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Guide to The Packer Collegiate Institute records 2014.019

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Collection processed by Pratt Institute, School of Library and Information Science graduate students and John Zarrillo

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on November 02, 2017
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by John Zarrillo  , March 2017

Container List

Series 14: Architectural records, 1856-2006

Scope and Contents

The series documents various alterations, renovations, and new construction at Packer, dating from circa 1880s to 2006. It includes plans, specifications, blueprints, correspondence, and related files.

School floor plans dating from circa 1860 are located in a bound volume labeled "Compositions," which is included in Sub-series 8.1: Student publications (box 497).

Arrangement

The series is organized into two sub-series:

Sub-series 14.1: Architectural drawings, plans, and administrative records

Sub-series 14.2: Playground design

Sub-series 14.1: Architectural drawings, plans, and administrative records, 1856-2006. 2.3 Cubic Feet in five boxes and three oversize folders

Scope and Contents

The sub-series contains architectural drawings, blueprints, floor plans, and projected renderings, dating from circa 1880s-2006.

It includes materials prepared by the Chapman, Evans, and Delehanty firm that document the extensive alterations and additions made to the Packer Collegiate Institute in 1957 and 1958. The various renderings and blueprints provide detailed information on Chapman's alterations. Large-scale floor plans of the entire campus are filed, as well as specific treatments of such areas as the dining room, gymnasium, sundeck, library, and greenroom.

The sub-series also includes drawings and blueprints created by various firms as proposals for the installation of the institute's steam heating system circa 1882. It is unclear which, if any of the firms, actually won the contract. Dated the same year is a correspondence from Otis Brothers & Company regarding the installation of an electric elevator. The company provided Packer with a blueprint for this elevator on June 5, 1891. The series also contains architectural blueprints and watercolors from 1944.

The plan books and specifications document a variety of alterations, building additions, and demolitions undertaken at Packer from the 1880s to the 1950s. The materials in the series affords researchers a vantage from which to better understand the architectural evolution of the campus at 170 Joralemon Street. Of special interest are: Architect William Tubby's specifications and instructions for the major alterations performed before World War I; James Gamble Rogers' materials and plans for the building's subsequent overhaul in 1940; the promotional materials describing proposed additions to mark Packer's centennial celebration in 1945; and intensive specifications describing the large-scale alterations performed in 1957 by Champan, Evans, and Delehanty.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 105 Folder : - Illustration of Packer Collegiate Institute building by J. Wells
1856
Box: 87 Folder : 3 Architectural photos / illustrations
circa 1880s-1890s
Box: 554 Folder : 15 H.B. Smith Company steam heating catalogs
circa 1881
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 7 Plans for heating (Gold's Heater Manufacturing)
1882
Box: 554 Folder : 16 Steam heating proposal (Baker, Smith & Co.)
1882
Box: 105 Folder : - Specifications for steam heating (Baker, Smith & Co.)
circa 1882
Box: 87 Folder : 2 Specifications for ventilation of Packer
1882
Box: 554 Folder : 17 Correspondence and specifications for heating and ventilating (Bates & Johnson)
1882
Box: 105 Folder : - Basement plan (Bates & Johnson)

General

For steam heating

circa 1882
Box: 554 Folder : 18 Specifications and proposal for heating and ventilation (Gold's Heater Manufacturing)
1882
Box: 554 Folder : 19 Specifications for steam heating (Garvey Brothers)
1882
Box: 554 Folder : 20 Specifications for ventilation
circa 1882
Box: 519 Folder : 2 Minutes of Special Committee to consider plans for new chapel
1884
Box: 519 Folder : 3 N. LeBrun and Sons correspondence and specification for chapel stairways
1888
Box: 554 Folder : 21 Otis Brothers & Co. elevator correspondence

