Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 4E: Awards, 1941-1994

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries includes awards, certificates, honorary diplomas, and plaques that Candela received throughout his career recognizing his contributions to the field of architecture. Beginning in the 1960s, Candela garnered an increasing amount of attention and publicity for his work in thin-shell concrete design that lasted throughout his life as he continued to travel and lecture publicly. Although Candela never managed to continue his formal studies following his years in Madrid, he received honorary doctorates from the University of New Mexico, the University of Illinois, and Universidad de Sevilla, as well as an honorary plaque in the 1990s, recognizing his achievements, from La Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, where he completed his education in the 1930s. Most awards and certificates on paper are described at the folder level, with three-dimensional wooden and stone plaques, requiring separate housing due to their size and weight, described individually. A partial inventory of awards present in these files, which was received with the collection, can be found in Box 4, Folder 7.


Arranged chronologically.

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.


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

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The Trustees of Princeton University hold the copyright for materials in this collection that were created by Félix Candela. When copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from Firestone Library.

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 4E: Awards; Félix Candela Papers, C1455, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (mss): Box 4
  • ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 26-29

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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.

Candela, Félix, 1910-1997