Architectural Archives

Erwin Anton Gutkind Collection (056)

The collection contains materials related to Gutkind’s professional practice in Germany, photographic materials related to his International History of City Development and writings by and about Gutkind.

Biographical / Historical Note

Erwin Anton Gutkind, architect and urban planner, was born in Berlin May 20, 1896.  He received a diploma in architecture and a doctorate in city planning and engineering from the University of Berlin. His architectural practice specialized in housing, and a number of his built works remained extant at the time this finding aid was prepared. His professional work in Germany was cut short by the rise of the Nazi Party. He emigrated about 1931.

In 1956 he came to the United States to take up the position of research professor at the University of Pennsylvania.  During his years in Philadelphia, he became senior research fellow in the Institute of Environmental Studies and produced the multi-volume International History of City Development, originally projected as ten volumes.  He was actively at work on later volumes at the time of his death in 1968, and volumes 5 through 8 were brought to publication by his daughter and collaborator, Gabriele Gutkind. 
 

Scope & Content Note

The collection contains materials related to Gutkind’s professional practice in Germany, photographic materials related to his International History of City Development and writings by Gutkind and about him. The collection does not contain manuscripts of his International History of City Development or materials related to his personal life.

Series Overview

I.   Architectural drawings, correspondence and photographs, 1924-1968
I.A.  Architectural drawings and correspondence
I.B.  Photographic materials
I.C.  Photographic materials related to International History of City Development

II.   Published and Unpublished Writings, 1919-1982
II.A. Writings by Gutkind
II.B. Writings about Gutkind

III  Oversized materials

Provenance

Acquisition:  Gift of Gabriele Gutkind, 1970-1984