Guide to the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Records, 1882-1996
MC.0520

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Rotch Travelling Scholarship
Title
Rotch Travelling Scholarship records
ID
MC.0520
Date [inclusive]
1882-1996
Extent
36.0 cubic feet (21 manuscript boxes, 2 legal manuscript boxes, 2 flat boxes, 21 volumes in 19 phase boxes)
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English

Citation

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Records, MC 520, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Historical note

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship was founded in 1883 by the children of Benjamin Smith Rotch of Milton, Massachusetts. As the first organization of its kind in the United States, the scholarship enabled young American architects and talented draftsmen to embark on the professional equivalent of the Grand Tour to study art and architecture in Europe. To that end, an endowment of $50,000 was provided by the Indenture of Trust, signed on December 29, 1883, by the Rotch heirs. The first trustees of the scholarship were Arthur Rotch (president, 1883-1894), William J. Rotch, and William Rotch (treasurer, 1883-1925). In 1911, the Rotch Travelling Scholarship was incorporated as a charitable corporation in the state of Massachusetts. Members of the Rotch family continued playing an active role in the organization. They served as trustees and members of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Corporation for more than one hundred years, until the deaths in 1989 of descendents Aimee Lamb and her sister Rosamond Lamb.

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship is governed by a board of trustees, who elect its president, secretary, and treasurer. While the trustees control investments of the property of the corporation, the Rotch Travelling Committee, under the auspices of the Boston Society of Architects, administers activities related to annual competitions and selection of qualified applicants. The secretary of the Rotch Travelling Committee is also secretary of the corporation, providing a close connection between the committee and the board of trustees and members of the corporation. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 1884, except for two intervals due to World War I (1918-1919) and World War II (1942-1945). Applications are accepted from a pool of young applicants, below 35 years of age, who hold American citizenship. In addition, candidates must have a degree from an accredited US school of architecture and at least one year of full-time professional experience in Massachusetts. Alternatively, they may have a degree from an accredited Massachusetts school of architecture and one year of full-time professional experience in any architectural firm.

In 1883, the trustees of the newly-founded scholarship asked the members of the Boston Society of Architects to assist them in developing a scheme for annual selection of the best candidates. In response, the Boston Society of Architects appointed the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee. The first members of the committee included Edward C. Cabot, Edmund M. Wheelwright, Arthur Rotch, Charles A. Cummings, and Robert S. Peabody. Initially, the applicants were required to prove their knowledge of architectural history, construction, French, and drawing from casts. A two-level design competition, consisting of preliminary and final examinations, was introduced in 1892 and remains in use today (2002). The purpose of the preliminary exam has been to narrow down the pool of candidates to those with the best “architectural and imaginative potential.” The winner of the final competition is awarded the title “Rotch Scholar” for a given year. In case the Rotch Scholar is unable to travel, travel funds are made available to the Alternate to the Winner. Occasionally, a jury has selected a Second Rotch Scholar, providing financial support enabling travel for a shorter period. The recipient of the first scholarship, in 1884, received $2,000 for two years of travel. At present (2002), a Rotch Scholar is awarded $35,000 for travel abroad of at least eight months duration, while a Second Rotch Scholar, if selected, receives $15,000.

In the past, the scholars were expected to present, at the completion of their travel, carefully studied, measured, and rendered drawings (envois) of selected examples of European architecture. Those requirements were based on what was expected by the French Academy in Rome from the recipients of the Grand Prix de Rome. As time passed, those obligations changed. In the early 1950s, they were reduced to sending “reasonably frequent letters to the Secretary.” By the early 1960s, the trustees found this situation unsatisfactory and introduced a new set of requirements. In addition to monthly reports, the scholars were to provide the secretary with their travel itineraries and prepare, upon their return, a final report with sketches and/or photographs. Since then, submittal and acceptance of such a report has become a condition for receiving the Rotch Scholar certificate and the final installment of the scholarship.

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship proved to have a great impact on the development of the professional careers of many American architects. Through the work of its recipients, it has influenced the evolution of the entire architectural profession in the United States for more than one hundred years. A list of the winners includes names of many of the most distinguished American architects: Henry Bacon (1889), designer of the Lincoln Memorial; Harold Van Buren Magonigle (1894), designer of the United States Embassy in Tokyo; Ralph Thomas Walker (1916), Hayden Memorial Library at MIT; Wallace Kirkman Harrison (1922), Rockefeller Center and United Nations Buildings; Louis Skidmore (1926); Edward D. Stone (1927); Gordon Bunshaft (1935); Victor A. Lundy (1948); and many others. In 1992, Debi L. McDonald became the first woman awarded the scholarship.

