Archival Collections
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Charles Frederick Chandler architectural records and papers collection, 1876-1896. 

Creator: 
Chandler, Charles Frederick, 1836-1925.
Phys. Desc: 
Architectural drawings; Broadsides; Correspondence; Photographs; Publications
Location: 
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
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Biographical Note

Chandler, an American chemist, founded Columbia University's School of Mines in 1864. He also served as chair of the University's Chemistry Dept. Upon his retirement in 1910, alumni established a Chandler Medal for research in chemistry. Chandler advised New York City's Board of Health on sanitation issues such as tenement overcrowding and adulterated foods. He served as president of the Board in 1873, and from 1877 to 1885.

Scope and Contents

The Charles Frederick Chandler collection is composed of several parts. It contains a miscellaneous collection of approximately 167 drawings, notebooks, letters, pamphlets, clippings, etc. formed by Chandler on the subject of tenement housing and documents work on Chandler's house at 51 E. 54th Street in New York City. The Chandler collection also contains 13 photographs, collected by Chandler, related to the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Additional materials include a collection of photo processes and two E.T. Potter broadsides dated 1887-1888.