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Balmori Associates records

Call Number: MS 1885
Scope and Contents
The records document projects completed by Balmori Associates in the United States and Europe under principal Diana Balmori, as well as the professional papers of and writings by Diana Balmori.

Series I is comprised of sketches, drawings, photographs, slides, audiovisual material, and project records including correspondence, contracts, memoranda, notes, planting and landscape plans, proposals, site surveys, and reports.

Series II is comprised of writings, both published and unpublished, by Diana Balmori, circa 1970-2014. Records include correspondence, drafts, contracts, research files, and notes pertaining to articles, books, book chapters, conference presentations, essays, and lectures.

Series III is comprised of Diana Balmori’s professional papers, including course files while teaching at the Yale School of Architecture and the University of Virginia School of Architecture, research files, notebooks and sketchbooks, postcards, and chronological files. The chronological files, notebooks, and sketchbooks contain meeting notes, sketches, and printed material pertaining to both Balmori Associates projects and Balmori’s writings and research.

Series Accession 2019-M-0052: Additional material is comprised of office and project records, publications, publicity files, and lectures and presentations given by Diana Balmori dating from 1999 to 2018. The material, consisting entirely of born-digital records, was transferred from the Balmori Associates firm server to Manuscripts and Archives via one external hard drive. AutoDesk, Bentley Microstation, and ESRI ArcGIS software systems were used to create drawings, renderings, and 3D models. The project records document all phases of the projects, from the initial design and research phase to the final construction phase. Administrative project records include contracts, email correspondence, meeting minutes, project schedules, publicity files, and specifications, all created using Microsoft Office software, such as Word, Excel, and Outlook, as well as Adobe software such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Photographs are in JPEG and TIFF formats. Dates were derived by the files' last modified by date. The project records supplement much of the analog project records; however, this addition does contain some project records that exist only in born-digital format, such as Talgar (Kazakhstan) Master Plan and Asian Cultural Complex.
Language of Materials
The majority of the documents in this collection are in English. The remainder are in Basque, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers withing to obtain an additional copy of non-commercially produced items for their personal use should consult the ordering reproductions information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.

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 Balmori Associated 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.
The records are arranged in four series: I. Project records, 1941-2018 (1987-2014 bulk). II. Writings by Diana Balmori, 1970-2014 III. Professional papers, 1968-2014; and one addition.
Majority of material found within 1970-2014
185.8 Linear Feet (436 boxes)
15.5 Megabytes
Related Names
Balmori Associates
Language of Materials