Architecture and Civil Engineering Collections


American Heritage Center

The AHC collects the records of Wyoming and nationally significant architects and city planners who are noted for their social activism or for their work in making the built environment more amenable to human life and society. Our collections also document the architects and city planners responsible for architectural or planning landmarks in Wyoming.Guide to Architectural Collections (pdf)
Some of our prominent Architecture and Civil Engineering holdings are detailed below. Additional holdings can be located by searching our online inventories (select University of Wyoming as the institution), or by searching our online catalog.


Noteworthy Collections


Albert Mayer Papers

Albert Mayer was an architect and city planner. After spending several years as an engineer, he switched to architecture when he became more interested in the social aspects of design. An advocate of large-scale planned housing projects, he believed that cities should not grow naturally. Mayer was involved in the planning and development of several new cities in the U.S. and abroad. Mayer's contributions to the field were recognized professionally; he was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and won the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter, earned the Certificate of Merit of the Municipal Art Society of New York, and the Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.


Alfred Kastner Papers

Alfred Kastner was an architect born in Germany in 1900. He came to the United States around 1930. His work was international in scope, but concentrated on commercial and residential projects in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.


Frederick Albert Gutheim papers

Gutheim became professionally acquainted with housing and planning policy while a staff member at the Brookings Institution. Between 1933 and 1947, he worked for federal agencies involved with housing and planning, serving the U.S. Army in the National Housing Agency during World War II. During this period, he also married Mary “Polly” Purdon, in 1935.


Irving C. Root Papers

Irving Campdoras Root worked as a city planner and landscape architect in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1916 to 1920, and in Flint, Michigan from 1920 to 1922. He worked as a private planning consultant from before becoming the Chief Engineer and Planning Director of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Root was then Superintendent of the National Capital Parks in the District of Columbia from 1940-1953 before returning to private practice as a planning consultant.


Oscar Stonorov papers

The Oscar Stonorov papers document Stonorov’s career as architect and city planner. Much of the material pertains to architectural and artistic projects including Stonorov’s home (Avon Lea), the Carl Mackley Housing Project, Philadelphia city planning projects, exhibits such as "Frank Lloyd Wright" and "Better Philadelphia," and sculptures.


Victor Gruen Papers

Victor Gruen was an Austrian-born commercial architect best known as a pioneer in the design of shopping malls in the United States.

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