Finding Aid

Office of the University Architect Records. Harold Taubin Planning History

UPJ 9.4.[T]

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Summary Information

Prepared by
Duane A. Schrempp, Theresa R. Snyder, J.M. Duffin
Preparation date
June 1991, February 1994, June 2008
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1952-1982
Date [inclusive]
1913-1987
Extent
7.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Transferred from the Department of Facilities Planning in May 1992 (accession number 1992:26).

ARRANGEMENT

The records are organized in four series: Bibliography (1913-1986), Research Files (1959-1983), Minutes (1962-1982), Index Cards (1962-ca. 1987). The Bibliography series is divided into five subseries: University of Pennsylvania Campus Planning and Development, University of Pennsylvania Planning Reports, Consultant or Associated Studies, University Planning Office: Project Program Reports; Memoranda, Notes, Minutes.

All the series, except for the Bibliography, are arranged alphabetically by topic and then chronologically. The subseries of the Bibliography series are arranged chronologically.

HISTORICAL NOTE

Harold Taubin (1920-1991) was the first person at the University of Pennsylvania to hold the position which is today known as the University Architect. In December 1959, he was appointed by President Gaylord P. Harnwell as the director the new University Planning Office. Taubin, who had a masters in regional planning and public administration from Harvard University, came to Penn after serving as the executive director of the Chatham County-Savannah, Georgia, Metropolitan Planning Commission and chairman of the Maryland Conference on Community Development. In his new position at the University, Taubin was responsible for coordinating the planning of the physical development of the campus as well as act as a liaison with numerous outside agencies during the largest period of physical growth for the University. Taubin held this position until 1966 when the University Planning Office was reorganized as the Office of Programming and Design. From 1966 to his retirement in 1986, he worked as a senior analyst for the University’s planning offices. Though multiple sclerosis had confined him to a wheelchair in his later years, he was active in planning and design issues, particularly those that affected the disable.

In retirement, Harold Taubin worked on documenting the story of the University of Pennsylvania’s growth in the twentieth century. He compiled documentation of the various planning studies done for the University with the intention of writing a history of university planning.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The collection documents the planning process for the physical expansion of the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia during the second half of the twentieth century.

Various aspects of the university planning process are found in the numerous reports and articles issued by or about the University Planning Office primarily during the 1950s and 1960s. Detailed administrative information and decision making documentation is found in the original official set of minutes of Executive Planning Committee on Physical Plant (1962-1969) and the University Council Committee on Planning and Development (1965-1972). The collection also contains Taubin’s drafts and notes for the history of planning in addition to transcripts and tapes of interviews of key individuals involved in this process.

A detailed bibliography of the planning studies, prepared by Duane A. Schrepp accompanies this finding aid.

The original records of the Office of the University Architect, formerly known as the University Planning Office, can be found in the remainder of the University Archives and Records Center record group UPJ 9.4.

Inventory

 

Bibliography 

Box

Folder

A. University of Pennsylvania Campus Planning and Development 

A1. The Educational Survey of the University of Pennsylvania. Joseph H. Willets et. al. 1959 

55

1

A2. The University of Pennsylvania Story: How an Institution Determines its Development Aims and Needs–In Terms of Urban Renewal as a Tool for Implementation. 

55

2

A3. Campus Planning. Richard P. Dober. 1963. 

55

3

A4. The University, the City and Urban Renewal. Charles G. Dobbins (ed.). 1963 

55

4

A5. “The University Environment.” Harold Taubin. The University, the City and Urban Renewal. Charles G. Dobbins (ed.). 1963 

55

5

A6. “The Union of University and Community Resources to Serve Philadelphia.” Leo Molinaro. The University, the City and Urban Renewal. Charles G. Dobbins (ed.). 1963 

