Scope and Contents
11.75 linear feet (29 boxes)
The James Gamble Rogers Papers came to Yale, probably in the late 1960s, and were first stored in the Plan Room at Buildings and Grounds, 20 Ashmun Street. Some papers were discarded by that office; others, including all plans, sections, and elevations for Yale buildings are still in use there. Some papers, especially detail drawings, were transferred to Manuscripts and Archives, and subsequently all architectural drawings for Yale buildings were placed in the Architectural Archives Collection.
What remains is an uneven and gap-ridden collection of office files; nonetheless it documents phases of the design and planning of much of the Yale campus and half a dozen of Rogers' other projects in New York. The papers are arranged by building or project; they include job files, schedules of hardware, specifications, photographs and drawings, but the files are not complete for any one building.
The job files for the Yale buildings consist largely of correspondence and other papers exchanged with the contractor, Marc Eidlitz & Son of New York City. There is also correspondence with consulting engineer Hollis French, of New Haven and Boston, who drew up many of the specifications.
The photographs are mostly of models for ornamental stonework, sculpted by René P. Chambellan. There are also many photographs of mantels, and photographs of buildings which Rogers hoped to imitate in some feature, and of people whom he planned to represent in the decorations.
More extensive Rogers' correspondence and architectural records can be found in the following collections in Manuscripts and Archives:
- Architectural Archives --- YRG 46
- Treasurer's Records --- 5 - B
- Services Bureau --- 5 - I-9
- Corporation Committee on Architectural Plan --- 1-E
- Presidential Records: Arthur T. Hadley --- 2 - A-13
- Presidential Records: James R. Angell --- 2 - A-14
- Presidential Records: Charles Seymour --- 2 - A-15
- Records of the Provost --- 3 - A
- Records of the University Librarian --- 32 - C
- George Parmly Day Papers --- MS. Grp. No. 174
- James H. Penniman Papers --- 9
- Anson Phelps Stokes Papers --- 299
- circa 1890s-1984
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by James Gamble Rogers has been transferred to Yale University.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 email@example.com.
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 the James Gamble Rogers estate, circa. 1960s, and of Pauline Rogers, 1987 and 1994.
44 Linear Feet (71 boxes)
Language of Materials
The papers consist of photographs, plans, drawings, specifications, job files, correspondence, contracts, and printed material, which relate to architectural projects, particularly residences and government, church, hospital, and school buildings, designed by James Gamble Rogers, or the firms of Hale and Rogers, James Gamble Rogers, Inc., and Rogers and Butler. The most extensive files are for buildings on the Yale University campus, but there are also substantial files on the Aetna Life Insurance Company home office, the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, the New Haven Post Office and Court House, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and buildings on the campuses of Northwestern University and Columbia University. The papers also include personal papers of James Gamble Rogers and his son Francis Day Rogers.
Biographical / Historical
James Gamble Rogers was born on March 3, 1867, in Bryants Station, Kentucky. He received a B.A. degree from Yale University in 1889 and a Diplo?me d'Architecte from the École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1899. He began his architectural practice in New York City in 1905 and was responsible for numerous residences and government, church, hospital, and school buildings. Rogers died on October 1, 1947.
- Aetna Life Insurance Company (Hartford, Conn.) -- Buildings
- Architectural drawings
- Architecture -- United States
- Berkeley College (Yale University)
- Beta Theta Pi. Phi Chi Chapter (Yale University)
- Branford College (Yale University)
- Church architecture -- United States
- Columbia University (Buildings)
- Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
- Davenport College (Yale University)
- Delta Kappa Epsilon. Phi Chapter (Yale University)
- East Lyme (Conn.)
- French, Hollis, 1868-1940
- Hale and Rogers
- Harkness, Edward Stephen, 1874-1940
- James Gamble Rogers, Inc
- Jonathan Edwards College (Yale University)
- Lohmann, Carl A. (Carl Albert), 1887-
- Marc Eidlitz & Son
- Milliken, Seth Mellen, 1836-1920
- Miriam Osborn Memorial Home Association (Harrison, N.Y.)
- New Haven (Conn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
- Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) -- Buildings
- Psi Upsilon. Beta chapter, Yale University
- Public buildings -- United States
- Rogers and Butler
- Rogers, Francis Day
- Rogers, James Gamble, 1867-1947
- Saybrook College (Yale University)
- School buildings -- United States
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary -- Buildings
- Timothy Dwight College (Yale University)
- Yale Club of New York City
- Yale University -- Buildings
- Yale University -- Crew
- Yale University. Graduate School
- Yale University. Library
- Yale University. Memorial Quadrangle
- Guide to the James Gamble Rogers Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by John Espy
- January 1982
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
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