MC 00097 Guide to the Edwin Gilbert Thurlow Papers, circa 1930-1974

This collection is arranged in two series: Correspondence and Photographs.
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The Edwin Gilbert Thurlow correspondence series contains personal and professional correspondence and other material written and received during Thurlow's term as Professor of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University, 1947-1974. Letters make up the bulk of the collection, with notable correspondence between Thurlow and Richard C. Bell, Carey Hoyt Bostian, Roberto Burle Marx, Lewis Clarke, Harold Dunbar Cooley, Garrett Eckbo, Frederick Edmundson, Sam J. Ervin, George Watts Hill, B. Everett Jordan, George Matsumoto, Rodrigo Velarde Ortiz, Hubert B. Owens, Bremer W. Pond, Robert Royston, Terry Sanford, Robert Walter Scott, and Stanley White.
These papers document Thurlow's correspondence with students, garden clubs, lawmakers, and colleagues in Landscape Architecture at N.C. State and other institutions. Other written material includes Thurlow's 1968 article "History of Landscape Architecture at NCSU."
[Box 1, Folder 1] A, 1948-1957
[Box 1, Folder 2] B, 1948-1972
[Box 1, Folder 3] Bell, Richard C., 1950-1966
[Box 1, Folder 4] Bostian, Carey H., 1948-1958
[Box 1, Folder 5] C, 1948-1960
[Box 1, Folder 6] D, 1946-1964
[Box 1, Folder 7] E, 1947-1966
[Box 1, Folder 8] F-G, 1953-1973
[Box 1, Folder 9] Garden Club Correspondence, 1948-1958
[Box 1, Folder 10] H, 1948-1959
[Box 1, Folder 11] House & Garden Article, 1952
[Box 1, Folder 12] J-K, 1949-1967
[Box 1, Folder 13] Landscape Architecture, History of, 1968
[Box 1, Folder 14] L, 1950-1966
[Box 1, Folder 15] M, 1954-1963
[Box 1, Folder 16] Marx, Roberto Burle, 1961-1966
[Box 1, Folder 17] N, 1951-1954
[Box 1, Folder 18] O, 1950-1968
[Box 1, Folder 19] P, 1950-1966
[Box 1, Folder 20] R-T, 1948-1970
[Box 1, Folder 21] White, Stanley, 1952-1961
[Box 1, Folder 22] Y, 1950-1972
The Edwin Gilbert Thurlow photograph series contains approximately 1,600 photos and photographic postcards, circa 1930s and 1940s. The photo and postcard collection focuses on architecture and landscape architecture in Europe, Asia, and the northeastern United States. All are in the order in which they were received, which does not always appear to correspond to the divider headings. Some dividers had no photos associated with them and were removed. These were "Harvard University" in Card Box 2 and "Philadelphia Estates," "U.S., N.Y., Westchester," "Smith," and "Germany" from Card Box 4.
Photographs make up approximately 95% of the series, and all are black and white. Postcards are predominantly black and white and unwritten, with a few exceptions. Photos are nearly all 3 ¼" x 5 ½"; some postcards are slightly larger.
[Card Box 2] Gateways, U.S. Boston North Shore, U.S. Berkshires, Mabel Choate, Harris Fahnstock, W.B. Osgood Field, Giraud Foster, Wiliam Hall Walker, Carlos de Heredia, Grenville A. Winthrop, Henry White, Mission House, U.S. Hartford, U.S. Long Island, and Newport., 1930s-1940s
[Card Box 3] England, France, Orient, and Misc., 1930s-1940s
[Card Box 4] Italy; U.S. Philadelphia; Budapest, Vienna, Goteborg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam; and Modern, 1930s-1940s

Creator

Thurlow, E. G. (Edwin Gilbert), 1909-1997

Quantity

1.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

4 boxes

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Edwin Gilbert Thurlow, 1974 July 5 (accession no. 1974-0008), and transfer from Design Library, 2004 July 27.

Processing

Processed by: Anna R. Craft;machine-readable finding aid created by: Anna R. Craft

Scope and Content Note

The Edwin Gilbert Thurlow papers contain personal and professional correspondence and other material written and received during Thurlow’s term as Professor of Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University, 1947-1974, as well as approximately 1,600 photographs and photographic postcards, circa 1930s and 1940s. Letters make up the bulk of the written collection, with notable correspondence between Thurlow and Richard C. Bell, Carey Hoyt Bostian, Roberto Burle Marx, Lewis Clarke, Harold Dunbar Cooley, Garrett Eckbo, Frederick Edmundson, Sam J. Ervin, George Watts Hill, B. Everett Jordan, George Matsumoto, Rodrigo Velarde Ortiz, Hubert B. Owens, Bremer W. Pond, Robert Royston, Terry Sanford, Robert Walter Scott, Stanley White and many North Carolina garden clubs. Other written material includes Thurlow’s 1968 article "History of Landscape Architecture at NCSU." The photograph and postcard collection focuses on architecture and landscape architecture in Europe and Asia, as well as the northeastern United States, primarily Boston, Massachusetts. Postcards far outnumber the original photographs, presumably taken by Thurlow.

Biographical Note

Edwin Gilbert Thurlow (1909-1997) attended Purdue University from 1928 to 1929, received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) in 1932, and received Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University in 1936. He traveled through Europe in 1937 as a Charles Eliot Traveling Fellow in Landscape Architecture (a Harvard program). He attended Princeton’s Naval Officer’s Training School in 1943. He joined the North Carolina State College faculty in 1947 as Professor of Landscape Architecture, and taught there until his retirement in 1974. He also served as Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design from 1947 to 1951. Thurlow served as a consultant in landscape architecture in private practice; was a member of numerous professional societies, professional committees, and academic committees; and authored several articles and papers on landscape architecture.

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[Identification of item], Edwin Gilbert Thurlow Papers, MC 97, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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