Current information regarding the scholarship can be found on the Rotch Travelling Scholarship website: http://www.rotch.org/scholarship/competition/index.html

NOTE The agency history was based on the following: Clarence Thomas Blackall,  A History of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, 1883 to 1938 (Boston: Privately Printed, 1938);  The Rotch Travelling Scholarship: A Review of Its History, 1883-1963 ([Boston]: Privately Printed, 1963);  The Rotch Travelling Scholarship (Boston: The Rotch Travelling Scholarship, Inc., 1980); and the records included in the collection.

Rotch Scholars, 1884-1995
1884 Clarence Howard Blackall
1885 Samuel Walker Mead
1886 George Frederick Newton
1887 Edgar A. Josselyn
1888 Austin Willard Lord
1889 Henry Bacon
1890 William Thomas Partridge
1891 Robert Closon Spenser
1892 John Watrous Case
1893 Walter Harrington Kilham
1894 Harold Van Bruen Magonigle
1895 Will Stein Aldrich
1896 Louis Holmes Boynton
1897 Henry Bodge Pennell
1898 Louis Chapell Newhall
1899 Louis Warren Pulsifier
1900 William Leslie Welton
1901 William Luther Mowll
1902 James Ford Clapp
1903 Edward T. Faulkes
1904 Frederick Charles Hirons
1905 William DeForrest Crowell
1906 Leroy Pearl Burnham
1907 Otto Faelten
1908 Israel P. Lord
1909 Horace G. Simpson
1910 Joseph McGinnis
1911 Niels Hjalmar Larsen
1912 Charles Cameron Clark
1913 William Leo Smith
1914 Ralph Johnson Batchelder
1915 Frederick Roy Witton
1916 Ralph Thomas Walker
1917 James Newhall Holden
1918 no award on account of war
1919 no award on account of war
1920 Robert Murray Blackall
1921 Frank Somerville Carson
1922 Wallace Kirkman Harrison
1923 Isidor Richmond
1924 Eugene Francis Kennedy
1925 Walter F. Bogner
1926 Louis Skidmore
1927 Edward D. Stone
1928 Ralph E. Winslow
1929 Charles St. George Pope
1930 Barnett Sumner Gruzen
1931 Carney Goldberg
1932 Carroll Coletti
1933 George Stephen Lewis
1934 Nembhard N. Culin
1935 Gordon Bunshaft
1936 Leon Hyzen
1937 John A. Valtz
1938 Malcolm C. Robb
1939 William E. Hartmann
1940 George R. McClellan
1941 J. Martin Rosse
1942 no award on account of war
1943 no award on account of war
1944 no award on account of war
1945 no award on account of war
1946 Melvern Coates Ensign
1947 Dale C. Byrd
1948 Victor A. Lundy
1949 Eduard H. Bullerjahn
1950 Robert Lewis Bliss
1951 Bruce A. Abrahamson
1952 Norman M. Klein
1953 Richard C. Brigham, Jr.
1954 Paul J. Carrol
1955 Robert T. Coles
1956 James E. Stageberg
1957 John I. Schlossman
1958 W. Byron Ireland
1959 Gardner Ertman
1960 Jack Chun
1961 John O. Cotton
1962 Thomas N. Larson
1963 James T. Flynn
1964 Harry F. Eagan
1965 John Wilson Cuningham
1966 Dennis Walsh
1967 William E. Roesner
1968 James Sandell
1969 Michael Buckley
1970 Gary Lowe
1971 John Sheehy
1972 Valdis G. Smits
1973 Craig F. Rooney
1974 Nelson Scott Smith
1975 Philip Dangerfield
1976 Duane A. Kell
1977 Patrick M. Sullivan
1978 Ernest F. Cirangle
1979 Glenn Matsumoto
1980 Marvin John Malecha
1981 William A. McGee
1982 John M. Reimnitz
1983 John K. McLaughlin, Jr.
1984 Eric Liebmann
1985 Thomas Michael Walsh
1986 J. Scotte Kilbourne
1987 Mark A. Engberg
1988 Thomas Carlson-Redding
1989 Joseph J. Mamayek
1990 Mark K. Moeller
1991 Joslin Stewart
1992 Debi Lacey McDonald
1993 David T. Nagahiro
1994 Jose Sama
1995 Craig F. Mutter

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection documents the history of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship from the founding of the organization in 1883 through the mid-1990s. The records include minutes of meetings, correspondence, financial records, reports, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, and published volumes. The major part of the collection, documenting annual competitions, consists of competition programs, photographic documentation of the winning entries, travel itineraries, scholars’ travel diaries, and final reports. While the records created or compiled at the office of the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee go back to the 1880s, the records created by the scholarship recipients fall mainly between the 1950s and the 1990s. The Rotch Travelling Scholarship collection represents a nearly continuous record documenting the evolving trends of post-graduate architectural education in America for over one hundred years, providing valuable source material for those interested in the history of architecture in the United States. In particular, it will be of value to researchers tracing the impact of different architectural movements and ideas in shaping early perceptions, artistic interests, and future careers of individual architects.

