George A. Dudley papers
Scope and Contents
The papers are comprised of writings, drafts, research and topical files, notes, correspondence, clippings, articles, reports, proposals, and other materials. Documents remain in their original folders and their arrangement has not been altered since the collection was acquired. Descriptions are transcribed from original handwritten folder titles, and materials relating to a specific project or topic may be housed in multiple, non-consecutive boxes and folders.
The papers extend over two accessions. The original accession consists largely of materials relating to Dudley’s book, A Workshop for Peace: Designing the United Nations Headquarters, published in 1994. Accession 2006-M-026 comprises documents produced and collected over the course of Dudley’s career as an architect, planner, administrator, and consultant working both domestically and internationally.
- Circa 1948-circa 2005
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by George A. Dudley was transferred to Yale University.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 Barbara C.M. Dudley and George B. Dudley 2005.
The papers are arranged by accession.
58.25 Linear Feet (46 boxes)
Language of Materials
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
The papers are comprised of writings, drafts, research and topical files, notes, correspondence, clippings, articles, reports, proposals, and other documents relating to the career of architect and planner George A. Dudley, who oversaw the development and construction of many large-scale projects, such as campuses for the State University of New York and mass housing programs in Latin America, the Middle East, and India. The collection includes records produced and collected by Dudley when he worked both domestically and internationally as an architect, planner, administrator, and consultant, as well as materials relating to Dudley’s book, A Workshop for Peace: Designing the United Nations Headquarters (1994), based on Dudley’s experience in 1947 working on the U.N. Headquarters under architect Wallace K. Harrison.
Biographical / Historical
George Austin Dudley, born in Pittsburgh on December 24, 1914, attended Yale University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1936, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture in 1938, and Master of Fine Arts in Urban Planning in 1940. Early in his career as an architect, Dudley worked under Wallace K. Harrison on the planning and construction of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City – an experience he later recounted in his book A Workshop for Peace: Designing the United Nations Headquarters (1994). Other large-scale planning projects on which Dudley worked with Harrison are Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, and the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York.
Dudley continued to focus on complex building projects for institutional clients—both governmental and academic—throughout his long career, working both domestically and abroad. From 1948 to 1960, Dudley served as president of the International Basic Economy Corporation (IBEC) Housing Corporation, which constructed thousands of units of government-financed, low-cost modular housing in Latin America, the Middle East, and India. In the early 1960s, Dudley headed the State University Construction Fund, New York, overseeing the financing, planning, and building of several SUNY campuses, including Stony Brook, New Paltz, and Buffalo. Dudley was founding dean, from 1965 to 1967, of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and he also served as dean of the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Dudley acted as a consultant on several planning and development projects in Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S.
Dudley died in Rensselaerville, New York, in February 2005.
The collection is unprocessed. Materials are in the order that existed when the collection was acquired by Yale University Library, and descriptions are transcribed from original handwritten folder titles.
- Guide to the George A. Dudley Papers
- Under Revision
- March 2015
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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