General

With Truman Backus

1891
Box: 540 Folder : - Schematic of Electric Passenger Elevator by Otis Brothers and Co. (blueprint)
1891
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 7 Annex plans - Roof and traverse sections (N. LeBrun & Sons)
circa 1906
Box: 106 Folder : 1 Basement plan blueprint by Tubby
circa 1909
Box: 87 Folder : 4 Specification Book for Packer Institute, William Tubby, Architect
1909
Box: 519 Folder : 4 Garden renovations
1914, 1918
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 7 Plan of new covered play space (Lord and Hewlett)
circa 1940s
Box: 87 Folder : 5 Specification for alteration of Packer Collegiate Institute, Jos.Gamble Rogers, Inc., Architects
1940
Cabinet: Flat file A Drawer : 7 Basement floor plan and proposed cafeteria (Chapman and Evans)
1944
Box: 105 Folder : - Handcolored chapel drawings (Chapman and Evans)
1944
Box: 106 Folder : 2 Chapman and Evans - Blueprints and photostats of architectural renderings and sketches

General note

13 rolled items

1944
Box: 105 Folder : - Katherine Sloan Pratt Hall plans (Chapman and Evans)
1958
Box: 87 Folder : 6 Packer Centennial Book of Plans
1945
Box: 519 Folder : 5 Architectural drawing correspondence

General note

Letter to Packer librarian from Robert Harley offering to sell pencil drawing of Packer architect John McComb

1945
Box: 87 Folder : 7 Correspondence on Painting
1946
Box: 519 Folder : 6 Copy of first floor plan
circa 1950s-1970s
Box: 87 Folder : 8 Specification for Packer Collegiate Institute (Chapman, Evans and Delehanty)
1957
Box: 106 Folder : 3 Large-scale floorplans by Chapman, Otis
1957
Box: 105 Folder : - Illustration of Packer Collegiate Institute building
circa 1960s
Box: 519 Folder : 7 Theater renovation survey and plans
1991-1998
Box: 519 Folder : 8 Lower School space planning study
1993
Box: 519 Folder : 9 Packer: A Campus Redefined presentation by HHPA LLC
2001
Box: 519 Folder : 11 Campus map
2004
Box: 519 Folder : 10 Alumni Room restoration projects
2004-2006

Sub-series 14.2: Playground design, 1982, 1989-1995. 1 Cubic Feet in four boxes

Scope and Contents

The sub-series consists offiles relating to construction of a playground at Packer Institute. It includes architectural drawings, equipment pricelists, public relations memos, Children's Committee files, and children's drawings of the playground.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 379 Folder : 2 Architecture/Engineering Plan with Energy Conservation Study
1982
Box: 87 Folder : 9 Architectural plans for playgrounds
1989-1990
Box: 379 Folder : 1 Slides
1990s
Box: 378 Folder : 12 VHS video tapes
1990s
Box: 378 Folder : 11 Miscellaneous
1990s
Box: 377 Folder : 15 Playground plans
1992-1994
Box: 378 Folder : 2 Playground equipment
1992-1994
Box: 378 Folder : 9 Design Day
1993
Box: 378 Folder : 4 Children's Art
circa 1993
Box: 378 Folder : 7 Playground Committee memos
1993-1994
Box: 378 Folder : 1 Public relations
1994
Box: 378 Folder : 5 Design Correspondence
1994
Box: 377 Folder : 14 Playground information sheets
1994
Box: 378 Folder : 8 Playground Committee Notes, Fall
1994
Box: 377 Folder : 16 Leaders and Associated
1994-1995
Box: 378 Folder : 6 Children's Committee
1994-1995
Box: 378 Folder : 10 Schedules - Notes - Memos
1994-1995
Box: 377 Folder : 13 Playground plans
1994-1995
Box: 379 Folder : 3 Playground Programs and Forms
1994-1995
Box: 378 Folder : 3 Volunteer information
1995
Box: 379 Folder : 4 Garden Project, Architectural Plans, Newspaper Clippings, Committee Reports
1995
Box: 379 Folder : 5 Garden Volunteers
1995

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