The impact of the initial educational approach, based on the program of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, is evident in carefully rendered architectural details depicted in envois submitted by the early scholars. While the original drawings were returned to the scholarship recipients or loaned to various institutions, “Life Records and Envois” (Series 3), compiled by the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee, provide photographic documentation of the envois received through 1954. Those visual records, later augmented by the original drawings, sketches, and photographs included in scholars’ diaries and final reports, can be examined to trace the influence of modernism, the growing emphasis on historical solutions to architectural and urban planning problems, and increasing interests in vernacular architecture. Those changing trends can also be studied by looking through the design solutions to competition problems. Competition programs, written by practicing architects and educators, are available for the 1930s and later, and photographs of the winning entries for the 1960s and beyond.

Scholars’ monthly letters (travel diaries) and final reports constitute a unique set of documents describing impressions of architects at the onset of their professional careers. Travel diaries, available for the 1950s and later, and scholars’ final reports, available for the 1970s and beyond, can be found in Series 2, Administrative and Annual Competition Files. In the early decades, travel was limited to several countries in Europe, mainly France, Italy, and Greece, but also Germany, Spain, and England. Travel plans of the later scholars reflect a shifting emphasis away from looking at the established art monuments in Europe to exploration of other cultures and civilizations (the Far East, South America, and Australia). The itineraries for travels from 1884 through 1954 were documented by the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee and compiled in “Life Records and Envois” (Series 3). From the 1950s and later, itineraries can be found among the records of individual Rotch Scholars, filed under their names, in Series 2, Administrative and Annual Competition Files.

The annual competition process is documented through the reports of the Rotch Travelling Committee, jury reports, competition programs available for the 1930s and beyond, and photographs of the winning entries available for the 1960s and later. The administrative records provide valuable material documenting governing functions and administrative activities of the corporation, board of trustees, and the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee. Administrative records can also shed light on further activities of many scholarship recipients and other prominent architects and educators, who frequently became actively involved in the work of the organization, serving as program writers, jury members, members of the corporation, trustees and officers. For example, Clarence Howard Blackall, the first Rotch Scholar, became the first permanent secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee and the secretary of the trust (the corporation, from 1911), holding both positions from1891 through 1940. He was succeeded by William Emerson, who served as the second secretary from 1940 through 1954, after his retirement in 1939 as dean of MIT’s School of Architecture.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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Access note

The collection is open for research.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Envois of the Rotch travelling scholarship, 1891-1900; being a series of measured drawings of European architecture, made for the trustees by holders of the Rotch scholarship, together with the successful designs submitted in the competitions. Boston: Rogers & Manson For the Boston Society of Architects, 1902.

A history of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, 1883 to 1938, by Clarence H. Blackall. Privately printed, 1938.

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship; A Review of Its History, 1883-1963. Boston: Rand Press, 1963.

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship, compiled by Hugh Stubbins. Boston: The Rotch Travelling Scholarship, Inc., 1980.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rotch Travelling Scholarship

Subject(s)

  • Architecture--Study and teaching.
  • Foreign study.
  • Universities and colleges--Scholarships, fellowships, etc.

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1. Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee 1883-1996 

Scope and Contents of the Series

Series 1 contains records compiled by the office of the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee. The materials include minutes of the committee meetings, annual reports of the secretary, reports on awards of the scholarship, reports of the jury, and other pertinent material. Five bound volumes of “Minutes” (box 1, folders 1-4, and box 2, folder 1) cover a period of seventy years, from 1883 through 1954. Minutes and reports from 1954 through 1996 can be found in box 2, folder 2.

Box

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Minutes," vol. 1 1883 October to 1903 January 

1

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Minutes," vol. 2 1903 January to 1912 December 

1

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Minutes," vol. 3 1913 January to 1923 March 

1

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Minutes," vol. 4 1923 April to 1936 November 

1

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Minutes," vol. 5 1937 March to 1954 July 

2

Reports of the secretary, meeting minutes 1953-1996 

2

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 Series 2. Administrative Materials and Annual Competition Files 1911-1996 

Scope and Contents of the Series

Series 2 contains records compiled by the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, Inc. It consists of the records reflecting functions of the corporation and the board of trustees. It also documents annual competitions as reported by the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee, a body responsible for conducting examinations, selecting candidates, and overseeing scholars’ travels. In addition, there are monthly letters (travel diaries) and final reports created by the scholarship winners in the course of their travels. These documents, after their submission to the corporation secretary, became the property of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, Inc.