55

6

A7. “The University and Urban Renewal.” 1963 

55

7

A8. Trends and Targets. 1968 

55

8

A9. “Developing an Urban Campus.” 1968 

55

9

A10. “An Environment for Learning.” 1971 

55

10

A11. “The Good Neighbor Policy in West Philadelphia.” 1971 

55

11

A12. “The Valley Forge Project of the University of Pennsylvania.” 1986 

55

12

A13. Topic Outline and Chronological Listing of Building, Open Space, and Art Work–Draft. 1984 

55

13

A14. “A Guide to the University of Pennsylvania Campus–Draft/Mock-up.” 1984 

55

14

B. University of Pennsylvania Planning Reports 

B1. Report to the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania upon the Future Development of Buildings and Grounds and the Conservation of Surrounding Territory. 1913 

55

15

B2. “Architectural Elements of the New Campus.” 1952 

55

16

B3. University of Pennsylvania Development Plan: An Element of the Continuing Planning Program. 1961-1966 

55

17

B4. Integrated Development Plan. 1962, 1964 

55

18

B5. A Brief History and Compilation of Trustee Actions Concerned with the Planning and Development of the West Philadelphia Campus. 1976 

55

19

C. Consultant or Associated Studies 

C1. Philadelphia Housing Quality Survey: University Area Report. 1949 

55

20

C2. University Redevelopment Area Plan. 1950 

55

21

C3. The West Philadelphia District Plan. 1964 

55

22

C4. The Development of On-Campus Commercial Facilities for the University of Pennsylvania. 1963 

55

23

C5. Redevelopment Potentials and University Interests–University City Unit No. 3. 1963 

55

24

C6. Family Needs in “University City” Planning. 1963 

55

25

C7. Report No. 2 on the Tri-Institutional Facilities Program For The Philadelphia General Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania. 1964 

55

26

C8. Development Programming as Applied to West Philadelphia. Technical Report No. 8. 1964 

55

27

C9. University City Core Plan. 1966 

55

28

C10. Open Space and Beautification Program, University City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1968 

55

29

D. University Planning Office: Project Program Reports 

D1. Project Program: Social Sciences Center. The University of Pennsylvania for the General State Authority, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 1960 

55

30

D2. Project Program: Additions and Reconstruction for the School of Veterinary Medicine: the University of Pennsylvania for the General State Authority, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 1960 

55

31

D3. Project Program: Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter. 1961 

55

32

D4. University of Pennsylvania Proposed Off-Street Parking Plan: An Element of the University of Pennsylvania Development Plan; A Report to the President. 1961 

55

33

D5. University of Pennsylvania Proposed Off-Street Parking Plan: Appendices A-D. 1961 

55

34

D6. Project Program: New Physical Sciences Facilities for the University of Pennsylvania. 1961 

55

35

D7. Project Program: Administration and General Service Building for the University of Pennsylvania. 1962 

55

36

D8. Project Program: Recreational Gymnasium for the University of Pennsylvania, the General State Authority, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 1962 

55

37

D9. Project Program: The Daniel W. Dietrich Library for the University of Pennsylvania. 1962 

55

38

D10. Project Program: Addition to Medical School Teaching Facilities (Phase I) for the University of Pennsylvania. 1962 

55

39

D11. The House for Undergraduate Women and the Project Program for Two New Houses on the Women’s Residence Block. 1963 

55

40

D12. House “A” Undergraduate Dormitories for Men. University of Pennsylvania: Specifications and Program Data. 1963 

55

41

D13. Transportation To and From Campus: A Report to the President and the Executive Planning Committee on the Physical Plant. 1964 

55

42

D14. Project Program: Center for Economics, Regional Science, and Sociology for the University of Pennsylvania. 1964 

55

43

D15. Program of Requirements for Research and Teaching Building: School of Dental Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania. 1965 

55

44

D16. Program for the Renovations to Bennett Hall for the English Department, University of Pennsylvania. 1965 

55

45

D17. Observations and Projections Regarding Pedestrian Movement at Intersection of 34th and Walnut Streets. 1965 

56

1

D18. Project Program: Law School Renovation of Old Building for the University of Pennsylvania. 1965 

56

2

D19. Development Program for the Humanities, and the Project Program for the New Humanities Building for the University of Pennsylvania. 1965 

56

3

D20. Revision and Amplification of the Program for the Renovations to Bennett Hall for the English Department, the University of Pennsylvania. 1966 

56

4

D21. A Profile and Housing Goal Based Upon the Graduate and Professional Student Personal Data Survey, 1965-1966. 

