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James Wilder Green papers

Call Number: MS 1891

Scope and Contents

The James Wilder Green papers document Green's architectural commissions from 1950-2003. While Green never worked full-time as an architect, he was trained at Yale by Louis Kahn and apprenticed with Philip Johnson in New York and Paul Rudolph in Florida. His services as a residential and furniture designer were in demand by friends and family, and he also redesigned several galleries and museum exhibition spaces.


  • 1950-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1958 - 1976


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright interests of the donor, Nancy T. Park, the niece of James Wilder Green, have been transferred to Yale University. 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 Nancy T. Park, 2007.


The papers are arranged in two series: Series I, Personal Papers, and Series II, Project Records.


53.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

James Wilder Green (1927-2005) was an American architect and arts administrator. He received his bachelor of architecture degree from Yale in 1952. For twenty-five years, he sat on the board of The MacDowell Colony, and was director of the American Federation of the Arts from 1971 to 1987. He was also a longtime staff member at the Museum of Modern Art, beginning in 1956 in the Department of Architecture and Design as assistant to Alfred Barr and becoming head of the Department of Exhibitions from 1967 to 1970.

Other Finding Aids

For a list of projects and the boxes in which project materials are located, please consult the Project Index.
Guide to the James Wilder Green Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Christine Connolly and Laura Tatum
January 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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