While the records in Series II appear to fall into three distinct categories, the materials are filed in one chronological sequence, the arrangement at the time of their transfer to the Institute Archives. Some minor reordering of the records was necessary, mainly interfiling competition photographs and final reports, to preserve the logical arrangement of records in the series.

The first category, labeled administrative files, consists of correspondence, memoranda, financial statements, reports of the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee and of the corporation secretary, minutes of the meetings of the corporation and board of trustees, candidate applications, and jury notes and reports. Meeting minutes of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee and annual reports of its secretary in Series 2 are mostly duplicate copies of record copies filed in Series 1.

The second category consists of competition programs, documented by the Rotch Travelling Committee starting in the 1930s. In addition, there are photographic records of the winning entries, available for the 1960s and beyond

The third category, filed under the names of individual scholars, includes correspondence, travel itineraries, letters and diaries, and final reports. It may also include some background information regarding the further careers of the winners, documented by the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Committee. Records related to other winners, Alternates to the Winner or Second Rotch Scholars, are also filed under the names of individuals. Scholars’ final reports are available for years starting in 1970.

Box

Administrative files - financial statement 1911 

3

Administrative files - financial statement 1912 

3

Administrative files - financial statement 1913 

3

Administrative files - financial statement 1914 

3

Walker, Ralph Thomas (1916 Rotch Scholar) 1927, and undated 

3

Harrison, Wallace Kirkman (1922 Rotch Scholar) 1975-1983 

3

Richmond, Isidor (1923 Rotch Scholar) 1925, 1972-1975 

3

Competition program, 1923 1923 

3

Kennedy, Eugene Francis (1924 Rotch Scholar) 1975 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1925 

3

Bogner, Walter F. (1925 Rotch Scholar) 1927 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1926 

3

Skidmore, Louis (1926 Rotch Scholar), reports 1928, 1986 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1927 

3

Stone, Edward Durrell (1927 Rotch Scholar) 1927-1928, 1978-1987 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1928 

3

Winslow, Ralph E. (1928 Rotch Scholar) 1983 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1929 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1930 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1931 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1932 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1933 

3

Competition program 1933 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1934 

3

Culin, Nembhard N. (1934 Rotch Scholar) 1967, 1975 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1935 

3

Bunshaft, Gordon (1935 Rotch Scholar) 1971-1978 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, historical note 1936 

3

Competition program 1936 

3

Hyzen, Leon (1936 Rotch Scholar) 1975 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, competition applications 1937 

3

Competition program 1937 

3

Valtz, John A. (1937 Rotch Scholar) 1975 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, competition applications 1938 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, competition applications 1939 

3

Competition program 1939 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1940 

3

Competition program 1940 

3

McClellan, George R. (1940 Rotch Scholar) 1975 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1941 

3

Rosse, J. Martin (1941 Rotch Scholar) 1975, 1983, and undated 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1942 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, corporation and trustees meeting minutes reports 1943 

3

Administrative files - correspondence 1944 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1945 

3

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1946 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1947 

4

Administrative files - Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes 1948 

4

Lundy, Victor A. (1948 Rotch Scholar) 1962-1973 

4

Lundy, Victor A. (1948 Rotch Scholar) 1948, 1974-1975 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1949 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1950 

4

Competition program, reports 1950 

4

Bliss, Robert Lewis (1950 Rotch Scholar) 1963, 1974 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1951 

4

Competition program 1951 

4

Abrahamson, Bruce A. (1951 Rotch Scholar) 1975 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1952 

4

Competition program 1952 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports 1953 

4

Competition program 1953 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1954 

4

Competition program 1954 

4

Carroll, Paul J. (1954 Rotch Scholar), reports 1953-1955 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes 1955 

4

Competition program, reports 1955 

4

Coles, Robert T. (1955 Rotch Scholar), reports 1955-1956 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1956 

4

Competition program 1956 

4

Stageberg, James E. (1956 Rotch Scholar) 1975, 1984 

4

Stageberg, James E. (1956 Rotch Scholar), reports 1956-1957 

4

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1957 

5

Competition program 1957 

5

Schlossman, John I. (1957 Rotch Scholar) 1975-1978 

5

Schlossman, John I. (1957 Rotch Scholar), reports, correspondence 1957-1963 

5

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1958 

5

Competition program 1958 

5

Ireland, W. Byron (1958 Rotch Scholar), reports 1958-1959, 1967 

5

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1959 

5

Competition program 1959 

5

Ertman, Gardner (1959 Rotch Scholar) 1975 

5

Ertman, Gardner (1959 Rotch Scholar), reports 1959-1960 

5

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1960 

5

Competition program 1960 

5

Chun, Jack (1960 Rotch Scholar), reports, correspondence 1960-1967 

5

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1961 

5

Competition program 1961 

5

Competition photographs (negatives) 1961 

6

Competition photographs (prints) 1961 

7

Cotton, John Oliver (1961 Rotch Scholar), reports, correspondence 1961-1963, 1967, 1987 