56

5

E. Memoranda, Notes, and Minutes 

E1. Notes on the Physical Plan for the Trustees Meeting. 1959 

56

6

E2. Meeting Minutes of the Advisory Sub-committee on Planning. 1960-61 

56

7

E3. Annotated Index to Meeting Minutes of the Executive Planning Committee on the Physical Plant. 1966 

56

8

E4. The University has set out to raise $93,000,000 for new buildings, professorships, and …. 1964 

56

9

E5. A Selected List of University Publications, Papers, and Related Materials. 1982 

56

10

E6. Chapter 14–1100, Institutional Development District (IDD), Philadelphia (Zoning) Code, City of Philadelphia. 1986 

56

11

Other Bibliographies 

Campus-Community Relationships: An Annotated Bibliography. 1972 

56

12

Campus-Community Relationships: An Annotated Bibliography. 1971 

56

13

An Annotated Bibliography on University Planning and Development. 1968 

56

14

 

Research Files 

Box

Folder

A. Campus Planning and Development History Project 

A1: Penn Campus Planning 

56

13

A2: Penn Campus Planning History Project 1959-66 

56

14

A3: Monograph Draft Material, “A Magical Mystery Tour Into the Campus Future, May 1960” 

56

15

A4: Campus Building Chronology: 

56

16

A5: Selected Bibliography 

56

17

A6: Meyerson Bibliography 

56

18

A7: Monograph One, Part Three – Diaries 

56

19

A8: “The Story” CDP 3/61, IDP 5\62 IV 

56

20

A9: Mono #1: Reference and Drafts 

56

21

A10: I Penn Campus Planning. History Project, 1959-1966 

56

22

A11: Dining Services at Penn, Brief History 

56

23

A12: Monone\Partone\Prologue, etc. 

56

24

A13: WP\Monone\Partone A and B, Prologue I-XII 

56

25

A14: WP\Monone #1 

56

26

A15: Monograph one, part five – Gleaning 

56

27

A16: Title Page; Monone, Prologue 

56

28

A17: WP\Monone “CDP 3/61, IDP 5/62” 3 

56

29

A18: Monograph four. Conversations 

56

30

A19: Monograph Appendices 

56

31

A20: Mono #2 

56

32

A21: Monograph three Planning Organ. Decision Making Trustees EPC.UPO 

56

33

A22: Monograph one. part four Chronology, People 

56

34

A23: Campus and Facilities. Planning and Development Since 1913 

56

35

A24: WP\Monone\Partone. “The Story.” [CPP, 3/61, IDP, 5\62] 2 

56

36

A25: Campus Planning – Guidebook History Project 1920-80’s 

56

37

A26: WP\Monone\Partone. Campus Development Plan, 3/62. Int. Development. Plan, 5/62 “The Story” I 

57

1

A27: Building names/architects/acquisition or construction date. Building Numbering System. See also A-41 

57

2

A28: Campus History 

57

3

A29: Maps, Illustrations, Photos 

57

4

A30: College 

57

5

A31: Dietrich Library 

57

6

A32: Eisenlohr, the President’s House 

57

7

A33: Furness 

57

8

A34: Houston Hall 

57

9

A35: Irvine Auditorium 

57

10

A36: Logan Hall 

57

11

A37: Van Pelt Library 

57

12

A38: Williams Hall 

57

13

A39: The Woodlands 

57

14

A40: Potts House Student Activity Building, Historic Information 

57

15

A41: Building Name and Information, Index Card Library 

57

16

A42: Fraternities and Sororities, Historical Information 

57

17

A43: Campus Planning History, 1920’s-80’s: Project Statement and Invoices 

57

18

B. Reprints and extra copies of original source material 

B1: U of P Development Plan 1961-66 Editions, re-issues 

57

19

B2: Philadelphia Guidebook, copies 

57

20

B3: 1961 U of P Development Plan, March 1961 Edition, copy and revisions 

57

21

B4: A Brief History and Compilation of Trustee Actions Concerned with the Planning and Development of the West Philadelphia Campus, copy and draft 

