Collection Scope and Content Note
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Includes job files, proposed jobs, writings and speeches, general files, research
materials, and reprints and articles. Job files record Stein's involvement in the design of
public buildings, places of worship, museums, and homes; his time as secretary of the
Housing Committee of the New York State Reconstruction Commission under Governor Alfred W.
Smith; and material on Radburn, New Jersey; Kitimat, British Columbia; Sunnyside Gardens,
New York; Hillside Homes, Bronx, New York; and Chatham Village, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Proposed job files include plans and designs for jobs which never materialized. Writings
include material related to the publication of his book, Toward New Towns for
America, including photos, plans, and maps used in the book. Also includes copies
of articles and speeches by Stein. General files include unpublished writings; reports on
greenbelt towns; material on the Regional Plan Association of America and its successor, the
Regional Development Council of America; and community planning and cost studies.
Correspondence files include personal and professional correspondence with other planners,
including correspondence with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), especially Carl
Feiss of that organization; Canadian planners working on Metropolitan Toronto; English
planners; personal friends such as Benton MacKaye, Albert Mayer, and Lewis Mumford; and his
wife, Aline MacMahon Stein.
Also, correspondence and photographs pertaining to travels in China and the Far East.
Reprints and articles include writings of other planners including Frederick Ackerman,
Catherine Bauer Wurster, Russell Van Nest Black, Henry Churchill, Vernone De Mars, Arthur
Glickson, Eugene Klaber, Benton MacKaye, Albert Mayer, Lewis Mumford, and Henry Wright.
Collection also includes photographs and negatives, slides, plans, and maps of much of
Stein's major work; and material concerning the work of Marjorie Sewell Cautley (Cornell
University Class of 1917), landscape architect for Stein's projects at Radburn, New Jersey
and Hillside Homes in the Bronx, New York. Photographs of Stein, friends, and family, and
candid and publicity photos of Aline MacMahon Stein. Medals, certificates, and pins,
including Stein's gold medal from the American Institute of Architects, are also
Also, a videotape of "Baldwin Hills Village: 'A Village in a City,' " 1942-1950, by
Reginald D. Johnson, copied from the 16mm color original film (28 min.).
Plaques and phonograph recordings.