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Subseries 1B: Slides and Negatives, 1930s-2002 (mostly 1950-1980)

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes slides and negatives documenting Candela's work that he arranged by medium type and kept separately from the photographic materials included in his conceptual files. The largest group of slides follows an original numerical order that corresponds to an accompanying inventory, which can be found in Box 8, Folder 20. Researchers should consult this inventory when searching the numerical slides for images of specific buildings. Although most slide sheets include pictures of several different buildings, their original order was maintained to preserve context. Also present are slides that Candela kept by topic, arranged alphabetically, as well as a group of photographic negatives of works by Candela and microfilmed copies of technical articles on various structural engineering concepts. Slides are primarily in color and often individually marked with their location, while negatives are mainly in black-and-white and occasionally in color. Negatives were often unmarked with any identifying information, although this information was preserved when it existed. While most slides and negatives were sleeved in archival preservers, a group of unsorted negatives that were too curled to be unrolled safely were stored separately in small bags within an artifact box. A small amount of nitrate film was segregated for cold storage.

It should be noted that slides used for research or publication in Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist, which were physically removed from Candela's original arrangement, can be found in Subseries 1C.

Arrangement

Numerically arranged slides are followed by slides arranged alphabetically by subject, then negatives arranged alphabetically by subject.

Collection History

Custodial History

Prior to their move to the Special Collections, the Félix Candela Papers were housed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where they were used as research materials for Maria Garlock and David Billington's book, Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist (Princeton University Art Museum, 2008). Maria Garlock facilitated Dorothy Candela's donation of these materials to Princeton University beginning in 2006-2007, as an addition to what was then referred to as the Maillart Archives.

Appraisal

All materials were retained during 2014 processing, with the exception of a blank internal hard drive, which was discarded.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in May-July 2014. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in July 2014.

A box of oversize materials, formerly housed in Box 5, were rehoused into flat files in September 2021. As a result, there is no Box 5.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Trustees of Princeton University hold the copyright for materials in this collection that were created by Félix Candela. Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Subseries 1B: Slides and Negatives; Félix Candela Papers, C1455, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 10 to 11, 8
  • ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 12-13

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Related Materials

Additional architectural records and papers of Félix Candela, including his office files from Cubiertas Ala, are held in the Department of Drawings and Archives at the Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.

Names:
Candela, Félix (1910-1997)