57

22

B5: Project Program: Center for Economics, Regional Science and Sociology for the U of P, copy 

57

23

B6: Early Landmarks of the U of P, reprint 

57

24

B7: History of the University, The Achievements of Pennsylvania, The History of University City, copies 

57

25

B8: Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach, copies 

57

26

B9: Valley Forge 

57

27

B10: Ties with the City, original 

57

28

B11: Ties with the City, copy 

57

29

B12: U of P Development Plan – April 1966, copies 

57

30

B13: U of P Development Plan – February 1963, copy 

57

31

B14: Integrated Development Plan, copies 

57

32

B15: Proposed Off-Street Parking Plan Appendices, copy 

57

33

B16: The West Philadelphia District Plan, copy 

57

34

B17: Hammer and Company Associates, reports, copies 

57

35

B18: Campus Transportation 

57

36

B19: Development Program on the Humanities 

57

37

B20: Campus Planning: Society for College and University Planning 

57

38

B21: Recommendation for Rehabilitation of Men’s Dorms: Weissman/Spohn Architects 

57

39

B22: Center for Arts and Sciences: Francis, Cauffman, Wilkinson, and Pepper, 1966 

57

40

B23: Statistical Abstract, 1952-72 

57

41

B24: Executive Planning Committee Minutes, 1962-69 

57

42

B25: Undergraduate Mens Housing Report, G.B.Q.C., 1961 

57

43

C. Housing and Urban Renewal, General 

C1: Guide to Housing Programs in Philadelphia: Housing Association of the Delaware Valley, 1974 

58

1

C2: Student Housing Profile, 1965-73 

58

2

C3: Family Needs in University City Plan Study of Factors Affecting the Selection of Neighborhoods, 1963 

58

3

C4: Zoning In Philadelphia; Proceedings for zoning seminars, 1966 

58

4

C5: Citizen’s Council on City; Planning, Phila., PA 

58

5

C6: Walnut Street Center; West Philadelphia High School 

58

6

C7: Housing Advisory Committee, 1967-68 

58

7

C8: Philadelphia Housing Association: publication, 1965, 1966 

58

8

C9: Office of Planning and Design. Office of Student Housing Project Biennial Report, 1970-72 

