Nathaniel Owings Archives Project
Materials Parsons gathered to create a research collection documenting
Nathaniel Owings' contributions to urban development. Parsons was to write a book
titled, Nathaniel Owings and the Freeways: The Baltimore Wars, on
Owings' work in Baltimore on designing a new freeway system. The archives project
was completed in 1983, but although Parsons completed several drafts, he did not
publish a book.
Correspondence about the Owings archives project and the Baltimore
Wars book project.
Relates to the project by the firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) to design
a freeway system in Baltimore, Maryland.
Correspondence and reports on other Owings projects.
Research and Consulting
Parsons' research for his book
projects, including articles by others, and drafts of his manuscripts. Also includes
his consulting work for outside organizations.
Clarence Stein research files
Research for and drafts of Parsons' book Writings of Clarence S. Stein:
Architect of the Planned Community
Research for and drafts of Parsons' book The Cornell Campus: A History
of its Planning and Development
consulting projects for outside universities and cities, both domestic and foreign.
Also includes consulting materials for the Korean World Bank.
Cornell University Faculty and Administrative Files
Materials associated with Parsons' function as a faculty member and
administrator at Cornell. Also includes material associated with events and life at
City and Regional Planning
Student files and departmental correspondence and memoranda.
Art, Architecture and
Planning (AAP) Administration
Includes administrative materials that precede and coincide with Parsons'
tenure as dean, as well as later documents.
Planning for Cornell/Cornell
Studies and correspondence related to architecture and planning for the Cornell
campus. Includes material on the controversy over remodeling Sage Hall.
Syllabi and documentation for courses Parsons taught at Cornell.
Advising and Theses
Includes theses written by Parsons' students.
Professional Organizations and
Material from Parsons' participation in professional organizations such as the
American Institute of Planners, and materials from conferences at which he was
present or participated.
Professional involvement and
Additional material from and about Parsons career, including notes and research
from his time as a student. Also includes his datebooks.