Monthly Archives: May 2013

Margaret Smithglass joins Avery Library

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret Smithglass as the new BWR Librarian. Her first day at Avery was Monday, May 13th.

Margaret comes to us from Yale where she recently completed a year as Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship, Yale University: Haas Arts Library and Special Collections. Other professional experiences include work in image research, cataloging, teaching, and architectural design. She holds a BA from Towson University, an MArch from North Carolina State University, and an MLIS from McGill University School of Information Studies.

Margaret will work on project communication strategies and develop BWR metadata working with colleagues across the Built Works Registry partner institutions: Avery, ARTstor and the Getty Research Institute.

by Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Library

Henry Hope Reed, 1915-2013

Avery Library remembers architectural historian Henry Hope Reed who died last Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

A champion of the Classical style of architecture, he opposed the Modern Movement and in 1968 helped found Classical America, which became part of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art in 2002. He conducted walking tours of New York City beginning in 1956 for the Municipal Arts Society, laying the ground work for the flourishing of these historical walks.

Henry Hope Reed will be remembered too as the protector and champion of Central Park, promoting the 19th century characteristics of Olmsted's original plan. He, along with Adolf Placzek, then the Avery Librarian, also rescued the archive of the Central Park, now at the Municipal Archives, from the outbuildings of the Sara Delano Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side. He even persuaded Placzek to don a protective work suit as they retrieved the drawings from the park, no small feat.

He was a Friend of Avery Library and his generosity will be remembered in the rich legacy of papers and archival materials he left to Avery's department of Drawings & Archives.

New York Times obituary

Columbia University Libraries online cataloging record: CLIO record

Avery Library's Henry Hope Reed  Finding Aid

Reception & Display of Recent Acquisitions

Please join us to view highlights of Avery's acquisitions this year including a selection of works by Hugh Ferriss, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Russell Pope and others.

Monday, May 20, 2013
Display: 3:00-8:00 PM
Reception: 5:30-8:00 PM

Sponsored by Avery Friends & the Friends of the Columbia University Libraries

To RSVP, please call 212.854.6199
or email: Avery-Friends

Image credit:
Frank Lloyd Wright. Cottage Studio for Ayn Rand (1947).
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
(The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)