58

9

D. University Planning Office, Historical and Procedural Material 

D1: Campus Design Study-1961, 1966, Base maps 

58

10

D2: Talks, Notes, Papers, References, Fall 1959 to spring 1963 

58

11

D3: Planning process-1970, Training of university planners 

58

12

D4: Institutional Studies Program, Discussion Paper, 1968 

58

13

D5: Budget, 1970, Department of Buildings and Grounds 

58

14

D6: University Planning Office, 1959-66, Annual Reports, Procedural Reports 

58

15

D7: Program and Budget Preparation Manual, University Planning Office, 1966 

58

16

E. Conversations, Oral Histories 

E1: Campus Development Plan, 1968-69 

58

17

E2: Campus Development Plan, 1979 

58

18

E3: Campus Development Plan, 1981-82 

58

19

E4: Campus Plan, 1982-83 

58

20

E5: Campus Development Plan, 1983-84 

58

21

E6: Campus Planning Notes, L. Copeland 1980 

58

22

E7: Campus Development Plan, Commercial Dev. 1985-86 

58

23

E8: University Council Committee on Facilities, Minutes 1972-75 

58

24

E9: Transportation and Parking, Sub-Committee 

58

25

E10: West Philadelphia Corporation 

58

26

E11: Sculptures U of P 

58

27

E12: University of Penn Walking Tours 

58

28

E13: Architects 

59

1

E14: Campus Master Plan-Draft 

59

2

E15: Architectural Awards 

59

3

E16: Landscape Development Plan 

59

4

E17: Campus Guide, 1964, and Misc., Rough Draft Material 

59

5

E18: Robert Mitchell, Interview Transcript 

59

6

E19: Martin Meyerson, Interview Transcript/Biography 

59

7

E20: Alan Levy, Interview Transcript 

59

8

E21: Lee Copeland, Interview Transcript 

59

9

E22: G. Holmes Perkins, Interview Transcript 

59

10

E23: Harold E. Stassen 

59

11

E24: Maryann Greenwalt, Interview Transcript 

59

12

E25: Sheldon Hackney, Letter from Taubin, Biographical Information 

59

13

E26: Gaylord P. Harnwell, Misc. Articles 

59

14

E27: John Walters, Interview Transcript 

59

15

E28: Herman Beerman, Interview Transcript 

59

16

E29: Maurice S. Burrison, Interview Transcript 

59

17

E30: Appreciation List 

59

18

E31: Annenberg Center, Program, Require Office of Programming and Design 

59

19

E32: Project Program, Dormitory Renovations, Office of Programming 

59

20

E33: Project Program, Kline Center of Bolton Campus, Office of Planning and Design 1970 

59

21

E34: Program for Chem. Dept. Expansion, Dept. of Facilities Development 1983 

59

22

E35: Dental School Planning, Dept. of Facilities Development 

59

23

E36: Franklin Field Lighting Office of Planning and Design 1969 

59

24

E37: Project Program Houston Hall, Renovations Office of Programming 

59

25

E38: Project Program Renovations to Hutchinson Gym Office of Planning 

59

26

E39: Law School Renovations Francis, Cauffman, Wilkinson and Pepper 1978 

59

27

E40: Logan Hall Alterations, Francis, Cauffman, Wilkinson and Pepper 1979 

59

28

E41: Project Program Quad. Residence Rehab., Office of Planning Design and 

59

29

E42: Project Program University Museum, Rehab. U of P Planning Office 1976 

59

30

E43: Project Program Wharton Grad. Center, Office of Programming and Design 1967 

59

31

E44: Wharton School Warner Burns, Toon Lunde Portfolio/Historical 1983 

59

32

E45: Zellerbach Theater Alterations and Bio Package “E” Francis Cauffman, 

59

33

E46: Conversations Zwarg et al. Interview, Transcript Microcassette Tapes (Entire Set) 

59

34

E47: Harold Taubin Interview with Lidia Messmer, Notes and Video 

59

35

E48: Memorandum of Planning, Titus Hewryk to Helen O’Bannon 1985 

59

36

E49: Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Lower Schuylkill Waterfront District Plan 

59

37

E50: Penn Treasures 

59

38

E51: Philadelphia Historical Commission 

59

39

 

Minutes 

Box

Folder

Executive Planning Committee on the Physical Plant 

1962 

60

1

1963 

60

2

1964 

60

3

1965 

60

4

1966 

60

5

1967 

60

6

1968 

60

7

1969 to June 

60

8

June 1969 to Dec. 1969 

60

9

June 1966 to Dec.1967 

60

10

Medical Division Planning 1966-67 

60

11

Space Inventory 1966-67 

60

12

Correspondence, 1967 

60

13

1968 

60

14

Correspondence, 1968 

60

15

1968 

60

16

1968-69 

60

17

1969 

60

18

University Council Committee on Planning and Development 

November 1965-March 1972 

60

19

For 1972-75 see Research Files, E8 

 

 

 

Index Cards 

Box

Folder

Executive Planning Committee on the Physical Plant Index 

61

1

University Council Committee on Planning and Development Index 

61

2

Research notes 

Four boxes of cards 

61

3

Four boxes of cards 

62

1