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Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Records

A work made of bound daybooks..

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  • A work made of bound daybooks..




George Eich
George Grant Elmslie
Richard Ernest Schmidt
Burnham Library of Architecture
University of Illinois

About this artwork

In the early 1950s, the Burnham Library and the University of Illinois co-sponsored a project to microfilm 11,000 architectural drawings by Chicago architects or of Chicago buildings. In the process of borrowing the drawings from architectural firms, building owners and managers, the project director interviewed many elderly architects, including Mr. Elgh, chief draftsman at Burnham & Hammond; George B. Eich, an engineer who worked in the offices of Howard Van Doren Shaw and David Adler; George Elmslie, at age 80; and Richard E. Schmidt, at age 85. The director’s daybooks record these interviews, with their revealing comments about working in various offices, about design responsibilities, contributions and attributions.

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Burnham Library-University of Illinois Project to Microfilm Architectural Documentation Records

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Made 1950–1952


Bound daybooks.


H.: 6.1 cm (2 7/16 in.)

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Gift of Executive Associates of the microfilming project to the Burnham Library, 1952.

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