5

Lockhart, Kay Milton (1961 Alternate to the Winner), reports, correspondence 1961-1963 

5

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1962 

8

Competition program 1962 

8

Competition photographs (prints and negatives) 1962 

6

Competition photographs (prints) 1961 

7

Larson, Thomas N. (1962 Rotch Scholar) 1972-1976 

8

Larson, Thomas N. (1962 Rotch Scholar) 1978-1979 

8

Larson, Thomas N. (1962 Rotch Scholar), reports 1962-1964 

8

Larson, Thomas N. (1962 Rotch Scholar) 1962-1963 

9

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee meeting minutes, reports, application materials 1963 

8

Competition program 1963 

8

Competition photographs (prints and negatives) 1963 

6

Competition photographs (prints), 1963 1963 

7

Flynn, James T. (1963 Rotch Scholar) 1978 and undated 

8

Flynn, James T. (1963 Rotch Scholar), reports 1963-1964 

8

Flynn, James T. (1963 Rotch Scholar), sketches 1963 

9

Administrative files - correspondence, reports, application materials 1964-1965 

8

Competition program 1964 

8

Competition photographs (prints) 1964 

6

Competition photographs (prints) 1964 

7

Eagan, Harry F. (1964 Rotch Scholar), reports 1963-1965 

8

Administrative files - correspondence, reports, application materials 1965-1966 

8

Competition program 1965 

8

Competition photographs (prints), 1965 1965 

8

Competition photographs (prints), 1965 1965 

6

Competition photographs (prints), 1965 1965 

7

Cuningham, John Wilson (1965 Rotch Scholar) 1975-1976 

10

Cuningham, John Wilson (1965 Rotch Scholar0, reports 1964-1967 

10

Administrative files - correspondence, reports, application materials (2 folders) 1966 

10

Competition program 1966 

10

Competition photographs (prints and negatives) 1966 

6

Competition photographs (prints) 1966 

7

Walsh, Dennis (1966 Rotch Scholar) 1966-1968 

10

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1967-1968 

10

Competition program 1967 

10

Competition photographs (negatives) 1967 

10

Competition photographs (prints) 1967 

7

Roesner, William Edward (1967 Rotch Scholar) 1975 

11

Roesner, William Edward (1967 Rotch Scholar), reports 1967-1969 

11

Roesner, William Edward (1967 Rotch Scholar), photographs (prints and negatives) 1967 

11

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1968 

11

Competition program, competition materials 1968 

11

Competition photographs (negatives) 1968 

11

Competition photographs (prints) 1968 

7

Lowe, Gary Dwain (1968 Alternate to the Winner) 1968 

11

Sandell, James M. (1968 Rotch Scholar), reports 1968-1969 

11

Administrative files - correspondence, Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1969-1970 

11

Competition program 1969 

11

Competition photographs (prints) 1969 

7

Buckley, Michael Paul (1969 Rotch Scholar), reports 1967-1971 

11

Administrative files - correspondence, reports, competition materials 1970 

12

Competition program 1970 

12

Competition photographs (prints), 1970 1970 

7

Lowe, Gary Dwain (1970 Rotch Scholar), background material 1975 

12

Lowe, Gary Dwain (1970 Rotch Scholar), competition photographs 1970 

12

Lowe, Gary Dwain (1970 Rotch Scholar), reports 1970-1971 

12

Lowe, Gary Dwain (1970 Rotch Scholar), final report undated 

12

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1971 

12

Competition program, competition materials 1971 

12

Macott, James Spencer (1971 Alternate to the Winner) 1971-1972 

12

Sheehy, John Patrick (1971 Rotch Scholar), photographs (prints and negatives) 1975-1978 

12

Sheehy, John Patrick (1971 Rotch Scholar), reports 1971-1975 

12

Sheehy, John Patrick (1971 Rotch Scholar), final report 1975 

6

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1972-1973 

12

Competition program 1972 

13

Green, Richard (1972 Competition Winner), competition photographs 1972 

13

Green, Richard (1972 Competition Winner), background materials 1978 

13

Green, Richard (1972 Competition Winner), reports 1972-1973 

13

Smits, Valdis G. (1972 Rotch Scholar), reports 1972-1977 

13

Smits, Valdis G. (1972 Rotch Scholar), final report 1975 

9

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1973 

13

Competition program 1973 

13

Competition photographs - Roney, Craig D.; Kell, Duane A. 1973 

13

Kell, Duane A. (1973 Alternate to the Winner) 1973 

13

Roney, Craig D. (1973 Rotch Scholar), reports 1973-1979 

13

Roney, Craig D. (1973 Rotch Scholar), final report undated 

14

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1974 

13

Competition program 1974 

13

Competition photographs - Smith, Nelson Scott; Rafferty, Craig E.; and Miller, Michael 1974 

