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William A. Boring architectural drawings and papers, circa 1859-1937. 

Boring, William A. (William Alciphron), 1859-1937.
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circa 2 cubic ft.
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Biographical Note

Architect. Boring was Director, 1920-1930, and Dean, 1931-1933, of the School of Architecture at Columbia University. He is best known for designing the Immigration Station at Ellis Island, New York, in 1899 while in partnership with Edward L. Tilton.

Scope and Contents

Architectural sketches and drawings made by Boring while a student at the architecture program of the School of Mines at Columbia University, 1886-1887, and at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts in Paris, 1885-1890, with miscellaneous related programs, invitations, and lists of photographic negatives; sketches and miscellaneous correspondence made by Boring while travelling in England, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Spain with Edward Lippincott Tilton, Austin Willard Lord, and James Bright (some of Boring's sketches are tracings of their work); a scrapbook of sketches, 1886-1889, made by Boring while a student at Columbia, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and while travelling, with miscellaneous clippings, printed material, and blueprints are also included; and miscellaneous early programs and printed materials from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Ecole Nationale et Speciale de Beaux-Arts, and the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1859-1891. Photographs of projects by Boring alone and in partnership with Edward L. Tilton as Boring and Tilton, circa 1900-1912. Projects depicted include the Ellis Island Immigration Station, Jacob Tome Institute in Port Deposit, Maryland, St. Agatha's School in New York City, and others. Also, typescripts of lectures delivered by Boring in architecture courses at Columbia, 1932-1933, miscellaneous typescripts of articles and printed materials, 1930-1933, and a typescript of Boring's autobiography, MEMORIES OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM A. BORING, circa 1937. Also included are four sketches by Henri Gauthier, Edward Tilton, Maurice Sashin, and Joseph Laudin.