Contents and Arrangement

Zeiss-Dywidag Shell Construction Publicity Materials and Photograph Albums, 1931-1941

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The order in which this collection was stored in file drawers at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for many years was generally maintained. Although materials have not been physically arranged into an imposed order, existing intellectual relationships between materials filed together have been described accordingly as file groups. Using keywords, researchers can easily search across the collection for materials related to certain topics, which were either filed separately originally by their creator or alienated from their context prior to their arrival at the library.

Collection History

Custodial History

Prior to their arrival at Firestone Library, Anton Tedesko's papers were housed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where they were stored in file cabinets and used for over twenty years by various professors, students, and researchers. Professor David P. Billington acquired the papers from Anton Tedesko and maintained them as a part of what was then referred to as the Maillart Archive until 2014.


Duplicate print materials were returned to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in August-October, 2014, with assistance from Kristine Gift and Fiona Bell. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in October-November, 2014.

In 2022, restrictions on the glass lantern slides were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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.

The glass lantern slides are fragile and require special handling in the reading room.

Credit this material:

Zeiss-Dywidag Shell Construction Publicity Materials and Photograph Albums; Anton Tedesko Papers, C1478, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Find More


Billington, David P. "Anton Tedesko: Thin Shells and Esthetics." ASCE Journal of the Structural Division. 108/11 (1982): 2539-2554. Hines, E. M. and David P. Billington. "Anton Tedesko and the Introduction of Thin Shell Concrete Roofs in the United States." Journal of Structural Engineering. 130/11 (2004): 1639-1650. Schlaich, Jörg. "Anton Tedesko (1993-1994)." Structural Engineering International. 4 (2004): 324-326. Weingardt, Richard G. "Anton Tedesko: Father of Thin Shell Concrete Construction in America." Structure. 2007 April. Accessed August 15, 2014.

Dyckerhoff & Widmann
Roberts & Schaefer
Tedesko, Anton, 1903-1994