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Richard Lewis Aldrich papers, n.d., 1930-1965 | University of Miami Special Collections

By William E. Brown and Karen Hudson

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Title: Richard Lewis Aldrich papers, n.d., 1930-1965Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0007

Creator: Aldritch, Richard Lewis (1897-1976)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Richard Lewis Aldrich Papers contain the manuscript of his book Style in Mexican Architecture, published by the University of Miami Press in 1968, as well as a number of essays written by Aldrich during his graduate study.

The files also include classroom notes and exams, bibliographies, research notes, personal correspondence, five student term papers dated 1936-62, poetry records concerning his employment at the University of Miami and newspaper clippings on a Miami Beach gallery showing of his watercolor works.

Additional files contain domestic and foreign newspaper clippings, as well as a photograph, of a glider plane developed in 1922 by Edmund Allen. In correspondence, Aldrich mentions Allen indicating that the glider constructor/pilot, who was probably a close friend, assisted Aldrich and enabled him to complete his many years of study.

Biographical Note

Richard Lewis Aldrich (1897-1976) first taught at the University of Miami on October 1, 1947 as a lecturer in the Department of Art History, and was appointed Associate Professor the following year.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Aldrich attended the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor's degree. He attended Harvard University from 1921-23, and received a Master's degree from the University of Arizona in 1936. Aldrich completed his doctoral work in 1942 after five years of study at the University of Michigan. He then taught for brief periods at San Jose State College and Wesleyan College.

During his fifteen years at the University of Miami, Aldrich taught classes and organized a number of student trips for the summer semesters. Aldrich "an expert on Oriental, as well as pre- Columbia and Hispanic American cultures," conducted a University of Miami archaeological survey of the southwestern United States. This survey led to the establishment of the University's annual student workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico. Summer school sessions took University of Miami students to Mexico for studies in history, Spanish, archaeology, painting, and art history.

Subject/Index Terms

Aldrich, Richard Lewis, 1897-1976
University of Miami. Department of Art and Art History

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is unrestricted.

Use Restrictions: Richard Lewis Aldrich Papers Finding Aid© 2006 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Head of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation: Richard Lewis Aldrich Papers, Special Collections Division, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

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William E. Brown and Karen Hudson, January 1993

Retrospectively converted from HTML to EAD XML September, 2008 by Lyn MacCorkle and Kyle Rimkus based on a crosswalk by María Estorino.

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Folder 1: Bibliographies for Pre-Columbian and Hispanic Art in the Americas, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Class Lectures and Notes on "Some Random Class",, 1947-55Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Class Lectures on the History of Art, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Combined Bibliography for Classes of "The Renaissance in Italy" and "The Renaissance in North Europe", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence Letters Between R.A. and "Cinemacrafters" - a monthly journal, 1930, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence Letters Between R.A. and Harry Kidd, 1940, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence Letters Between R.A. and his brother Royce, 1942-63, 1942-63Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence Letters from an Unknown "B", 1943-44, 1943-44Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence Letters from Family, 1943-44, 1943-44Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Dissertation to fulfill Doctor of Philosophy Degree on "Tun-Huang: Folder 1, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Rise of the Kansu Port in the T'ang Dynasty", 1942, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Essay on "Ancient Pottery in the American Southwest" Folder 12, Essay on "The Clown and Certain Indian Ceremonies", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Essay on "Cultural Directions in China Throughout the Sui Dynasty", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Essay on "History of the Mogul Dynasty" by Alice Soltysiak (student), 1962Add to your cart.

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