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Carroll L. V. Meeks papers

Call Number: MS 706

Scope and Contents

The Carroll L. V. Meeks Papers consist of eighteen linear feet of correspondence, research material, photographs, and miscellaneous papers relating to Meeks's career as a Yale professor and historian of architecture. They have been minimally processed and are roughly organized by subject as received from the donor. The following is an outline of the materials: Papers related to Yale buildings and grounds (boxes 1-4); Additional papers related to Yale architecture and to Italian architecture, but less organized (boxes 5-16); Card files containing notes on Italian architecture (boxes 17-26); Mounted photographs of Street Hall, Yale University (box 27, which has been transferred to the Yale Picture Collection); Files containing professional correspondence and miscellaneous papers arranged alphabetically by subject or correspondent (boxes 28-32); Papers related to evaluation of students' work (box 33, which is closed to researchers); Printed articles, primarily in Italian, on art and architecture (box 34, a folio)

Meeks's research material on the architecture of railroad stations, which was in the Slides and Photograph Collection, was transferred to Manuscripts and Archives, SML, in 1991.


  • 1928-1966


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. Box 33, student evaluations, is restricted as established by Yale Corporation regulations.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for 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.


Collection has been inventoried as received, and includes two accessions.


18 Linear Feet (33 boxes, 1 folio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The major portion of the papers consists of research materials for a study of the architecture of Yale University; research materials on Connecticut architecture, railroad stations, and Works Progress Administration files for Connecticut; and research for Carroll Meeks's book on Italian architecture, published in 1966. Included in the materials on Yale are photographs, articles, manuscripts, notes and bibliographies. Additional papers reflect Meeks's teaching career at Yale University (1930-1966) and his membership in organizations dedicated to architectural preservation. His correspondence includes letters from a number of notable art historians. Prominent among the correspondents are James Ackerman, Turpin C. Bannister, Kingman Brewster, James Marston Fitch, Siegfried Giedion, Maynard Mack, Denis Mack Smith, Lewis Mumford, Richard Neutra, Robert Rosenblum, Paul Rudolph, Vincent Scully, Sir John N. Summerson, Christopher Tunnard, and Rudolf Wittkower.

Biographical / Historical

Carroll Louis Vanderslice Meeks was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 21, 1907. He received his Ph.B. degree from Yale University in 1928, his B.F.A. in 1931, and his M.A. in 1934. Meeks earned a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1948. He was a member of the Yale faculty from 1930 until his death on August 27, 1966.

Guide to the Carroll L. V. Meeks Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
March 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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