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Subseries 1A: Conceptual Files, 1935-1997
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
This subseries contains photographs, negatives, transparencies, architectural drawings and reproductions, sketches, and calculations, along with occasional project files, notes, and correspondence regarding a wide range of Félix Candela's building and design projects. Files on specific building projects are organized into twelve conceptual categories based on a topic, generally a specific architectural feature or theme, following their original organizational logic. Rather than providing complete project files, these files primarily visually document finished projects and projects under construction. Contents are mainly photographic in nature, accompanied by architectural drawings for some projects, and less often, paper files. Accordingly, materials in individual files are primarily photographic, unless otherwise noted at the file level.
While materials are listed in their intellectual order, they are boxed by size. Researchers should note that they may need to consult more than one box in order to view all materials related to a particular project. Oversize architectural drawings were stored flat in mylar when possible. Occasionally, large rolled architectural drawings that are too large or curled to store flat have been enclosed in mylar, wrapped around an archival tube for protection, and secured by a piece of cloth tape tied in a simple bow. Researchers consulting these drawings should take care to preserve this arrangement when returning these items to their containers.
Arrangement follows original order, wherein files on individual building projects are organized into groups based on an architectural feature or theme, following a Roman numeral outline.
- 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.
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
- Credit this material:
Subseries 1A: Conceptual Files; Félix Candela Papers, C1455, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- This is stored in multiple locations.
- Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-4; 6-9
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 36
- Candela, Félix, 1910-1997