13

Miller, Michael (1974 Alternate to the Winner) 1974 

13

Rafferty, Craig E. (1974 Second Rotch Scholar), reports 1974-1975 

13

Smith, Nelson Scott (1974 Rotch Scholar), reports 1974-1977 

13

Smith, Nelson Scott (1974 Rotch Scholar), final report undated 

9

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1975 

13

Competition program 1975 

13

Competition photographs: Dangerfield, Phillip L.; Kell, Duane A. 1975 

15

Dangerfield, Phillip L. (1975 Rotch Scholar), reports 1975-1980 

15

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes 1976 

15

Competition program 1976 

15

Kell, Duane (1976 Rotch Scholar), background material 1975-1978 

15

Competition photographs - Kell, Duane A.; Comee, Roger H. 1976 

15

Comee, Roger H. (1976 Alternate to the Winner) 1976 

15

Kell, Duane A. (1976 Rotch Scholar), reports 1976-1979 

15

Kell, Duane A. (1976 Rotch Scholar), final report undated 

16

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1977 

15

Competition program 1977 

15

Competition photographs - Sullivan, Patrick M.; Malecha, Marvin John 1977 

15

Malecha, Marvin John (1977 Alternate to the Winner) 1977 

15

Sullivan, Patrick M. (1977 Rotch Scholar), reports 1977-1979 

15

Sullivan, Patrick M. (1977 Rotch Scholar), final report (draft) 1979 

15

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1978 

17

Competition program 1978 

17

Competition photographs - Cirangle, Ernest F.; Locker, Frank M.; and Hickok, Michael E. 1978 

17

Hickok, Michael E. (1978 Alternate to the Winner) 1978 

17

Locker, Frank M. (1978 Second Rotch Scholar) 1978 

17

Locker, Frank M. (1978 Second Rotch Scholar), reports 1978-1984 

17

Locker, Frank M. (1978 Second Rotch Scholar), final report 1980 

17

Cirangle, Ernest F. (1978 Rotch Scholar) 1978 

17

Cirangle, Ernest F. (1978 Rotch Scholar), reports 1978-1979 

17

Cirangle, Ernest F. (1978 Rotch Scholar), final report undated 

17

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1979 

17

Competition program 1979 

17

Competition photographs - Matsumoto, Glenn Lee; Hoye, Robert W.; and Malecha, Marvin John 1979 

18

Malecha, Marvin John (1979 Alternate to the Winner) 1979 

18

Hoye, Robert W. (1979 Second Rotch Scholar), reports 1979-1982 

18

Hoye, Robert W. (1979 Second Rotch Scholar), final report 1980 

9

Matsumoto, Glenn Lee (1979 Rotch Scholar), reports 1979-1986 

18

Matsumoto, Glenn Lee (1979 Rotch Scholar), final report 1982 

18

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1980 

18

Competition program 1980 

18

Competition photographs and slides - Malecha, Marvin John; Ahles, Loren P.; and Robitz, Mark A. 1980 

18

Ahles, Loren P. (1980 Second Rotch Scholar), reports 1980-1985 

18

Ahles, Loren P. (1980 Second Rotch Scholar), final report undated 

18

Malecha, Marvin John (1980 Rotch Scholar), reports 1980-1983 

19

Malecha, Marvin John (1980 Rotch Scholar), final report 1982 

19

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1981 

19

Competition program 1981 

19

Competition photographs and slides - McGee, William A.; Collins, David K.; Robitz, Mark K.; and Reimnitz, John M. 1981 

19

Collins, David K. (1981 Second Rotch Scholar), reports 1981-1982 

19

Collins, David K. (1981 Second Rotch Scholar), final report 1982 

19

McGee, William A. (1981 Rotch Scholar), reports 1981-1987 

19

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1982 

19

Competition program 1982 

19

Competition photographs and slides - Reimnitz, John M.; Robitz, Mark K.; and McLaughlin, John K. Jr. 

