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Victor Christ-Janer papers

Call Number: MS 2010

Scope and Contents

The records document the architectural work and practice of Victor Christ-Janer and his firm, Victor Christ-Janer and Associates, from the early 1950s to late 1970s.

Series I is comprised of sketches, drawings, and project records including bid documentation, billings and invoices, correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, photographs, research files, reports, schedules, and specifications.

Series II is largely comprised of Victor Christ-Janer’s personal and professional papers. It includes awards and certificates, correspondence, his student work, teaching files, and lectures. There are two files related to the office of Victor Christ-Janer and Associates: job lists and firm profile.


  • 1946 - 1980
  • Majority of material found within 1956 - 1973

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Victor Christ-Janer has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Glenna Miller, 2013-2015.


The records are arranged in two series: I. Project records, 1946-1980 (1956-1973 bulk). II. Office, Professional, and Personal papers, 1940-1978.


108.5 Linear Feet (302 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The records are comprised of sketches, drawings, and project records pertaining to the work and practice of Victor Christ-Janer and his firm, Victor Christ-Janer and Associates. Project records include bid documentation, correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, reports, and specifications. Personal and professional papers include awards and certificates, correspondence, his student work, teaching files, and lectures. Office records include job lists and firm profile.

Biographical / Historical

Victor Christ-Janer was born in Minnesota in 1915. He built his practice in New Canaan, Connecticut, which was an epicenter of architectural modernism and home to a host of distinguished architects in the 1940s – among them Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Eliot Noyes. Throughout his life, Christ-Janer maintained his practice as an artist, an inventor, and a supporter of humanitarian causes. He worked on developing building materials resistant to natural calamities such as earthquakes, cyclones, and hurricanes and, alongside his career as an architect, he was a sculptor, an art conservationist, a conservator of open space, a writer, a lecturer, and a teacher. He delivered Danforth Lectures on topics in theology and culture and taught architectural design at Columbia and Yale Universities.

Christ-Janer served in the United States Army during World War II, with conscientious objector status, as a camouflage artist and in Army intelligence. In 1941-1942, he worked under Nelson Rockefeller at the Office of Inter-American Affairs, who recruited him to serve as the Office’s chief graphic designer. He studied art at both St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and at Yale (B.F.A, 1940, B.Arch. 1947).

He founded his firm, Victor Christ-Janer and Associates, in the heart of New Canaan, where it would remain until his death in 2008. The firm functioned at times as both an architectural office and art gallery. Christ-Janer designed many modern residences in and around New Canaan, including his own house, which was constructed between 1949 and 1952 (demolished 2013). The firm designed a variety of other building types, including offices and stores, and was known especially for the design of religious architecture, college buildings, and campus plans. During the design of the Mount Equinox Monastery in Arlington, Vermont, Christ-Janer lived among the Carthusian Order in France. Following his design of the Lincoln Commons Building at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, he was recognized in 1961 with an Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1967, his work at Lake Erie College on the James F. Lincoln Library was also recognized with an AIA-sponsored R.S. Reynolds Award.
Guide to the Victor Christ-Janer Papers
Compiled by Suzanne Noruschat, Christine Connolly, and Jessica Quagliaroli.
July 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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