concrete Program," 4 p.
Box 3
August 31, 1934
Questions Relating to Slum Clearance and Low Cost Housing Problems, 9 p. typescript
Box 3
October 1934
"Housing Conditions in Relation to Scientific Machine Production," The Journal of the Franklin Institute, 13 p. reprint,
Box 3
1934
Memorandum with respect to report of recent tour of European housing experts... 2 p. typescript
Box 3
1934
Article No. 1, 10 p. typescript, relates to New Deal housing
Box 3
1934
Article No. 2, 11 p. typescript, relates to New Deal housing
Box 3
1938
Oscar Fisher, "Buckingham: Housing Laboratory," The Architectural Record, 18 p. reprint. "One of Henry Wright's last designs...," 2 other items Re: Buckingham
Box 3
To Plan or Not to Plan, 7 p. typescript
Box 3
Article re: problem of subdivisions, 5 p. typescript
Box 3
Some Lesson on the Land Sub-Division Problem, 6 p. typescript
Box 3
Confidential to Housing board Advising Committee, 13 p. typescript
Box 3
The Public Interest in Good Housing, 7 p. typescript
Box 3
Town Planning in the United States, 5 p. typescript
Box 3
The Fallacy of High Buildings: A Swing of the Pendulum, 8 p. typescript
Box 3
The Architect and Prosperity, 6 p. typescript
Box 3
Land Subdivision, 17 p. typescript
Box 3
Queens-Astoria: A Study in Realistic City Planning, 3 p. typescript with Carol Aronovici, Henry S. Churchill, William Lescraze, Albert Mayer
Box 3
Wanted a Subdividion for the Gridiron Street System, 3 p. typescript
Box 3
Too Much Planning or Too Many Plans? 5 p. typescript fragment
Box 3
Outline of a book, 15 p. typescript
Box 3
A.I.A. Talk - Wednesday Afternoon, 4 p. typescript
Box 3
Fragment of article comparing Radburn and Wyandotte, Michigan, 2 p. typescript
Box 3