20

Robitz, Mark K. (1982 Alternate to the Winner) 1982 

20

Reimnitz, John M. (1982 Rotch Scholar), reports 1982-1985 

20

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1983 

20

Competition program 1983 

20

Competition photographs and slides - McLaughlin, John K. Jr.; and Liebmann, Eric 1983 

20

Liebmann, Eric (1983 Alternate to the Winner) 1983 

20

McLaughlin, John K. Jr. (1983 Rotch Scholar), reports 1983-1992 

20

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1984 

20

Competition program 1984 

20

Competition photographs and slides - Liebmann, Eric; Dudley, Robert E.; and runners-up 1984 

20

Dudley, Robert E. (1984 Alternate to the Winner) 1984-1985 

20

Liebmann, Eric (1984 Rotch Scholar), reports 1984-1989 

21

Liebmann, Eric (1984 Rotch Scholar), final report 1989 

21

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1985 

21

Competition program 1985 

21

Competition photographs and slides - Walsh, Thomas Michael; Robitz, Mark J.; and runners-up 1985 

21

Robitz, Mark J. (1985 Alternate to the Winner) 1985-1990 

21

Walsh, Thomas Michael (1985 Rotch Scholar), reports 1985-1990 

21

Walsh, Thomas Michael (1985 Rotch Scholar), final report 1990 

21

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees, meeting minutes, reports 1986 

21

Competition program 1986 

21

Competition photographs and slides - Kilbourne, J. Scott; Moeller Mark K.; and runners-up 1986 

21

Moeller, Mark K. (1986 Alternate to the Winner) 1986 

21

Kilbourne, J. Scott (1986 Rotch Scholar), reports 1986-1991 

22

Kilbourne, J. Scott (1986 Rotch Scholar), final report 1991 

23

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports, competition materials 1987 

22

Competition program 1987 

22

Competition photographs and slides - Engberg, Mark A.; Carlson-Redding, Thomas; and runners-up 1987 

22

Carlson-Reddig, Thomas (1987 Alternate to the Winner) 1987-1995 

22

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1988 

22

Engberg, Mark A. (1987 Rotch Scholar), reports 1987-1989 

22

Engberg, Mark A. (1987 Rotch Scholar), final report undated 

22

Competition program 1988 

22

Competition photographs and slides - Carlson-Reddig, Thomas; Mamayek, Joseph J.; and runners-up 1988 

22

Mamayek, Joseph J. (1988 Alternate to the Winner) undated 

22

Carlson-Reddig, Thomas (1988 Rotch Scholar), reports 1988-1993 

24

Carlson-Reddig, Thomas (1988 Rotch Scholar), final report 1988 

24

Carlson-Reddig, Thomas (1988 Rotch Scholar), From Suzhou to Paris (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1993). 1993 

24

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1989 

24

Competition program 1989 

24

Competition photographs and slides - Mamayek, Joseph J.; Moeller, Mark K 1989 

24

Moeller, Mark (1989 Second Rotch Scholar and Alternate to the Winner) 1989 

24

Mamayek, Joseph J. (1989 Rotch Scholar), reports (2 folders) 1989-1990 

24

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1990 

25

Competition program 1990 

25

Competition photographs and slides - Moeller, Mark K.; Klopfer, Mark A. 1990 

25

Klopfer, Mark A. (1990 Alternate to the Winner) 1990 

25

Moeller, Mark K. (1990 Rotch Scholar), reports 1990 

25

Moeller, Mark K. (1990 Rotch Scholar), final report 1994 

25

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1991 

25

Competition program 1991 

25

Competition photographs and slides - Stewart, Joslin; Scarlet, Shannon Taylor 1991 

25

Scarlet, Shannon T. (1991 Alternate to the Winner) 1991 

25

Stewart, Joslin (1991 Rotch Scholar), reports 1991-1992 

25

Administrative files - correspondence, Corporation and trustees meeting minutes, reports 1992 

25

Competition program 1992 

25

Competition photographs and slides - McDonald, Debi Lacey; Roy, Tamara M.; and Carlyle, Christine 1992 

25

Competition photographs (negatives), McDonald, Debi Lacey 1992 

25

Carlyle, Christine (1992 Alternate to the Winner) 1992 

26

Roy, Tamara M. (1992 Second Rotch Scholar), reports 1992 

26

McDonald, Debi Lacey (1992 Rotch Scholar), reports 1992-1993 

26

Administrative files - correspondence, reports 1993-1996 

26

Competition program 1993 

26

Competition photographs (slides) - Nagahiro, David T.; Sama, Jose 1993 

26

Competition photographs - Nagahiro, David T.; Sama, Jose 1993 

26

Sama, Jose (1993 Alternate to the Winner) 1993 

26

Nagahiro, David T. (1993 Rotch Scholar), reports 1993-1994 

26

Mutter, Craig F. (1995 Rotch Scholar), final report 1996 

26

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 Series 3. "Life Records and Envois" 1884-1954 

Scope and Contents of the Series

“Life records and envois” were created in the office of the secretary of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee for the corporation as an official record documenting each of the scholarship recipients between 1884 and 1954. Three record books (box 27, folders 1-3) and corresponding photo-albums (boxes 28-30) contain information about the individual winners, their travel itineraries, descriptions and photographs of their envois, and often information about their subsequent professional careers. Envois, notes, and sketches from travels before 1900 are available in three published monographs (boxes 32-39). Series 3 also contains miscellaneous unidentified travel sketches created by scholarship recipients during their travels (box 31, folders 1-2).

