Edwin Gilbert Thurlow Papers circa 1930-1974

Creator
Thurlow, E. G. (Edwin Gilbert), 1909-1997
Size
1.5 linear feet
Location

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

Call number
MC 00097

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 the 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 in the northeastern United States, primarily Boston, Massachusetts.

Edwin Gilbert Thurlow (1909-1997) 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 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.

Biographical/historical 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.

Scope/content

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.

Physical description

4 boxes

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series: Correspondence and Photographs.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin Gilbert Thurlow Papers, MC 00097, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

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

Processing information

Processed by Anna R. Craft, 2006 August

Encoded by Anna R. Craft, 2006 August

The collection is organized into two principal series:

Correspondence 1946-1974
Size: 0.5 linear feet

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.

1 archival box

A 1948-1957
Box 1, Folder 1
B 1948-1972
Box 1, Folder 2
Bell, Richard C. 1950-1966
Box 1, Folder 3
Bostian, Carey H. 1948-1958
Box 1, Folder 4
C 1948-1960
Box 1, Folder 5
D 1946-1964
Box 1, Folder 6
E 1947-1966
Box 1, Folder 7
F-G 1953-1973
Box 1, Folder 8
Garden Club Correspondence 1948-1958
Box 1, Folder 9
H 1948-1959
Box 1, Folder 10
House Garden Article 1952
Box 1, Folder 11
J-K 1949-1967
Box 1, Folder 12
Landscape Architecture, History of 1968
Box 1, Folder 13
L 1950-1966
Box 1, Folder 14
M 1954-1963
Box 1, Folder 15
Marx, Roberto Burle 1961-1966
Box 1, Folder 16
N 1951-1954
Box 1, Folder 17
O 1950-1968
Box 1, Folder 18
P 1950-1966
Box 1, Folder 19
R-T 1948-1970
Box 1, Folder 20
White, Stanley 1952-1961
Box 1, Folder 21
Y 1950-1972
Box 1, Folder 22
Photographs 1930s-1940s
Size: 1 foot

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.

3 card boxes

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 2
England, France, Orient, and Misc. 1930s-1940s
Card box 3
Italy; U.S. Philadelphia; Budapest, Vienna, Goteborg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam; and Modern 1930s-1940s
Card box 4

Access to the collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

For more information contact us via mail, phone, or our web form.

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edwin Gilbert Thurlow Papers, MC 00097, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.