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James Stirling Buildings & Projects 1950 - 1974

James Stirling Buildings & Projects 1950 - 1974

Part of

People

  • James Stirling and Partner (creator)
  • Verlag Gerd Hatje (publisher)
  • James Frazer Stirling (designer)
  • Léon Krier (designer)
  • John Jacobus (author)
  • James Frazer Stirling (subject)
  • James Stirling and Partner (subject)
  • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

Title

James Stirling Buildings & Projects 1950 - 1974

Dates of creation

1971-1975

Level of archival description

File 1

Extent and Medium

  • 1 ring binder
  • 0.15 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

File documents the publication of the book 'James Stirling, Buildings & Projects 1950 - 1974'. The introduction to the book was written by John Jacobus and the layout was designed by Leon Krier and James Stirling. The German edition of the book was published by publisher Gerd Hatje in Stuttgart. Material in this file was produced between 1971 and 1975.

File contains textual records.

Reference Number

AP140.S2.SS4.D1

Arrangement

Material in this sub-series was likely kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Language of material

Documents are in English, with some in German.

Inventory

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS4.D1.P1
    • Title: Correspondence, drawings, layout and proofs, colour samples, texts
    • Dates of creation: 1971-1975
    • Catalogued items within this file 3

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    correspondence with Gerd Hatje, Thames & Hudson and other publishers, correspondence with Leon Krier including drawings, layout and proofs, colour samples for dust jacket and title page, texts for introduction to publication, also correspondence relating to other publications by publisher Gerd Hatje

    from the correspondence relating to the Black Book:
    - Gerd Hatje to James Stirling (27 May 1971): "How is the situation with our dear friend Jake in particular and our book in general? Is Jake still playing the dead bug?"
    - James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (8 June 1971): Jake ... would shortly be doing some more work on the book. I suggest you press him but don't pay him. Meanwhile Mary, etc. are pressing on with rewriting the script yet again ...."
    - Leon Krier to James Stirling (25 November 1972), regarding publication of Stirling's work in Architectural Review: "... I feel shocked and frustrated not finding a single trace of my name under 'Derby' (not even as an assistant, not even in a foot-note, where Kahn condescends to mention his (illegible).) This is not fair ... you can't have forgotten the work I have been doing on the project, what could the reason I wonder?" If you want to, we certainly will do very good work, you know how keen I am about it, and how seriously I want to make a good contribution."
    - Leon Krier to James Stirling (10 March 1973): As you can see I am slowly getting to 'THE' book."
    - James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (19 March 1973): "... at long last we have got the basement converted .... Also I have Leo coming back to the firm at the end of May (he is doing some sketches for the book at the moment) and his first job is to help me get the book completed."
    - James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (15 June 1973): "We moved to the basement ten ago and for a week now, Leo and I have been working full time on the Book. We have a special room surrounded by archives set up to deal with it entirely. I hope your heart fills with joy on hearing these words!" "... on a corbbsize book as agreed ...."
    - Gerd Hatje to James Stirling 18 July 1973): "... we have compared the length of the manuscript with the Girsberger Le Corbusier typography ...." "I was glad to gather from your letter ... that you are really working on the book. Without even trying to blame you I would have been much happier if this would have happened 1 or 2 years ago ...."
    - James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (55 April 1974): "You have asked for a black and white photograph of the left hand image on page 5 of Leicester project 21. You do have our coloured photograph of this and I regard this as the most important colour photograph in the whole book so I would strongly urge that we use the colour in this place."
    - James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (10 May 1974): "I'm afraid James Stirling and dates must be in red. Can you think of additional information to go into the pyramid as it will make it more dense? Something in German perhaps?" "I am worried that the density of the book all black and white might be boring - I think some colour is essential." "I would like at least 1 colour plate of a building - nobody knows that they are all brightly coloured."
    - James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (24 May 1974), after listing possible images that could illustrate the Introduction by John Jacobus: "There can be other pictures such as Corbusier's Indian building and the Melnikov Clubhouse, but personally I do not think these two are very relevant to my work." "In regard to the title page, I am afraid the red is essential otherwise the joke will not get through."