Box

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Life Records and Envois," vol. 1, Rotch Scholars 1884-1905 

27

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Life Records and Envois," vol. 2, Rotch Scholars 1906-1935 

27

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Life Records and Envois," vol. 3, Rotch Scholars 1936-1954 

27

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Life Records and Envois," photographs, vol. 1, Rotch Scholars 1900-1914 

28

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Life Records and Envois," photographs, vol. 2, Rotch Scholars 1917-1933 

29

Rotch Travelling Scholarship. "Life Records and Envois," photographs, vol. 3, Rotch Scholars 1936-1954 

30

Miscellaneous travel sketches 1947 

31

Miscellaneous travel sketches undated 

31

Boston Society of Architects, Rotch Scholarship Committee, Envois of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, 1885-1892: being a series of measured drawings of European architecture, made for the trustees by the holders of the Rotch Scholarship, together with the successful designs submitted in the competitions (Boston: Boston Society of Architects, 1896). 1896 

32-36

Boston Society of Architects, Rotch Scholarship Committee, Envois of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, 1891-1900: being a series of measured drawings of European architecture, made for the trustees by the holders of the Rotch Scholarship, together with the successful designs submitted in the competitions (Boston: Boston Rogers and Manson for the Boston Society of Architects, 1902). 1902 

37-38

Clarence Howard Blackall, Envois of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship: a selection of European notes and sketches taken from the work of the first and second holders of the Rotch Travelling Scholarships, Boston, Massachusetts (New York: For Sale by S.M. O’Neill). circa 1880s 

32-36

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 Series 3. Rotch Travelling Scholarship Historical Material 1883-1995 

Scope and Contents of the Series

Series 4 consists of miscellaneous materials, both published and unpublished, documenting the history of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship. It includes a volume with biographical profiles and photographic portraits of the founders and the first fifty scholarship recipients (box 40), historical accounts published in 1938 and 1980 (box 44, folders 4 and 5), scrapbooks with newspaper and magazine clippings, and other materials related to specific events commemorating the history of the organization. Bylaws and other related documents are located in box 44, folder 1. In addition, there are biographical sketches of the scholarship recipients between 1884 and 1934, compiled by Clarence Howard Blackall (the secretary between 1891 and 1940). Those sketches can be found in box 44, folder 3. Among Blackall’s notes and correspondence (box 44, folder 2) there is a letter sent in 1882 by Henry Bacon to William Robert Ware, in which Bacon discussed plans for the future travelling scholarship. Also, there are lists of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship Committee members, members of the jury, program writers, and winners (box 44, folders 6-9).

Box

Rotch Travelling Scholarship: a record of the first fifty years, 1883-1933 

40

Rotch Travelling Scholarship, "R.T.S. Scrap,"  1883-1941 

41

Rotch Travelling Scholarship, "Rotch in retrospect: exhibition and dinner, December 1950," photographs, newspaper clips 1950 

42

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Centennial Dinner 1983 

43

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Exhibit, notes and correspondence 1984 

43

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Exhibit, panel schedule charts 1984 

43

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Exhibit, exhibit schedules 1984-1985 

43

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Exhibit, photographs 1983-1984 

43

Rotch Travelling Scholarship Exhibit, panel design and sketches 1984 

31

Miscellaneous photographs (prints, negatives, and reproductions) undated 

43

Bylaws and other documents 1907 to approximately 1940, 1991 

44

Blackall, Clarence Howard, correspondence, notes 1882, 1913, 1934-1939, and undated 

44

Blackall, Clarence Howard, biographical sketches of the Rotch Scholars (1884-1934) 1937-1938 

44

Clarence Howard Blackall, A History of the Rotch Travelling Scholarship, 1883 to 1938 (Boston: Privately printed, 1938). 1938 

44

Rotch Book Mechanicals (2 folders) circa 1980 

31

Hugh Stubbins (compiled by), The Rotch Travelling Scholarship (Boston: The Rotch Travelling Scholarship, Inc., 1980). 1980 

44

Rotch Scholarship Committee members 1883-1989 

44

Jury members (1892-1987); program writers (1974-1987) 1892-1987 

44

Winners 1884-1995 

44

Competition statistics 1890-1987 

44

Harry L. Katz, Master’s thesis, Educating American Architects: Arthur Rotch in Boston, 1880-1894 (Tufts University, 1991). 1991 

44

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