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King-Lui Wu papers

Call Number: MS 1842
Scope and Contents

The papers comprise project records documenting architectural work undertaken by King-Lui Wu from 1942 to 1991, professional materials generated and compiled during his practice as an architect and tenure as a faculty member at Yale University's School of Architecture (1945-1988), and a small amount of personal correspondence. Project records, documenting both built and unbuilt work, consist mostly of sketches and include such drawing types as plans, elevations, sections, and perspective renderings; few working drawings exist. Project records also include a small amount of other materials, such as correspondence with clients and contractors, contracts, specifications, and receipts. Represented in the collection are such projects as the National Museum of Modern Art (Seoul, Korea) Yale student Manuscript Club (New Haven, CT), Mount Bethel Baptist Church (New Haven, CT), the Bank of Memphis, Yali Middle School (Changsha, China), and numerous private residences and offices. Professional papers include correspondence generated and collected while at Yale University, research materials, information pertaining to professional engagements and activities, and lecture notes for teaching.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by King-Lui Wu has been transferred to Yale University.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 Vivian Wu, 2005, 2012.


The collections is arranged in three series: I. Project files,1942-1991. II. Professional papers, 1954-2000. III. Personal correspondence, 1960-1995.

241 Linear Feet (89 folios, 17 boxes)
65.6 Megabytes
Related Names
Wu, King-Lui
Language of Materials