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 ring binder(s)

    Dimensions:

    ring binder: 34 x 25 x 3 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS4.D1.P2
    • Title: annotated drafts of introduction, correspondence, sketchbook with notes and sketches for book layout
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (editor)
    • Kenneth Frampton (correspondence writer)
    • John Jacobus (author)
    • John Jacobus (correspondence writer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (correspondence writer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    annotated drafts of introduction by John Jacobus, correspondence with John Jacobus and publisher Gerd Hatje, sketchbook with notes and sketches for book layout by James Stirling, including:

    folder 1/3
    - letter from James Stirling to John Jacobus (28 April 1975) explaining the process of editing Jacobus' introduction, mollifying him regarding changes and noting that the text was reviewed by Ken Frampton and Kerry ?
    - letter from John Jacobus to James Stirling (22 May 1975?) "I'm still mad at you but that's a small thing."
    - 2nd draft of the introduction "approved by Jake" annotated in black and blue ink
    - 5th draft (June 1971) 2 photocopied copies
    - Draft of the introduction, inscribed "Mary" in red ink, with comments in pencil (by Mary Stirling ?) and further notes in red ink (by James Stirling ?)

    folder 2/3
    - 5th draft (June 1971), inscribed "Jan" (struck through in red ink), "Fourth draft" (struck through in red ink and replaced with "Fifth), annotated in red ink over earlier nnotations (by James Stirling ?)
    - 5th draft (struck through in red ink), extensively edited and annotated in red ink by James Stirling
    - 5th draft, original typescript, annotated in black ink and graphite
    - 4th draft, inscribed "Jan 71," a photocopy of an already annotated and edited text
    - 4th draft, inscribed "3rd draft" (struck through in red ink), heavily edited in rd ink, graphite, green ink, including an additional 7 pages of notes "by Ken Frampton" dated "Fall of 1972 or 73"

    folder 3/3
    - 3rd draft, original typescript, edited in black ink by James Stirling
    - 2nd draft, "approved by Jake," photocopy, edited in graphite over earlieer editing marks
    - several sets of early pages of the introduction, interspersed with accompanying letters from John Jacobus to James Stirling, all heavily annotated and struck through in red andorange marker, black ink, graphite, purple ink, yellow marker, red ink, purple pencil, with entirely new passages in black ink
    - 4th draft, dated "Jan 71," two photocopied copies including photocopied editing marks
    - final draft, inscribed "FINAL" and "Revised (in ink), to length(?) via Hatje," original typescript, edited in red ink, graphite, black ink, black marker, blue ink, green ink and strike throughs in black marker

    Red cloth-bound journal
    - 23.2 x 18.0 cm
    dated on inside cover "London - May - 1973"
    - page layouts for book
    - black ink, blue marker, red ink, graphite, blue ink

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l. m. of textual records and other materials

    Dimensions:

    records: 0,1 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS4.D1.P3
    • Title: Draft of book
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    - draft of book annotated in English and German, including English annotations by James Stirling
    - includes set of captions and labels for illustrations
    - original typescript and photocopy
    - heavily edited in blue ink, red ink, black ink, graphite

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.01 l. m. of textual records

    Dimensions:

    records: 0,01 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS4.D1.P4
    • Title: Mostly sketches for book layout and some correspondence
    • Dates of creation: 1972 -1974
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 7

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    mostly sketches for book layout and some correspondence from publisher Gerd Hatje, dated between 1972 and 1974, including:

    folder 1
    - letter from Gerd Hatje to James Stilring, dated 18 February 1972, passing on reader's comments ("I have the feeling these comments are made by Robert (sic) Middleton, but I'm not sure."), annotated in red ink by James Stirling with preliminary responses
    - letter from James Stirling to gerd Hatje, dated 29 Feb 1972, responding to comments
    - mock-up of cover and inside page, "Presentation by Leon Krier," "Buildings & Projects / 1950 - 1973"
    - photocopy of illustrations and labels to accompany John Jacobus introduction
    - stapled and bound set of photocopies of Leon krier drawings for Derby
    - alternate versions for cover of book, photocopies, some annotated in green ink, inscribed: "Presentation by Leon Krier" and then annotated "layout by Leon Krier or design by Leon Krier"

    folder 2
    - page layouts, mostly photocopies with at least one original layout (black ink), some pages annotated or check-marked in red marker
    - page layouts for book, chronology of projects, captions, numbers of words for each project, mostly photocopy, some ink, some annotated

    folder 3 (labelled "Book Preparation"
    - three alternate designs for cover, originals, black and red ink on tracing paper
    - complete original book layout, mostly black ink, some red ink and brown marker on tracing paper

    folder 4
    - "Chronological List of Works by James Stirling 1950 - 1972," photocopy from A+U Feb 1975, annotated
    - book layout, annotated with letters keyed to captions in red marker, annotated in red ink throughout
    - letter from James Stirling to gerd Hatje, 24 Jan 1975, doesn't like typeface chosen by Gerd Hatje ("returned marked 'nein'"), notes other specific preferences regarding dust jacket (Bembo 270 typeface, red "JS" as previously decided, axonometric will be half-size, cover should be glossy black)
    - letter from Ruth Wurster (Verlag Gerd Hatje) to James Stirling, 4 Feb 1975, enclosing proofs of title pages
    - letter from James Stirling to Gerd Hatje, responding to letter from Ruth Wurster

    folder 5
    - book layout, photocopy, a few corrections in red marker

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 0.04 l. m. of textual records and other materials

    Dimensions:

    records: 0,04 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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